Insider’s tip: the ‘Einsiedelei’ in Saalfelden

An easy hike to a special place

After an intense hike the day before, the two outdoor bloggers Thorsten and Marius allowed their aching muscle cramps to heal with an easy hike. A walk to the "Einsiedelei" in Saalfelden is ideally suited to that. This place is unique in SalzburgerLand and has an interesting history.

When Thorsten and Marius, outdoor bloggers at Best Mountain Artists, are on the go, they like to travel where not so many others go. “I have always enjoyed capturing moments and showing those who don’t come along, how beautiful it is here”, says Marius. The two have found such a special place in Saalfelden-Leogang with the Hermitage, and they added it to their long list of highlights in Saalfelden-Leogang. It’s a half an hour walk from the Bürgerau Car Park to the Hermitage. Once at the top you will find a chapel which has been built into the rock.

Einsiedelei in Saalfelden

© SalzburgerLand Tourismus, Fräulein Floras Favourite Hangouts – Einsiedelei

What is the Hermitage in Saalfelden?

High above Saalfelden, there is a wonderful view over the whole valley from the Hermitage. This was formerly necessary as, at that time, the Hermitage was the home of hermits who watched out for fires. If they saw a fire, they rang the bell and alerted the fire brigade. This custom is of course outdated by modern technologies. Nevertheless, the Hermitage has been inhabited since time immemorial.

Einsiedelei in Saalfelden

© SalzburgerLand Tourismus, Fräulein Floras Favourite Hangouts – Einsiedelei

When Thorsten and Marius visited the Hermitage, the hermit Stan Vanuytrecht was smoking a pipe just in front of his house. His long beard and cowl are quite striking, and so some other visitors take advantage of the chance to speak with him. The Hermit’s Chapel, which has been built into the mountain and is decorated with statues of the Saints, also impressed the two bloggers.

View from Einsiedelei in Saalfelden

© SalzburgerLand Tourismus, Fräulein Floras Favourite Hangouts – View from the Einsiedelei

The way back to the car park took around an hour. Here you can stroll along a small forest road, past a small river and back to the present.

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