Winter holidays are not just about skiing. This winter wonderland can offer you lots of excitement participating in other activities - so don’t feel left out if you’re not a skier - have a look at the other activities available for those non-skiers
The Ski-Circus region of Salzburgerland, incorporates Viehhofen, Saalbach, Hinterglemm, Leogang and Fieberbrunn now the largest ski area in Austria, offering over 220km of superb ski runs. There are 3 fun snowparks for boarders, located at Leogang, Hinterglemm and Lengau (beyond Hinterglemm). Excellent off-piste area. There are 78 lifts and 60 mountain restaurants & bars. There are Nursery slopes in Viehhofen, Saalbach, Hinterglemm and Lengau separate from the main slopes. This area is suitable for all levels of skiing. Excellent ski schools located at Viehhofen, Saalbach & Hinterglemm with English speaking instructors. The existing ski area is soon to be connected to Zell-am-see from Viehhofen, with a fast moving Gondola to the top of the Schmittenhoe mountain of Zell. This will be completed by ski season 2017 and will add a further 138km to the map.
Cost of a 6 day lift pass varies depending on season
Adult - from €195,50 (pre season) to €245 (main season)
Youth - from €146,50 (pre season) to €183,50 (main season)
Child - from €97,50 (pre season) to €122,50 (main season)
Prices for ski hire & ski lessons in Viehhofen look at www.skivieh.at or email firstname.lastname@example.org Barbara, the owner will give you a discount for equipment hire & lessons when you mention you are staying at Hansel or Gretl Apartment owned by Julie Smith-Moorhouse
Chalet Alte Bachmuhle has its own sauna which is available for guests to use. A key is provided in advance of your stay or kept in the Apartment. Along the valley are several hotels that will allow outside guests to use their spa and fitness facilities for an extra charge. In the village of Viehhofen, the Hotel Oberwirt has a Wellness Centre including 2 saunas, steam bath, hot tub and sunbed. Dotted along the valley are several more hotels with swimming pools and they will offer a daily rate. We have a list in the apartment. If you want to have a full day’s pampering we recommend the Tauern Spa (click here) located between Zell-am-see and Kaprun. They have 8 pools with 780 sqm of indoor water areas and 810 sqm of outdoor water areas. There are saunas & steam baths and spa/cosmetic treatments. There are treatment packages available for adults and children.
Viehhofen/Saalbach/Hinterglemm/Leogang & Fieberbrunn ski area has 60 bars and restaurants on the mountain. On every corner there is either a quaint little mountain hut with a fire, sophisticated fine dining restaurant, a self-service restaurants & ice bars. There is just simply something to suit everyone - lively or quiet & cosy hideaways. Towards the end of the day, there are well known watering holes that offer live music and entertainment with an atmosphere that you just don’t get in any other Alpine Country in Europe. Austria is simply the best for Apres Ski. The main places to head late afternoon are the Hecherhutte run 68 (heading back to Viehhofen), The Berger Hochalm, Thurneralm, Hinterhagalm on the Saalbach side, the Pfefferalm, Goatstall & Xandlstadl, in Hinterglemm. The Riederalm at the bottom in Leogang - I’ve yet to explore Fieberbrunn this season, so will update when I have tried them out! When eating out there are plenty of up-market restaurants in hotels & in the villages, offering fine dining and a choice of international cuisine. If you would like something more casual there are plenty of cafes and bars serving food. There are nightclubs in both Saalbach & Hinterglemm.
Test your driving skills on ice. There is an ice karting track laid out for both adults and children, speed round on the ice and try to avoid the bales of hay in the middle! Also close by is a full size ice race track which Audi prepare every winter so visitors to the area can test drive the latest Audi models on ice to see how they perform. It is free of charge and you need to have a full driving license to participate. You may be tempted to buy one after the fun.
Winter Quad biking - great fun for all the family, is available at the Glemmy Quad bike track just outside Viehhofen. Look at www.glemmy.at. Great fun for all the family.
You can also hire a "Skidu" - information from the Tourist office. Sometimes the mountain restaurants in particular the "Panarama Alm" on the mountain overlooking Saalbach, will pick walkers up for free from gondola stations if you telephone them first.
A must on a winter holiday is a sleigh ride, being whisked through the woods in the moonlight to a cosy bar in the far away valley of Lengau beyond Hinterglemm. Once there you can choose to stay for 1, 2, or 3 hrs giving you plenty of time to warm up with a Schnapps or a Gluweint (red mulled wine with herbs). Alternatively you can have a fun supper or a romantic meal for two hidden away in the mountains. Then you choose what time you want to come down again and your Sleigh will be awaiting you.
Viehhofen has its own quiet nursery slope with a designated fun area for younger children to play and sledge. If you would like more of an adrenaline rush, try the Toboggan evenings, organised by the local tourist office in Saalbach & Hinterglemm. Start at a bar and finish at a bar and hope you’re in one piece at the bottom - great fun for all ages.
Winter walking/Winterwanderweg is very popular in Viehhofen, Saalbach & Hinterglemm, if you’re not feeling quite up to skiing one day, give it a try. Routes are clearly marked by a dotted green line on the ski map, some of which are very tricky & high, so it is advisable to hire special snow shoes from the ski hire shops to walk these routes. There is a more leisurely walk along the river from Viehhfoen - Hinterglemm/Lengau, which is very picturesque, you will find lots of watering holes along the way & if you get tired hop on the bus. It takes approx 4 hours to reach Hinterglemm/Lengau. It is advisable to wear suitable footwear with grips.
