Mount Untersberg

Distance: 8 km

The Untersberg Mountain is majestic and mysterious. This “hometown” mountain that rises above the village of Grödig is also surrounded by numerous legends. One of these legends tells of the Emperor Karl V who lives within the 1973 meter high mountain and who rules over his dwarf mountain inhabitants – the “Untersberger Mandln.” As the story goes, he sits at a table, around which his beard has already grown two full times. Legend says that when his beard has grown around the table three times, he will emerge again from his cave and the world will come to an end. Whether or not this folktale is true is not certain, one thing is that is definitely legendary is the magnificent view from atop the Untersberg! Visitors can reach the summit via the marked hiking trails or by the impressive Untersberg cable car, which takes only 8 ½ minutes to ascend 1,320 meters! Whether you experience the Untersberg from the cable car or if you strap on the hiking boots, the breathtaking panoramic view of the Salzburg basin and the Berchtesgaden region from atop this beautiful mountain is guaranteed to chase away all stress or strain.

In order to preserve the natural beauty of the region, the Untersberg region was declared a nature preserve, making it both an ideal place to experience nature and to enjoy many activities. Within the park you will find countless opportunities for climbing and hiking. Thirteen stations along the Nature-Quiz-Path offer visitors the chance to improve their knowledge of wild animals, mushrooms, minerals and trees.

Adults can enjoy themselves in an outdoor pub or relax on a terrace in the sun after a refreshing swim. If you like things even cooler, that’s possible too! A two hour walk from the cable car’s base station brings you to the Untersberg ice caves!

You can see Mount Untersberg twice in the movie: in the opening scene, when Maria sings "The Sound of Music", and in the escape scene (the end), when you hear "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" while the family climbs their way to Switzerland. A lot of footage shown in the very first scenes (Before Maria starts singing), was also filmed from the Untersberg.

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