Walking in the summer from the Hochkeil Lodge is just fantastic and it means walking in a great nature with flowering meadows and endless pine forests.There are more than 300 km of well-marked trails. The variety is large: There are tours with little difference in height, bypasses but certainly also brisk walks with a lot of differences in height. The views along the way are phenomenal. Along the way you will come across more than enough cozy Alm huts where you can enjoy a cool drink or a traditional Austrian dish to catch your breath.

You can literally start your walk in the back garden of Hochkeil Lodge. The “Hochkeilrundweg” runs over the Hochkeil mountain (1720m), a panoramic walk of 10.5 km.

If you want to make a longer tour, we recommend the “Majestätische Weitwanderweg”, a beautiful multi-day tour of 73 km where you see a lot of this stunning area along the way.

There is also a challenging hike (in the summer months)to the Matrashaus at 2941 meters at the top of the Hochkönig. You can also spend the night there. This cabin is supplied by helicopter and you can see the world below.

The free ski bus changes to the free walking bus during the summer season (from May to October) and stops close to Hochkeil Lodge. The bus will drive you through the entire area.

Several lifts are in operation during the summer and these will take you up briskly, where you can start your walk on the meadows (open from May to November). In short, more than enough for the walker to experience.

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Mountain biking Hochkonig


The Hochkönig area is a delight and at the same time a challenge for cyclists.There are many routes that take you past amazing places with great views.
There are several bike shops in Mühlbach where you can rent both MTBs and e-bikes. Guided tours are possible if desired. Is your e-bike empty? No problem, there are charging places on the way.


There are two swimming pools nearby. There are two swimming pools nearby. A smaller heated outdoor swimming pool in Mühlbach where you can enjoy the view in the sun. If you like long slides and rapids, then there is the Sommerstein adventure outdoor swimming pool in Maria Alm.

If you would rather swim in the deep blue fresh mountain lake, this is also possible within driving distance in various lakes in the vicinity of Zell am See, St. Johann, Saalfelden and more.

There are also thermal baths and spas in the area.

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Mining museum

The history for copper mining in this area goes back 4000 years. Meet the evolution of copper mining techniques. On the old track in Mühlbach you can experience how the miners were transported in replica wagons with an old diesel locomotive.


Großglockner Hochalpenstraße

This is a gorgeous mountain route that is open between May and October. The road dates from 1935 and was therefore the first road that made the crossing over the Alps possible.

Everyone should drive over this road at least once in their life, either by car, bicycle or motorcycle! The route connects Heiligenblut and Bruck, is 48 km long, has a height difference of 2500 meters and many curves.

On the Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe you will be rewarded with a fantastic view of the highest mountain in Austria: the Großglockner(3798 meters).

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The Hochkönig is an enormous massif of 2,943 meters high and is one of the seven highest peaks in the northeastern Alps. The Mandlwand and Hochkönig are also seen as a climbing paradise and can be compared to the climbing area of Eldorado Arco (Italy) and Chamonix (France).
For climbers of all levels, there is a variety of different great routes, up to the highest levels. There are also many options for klettersteigen.

This makes the Hochkönig a very challenging climbing area.

Best time to climb: July, August and September.

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There are several golf courses in the area.

The two nearest 18-hole courses:

  • Golf court Urslautal (18 holes, par 71) located between Maria Alm and Saalfelden. This course is seen by the connoisseur as one of the most beautiful courses in the Alps with great views during your flight. Challenging enough for all players.
  • Golf court Sankt Johann im Pongau (18 holes).

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This spectacular cave – discovered in 1879 – is the largest ice cave in the world. The cave was initially very isolated and used to be difficult to reach via narrow paths. Nowadays a cable car takes you there.

It is highly recommended to visit this cave. The tours lasts 1.5 hours and starts every half hour. Come on time as it can be busy in high season.

Open between April and October.

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Hohenwerfen Castle

If you came to Mühlbach via Salzburg, you could not have missed the castle on your right.

The first stone to this impressive castle was laid in 1077 by Archbishop Gebhard during what was then turbulent times. The castles at its present size dates from the 15th century.

Many stories from days gone by can be found here and experienced in this romantic castle with different towers and thick walls.

The extensive arsenal of weapons and the birds of prey show will certainly appeal to the imagination.

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Paragliding is an ideal activity in the Alpine landscape due to the thermal air currents through the mountains. You will be rewarded with silence and brilliant views during your flight.

Tandem flights are possible immediately, solo flights also exist: You can follow a course for this.

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More activities for kids

Several children’s farms in Mühlbach (the village is also called Bergdorf der Tiere) with all kinds of animals waiting to be petted by the children. Donkeys, goats, sheep, cows, horses and Alpacas can also be fed at these different farms.

Meet a colony of mountain marmots. The hike starts at the Arthurhaus near the Hochkeil Lodge and is 1 km long. Try not to come too early in the year, as the animals will still be hibernating.

Toni’s Alpine playground with, amongst other things, water and sand play equipment: A place for the children to have fun all day long. Located at the top of the Karbachalm lift that starts in Mühlbach.

Adventure playground Waldseilgarten Natrun in Maria Alm with a challenging trail of zip lines and rope ladders for children to push their boundaries and to be active outdoors all day.



And more....

  • Geocaching (GPS treasure hunt) with many hidden “treasures” in the Hochkönig area.
  • Fishing in the Mühlbach stream (tickets available at the Tourist Office)
  • Mountain carting from the Schneeberg (7 km and 700 meters height difference). Good steering skills are a must here!
  • Tobogganing on the Biberg in Saalfelden (1.6 kilometers long, 61 turns). Great for the whole family, especially if you like speed.


  • Rafting on the Salzach river, 30 minutes from Mühlbach. A 2-hour trip where you will need a life jacket and helmet. The degree of spectacle depends of course on the water level.