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HOHE TAUERN PANORAMA TRAIL | Stage 03: Alternative route Sonnenweg Trattenbachtal | Königsleiten-GH Rechtegg/Neukirchen

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  • Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail ET 03: Alternativroute Sonnenweg
    Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail ET 03: Alternativroute Sonnenweg
    Photo: Franz Reifmüller, Tourismusverband Krimml
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If weather conditions or your personal constitution do not allow stage 03 of the Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail, then this alternative is advisable.
Distance 15.8 km
5:30 h
649 m
974 m
1,578 m
929 m
As an alternative route to stage 03 of the Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail, it leads between the peaks and the valley floor on the sunny side along the old mountain farms to the Alpengasthof Rechtegg.

Author’s recommendation

ATTENTION: Parts of the alternative route may be closed in the off-season (before mid-May and from mid-September). Please inquire about the current situation at the booking center.
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Update: March 13, 2023
Highest point
1,578 m
Lowest point
929 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 28.19%Dirt road 23.26%Forested/wild trail 7.02%Path 40.57%Unknown 0.94%
4.4 km
Dirt road
3.7 km
Forested/wild trail
1.1 km
6.4 km
0.1 km
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Rest stops

Castello Königsleithen
Gasthof Rechtegg

Tips and hints

  • Ferienregion Nationalpark Hohe Tauern
    Gerlosstraße 18 5730 Mittersill, Austria
    Phone +43 6562 40939 
  • Booking center & info hotline
    Trail Angels GmbH
    9821 Obervellach 15, Austria
    Phone +43 4782 93093


Königsleiten (1,578 m)
47.247860, 12.117741
47°14'52.3"N 12°07'03.9"E
33T 281896 5236738
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Guesthouse Rechtegg Neukirchen

Turn-by-turn directions

The alternative route of stage 03 starts the same way as the final part of the previous stage: From the start at Spar you walk downhill to the end of the village and turn left into the hiking trail. At the next crossroads you choose the right hiking trail towards "Gerlosplatte". At the next crossroads you leave yesterday's route and hike straight ahead, keeping right at the next two forks and thus reach the old Gerlospass road via beautiful hiking trails.

You cross the road and do not follow the forest road straight ahead, but the one that leads down to the left. This forest road takes you past a feeding place. Follow the forest road along the slope to the east, turn right after some time onto a meadow path, which takes you to a short, very steep uphill passage at a constant altitude. Via this you reach the ridge that leads from the Samalm.

On the forest road a few meters left to a crossroads. Here you turn right onto the hiking trail towards "Krimml". The path is partly steep downhill until you reach a forest road, which leads you further downhill to a small asphalt road. Continue your hike in the same direction downhill over the road to houses. At the end of the houses, a hiking trail leads to the left towards "Falkenstein". In a slight uphill and downhill you always choose the largest of the forest paths and reach a small asphalt road, which soon brings you to a crossroads at a small parking lot just before the Pension Falkenstein. Now you choose the lowest of the two paths that lead downhill and turn left (path no. 15 "Wald im Pinzgau/Vorderkrimml").

This very beautiful hiking trail leads you straight through the forest down to houses. Continue on a road in the same direction and turn left onto a hiking trail towards "Wald im Pinzgau" (No. 15). Over a bridge to another asphalt road at a bend. Here you hike left along the asphalt road uphill to the first bend, turn right there past the farm via the meadow path up to the edge of the forest and from there always slightly uphill along the forest path to the small bridge. Turn right there, past the farm to the old Gerlosstraße, a short distance downhill along the road and after about 100 metres turn left onto the forest path and walk steeply uphill along the meadow path to the goods road. Turn right and walk along the asphalt road to the highest farm. Through the farm to a meadow path starting there. Up across the meadow into the forest and to a fork in the path. You choose the higher path in direction "Ederbauer/Gernkogel", after 2 ditches you climb very steeply and reach a gravel road just above the Ederbauer. Go down this road, pass the Ederbauer and in a sharp right turn straight ahead on a hiking trail. Follow the path first uphill and later steeply down to an iron bridge that leads over the Trattenbachschlucht (gorge). Continue along the hiking trail up to a gravel road (here the alternative route described here meets the main route over the Kröndlhorn) and then down the valley to the Alpengasthof Rechtegg, your today’s stage destination. (If you do not stay overnight at the Alpengasthof Rechtegg, but in Neukirchen, a shuttle will bring you from here to your accommodation in Neukirchen.)


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Public transport


The IC/EC train station is located in Zell am See. From there, the Pinzgauer Lokalbahn, a narrow-gauge railroad, will take you to Krimml. Stops are located along all trail towns. Bus connections from Zell am See to Königsleiten are
  • 670 line: Zell am See - Mittersill - Krimml
  • 673 line: Wald im Pinzgau - Krimml - Almdorf Königsleiten

Timetables and information on how to get there by public transport >>

Getting there

  • From the north: Inntal autobahn A12 (vignette required), exit Zillertal, federal road B 169          Coming from Munich via the A12 to exit Kufstein Süd (St-Johann-Kitzbühel-Pass Thurn) and on via the B165 to Wald / Königsleiten or to the Zillertal exit, continue across the B169 to Zell am Ziller and the B165 Hainzenberg and Gerlospaß to Wald / Königsleiten.
  • From the east: A10 Tauernautobahn to Werfen, B 311 to Schwarzach, Zell am See, then on the B 168 to Mittersill and on via the B 165A12 direction Salzburg - exit Zillertal via the B169 to Zell am Ziller and the B165 to Hainzenberg and Gerlospaß Wald / KönigsleitenTo


Parking is available at the respective starting points of the trail trip. Most of the parking spaces are free and not monitored!


47.247860, 12.117741
47°14'52.3"N 12°07'03.9"E
33T 281896 5236738
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Tour guide and overview map of the Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail available when booking.

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You need alpine hiking equipment for the Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail:
  • Day backpack, capacity: 20 litres, with waist belt and rain cover 
  • Hiking boots – minimum category B 
  • Weather-adapted and hard-wearing clothing in multiple layers. The Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail is mostly at altitudes between 1,300m and 2,450m - this should be taken into account when choosing your hiking equipment (especially your clothing).
  • Height-adjustable trekking poles
  • Sun and rain protection
  • Make sure take enough to eat and sufficiently large water bottles with you, as there are not refreshment stops and fountains on all stages (e.g. on stages 5 and 7).
  • First aid kit
  • Pocket knife
  • Mobile phone
  • Tour description or hiking map

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15.8 km
5:30 h
649 m
974 m
Highest point
1,578 m
Lowest point
929 m
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