Hiking Village and Herbal Knowledge
Unken, the gateway to Pinzgau, opens up completely new views of the Salzburger Saalachtal and welcomes its guests with a breath-taking panorama. But this hiking village with around 2000 residents doesn’t only have a lot to offer visually. Unken is one of the few places which has been awarded the Austrian Hiking Seal of Quality – a much sought-after award which is only granted when special criteria are met (including particularly attractive hiking paths, the highest quality standards of infrastructure, hiking hosts and services). You can learn about farm life in the olden days at the Kalchofengut. Travelling to the region via the “kleines deutsches eck“, the building with the inscription TEH® right at the Steinpass, the former border crossing point, catches the eye. TEH stands for “Traditionelle Europäische Heilkunde“, or “Traditional European Medicine“ and the association of the same name has its headquarters in the former customs’ house. Here you can learn interesting facts about this form of healing and the resident academy as well as buy herbal products, craft items and presents for various occasions to take home. Leaving the village centre of Unken to the north you reach the idyllic Heutal after a short ride by car or e-mountain bike. In summer hikers find countless paths into the mountains to discover the unique nature and find peace and relaxation. In winter families can carve their turns in the small but beautiful ski area and cautiously try out more difficult conditions step by step. The area is mainly known as an eldorado for ski tourers who explore the surrounding mountain world themselves starting in Heutal. In the warm months, back in the valley, the Saalach with its crystal-clear mountain water awaits sports enthusiasts looking to cool off. The leap into the raging water before drying off on the bank in the sunshine is a special experience. This doesn’t just apply to the many cyclists who hit the mountain trails and the Tauern cycle path, but also the pilgrims on the Jakobsweg (Way of St. James) who like to take a break here, cool down and enjoy the regional delicacies in the local restaurants.