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Mühlbach High Trail: Arthurhaus to Erichhütte, Hochkönig, Salzburg, Austria

The hike from Arthurhaus (mountain hotel/restaurant) to Erichhütte (mountain hut) is a leisurely excursion at the foot of the Hochkönig Mountains in Salzburg, Austria

Locals call this trail the Mühlbach High Trail (Mühlbacher Höhenweg in German). It’s also stage 2 of Salzburg Almenweg long-distance trail.

The trail traverses mountain pastures and pockets of forest, passing several Almhütten (alpine pasture huts) along the way, including the “Vier Hütten” (Four Huts). 

You can start the hike at either Arthurhaus (paid car park/bus stop) high above Mühlbach am Hochkönig, or at the Erichhütte car park (free car park/bus stop) along the Hochkönigstraße road in Dienten am Hochkönig. 

We parked at the Erichhütte car park and took Bus 593 to Arthurhaus and then hiked back to our car. The bus takes 40 minutes and costs 5.10 EUR per person. You can pay the bus driver directly with either cash or card. 

You can extend this hike by hiking to the Hochkeil summit and/or the Mitterfeldalm hut from Arthurhaus or to the Taghaube Peak from Erichhütte.

Mühlbach High Trail, Hochkönig, Salzburg, Austria

Arthurhaus to Erichhütte Trail Map

Where to Start the Mühlbach High Trail

Mühlbach High Trail, Hochkönig, Salzburg, Austria

You can start this hike at either Arthurhaus or Erichhütte car park. Both destinations have car parks and are accessible by bus. Look up regional bus timetables on Salzburg Verkehr


Parkplatz Arthurhaus is located at the end of the Mandlwandstrasse, high above Mühlbach am Hochkönig.

The Arthurhaus bus stop is located at Arthurhaus. 

Car Park Location | Google Maps 

Parking Fee | 3 EUR for 1-2 hours, 4 EUR for 2-3 Hours, 6 EUR for 4-5 hours, and 7 EUR for 5-6 hours.

The rate increases by 1 EUR for each hour. The maximum parking fee is 12 EUR for 24 hours.

Payment | Cash Only

Erichhütte Car Park

Parkplatz Erichhütte is located just off the Hochkönigstraße road in Dienten am Hochkönig.

The Erichhütte bus stop is located directly across from the car park. 

Car Park Location | Google Maps 

Parking Fee | None 

Mühlbach High Trail Description

Arthurhaus to Windrauchegg Alm (25 minutes)

Arthurhaus to Windrauchegg Alm hiking trail, Salzburger Almenweg, Austria

Walk towards the Mandlwand, the gorgeous southeastern flank of the Hochkönig massif.

After passing the Sennerei Schweizerhütte alpine dairy, turn left on the wide gravel track in the direction of Vier Hütten, Windraucheggalm (25 minutes), and Erichhütte (3:30 hours). 

The wide track leads west along an enclosed alpine pasture. The main focal point is the limestone Hochkönig peaks, which rise proudly above a belt of forest and rolling pastureland.

Follow the level track through patches of spruce forest and sprawling meadows to the Windrauchegg Alm (1460 m). This charming 135-year-old alpine pasture hut serves homemade meals during the hiking season.

Windrauchegg Alm to Vier Hütten (50 minutes)

Windrauchegg Alm, Salzburger Almenweg, Hochkönig, Austria

The trail continues along the right side of the hut. 

Keep hiking west in and out of patches of forest to the mountain pasture above Riedingalm in Riedingtal Valley. Off to the right, you’ll see the Riedingtal waterfalls.

Mühlnach High Trail, Salzburg, Austria

When you reach the crossroads, ignore the road to Riedingalm and head straight in the direction of Vier Hütten (30 minutes) and Erichhütte (2:45 hours). 

After crossing a stream bed, the path steadily ascends to a line of beech trees. 

Via a turnstile, enter another mountain pasture. The path, now level, crosses a meadow to the Widdersbergalmen. This area is known as the Vier Hütten, which simply means “four huts.”

Follow the road to Schartenalm (private), Molterauhütte (managed), and Brandstatthütte (managed). 

The latter two huts serve homemade food throughout the day during the hiking season. 

