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Lower miners' circular route (8 points)

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  • Im Reingraben
    Im Reingraben
    Photo: Tourismusverband Hallein / Bad Dürrnberg, CC BY-ND, Tourismusverband Hallein / Bad Dürrnberg
The Salzwelten Salzburg in Bad Dürrnberg near Hallein are a real crowd puller. It is usually visited by car or by bus. That this was not so easy for the Hallein miners and even earlier, the Celts, the hiker learns on this wonderful circular hiking trail. The difference to days gone by: Once at the top, we don't work in the tunnels, but only on our mental balance.
Distance 7.3 km
3:00 h
355 m
355 m
795 m
442 m
Starting from the medieval town of Hallein, below the Dürrnberg, this scenic hiking trail leads us to the Salzburg Salt Worlds in Bad Dürrnberg. Up we hike along the Knappensteig, down the trail leads us through a primeval path - already used by the Celts - the wild and romantic Reingraben.

Author’s recommendation

The Silent Night Museum in Hallein, which is directly on our hike, is not to be missed!

A visit to the salt mine in Bad Dürrnberg is also a must for a real miner.

On the way back to Hallein, we can hike back through the town on the left at Schöndorferplatz (by the town hall). From here you have a beautiful view over the city of Hallein and its picturesque medieval houses.

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Tourismusverband Hallein/Bad Dürrnberg
Update: May 19, 2023
Highest point
Bad Dürrnberg, 795 m
Lowest point
Hallein Pernerinsel, 442 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 78.10%Dirt road 2.70%Path 19.19%
5.7 km
Dirt road
0.2 km
1.4 km
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Safety information

Passages of the Reingraben can be difficult to walk on when wet. Waterproof and non-slip footwear is highly recommended!

Please always keep in mind that on the hikes described here you are in the mountains, in free nature and partly in alpine territory.

Our contents have been compiled with the utmost care, but any liability is hereby expressly excluded. Dangers can never be completely excluded and the use of all information and tour descriptions is at your own risk!



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Pernerinsel Hallein (Tourismusverband) (445 m)
47.684740, 13.094330
47°41'05.1"N 13°05'39.6"E
33T 356984 5283020
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Pernerinsel Hallein (Tourismusverband)

Turn-by-turn directions

Our hike begins at the tourist office in Hallein on the Pernerinsel. We turn south and walk past the old, listed saline building on the left, where the brine from the salt mine was boiled from 1198 to 1989. Directly behind the saline building is the Pfannhausersteg, over which we walk in the direction of the old town. We turn right into Schiemerstraße, but after a few meters we turn left again and continue through Niederhofgasse (pedestrian passage) to Kornsteinplatz. We cross this in an easterly direction and thus arrive at Bayrhamerplatz, from where we walk up to the church (through the Unterer and Oberer Markt). Directly opposite the church we pass the Silent Night Museum, which once served as the home of the famous musician Franz Xaver Gruber, composer of the most famous Christmas carol in the world. We circle the church on the left side, walk past St. Peter's Chapel and walk through Dr.-Franz-Ferchlstaße and Schützengasse in a southerly direction to the Gymnasium. At the Gymnasium we follow the signs "Kreuzweg" and "Bad Dürrnberg via Knappensteig". To do this, we cross the stream and walk into the forest. Following the stations of the Way of the Cross, we now go up the mountain on a narrow asphalt road, the Riesenschmiedstraße. After a while we reach the Eggl-Riedel mine shaft, next to which the Wolf-Dietrich-Berghaus, built in 1597, used to stand. It is interesting to note that from 1956 onwards, visitors to the salt mine could "slide down" on the longest mine slide in existence at the time and then walk the last stretch down to the town. From here, the Knappensteig leads up the mountain on the right hand side via several concrete stairs. After a few minutes the path levels out again and we come to the Knappenkapelle, built in 1890. We hike straight on to the hamlet of Fischpointleiten. In Fischpointleiten we walk past the Jakobberg and Untersteinberg tunnels and then follow the stairs or the meadow path to the Dürrnbergstraße. We cross the road and turn half-left into Wallbrunnweg, which leads us to the salt mine. A great view awaits us at the observation tower of the Salt Worlds and also the stamp for the Tennengau Hiking Pass. We now hike steeply uphill in the direction of the church. Once we reach the church, we walk along Dr.-Martin-Hell-Strasse, passing the Kurhotel St. Josef on the right, behind which we turn left onto the Römersteig, a narrow path that leads through a large flower meadow. On this path we get back to the Dürrnbergstraße, cross it again and turn left into the Glannerbergweg. After a few meters the Grubenmühlweg branches off to the right, which we follow to its end (a farm). In the last bend, a meadow path branches off from this path - the path to the Reingraben. We follow this path until we come out again at the Eggl-Riedel mine shaft. From here on we follow the already known path back to Hallein and the Pernerinsel.

Public transport


Take the train to Hallein station, from there it is only a short walk to the tourist office on the Pernerinsel.

By road

On the Tauernautobahn (A10) take the Hallein exit (Exit 16) in the direction of Hallein. We follow the signs "Zentrum" and turn right on the city bridge to the Pernerinsel. The Hallein / Bad Dürrnberg Tourist Office is located directly on the Pernerinsel.


At the parking lot Pernerinsel (as well as at the surface parking lot Salzberghalle) applies:

- 3 hours free of charge

- on weekends (Saturday 1 p.m. to Sunday 6 a.m.) free of charge

- beyond that maximum parking fee of EUR 6,- per day


47.684740, 13.094330
47°41'05.1"N 13°05'39.6"E
33T 356984 5283020
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7.3 km
3:00 h
355 m
355 m
Highest point
795 m
Lowest point
442 m
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