Untersberg Mountain

Known to Salzburgers as their ‘Hometown Mountain’, the Untersberg is the highest peak near Salzburg and also the most accessible. 25 minutes away by bus, you can take a cable car ride to the top for expansive views across the Salzach Valley to Salzburg, into Berchtesgaden and even as far as the lakes of the Salzkammergut on a clear day. There are also several hiking routes to the top if you’re feeling more active.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CABLECAR IS HAS BEEN CLOSED FOR MAINTENANCE FOR LONGER THAN EXPECTED AND IS NOW NOT DUE TO OPEN UNTIL 22ND DECEMBER 2017.

Fraulein Maria Says

The Untersberg played a rather large role in The Sound of Music.

It was the mountain Maria claimed to be on at the start of the movie while singing the title song. Of course that couldn’t be the case, because about 10km away, there’s no way she could have made it back to the Abbey in just 5 or 6 minutes.

Many will also recognise the Untersberg from the scenes on the terrace of the Captain’s villa, where thanks to the Technicolor cinematography it looks almost like a painting.

Finally, fans will remember that the Untersberg was the mountain the family climbed to escape the Nazis. But unfortunately, that too is just silly. Fleeing across the Untersberg from Nazi Austria would just have brought them into Nazi Germany. The real story was that they caught the train from right outside their house and fled via Italy. Sorry.

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You’ll soon get used to the sight of this prominent mountain, seen from many vantage points around the city. It forms a very impressive backdrop to the old town and the castle when viewed from the Kapuzinerberg.

The Untersberg is really a massif of the Berchtesgaden Alps and stretches for miles, forming the border between Austria and Germany.

Many of the buildings in Salzburg, including the Dom, were built from ‘Untersberg Marble’ which is really limestone and Dachstein chalk.

Those interested in caves will find plenty to explore on the Untersberg. Most accessible are the Schellenberg Ice Caves, although a significant hike is required to reach them, regardless of whether you start from the top or bottom of the cable car.

There are several hiking routes to the top, each taking between 2.5 and 4 hours. It’s a steep climb, but the views, particularly as you near the top, are well worth it. On the most popular route from Fürstenbrunn, you reach the Zappezauerhaus just before you reach the cable car station. This is a traditional alpine hut where you can kick back your heels, enjoy a beer and take in the views. They also have basic overnight accommodation if you fancy a night on the mountain.

Most people, however, take the cable car from Grödig. The cable car starts at an elevation of 456m and rises 1,320m to the Geiereck station at 1,776m. The trip takes about 10 minutes and stunning views await you when you step out.

From the cable car station, you can take a short hike to the highest point on the Austrian side of the mountain, the Salzburg Hochthron (853m). There are several options for a snack or a drink, right at the cable car or slightly down the hill at the Zappezauerhaus. There are also numerous hikes, of varying lengths and difficulties, all very well signposted. During the winter you can ski on the mountain.

How To Get There

By Bus to the Cablecar or Trailhead
To reach the Cable Car station in Grödig, take the No 25 bus from Salzburg (you can catch it at the main train station or further on at Makartplatz). The trip takes about 25 minutes and you get off at the last stop – Grödig Untersbergbahn. The journey will cost €2.80 although it’s free if you have the Salzburg Card.

If you want to hike, the most popular route starts at Fürstenbrunn. Any of the tourist offices will provide you with maps and the details you need.

Cable Car Operating Hours
Cable Cars run at least every hour or half hour, although when it’s busy they just keep moving.
January, February: 9 am-4 pm / 3:30 pm*
March-June: 8:30 am-5 pm / 4:30 pm*
July-September: 8:30 am-5:30 pm / 5:00 pm*
October-November 1: 8:30 am-5 pm / 4:30 pm*
Dec 8, 2017-Feb 28, 2018: 9 am-4 pm / 3:30 pm*
Dec. 24: 9 am-noon

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CABLECAR IS HAS BEEN CLOSED FOR MAINTENANCE FOR LONGER THAN EXPECTED AND IS NOW NOT DUE TO OPEN UNTIL 22ND DECEMBER 2017.

*last ascent
Closed: April 18-28, Nov. 2-Dec. 7

Prices
Ascent and Descent
Adults € 23.50
Children (6-14 years) for one child only € 11.50 – all others free of charge)
Students (up to 26 years, with student card) € 16.00
Dogs (muzzle) € 8.00
SalzburgCard: one time free ride and quick access without having to stand in line

Ascent Summer
Adults € 15.00
Children (6-14 years) for one child only € 9.00 – all others free of charge)
Students (up to 26 years, with student card) € 11.00
Dogs (muzzle) € 5.50
SalzburgCard: one time free ride and quick access without having to stand in line

Ascent Winter
Adults € 11.50
Children (6-14 years) for one child only € 7.50 – all others free of charge)
Students (up to 26 years, with student card) € 10.00
Dogs (muzzle) € 5.50
SalzburgCard: one time free ride and quick access without having to stand in line

Descent (Summer and Winter)
Adults € 13.50
Children (6-14 years) for one child only € 7.50 – all others free of charge)
Students (up to 26 years, with student card) € 9.00
Dogs (muzzle) € 5.50
SalzburgCard: one time free ride and quick access without having to stand in line

From The Twitterverse

@PocketGuideSalz

- February 5, 2018, 6:53 am

The colours on the #Untersberg were particularly stunning this morning as the sun rose over #Salzburg. https://t.co/9ZBouK7rkm
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- January 31, 2018, 4:58 pm

If only I had a better camera. The great big moon they’ve been talking about for days is every bit as impressive as… https://t.co/6v7FEE8OrS
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- January 26, 2018, 8:04 am

Who would have thought a cemetery could be such a highlight? St Peter’s Cemetery https://t.co/YlbqepBe0P via… https://t.co/E5lZHQJiQW
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- January 25, 2018, 6:34 am

The start of another beautiful day in #Salzburg. https://t.co/O4yx8i9bnG
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- January 24, 2018, 9:57 am

RT @WurldTwaveller: Lovely clear view from the #Kapuzinerberg this morning in #Salzburg. @MdMSalzburg with #Hochstaufen in the background.…
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