Vier Hütten to Erichhütte (2 hours)

Vier Hütten, Hochkönig Mühlbach High Trail, Salzburg, Austria

From the Brandstatt hut, follow the narrow trail across the grassy slopes. 

The traverse brings you to a basin beneath a formidable wall of limestone. When the path divides, take the upper trail to Erichhütte. 

Proceed across the basin covered in thick dwarf pine and bisected by rivers of rock. 

The traverse continues through forest and beneath Taghaube

Views of Hochkönig are lost, but along the way you’ll see the distant peaks of the Grossglockner Group of the Hohe Tauern range, including Grosses Wiesbachhorn (3564 m), Hoher Tenn (3368 m), Bauernbrachkopf (3125 m), and Kitzsteinhorn (3,203). 

Finally, a hilltop Gipfelkreuz (summit cross) signals that Erichhütte (1540 m) is nearby. This refuge is usually open from mid/late May until mid/late October. 

Cross the pasture down to the hut.

Erichhütte to Erichhütte Car Park (20 minutes)

Follow the gravel road down to the car park. 

Where to Stay in the Hochkönig Region

Maria Alm am Steinernen Meer, Hochkönig, Salzburg, Austria
Hotel Eder

The Hochkönig holiday region encompasses the towns of Mühlbach am Hochkönig, Dienten am Hochkönig, and Maria Alm am Steinernen Meer. Most accommodations provide the Hochkönig Card at no extra charge (June – October).

This guest card gives you free rides on regional transit and cable cars and more. Some accommodations have a minimum stay (2-4 nights depending on the season).

Mühlbach am Hochkönig

Mühlbach am Hochkönig, Salzburg, Austria

Budget | Landhaus Rieding is a guesthouse located on the Riedingalm mountain pasture at the foot of the Hochkönig mountains. If you want to wake up in the mountains, surrounded by beautiful peaks and idyllic pastureland, stay here. 

Midrange-Luxury | Das Grünholz Aparthotel & Restaurant is located on Mandlwandstrasse, about halfway between the town center of Mühlbach and Arthurhaus. This family-run aparthotel boasts stunning modern apartments, excellent breakfasts, and spa facilities. 

Luxury | Hotel Bergheimat is another hillside hotel between the town center of Mühlbach and Arthurhaus. The room rate includes breakfast, an afternoon snack and dinner. This traditional Austrian hotel offers spacious and comfortable rooms, an indoor swimming pool, and a spa with six saunas. 

Luxury | AlpenParks Hotel & Apartment Hochkönig is an aparthotel situated in the town center of Mühlbach. Apartments are well-equipped and tastefully furnished. Perks: free underground parking garage with e-charging stations, free summer children’s program monday-friday (6 years old+), optional breakfast (extra charge).

Look for accommodation in Mühlbach am Hochkönig

Dienten am Hochkönig

Midrange-luxury Apartments | The Peak Hochkönig is an aparthotel in the town center of Dienten. All apartments are decorated in an alpine-modern style and have fully-equipped kitchens, dining areas, seating areas, and washing machines. Some apartments have saunas. Extra perk: underground parking. 

Midrange All-Inclusive | Hotel-Gasthof Salzburger Hof is an all-inclusive, family-friendly hotel in Dienten. Stay here for the excellent food, friendly staff, and children’s facilities and programs (e.g. kid-friendly dinner, supervised summer program for kids ages 4+, play area, library, etc…).

Look for accommodation in Dienten am Hochkönig.

Maria Alm am Steinernen Meer

Hotel Eder, Maria Alm, Hochkönig, Salzburg, Austria
Hotel Eder

Luxury | Berg & Spa Hotel Urslauerhof is located in Maria Alm-Hinterthal

Luxury | We stayed at the Eder – Lifestyle Hotel, which is located directly in the village center of Maria Alm. We loved the hotel’s atmosphere, innovative cuisine, and creative design. Here’s our Hotel Eder Review

Luxury | Jufenalm BOHO Hotel & Restaurant is a stylish hotel with a “boho meets alpine” design concept. Stay here for the interior design, dreamy mountain setting, views of Steinernes Meer, and natural bathing pond and spa. Breakfast is included and you can dine in the hotel’s à la carte restaurant. 

