Gaisberg & Gaisberg Road
The Gaisberg is a popular local mountain just a few kilometers from the city center of Salzburg itself. With an elevation of 1287 m above sea level, it is an absolute Eldorado for recreational sports, hiking and nature. Readily accessible year-round, for the most part it is also suitable for children, with all kinds of opportunities for outdoor exercise, games and a bite to eat.
In summer, the Gaisberg is an inviting destination for road cycling, mountain biking and hiking. “High-flyers” love to launch themselves from the top of the Gaisberg by paraglider – while spectators still summoning the courage to emulate them look on admiringly and allow themselves to be inspired. Yet another summer highlight is the Gaisberg Race for vintage automobiles. In winter, the outdoor program includes ski touring and cross-country skiing: hiking paths and touring routes are kept nicely maintained, while the XC trails are freshly tracked almost every day.
An excellent map provides you with a clear, convenient overview of all cycling and hiking routes on the Gaisberg.
Accessibility and Salzburg Card
Public bus No. 151 runs from Mirabellplatz, through the Gnigl part of Salzburg and straight up the Gaisberg. Once at the top, you are treated to wonderful panoramic views stretching from the city of Salzburg to the Salzburg Lake District, to neighboring Bavaria and, in the south, to the Göll Massif and the Tennengebirge. Rides on the No. 151 bus as well as on all public buses to the trailheads of local hiking paths are included with the Salzburg Card.
Numerous restaurants and huts invite passersby to stop in for refreshments: including Kasnocknwirt, the traditional Rauchenbühelhütte operated by Naturfreunde Salzburg and, on the summit, Wirtschaft am Spitz as well as Kohlmayr´s Gaisbergspitz. The Zistelalm and the Gersbergalm, in addition to being first-class eateries, are also hotels.
Here’s a tip for littler visitors to the Gaisberg: Next to the Zistelalm is a great playground.
Visible from far away: the transmitter mast
Perched on the summit plateau at around 1300 m above sea level is the Gaisberg transmitter with its 100 m tall mast – erected there in 1956/57 – operated by ORF Landesstudio Salzburg. Since 1998, the mast has also been used to conduct lightning research. The mast is struck roughly 50 times a year, which means useful lightning data can be collected right there.