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Saalfelden nestles at the foot of the Steinernes Meer (Sea of Stone), the formidable ridge that divides Austria from Germany. The town, farther up Route 311 from Saalbach Hinterglemm, is a climber's dream, but only for those who are experienced and who can tackle such challenges as the 9,649-feet Hochkönig. At the edge of the Steinernes Meer, signs lead you to a late-Gothic cave chapel, containing a winged altarpiece near a stone pulpit and hermit's cell. Saalfelden is a main stop on the Innsbruck-Salzburg train route.
Sights in town include a 19th-century Romanesque church with a late-Gothic winged altar (1539); the nearby 14th-century Farmach Castle, which is now a retirement home; and the 13th-century Lichtenberg Castle, which is now privately owned.
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Elsewhere in Eastern Alps
- Bad Gastein
- Grossglockner Highway
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