A beautiful hike, wonderful views and perhaps even a conversation with a hermit can be combined in Saalfelden-Leogang in SalzburgerLand.
A bright white chapel nestles picturesquely against the rock north of Saalfelden, above Lichtenfels Castle at an altitude of 1006 metres. It is a hermitage, the last inhabited hermitage in Europe.
The natural rock cave was converted into a chapel in the 17th century when the hermit at the time built a hermitage in the rock at the Palfen as accommodation. Locals appreciate the quiet place as a “place of rest for the soul” and like to come here to recharge their batteries.
The hermitage can be reached on an easy hiking trail, which offers fantastic views of Saalfelden and the surrounding mountains along the way. Those who wish can take a break at the hermitage.
The resident hermit is usually to be found from April to November, as the hermitage is not habitable during the winter months.
More information: www.saalfelden-leogang.com