König-Max-Stollen shaft at the end of the Halltal Salt Mining Trail, © Region Hall-Wattens
König-Max-Stollen shaft at the end of the Halltal Salt Mining Trail, © Region Hall-Wattens

Halltal Salt Mining Trail

From the middle of the 13th century until 1967 the Halltal Valley, located around nine kilometres north of Hall in Tirol, was used to mine salt. Part of the path along which salt was transported out of the valley has now been converted into a themed hiking trail with information boards giving an insight into the history of salt mining in the region. The hike culminates at the König-Max-Stollen shaft, which was first opened in 1492 and has been renovated so that visitors can walk along the first few metres. The trail also has plenty to offer for children, such as a quiz corner. All in all this hike is suitable for families, though the 760 vertical metres of uphill demand plenty of determination and leg power.

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Starting point  

Car park in Halltal, Absam

Hike to

König-Max-Stollen shaft

Finishing point

Car park in Halltal, Absam

Mountain chain

Karwendel Mountains

Length

10.8 km

Approximate hiking time

5 h 15 min

Features

  • Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
  • Circular hike

Difficulty rating

intermediate (red mountain trails)

Altitude

1,500m 770m

Elevation uphill 760m
Vertical metres downhill 760m

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* These are approximate values and recommendations. Please take your personal fitness level, technical ability and the current weather conditions into account. Tirol Werbung cannot guarantee that the information provided is correct and accepts no liability.

Parking

Car park in Halltal, Absam

 

Huts serving food

  • Alpensöhne Hütte (drinks only; 1 May until end of November on Sundays and national holidays)
  • Alpengasthaus St. Magdalena (detour)
  • Knappenhäusl (only weekends and national holidays; on other days drinks available via self-service)

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Trail description

This themed hike begins at the entrance to the Halltal Valley in Absam, where there is free parking available. The route leads past a series of info boards giving hikers an insight into the long history of salt mining in the region. The last stop is the Kaiser-Max-Stollen mining shaft. Other highlights on the way include the Bergerkapelle chapel, the Ladhütten huts and the steep "Bettelwurfeck". Return along the same route.

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Your destination address: Parkplatz Halltal, Absam

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