Overview for The Way of St James in Tyrol
This walking holiday follows one of the routes of the Way of St James in Tyrol, crossing parts of Austria and Germany. While the pilgrimage routes of El Camino de Santiago in Spain and France have become increasingly popular in recent years – which often means overcrowded refuges and paths – the Tyrolean section of the Way of St James offers unspoilt nature, quiet villages and immersive experiences.
Village nameplates en route are often decorated with a scallop shell crest (the symbol of the St James Way), and weathered milestones testify to the centuries-old history of St James pilgrims passing through Tyrol. Here you can experience this pilgrimage in its purest form, and the hiking trails are just perfect.
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Day 1: Seekirchen am Wallersee
Welcome to Lake Wallersee. Seekirchen is easily accessible by train from Salzburg (15 minutes / 20 km, Euro 6-10).
Day 2: Oberhofen – Eugendorf
Take the train to Oberhofen at the Austrian/German border, where the St James Way trailhead is located. Initially, you will walk past soft green hills down to Lake Wallersee. Then follow the lake shore until you reach Eugendorf.
- Walking for the day: 22 km, 6-7 hours ↑450m ↓550m
- Accommodation in Eugendorf (Landhotel Santner or similar)
Day 3: Eugendorf – Salzburg
A pleasant path brings you downhill to Salzburg, where a wealth of churches and religious monuments wait to be discovered. A detour to Maria Plain, a baroque pilgrim church towering high over Salzburg is worth the extra effort.
- Walking for the day: 15 km, 4 hours ↑250m ↓350m
- Accommodation in Salzburg (Goldenes Theater or similar)
Day 4: Salzburg – Großgmain – Bad Reichenhall
Across the city of Salzburg, you walk in the direction of Mount Untersberg. At the little town of Großgmain, you cross the German border, and afterwards you reach the Bavarian spa town of Bad Reichenhall. Bad Reichenhall was awarded Alpine Town of the Year 2001. It is a traditional centre of salt production, obtained by evaporating water from brine ponds.
- Walking for the day: 19 km, 5-6 hours ↑250m ↓200m
- Accommodation in Bad Reichenhall (Brauereigasthof Hotel Bürgerbräu, Dora or similar)
Day 5: Bad Reichenhall – Unken
Today you follow the river Saalach back into the county of Salzburg. Past Lake Salzachsee, you will walk deeper and deeper into the mountains. The winding path partly follows the picturesque river bank, the river wildly running between steep rock walls.
- Walking for the day: 19 km, 5-6 hours ↑300m ↓200m
- Accommodation in Unken (Kirchenwirt Landhotel or similar)
Day 6: Unken – Waidring/St Ulrich
At first, you follow the river Saalach into the widening valley around the picturesque mountain village of Lofer. In front of you, the steep ridges of the Loferer Steinberge mountain range seem to scrape the sky. Through Strubpass you cross back into Tyrol.
- Walking for the day: 22 km, 6-7 hours ↑500m ↓300m
- Accommodation in Waidring/St Ulrich (Pension Gschwentner or similar)
Day 7: Waidring/St Ulrich – St Johann
Today you can choose one of two alternative routes. You can walk on the dyke path to St Johann, or you can hike past Lake Pillersee and St. Jacob’s church to St Johann.
- Walking for the day: 26 km, 7 hours ↑370m ↓500m (shorter option: 16 km, 5 hours ↑100m ↓200m)
- Accommodation in St Johann (Gasthof Mauth, Hotel Theresia or similar)
Day 8: Departure or Onward Travel
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3-star hotels, country inns and guesthouses as indicated in the itinerary, including one night in a 4-star hotel in Salzburg. We have carefully hand-picked all places and regularly monitor their quality. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.
*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.
Breakfast is included. When no restaurant location is available on route lunches and snacks should either be bought from local shops, or packed lunch can be pre-ordered from your hotel the night before. Dinner is available either from the restaurant in your hotel or restaurants in the village near your hotel.
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Our recommended arrival airport for this holiday is Salzburg.
Flight information can change rapidly, and not all flights run daily. Please do check directly with the airlines’ websites or Skyscanner before finalising any booking with us. Please do not book your flights before we have confirmed your booking.
Transfers to/from Airports
Seekirchen is 15 minutes from Salzburg by train. The train ride form St Johann back to Salzburg takes 2-2.5 hours. Visit the OBB website for up-to-date timetables and fares or check the link below.
Airport transfers by train are recommended for this trip, as they are much cheaper and take less time than car or bus transfers.
