Thorsten and Marius know pretty much everything about sleeping outside and long marches over many high-altitude metres. These two are passionate mountain walkers and allow the readers of their blog, Best Mountain Artists, to participate in their victories and defeats in nature. They both know Saalfelden-Leogang very well even though they live near the city of Frankfurt.
Their special affection for SalzburgerLand goes so far that Marius has a Salzburg Super Ski Card and in the winter, whenever possible, skis not only up on the mountains but also down into the valley. In summer however, skiing is not so much fun. That is why the two outdoor freaks laced up their hiking boots and with Markus the Mountain Guide stopped off at the Passauer Hut in Leogang.
Between corners and edges
Between mid-June and mid-October, it’s especially fun to hike to the Passauer Hut in the Leogang Steinberge. During this period, the hut is in full operation and after over four hours of hiking, a cool beer was waiting to reward the two bloggers.
Thorsten and Marius are accustomed to multi-day hikes. In their backpacks the German bloggers have everything they need to survive: coffee machine, tent and cameras. Also on the way to the Passauer Hut, the two shot countless photos that they displayed on their blog and Instagram channel.
The two found this tour to the Passauer Hut to be very diverse. The start runs along a serpentine path through a lush green meadow. One gets closer and closer to the forest, and on exiting it you finally get to enjoy views of the jagged edges of the Steinberg Mountains. You should definitely not be afraid of heights here as in some places the drop is pretty far.
The icing on the ‘i’ of the Steinberg Mountains
Via ferrata lovers will love the trail to the Passauer Hut. Shortly before the hut you have the possibility of extending your tour across two fixed rope routes – the “Leogang South” and the “Leogang North” offer routes in difficulties of B to D, and invite you to really get sweating again shortly before the finish line.
Thorsten and Marius however left their harnesses down in the valley. As hikers, they enjoyed the steady but leisurely ascent. The major thrill is not so necessary for Thorsten:
What always drags me into the mountains is the nature that fascinates me the most. The most beautiful thing I think is the freedom you get where you can see everything from a different perspective.
The Passauer Hut: Tips, tricks & facts from the pros
- Solid Footwear: whoever wants to reach the Passauer Hut must wear good hiking shoes. Above all, the final one-third can be very difficult to complete with trekking shoes.
- Drinks: on the way to the Passauer Hut, you will find three landscape forms: Alpine meadows, forest and rocks. On the trail itself, there are no places to fill up your water reserves. Tip: Take enough to drink.
- Warm jacket/sweater: when you arrive at the Passauer Hut it can be quite windy. Behind the hut there is snow right up until May and you can feel it, too. That’s why – definitely pack a warm jacket.
- Whoever doesn’t dare to do the whole hike, can book the Alpine hiking taxi to make it easier.
- Shooting the stars? It’s very easy to photograph the stars at the Passauer Hut. In the hut, there are over 40 sleeping places in the mattress dorm. There is also nothing in the way of a beautiful sunrise and sunset.