|Tiefster Punkt||536 m|
|Höchster Punkt||1205 m|
Bernau to Grassau across the Grassauer Almen
Salzalpensteig Alternative Stage 1: Bernau am Chiemsee to Grassau. Choose this walk if your overnight is in Grassau
Alternative Walk along the Salzalpensteig Stage 1, from Bernau am Chiemsee to Grassau (if you are overnighting in Grassau). We recommend this route if you would like to walk the higher trails and marvel at the Chiemgau panorama.
Bernau am Chiemsee
The Salzalpensteig is well signposted. Follow the yellow signs with green mountains on them. (See picture in your info pack)
If you are staying at the Hotel Farbingerhof, start your stage by starting on the country road, CROSS it and CONTINUE straight, following the ascending path. At the next intersection, TURN LEFT and follow the trail markers for the Salzalpensteig.
If you are staying in Bernau, hike along the Salinenweg path. After a steady ascent to the Zeppelinhöhe (a ridge above Bernau), start the descent to Marquartstein.
At the Tourist Information Centre in Bernau, TURN LEFT on to the Stachel-Peter-Weg path, which joins the Mitterweg path. CONTINUE, direction Kraimoos - when you reach Kraimoos, follow the signs to Bergham (viewpoint).
Follow the farm road over a large pasture to a rest area with 2 benches. At the junction BEAR LEFT along the Salinenweg path. Walk between farms, as the trail ascends to a chapel on the left. The trail takes you over hills as you walk to Adersberg and Rottau. CONTINUE straight on the SalzAlpenSteig towards Rudersberg. On the left, pass the Wastlbauerhof Farm, CONTINUE STRAIGHT, along lush pastures. CROSS the small street to the right and CONTINUE to ascend as the path leads steadily uphill.
Leave the Salzalpensteig and BEAR RIGHT following the SalzAlpenTour (sign with 3 blue peaks outlined) trail on an ascending narrow path, direction Hefteralm. The trail joins a wider forest path, TURN LEFT on to it. Walk past mighty beech trees as you CROSS a wooden bridge over the Grießenbach stream. Follow the path along the hairpin bend to the left. Find a comfortable stop to rest as from here you have a wonderful view of the Chiemsee lake.
CONTINUE your hike to Hefter-Alm, following the signs for Großstaffen. You will pass the Moier Alm Hut as you walk along broad forest paths, TURN LEFT at the hairpin bend. From here the trail ascends until you reach a signpost for the mountain forest adventure trail around the small and large Staffen mountains. The path branches off sharply to the RIGHT, and after a short time, you will reach the first station of the adventure path, which has educational stations about the local forestry and flora.
After the eventful circular hike, start the descent towards the Hochplattenbahn (mountain railway) (1050 m) or the Staffn-Alm. PASS the mountain railway station as the trail steadily descends on a gravel path. TURN LEFT to walk through the forest to reach the Rachlalm, a romantically situated alpine hut, which is a quiet place to stop.
Follow the signs to "Grassau, Strehtrumpf", TURN LEFT in front of the Torkopf ridge (844 m) to the Zeppelinhöhe. Follow the narrow path, navigating yourself between the rocks and roots along the trail, CONTINUE to hike to the Strehtrumpf car park, here you will find a sign for the SalzAlpenSteig which provides information about the section you have already hiked. CROSS the parking lot and CONTINUE through a small stretch of forest and TURN RIGHT towards Grassau. At the main road (B305) TURN RIGHT and follow the road to the centre of Grassau.
Visit a shop selling traditional German clothing: https://www.trachten-hofer.com/de and from April onwards, Grassau hosts a farmers’ market every Saturday between 08:30 and 12:00: https://www.grassau.de/achentaler-bauernmarkt-2
Current conditions on the trail: https://www.salzalpensteig.com/etappen/tour/detail/11/salzalpensteig-etappe-1-prien-am-chiemsee-grassau.html
We recommend wearing hiking boots that are well broken-in, plus a rain jacket and waterproof trousers in wet weather, as well as taking sun cream and a hat on nicer days.
You’ll find a detailed list of all the required hiking gear in your information pack, including some good hiking boots, appropriate clothing, a rain jacket, and a backpack.
In rainy weather, the trails can be muddy and slippery. Make sure to wear sturdy footwear with a good sole.