Alpine Salzburg region
Take a guided morning walking tour of Salzburg around the historic old town including the Salzburg Cathedral and the Festival District. We board our bus to drive to the traditional village of Unken where we arrive at around noon for a lunch break and a short visit to the local parish church.
We start our walk on the way of St. James leading from Unken along the river Saalach to Reith where our bus will pick us up. Some say that this part of the way of St James in Austria is one of the beautiful stretches. After the walk we board our bus and drive to visit the pilgrim church of Maria Kirchenthal.
Possibility for a coffeebreak in a Gasthof next to the church before we are on our way back to the hotel.
Whether you want to participate in exciting sports, or simply wish to enjoy a relaxing holiday, the picturesque villages Lofer, St.Martin, Unken and Weissbach serve as central starting points for many excursions in the holiday region of Salzburg Saalachtal. The Saalachtal (Saalach valley) is the name of the middle and upper reaches of the Saalach, a mountain river in the Austrian state of Salzburg (Pinzgau and Flachgau regions) and the southern part of the German state of Bavaria (in Berchtesgadener Land).
The area of the 4 parishes Lofer, St. Martin, Unken and Weißbach was called Lover“ starting from acquisition of the land by the Bavarians in the 7th / 8th Century. The original parish „Lofer“ was divided into four separate parishes: the mother-parish St. Martin and Unken 1812, Weißbach, 1891 and Lofer 1955. The old Romanesque chapel St.Martin in the 15th century.was rebulilt as a Gothic church, which in the 17th Century was renovated in baroque style. The Gothic Madonna and Child did not match the Baroque style and were removed. They were brought up into the high valley of the „Kircher.“ Soon it was necessary to house the initial Bildstöckl in a small chapel which also had to be enlarged after a short time to accommodate the increasing number of pilgrims. The architect Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach was appointed by Archbishop Ernst von Thun to draw up plans for a church, which was erected in the years 1694-1701.
The pilgrimage church of Maria Kirchental is also known the Pinzgauer cathedral. Today, tourism is the main industry in Saalachtal
Salzburg, city of churches, Mozart and Sound of Music
beautiful Maria Kirchental, cathedral of the Pinzgau region