Occasionally you come across destinations that offer an incredible array of activities. Saalbach in Austria, close to the German border is one such place. A destination that can be enjoyed at any time of the year. It is an outdoorsy couples paradise, for it offers skiing, trekking, mountain biking, snowmobiling, archery and even a high-altitude rope slide for those adrenaline junkies. That’s not even half of the list! This place is packed full to the brim of things to do and forget about the stresses and strains of real life.
The area is Austria’s premier ski resort offering a fantastic 270km of pistes and 70 lifts with off-piste tree skiing also on the cards, perfect for those powder days. The area comprises of a number of villages, Saalbach, Hinterglemm, Leogang adn Fieberbrunn all with their great individual qualities sat amongst the Kitzbühler Alps. Come summer time the skiing subsides and the landscape is transformed to an Alpine wonderland with blossoming meadows and wonderful forests to explore. Be whisked to the incredible peaks of Kohlmais, Reiterkogel, Schattberg and Zwölferkogel by the rapid gondolas and chair lifts and enjoy the beautiful scenery. The area is perfect for couples and families that are looking to do activities together. With over 400km of hiking paths there’s so much to explore either by foot, two wheels or skis. Or why not take to the skies paragliding to get a birds eye view. Across the landscape are dotted Austrian chalets and rustic huts where you can enjoy the view over an ice-cold beer or a well-earned lunch. The local cuisine is delicious and all the better after a good dose of fresh air and exercise. The huts give you a great selection from local Pinzgau dishes, said to be full hearty dishes to options more refined and gourmet.
Saalbach is a village that is perfect for those that enjoy a night out after a busy day out – for those that like to keep their daily itinerary full. It’s a lively place with a great number of hotels, restaurants and bars to relax in after a day on the mountains. The village’s traditional style buildings are located around a central domed church and the streets are thankfully free from through traffic. The village is lively and you’re sure to see ski boots still on late in to the evening or early morning! The other hamlets, such as Hinterglemm are a little quieter perhaps slightly better for those that like a quieter atmosphere or simply prefer to be a bit more secluded.
When you arrive at Saalbach why not get the ‘Joker Card’. It’s an access all areas pass that includes unlimited use of the mountain lifts, bike trails and hiking routes, with specific family routes that are themed to explore and learn about the nature of the mountains. It also covers free use of the tennis courts and outdoor swimming pool. There’s loads more too, such as use of the X-line at Schattberg – a 6km cycle route with over a 1,000m drop. For a more relaxed activity, why not try mini golf in Saalbach?
When it comes to accommodation, true to form visitors are also spoilt for choice in this area too. There is something to suit every taste with fully-equipped holiday apartments and hotels that offer every facility you could possibly want, from saunas to swimming pools, beauty treatments and spas to even Biohotels. For those travelling in a group, then why not hire one of the mountain huts where you can all stay in a property to complement this fantastic landscape.
So if you’re looking for an outdoor holiday, there can be fewer choices that are more plentiful in ideas than Saalbach. In fact, there is so much to do, that it is probable you simply won’t have enough time. You’ll have to go back next season to get your fix of winter or summer activities.