The most beautiful walk in Salzkammergut:

Heilbronn Circular Trail.

hiking route

The family-friendly Heilbronn Circular Trail is particularly ideal for families and children who like walking. The extensive trail lends itself to comfortable walking across its entire length and there are plenty of things to explore along the trail for young people in particular.

For a comfortable ascent, the Krippenstein cable car transports visitors up over the steep cliff walls where they can enjoy magnificent views of the karst formations. With a bit of luck, one or more chamois may also be visible grazing on the delicate mountain herbs. Once at the mountain station, a karst educational trail leads along a well-marked route to the Heilbronn cross.



Heilbronner Circular Trail

A detour to the ‘fossilised cow’s footsteps’ is highly recommended – a reminder that these mountains once formed the floor of the Tethys primordial ocean.


The route leads towards the Hirzkarkogel, past a wide range of vegetation species and on to the valley station of the cable car section III. From here, you can either continue an additional 5 minutes and enjoy a well-deserved rest and a tasty organic snack at the Gjaidalm Hütte hut or take the cable car back on the Krippenstein.

It takes around 3 hours to complete the whole trail. The gentle incline means that the Heilbronn Circular Trail is also suited to those less used to walking.

Those with sufficient energy left in their legs can take a short walk on to the Pioneer Cross and enjoy magnificent views from the 5fingers viewing platform here.

Don’t forget to make your mark!

perpetuate - make your mark

What is the point in a visit to the summit cross without leaving behind an entry in the logbook? You will also find a ‘summit book’ at the Heilbronn Cross – those who come after you will enjoy reading your entries!