Hochkönig Road

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State road B164
Landesstraße B164
Route information
Length: 75 km (47 mi)
States: Salzburg, Tyrol
Highway system
  • Highways of Austria

The Hochkönig Road (German: Hochkönig Straße or, in Tyrol, Hochkönigstraße),[1] – the B 164 – is a state road (Landesstraße) in Austria. It has a length of 75 kilometres (47 mi). Beginning in Bischofshofen in the Salzach valley, it runs initially between the Hochkönig and Dienten Mountains along the Dienten Saddle (1,342 m (AA)) and on into the valley of the Saalach to Saalfelden am Steinernen Meer. On the far side of the Saalach the road runs into the Leoganger Tal between the Leoganger Steinberge and the Loferer Steinberge to the north and the Kitzbühel Alps to the south via Leogang up to the Grießen Pass (975 m above sea level (AA)), and via Fieberbrunn downhill again into the valley of the Kitzbühler Ache to St. Johann in Tirol. On the last section the road runs parallel to the Salzburg-Tyrol Railway.


Hochkönig and Dienten valley, through which the Hochkönig Road runs
Hochkönig seen from 3 km below the Dienten Saddle on the B164
Saalfelden am Steinernen Meer seen from the northeast

Since 1948 three sections of the present-day Hochkönig Road in the state of Salzburg have been classified as Class II state highways ( Landesstraßen):[2]

  • The 9.6 km-long (6.0 mi) Mühlbach Road (Mühlbacher Straße) between Bischofshofen and Mühlbach
  • The 5.7 km-long (3.5 mi) Alm Road (Almer Straße) between Alm and Saalfelden
  • The 7.1 km-long (4.4 mi) long Leogang Road (Leoganger Straße) between Saalfelden and Leogang

With effect from 1 July 1962 the last two roads were extended:[3]

  • The Alm Road was lengthened by 8.2 km (5.1 mi) as far as Hinterthal.
  • The Leogang Road was lengthened by 11.0 km (6.8 mi) as far as the Tyrolean state border at the Grießen Pass.

The middle section between Mühlbach and Hinterthal wurde was declared a Konkurrenzstraße (literally "competitive road") by the state act of 11 April 1962. In Austrian legal language Konkurrenz means joint financing of a project by various institutions, of which each takes on a legally defined percentage of the maintenance costs. In this case the shares were:

The Hochkönig Road has been part of the network of federal highways (Bundestrassen) in Austria since 1 Jan 1973.[5]

Traffic restrictions[edit]

The following restrictions apply to the Hochkönig Road: no entry on the B 164 Hochkönigstraße from km 56.251 (Hochfilzen municipality) to km 75.76 (St. Johann in Tirol) in both directions for lorries over 7.5 tonnes (7.4 long tons; 8.3 short tons) maximum permitted weight, excluding recovery and breakdown vehicles, military vehicles and lorries that load or unload, start or finish their journeys in the following municipalities: St. Johann in Tirol and Fieberbrunn in Tyrol, Hochfilzen and Leogang in the state of Salzburg.

Route / Junctions[edit]

Salzburg, Sankt Johann im Pongau District
Pinzgauer Straße B 311
AB-Fluss.svg Salzach
AB-Brücke.svg Salzburg-Tyrol Railway
Salzachtal Straße B 159
built-up area
  Mühlbach am Hochkönig
Salzburg, Zell am See District
Dienten Saddle (1,342 m (AA))

road closed
when snow or ice-bound
December to March

built-up area
  Dienten am Hochkönig
AB-Fluss.svg Urslau
built-up area
  Maria Alm
AB-Fluss.svg Urslau
AB-Fluss.svg Urslau
built-up area
  Saalfelden am Steinernen Meer B 311
AB-Fluss.svg Urslau
AB-Fluss.svg Saalach
AB-Brücke.svg Salzburg-Tyrol Railway
built-up area
AB-Fluss.svg Leoganger Ache
Grießen Pass (975 m (AA))
Tyrol, Kitzbühel District
built-up area
no lorries
Barred to lorry traffic over 7.5 t
from km 56.251 to km 75.76
built-up area
AB-Fluss.svg Fieberbrunner Ache
AB-Brücke.svg Salzburg-Tyrolean Railway
AB-Fluss.svg Kitzbühler Ache
built-up area
  St. Johann in Tirol B 178


  1. ^ Resolution by the Tyrolean Landtag of 15 May 2002, published in the Landesgesetzblatt 23/2002[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Verzeichnis der Landesstraßen II. Ordnung. LGBl. No. 42/1948.
  3. ^ Law of 16 May 1962, with the individual roads taken over as state roads (Landesstraßen) and sections of several Landesstraßen left as such. LGBl. Nr. 129/1962.
  4. ^ Law of 11 April 1962, with which the road running from Mühlbach am Hochkönig via Dienten am Hochkönig to Hinterthal, ,municipality of Alm, is designated as a Konkurrenzstraße. LGBl. No. 118/1962.
  5. ^ Kundmachung des Bundesministers für Bauten und Technik dated 8 Feb 1977 iaw § 33 Abs. 4 of the Bundesstraßengesetzes 1971 within the state of Salzburg, BGBl. No. 112/1977.