Gaisberg & Gaisberg Road
Standing on the outskirts of Salzburg the Gaisberg is an Eldorado for fans of outdoor exercise, hikers and nature lovers.
Sporting Opportunities on the Gaisberg
In summer, you can take advantage of this local Salzburg mountain for many different sporting activities: including road cycling, mountain biking, slow-biking and hiking. In addition, you can even use the summit of the Gaisberg to take to the skies with your paraglider. If you are not in the mood to fly yourself, you can simply watch as other intrepid aviators launch themselves into the air.
Winter is used for ski-touring or cross-country skiing. The Gaisberg is a great destination for authentic winter experiences, for Salzburg locals and visitors alike: XC trails, hiking paths and touring routes are all maintained, most on a daily basis.
Access and Hikes
If you don’t happen to have your own car, not to worry: You can also take the "Gaisberg" bus from Mirabellplatz square via Gnigl to the top of the Gaisberg.
Once up there, you will be treated to wonderful panoramic views extending from Salzburg City to the Salzburg Lake District, neighboring Bavaria, as well as to the Göll Massif and the Tennengebirge to the south. With around 1.3 million visitors annually, Gaisberg summit is among the most appealing excursion destinations close to Salzburg.
One of the most popular hikes is the Gaisberg Rundwanderweg, at approximately the same elevation as the “Zistel”, taking you on a five-kilometer hike all the way around the mountain. Alternatively, the Zistelrunde is just 2.5 km in length. All of the hiking paths on the Gaisberg are clearly marked.
Dining and Accommodations on the Gaisberg
Numerous restaurants and hotels invite you to stop in for refreshments, enjoy the views and even spend your holidays. The most popular choices include the Zistelalm, Gersbergalm, Mitteregg, as well as the traditional Rauchenbühelhütte, operated by the Friends of Nature Association.
Our special tip for smaller visitors to the Gaisberg: a great playground next to the Zistelalm, where the kids can enjoy all kinds of games while mom and dad peacefully sip on a cup of coffee.
The Transmitter Mast on the Gaisberg
Located on the summit plateau at around 1300 meters above sea level is the Gaisberg transmitter for ORF Landesstudio Salzburg, boasting a 100-meter high mast that was originally built in 1956/57.
Since 1998, lightning strikes have also been researched here. The some 50 strikes that hit the transmitter mast annually can now be measured directly. A special camera also runs continually, taking 1,000 pictures per second.
History of the Gaisberg Road
A railroad operated on the Gaisberg at the beginning of the 20th century. The last scheduled passenger trains operated on October 30, 1928. The tracks were removed in 1930 upon opening the Gaisberg Road to traffic in 1929.
The Gaisberg Road was commissioned in 1927 and already designed for motor sports competitions during the planning stage. After a two-year period of construction, 700 workers completed one of Europe's most beautiful low mountain roads in 1929. The "Austrian Mountain Rally" was held from 1929 to 1969. The annual Gaisberg Race for classic cars has been held since 2003.