Experience the Loferer Alm huts
You can experience the Loferer Alm huts and the Loferer Steinberge with one Austria holiday ideally with the Saalachtal Summer Card. We are guests in the family and vital hotel Mühlpointhof in Lofer. We want to find out how Slow Traveler and gourmet Explore the region best. Walks, beautiful views and enjoyment are what we are looking for. Lofer is not stingy with that. The mountains quickly show their highlights. We travel to Bad Reichenhall. Behind the village, the path leads us through the Chiemgau Alps. Shortly after Schneizlreuth we pass the border to Austria. Then it is only a few kilometers, until we get our first glimpse of the Loferer Steinberge catch.
The Loferer Steinberge
Suddenly they appear at the end of the valley. Three mountain peaks that tower above all the surrounding ones. Breathtaking! Grandiose! Wow! That immediately comes to mind when I see her. There is still snow on the ridges at the end of May. However, we learn at the hotel that this is unusual for the season. Usually the snow has already disappeared at the end of May. The three peaks can only be reached on foot. On these hiking tours, differences in height between 1200 and 1900 meters have to be overcome. Not for us. Since we don't plan day hikes or mountain tours, the snow doesn't bother us. On the contrary. I can't take pictures of the mountains enough. For our excursions, however, we are interested in more easily accessible peaks such as Loferer Alm.
The Loferer Alm huts
Since the Almenwelt Lofer is just the thing. At the hotel we receive at check-in next to our room key the Saalachtal Sommercard. With it we can use the cable railway to the Loferer Alm huts and drive back. More specifically, we reach such a hiking area with a large selection of hiking trails. Two gondolas connect Lofer with the pastures. What is a popular ski resort in winter turns out to be a varied hiking region during the summer months. There are numerous circular hiking trails of all difficulty levels. Families with children can safely walk on the well-developed paths. And who likes his hike with one Brettljause or a snack with a view connects the found on the alpine world several managed cabins.
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Circular hikes on the Loferer Alm from the mountain station of the Almbahn II:
We walk through the green alpine meadows. At the end of May, the dandelion is still blooming, its dandelions have already disappeared in the valley. A mountain stream ripples past yellow yolk flowers and forget-me-nots. Bumblebees and bees fly from flower to flower and collect their nectar. This is how we extend spring in the mountains. You can explore these paths in more detail, take your time, take a picnic in your backpack and enjoy them on the alpine meadows of the Loferer Alm.
Easy circular hiking trails on the Loferer Alm:
- Soderkaser-Almsee loop (40 min. - 1,7 km, ascent and descent approx. 20 m)
- Haus Gertraud-Runde (45 min. - 1,8 km, ascent and descent approx. 81 m)
- Schönblick circuit (1,25 hours - 3,3 km, ascent and descent approx. 127 m)
Moderate trails on the Loferer Alm:
- Märchenwald-Runde / Marmorsee (2,5 hours - 5 km, ascent and descent approx. 320 m)
- Kechtalm circuit (2 hours - 3,6 km)
- with black corner panoramic view (2,5 hours - 4,7 km)
More difficult peaks and circular hikes on the Loferer Alm:
- Grubhörndl circuit (3 hours - 6 km)
- Thällernalm circuit (3,5 hours - 7,8 km)
- with Dietrichshorn (5 hours)
You should take this with you on a trip to the Loferer Alm:
- A backpackwhere you can put everything for one day on the Loferer Alm.
- A Water bottle *, because a hike makes you thirsty.
- A Lunch Box * fur das Picknick on the alpine meadows, in which you transport sandwiches and cereal bars.
- A light rain jacket, In the mountains, the weather can change quickly.
- feasts hiking bootsthat provide support for the joints. That's how it gets easier.
- As explained above, it is a very small amount of concentrated sourdough, a small power chamber, with which you can bake a new bread without having to wait days for your sourdough to ripen. The leaven is stored in the refrigerator and is waiting to be activated. With a very small part of it a new sourdough is "inoculated". It needs only XNUMX-XNUMX hours - instead of XNUMX to XNUMX days - to be ready for baking a bread. Since a little part of this mini sourdough is always retained and stored in the fridge, the new sourdough can be used completely to bake a bread. From the mixture in the fridge a new sourdough can be made at any time. Now you are going to learn Binoculars*with which you can look for mountaineers, marmots or eagles.
- A cameraso you can enjoy the experiences on the Loferer Alm even at home.
Bergklammen in the Saalachtal
The Saalachtal Sommercard also gives you free access to the Seisenbergklamm gorge and the Vorderkaserklamm gorge. Both are spectacular ravines in which streams dig their way through hard rock. If the sun burns too intensely from the sky in summer, they offer refreshment and coolness. You can walk through boardwalks and stairs. The Vorderkaseralm lies between Sankt Martin and Weißbach near Lofer, the Seisenbergklamm is near Weißbach. Both gorges are also good for a family outing with children.
If that's not refreshing enough for a hot summer's day, then the Saalachtal Card also gives you free access to the Steinbergbad in Lofer or to the Alpenbad in Unken.
What does the Saalachtal Sommercard offer?
We are not on site long enough to take full advantage of the Saalachtal Card. If you like to hike and enjoy the outdoors, you can spend a week full of variety on your own, with no additional costs for cable cars or entry fees. The Map for yourself is free if you stay at a hotel in Lofer, It is valid during your entire stay. So if you stay in a Loferer Hotel for a week, you can travel to the Loferer Alm every day and hike, or use one of the other (free with the card) offers.
In addition to these, the card includes various discount offers that allow you to visit more sights cheaply. Among them are the Mining and Gothic Museum in Leogang, the Salzburg Open Air Museum, the Lamprechtshöhle, the Leogang mountain railways and more.
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All inclusive at the Hotel Mühlpointhof in Lofer
We use them during our two-day stay at the family and vital hotel Mühlpointhof in Lofer. We are invited to get to know the hotel and the Loferer Alm. This hotel offers all-inclusive packages, which include breakfast, a snack or coffee and cake from the in-house bakery in the afternoon and a four-course dinner. We rarely stay in all inclusive hotels because we like to get to know the regional cuisine in the inns and restaurants. In the Mühlpointhof, however, it quickly becomes clear to me how practical - and how price-saving - such an all-inclusive package can be.
This makes a hiking holiday on the Loferer Alm an inexpensive pleasure
At the breakfast buffet I notice a note on the wall above the bread basket, which prompts us to make sausage bread for a picnic. The hotel even offers us to fill our water or thermos bottles with cold or warm drinks. This service is included in the price. With this and with the meals already mentioned and the Saalachtal card, we can practically spend a holiday of several days in Lofer and the Loferer Alm, where we do not have to expect any extra costs apart from the price for the overnight stay and the journey.
Relax in the hotel
After an active day in the mountains I usually wish nothing more than to be pampered with wellness. At the Familien- und Vitalhotel Mühlpointhof, this is possible in the sauna area, in the outdoor pool or in the relaxation area reserved for adults. Here you can relax with a view of the Loferer Steinberge. Or you book a massage to get your muscles back on track after a hiking day on the Loferer Alm.
With these tips and recommendations, you can put together your own Slow Travel trip to the Saalachtal and to the Loferer Alm huts. Let us know in the comments, if you discover other possibilities and excursion destinations in the region.
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