Hiking and discovering in Maltatal valley

The high-alpine landscape around the Kölnbrein reservoir has plenty to offer nature-lovers and mountain sports enthusiasts. Hiking and climbing while enjoying the breathtaking landscape on the boundary of the Hohe Tauern National Park.

Klettersteig Dam High Malta

Klettersteig "Dam High"

The VERBUND via ferrata “Damm High” (German only) is situated in front of the impressive backdrop of Austria’s highest dam wall. Built in 2017, the via ferrata has a total rope length of 200 metres and several short practice and training routes to climb.

There are also several climbing areas to explore along the Malta Hochalmstrasse panoramic road: climbing in the Maltatal valley (German only)
Info Klettersteig Dam High

Hiking and discovering

Hiking in the Upper Tauern National Park is truly a treat. No matter whether it's an easy hike along the Kölnbrein reservoir, a nice day-long tour on one of the three thousand metre mountains in the National Park or a challenging tour to the Hochalmspitze, there is sure to be something for everyone. Depending on the season and the time of day, a variety of animals and plants can be admired and observed in the Upper Tauern mountains.

The parking lot near the Kölnbreinsperre dam is the ideal starting point for many hikes and mountain tours.

It's always worth stopping and standing still on the various hiking routes, in order to take a closer look or to listen carefully. Patience is often rewarded with wonderful discoveries.

We are situated right on the border of the Upper Tauern National Park. Explore Austria's largest National Park starting from our attractions. 


Other useful information

More information about the Upper Tauern National Park

Interactive hiking map of the region

Outdoor offerings from Alpin Sport Koller

Offerings from the Maltatal Valley Vacation Region (German only)


Wandern im Maltatal

Safe hiking

The hiking area belongs to the high alpine regions. You should therefore observe a few points:

  • Use sturdy footwear.
  • Always take some provisions with you on your hikes, especially enough to drink. 
  • Do not leave the marked hiking trails. 
  • Keep an eye on the weather – in the high mountains, the weather can change very quickly.
Skitour Malta

Ski tours in the realm of the Tauern Queen

The mountain slopes around the Kölnbrein dam are a ski tour paradise (German only) par excellence for every alpinist. The Berghotel Malta*** is the ideal starting point for tours of varying degrees of difficulty at around 2,000 metres above sea level. 
Depending on snow conditions, the ski touring season runs from the beginning to the end of May.

Guided ski tours