Dienten: Surrounded by the Hochkönig massif
The village of Dienten with its 800 inhabitants lies in a majestic position at the foot of the Hochkönig massif. With its picturesque backdrop, Dienten is the perfect starting point for exploring the area around the Hochkönig. Maria Alm, Dienten and Mühlbach are all villages in the Hochkönig region. In summer, the Hochkönig massif is perfect for hiking; in winter, the Hochkönig ski resort awaits.
Hochkönig ski resort
Dienten lies in a central position in the Hochkönig ski resort. In total, the resort comprises 60 pistes and 120km of downhill runs, all interconnected by lift facilities. A single ski pass for the Ski amadé ski carousel entitles you to explore the entire resort.
The Hochkönig region, an outdoor paradise – winter activities in Dienten
The “Königstour” is certainly a winter highlight and is considered one of the most stunning ski round tours of the Alps, uniting the villages of Maria Alm, Dienten and Mühlbach on a total of 35km of pistes that lead past the some of the most magnificent vantage points of the region. Six summits and an altitude difference of 7,500 metres have to be conquered in a single day. A memorable experience that will leave a lasting impression!
With a trail network of 40km, cross-country skiers will also be spoilt for choice. For all freestylers, three snow- and fun parks and a fun slope for jumps are available. The Blue Tomato Kings Park in Mühlbach, the beginner’s park Natrun in Maria Alm and the Livingroom on the Hochkeil in Mühlbach invite you to strut your stuff. And if you are not quite ready for jumps yet, head for the Funslope Schönanger in Maria Alm for the perfect blend of action and fun.
When the sun has disappeared behind the mountain peaks, the atmosphere is particularly impressive, and pistes develop a charm of their own during tobogganing and skiing sessions held in the hours of darkness. Every Tuesday at 9pm, the ski schools put on a display of freestyle jumps and stunts that amaze visitors. The night shows with music and light effects are the perfect way to bring a day on the slopes to a close.
Unadulterated nature – summer activities in Dienten
In addition to winter sports, the Hochkönig region also offers plenty of action during the summer months. In the Alpin Park Dienten, brave souls can venture up into dizzying heights. From the Flying Fox to the rope bridge, the high-rope course or the slacklines – if you suffer from vertigo, give them a wide berth! The children’s fun park with a climbing rock and a via ferrata will help the little ones make their first climbing experiences in a safe environment. The water playground with a picnic area is the perfect place for taking a break from all that climbing! Children will always remember their adventures on the Natrun adventure mountain in Maria Alm, and you can travel down to the valley in style in Europe’s first forest slide park or the Natrunbahn cable car line.
For mountain bikers, the Flowtrail is a hair-raising, 2km-long tour that takes them through forests and across meadows at breakneck speed. A tip for bikers: The Hochkönig Card entitles mountain bikers and their bike to use the cable cars free of charge.
The 340km of hiking trails offer a less frantic pace, with an equally imposing backdrop. Choose between a wide range of routes to explore the surrounding summits, for instance the 74km-long Königsweg trail that is particularly majestic, or a section of the Via Alpina that leads from Triest to Monaco. Great fun for all the family are the legend trails that tell you about ghost stories from the region on your hikes, for instance the “devil’s holes” and many more. A herb-themed hike to one of the many herb-studded pastures is also a wonderful experience. The hikes are certified by the Austrian Hiking Quality Seal and add variety to your holiday in the mountains. For culinary highlights, try the “From Hut to Hut” tour that not only affords some wonderful vistas but also lets you sample the typical dishes of the region. Vegetarians and vegans are also catered for – six mountain chalets in the region bear the “V” certificate!
If you want to find out more about everyday life in the mountains, visit the mountain farming museum in Dienten. The museum next to the Grüneggalm inn brings the past to life with a smokehouse kitchen and a show mill.