All hotel to hotel luggage transfers on walking days are included.
A comprehensive and reputable travel insurance policy is essential to your enjoyment and peace of mind while on an active holiday. It is highly recommended when booking with us that all group members have valid travel insurance which includes cover for all activities included in your trip. We have teamed up with to offer you adequate cover at a great value from a reputable insurer, and it takes only a few minutes to buy online.
- Language: German. In big cities, many people speak English, but in remote areas, this might not be the case. However, most of the hotel personnel where we stay speak English and are ready to help you. Road signs/markers are in Latin alphabet – and you can always call our 24/7 helpline if there are any problems.
- Electric supply and plugs: 220V, 50hZ, two-pin round plugs.
- Currency: We strongly advise taking sufficient cash for your daily requirements. Banks and ATMs are available, and credit/debit card payments are widely accepted in towns and cities and big petrol station chains but might be limited at some of the villages you visit.
- Up-to-date travel advice on Austria is available here. Detailed travel information and hints will be provided in your holiday information pack.
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Difficulty Grade: Moderate
The Way of St James in Tyrol is appropriate for experienced walkers and requires a sound level of fitness. Total walking is 112 km, on average 19 km (6 hours) per walking day. Overall elevation gain is 1,850 m, average elevation gain per walking day is 300 m (read more about difficulty grades).
We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never try to shorten the path through the unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps, and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.
When to Go
This trip is available from April until October. Late spring, the whole summer and early autumn are beautiful in the Tyrolean Alps. The best months for walking are in the summer months between June and September when the weather is most stable.
The flexibility of self-guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates and you can start your trip on any date in the season – so please indicate desired beginning date when booking.
The climate in the region is continental, cold and temperate. Depending on location and altitude, temperatures vary, but, in the May-September period, the daily averages are 15 – 25C. Spring and autumn are cooler with occasional rain. Expect the weather to change rapidly during the day.
What to Bring
We recommend that you travel as light as possible – airlines might charge you an extra fee, and during ground transfers, the place might be limited. Ideally, you should bring one piece of luggage weighing not more than 25 kg (to be checked in) and a daily pack (15 – 20 l rucksack) for your everyday essentials (snacks, drinking water, camera, etc.). Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. More detailed info will be included in your holiday information pack. If you need further advice, please contact a reputable outdoor retailer or us.
- Good hiking boots
- Hiking socks
- Several t-shirts (cotton or preferably breathable/fast drying)
- Packable waterproof and windproof jacket with hood
- Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece
- Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside accommodation
- Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve
- Hat/Baseball cap
- Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies)
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- Detailed pre-departure holiday information pack including GPS-checked and regularly updated route descriptions, road notes and maps (electronic copy + one printed copy per party)
- 6 nights in a mix of 3-star hotels, country hotels and guesthouses with breakfast
- 1 night in a 4-star hotel in Salzburg with breakfasts
- Train fare Seekirchen – Oberhofen on Day 2
- Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel on all walking days
- 24/7 assistance by phone
- Where individual members of a group require a single room, a supplement is applicable
- This holiday is available for solo travellers. As costs are not shared, a supplement is payable on the standard trip cost.
Other Trip-Related Costs
- Airport train fares (to/from Salzburg)
- Entrance fees for attractions and museums
- Flights and airport transfers
- Lunches and dinners
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses such as snacks, drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
- Any items not specifically mentioned in the programme
- one extra night in Salzburg before or after the holiday
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Firstly we really enjoyed the holiday. Everything went to plan and all the accommodation was great. Dear Alex and Helmut, thank you very much for looking after us during our holiday! We enjoyed every minute of our walking itinerary and sightseeing that we have done. We are both very happy and already miss walking in Tirol. We are thinking to continue the walk from the point we stopped sometimes hopefully next year. It was one of my best holiday!!!! Huge thanks.
No real criticism - the only thing I would say is a lot of the walking was on cycle trails or roads and at times this was bit of a pain and the better walking was on smaller paths through woods and along rivers - but this is not a fault of the holiday as theta is where the trail goes! I might choose a different trail next time. Best bot was probably St Johann - lovely place.
I would rate it 5 out of 5.
Firstly we really enjoyed the holiday. Everything went to plan and all the accommodation was great.
Dear Alex and Helmut, thank you very much for looking after us during our holiday! We enjoyed every minute of our walking itinerary and sightseeing that we have done. We are both very happy and already miss walking in Tirol. We are thinking to continue the walk from the point we stopped sometimes hopefully next year. It was one of my best holiday!!!! Huge thanks.