Look for accommodation in Maria Alm.

Austria Trip Planning Essentials

Use our Austria Travel Guide and Austria blog archive to plan a unique and memorable trip to Austria. 

When to Visit Austria 

We recommend visiting Austria between June and October for hiking and between December and March for skiing and winter adventuring.

Summer Travel | Summer in Austria

Autumn Travel | Autumn in Austria

Winter Travel | Winter in Austria, Salzburg in December, Vienna in December, Vienna in January, Skiing in Schladming

Getting around Austria

Austria has an excellent public transit system. We’ve used it extensively to travel throughout the country. We highly recommend using transit if you’re visiting cities (Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Graz, etc…), and/or doing hut-to-hut hikes. 

Some areas like Mayrhofen, Schladming and Lech am Arlberg have wonderful seasonal transit systems in place (e.g. summer hiking buses). However, if you’re not visiting during the high season, bus frequencies are significantly reduced and it’s far easier to get around with your own vehicle. 

If you’re planning on visiting multiple destinations across  Austria, we recommend renting a car. 

Use these road trip itineraries for trip planning inspiration:

Start in Vienna | 2 Week Austria Road Trip

Start in Salzburg, or Munich | 1 Week Austria Road Trip

Start in Munich | 10-Day Bavarian Alps & Tyrolean Alps Road Trip  

Car Rental 

We recommend using the car rental reservation platform to search for and book car rentals. This easy-to-use booking platform compares car rental deals from 500+ trusted providers, so that you can choose the best option for your trip.

Check car rental rates here

If you’re driving into Austria from a neighboring country, don’t forget to purchase a vignette at/near the border. 

Hiking in Austria

Where to Hike in Austria

Read Austrian Alps Hiking Destinations for an overview of where to hike in Austria, with tips on specific trails and where to stay. Also check out Best Day Hikes in Austria and these region-specific hiking guides:

Tyrol | Innsbruck Hikes

Salzburg | Salzburg Hikes, Filzmoos Hikes

Styria | Schladming Hikes

Vorarlberg | Vorarlberg Hikes, Lech am Arlberg Hikes

Lower Austria | Vienna Mountains Hikes

Hut to Hut Hiking Austria 

Austria is a premier hut-to-hut and long-distance hiking destination. The quality of the mountain huts are superb. We particularly love the high-alpine trails, which are called Höhenwege in German. We’ve summarized our favorite multi-day hikes in Trekking Austria. If you’re new to hut hiking, read this in-depth guide to Hut to Hut Hiking in Austria.

Hiking Essentials

What to See & Do in Austria

1. Visit a gorge like the Liechtenstein Gorge in Salzburg, or Wolfsklamm Gorge in Tyrol.

2. Bathe in the thermal pools of an Austrian Therme like Aqua Dome in Tyrol

3. Stay in a thermal spa hotel like Rogner Bad Blumau in Styria, EurothermenResort Bad Ischl in Upper Austria, or the Aqua Dome Hotel in Tyrol.

4. Hike to a mountain lake like Lake Tappenkarsee in Salzburg or Lake Drachensee in Tyrol.

5. Go Wine Tasting in South Styria.

6. Marvel at the culture, music, and architecture of Vienna.

7. Eat heartwarming mountain food in an Almhütte at Grosser Ahornboden in Tyrol, or Ursprungalm in Styria. 

8. Drive the Grossglockner High Alpine Road in Hohe Tauern National Park. 

9. Visit the castles, monasteries, and wine taverns of the Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

10. Watch a Krampus Run: Krampus Parade in December.

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2 thoughts on “Mühlbach High Trail: Arthurhaus to Erichhütte, Hochkönig, Salzburg, Austria”

  1. How would you get back to your car at the end of the hike? It looks like the buses don’t connect one car park to the other, though each is individually accessible by bus. I would love to do this as a day hike in early September, but me and my significant other are relatively new to hiking, and it’ll be our first time in Austria. Are there no options other than simply turning around? This looks like a lovely hike, and I’m excited to try it!

    • Hi Dana,
      We parked at the Erich hut parking lot and took Bus 593 to Arthurhaus to start the hike and then hiked back to our car following this trail.


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