Cross Country Skiing know in Austria as "Langlauf" is very popular and keeps you equally as fit if not more so than down-hill skiing. The closest cross-country ski routes are located in the flat valley of Zell-am-see and Schuttdorf. Further afield there are tracks close to Saalfelden and Maria-Alm area. Maps are available from all Tourist Offices in the region.
The Viehhofen, Saalbach-Hinterglemm valley offers hundreds of miles of walking and hiking paths. Choose from a leisurely walk along the valley following the river Saalach, or a lovely 3 hr walk round lake Zell-am-see. If you fancy something more extreme, you can hike over the mountain from Lengau to Kitzbuhel. Many of the gondolas are operating throughout June - October allowing easy access to the abundance of mountain trails and paths. Several of the mountain restaurants are open thoughout the Summer season offering local and traditional food for you to sample along the way. All the local tourist offices offer group guided walks that meet most days. So if you are a solo traveller you can join one of these groups. A weekly walking timetable is available from all the local tourist offices. To see a detailed walking/hiking map look at our Area Information page.
Viehhofen has a small tennis club with 4 red clay courts. There is a small charge for courts & rackets.
A short walk from both apartments is Glemmy, a well organised off-road Quad Bike track spread out over a 60,000 sqm of terrain - open Winter & Summer. Lengau, at the top end of the valley, has a well organised Adventure park called "Der Talschluss". This adventure park includes a water play park, wood sculpture park, their own Golden Gate Bridge, spanning the valley leading to a treetop walkway with fantastic views of the whole valley. There is also a zip training centre and different zip lining areas for beginners and for the more daring. Full instruction is given and a high standard of safety is in place. A bus will take you to a car park at the end of the valley where you can walk or take a small train to the activities. Open in the Summer only.
For those seeking a bigger thrill there is the famous "Flying Fox" which starts at the middle station of the Asitz Cable car at Leogang. This zip is one of the longest and fastest steel cable slides in the world, spanning 1.6km at a height of 143 meters across the valley. This slide is open all year round.
In Saalfelden there is a summer Rodelbahn/Alpine rollercoaster, 1,500m high and 3,500m long.
The local tourist office and our Guest book will include a list of other activities for family and children throughout the Winter & Summer.
Salzburgerland has so much to offer. Starting with Salzburg itself, where you can take the Sound of Music tour, taking in all the famous sights and singing along as you go! Or wander around the quaint streets with shops and Stubl bars where you will come across Mozart’s house. Take in a Mozart concert in one of the historic halls or take a leisurely boat trip along the Salzach river. Take a trip to the famous salt mines or a trip out to the pretty Lake District area with amazing turquoise lakes. For historians, Berchtesgaden is well worth a visit. A fascinating town with World War II history. Close by you can visit the famous "Eagles Nest" Hitler’s mountain retreat during World War II. A trip to the spectacular Krimml waterfalls located in the High Taurern National Park is well worth a visit. The falls are 380 metres high and on the Krimmler Ache River, it takes about 1 hr to drive or you can go by local train from Zell-am-see, taking in the spectacular views along the way. The pretty village of Kaprun is about 25 minutes drive away, where you will find local festivals, lovely shops and a medieval castle where they often host festivals and evening classical concerts. Information is available on all these places from the local tourist office.
Salzburgerland offers 12 spectacular golf courses. Some 9 & 18 holes. The nearest to Viehhofen is Golf Club Zell-am-see/Kaprun www.golf-zellamsee.at This club has 2 Championship courses which I can highly recommend. Very flat and spectacular views of the Kitzteinhor Glacier. Club house is very friendly with excellent dining facilities. Marie-Alm aprox 20 mins drive away from Viehhofen also has a very pretty 18 hole course.
During the Summer months the temperatures can rise to over 30 degrees. There are several outdoor pools in the area where you can relax and cool down. The nearest is "Captain Hooks" pool in Saalbach, where you will find a lane swimming pool, wave pool and pools with slides, ideal for all age groups. If you go to the Hecherhutte which is located on the hillside behind the apartments, the owners will allow you to use the pool if you have lunch or a meal up there. Further afield are several outdoor Lidos on he edge of Lake Zell-am-see, located at Zell, Thumbersbach, and Schuttdorf, or simply bath in the lake at one of the many swimming areas. Lake Zell-am-See has a sailing club close to the camping grounds at the Maishofen end. Water skiing is available from the lido/park area in Thumersbach. Pedalos and rowing boats are available to hire from the See Promenade in Zell-am-see. Or simply keep cool and take in the views on a leisurely boat trip around the lake. Refreshments and drinks are available on board.
If the weather is cooler, you might want to spend a day relaxing at the largest Spa in Austria. The "Tauern Spa" located between Zell-am-see and Kaprun, has 8 pools with 780 sqm of indoor water areas, 810 sqm of outdoor water areas. There are saunas & steam baths and spa/cosmetic treatments. Treatment packages are available for adults and children. There are also several restaurants and bars on site so you can simply spend the whole day there.
Paragliding and climbing is available locally - enquire at the local tourist office. Lofer, about half an hour drive away, is known for its white water rafting & canyoning course. Shuttdorf airfield offers gliding and flying lessons or scenic flights.
Winter not long enough for you? Need to ski that bit more - why not? Hit the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier at Kaprun between June & September to quench that need for snow during the Summer. Limited slopes are open at the top and the snow will be sugary, but it’s fun to keep your hand in, preparing you for the winter. Sledging & skiing are available at the Gipfelweit 3000. Cafe & restaurants open at the Alpine Centre and at the top Gipfelweit - spectacular views from the viewing decks at the top. For more information about passes/prices see their website www.kitzsteinhorn.at
The Saalbach Hinterglemm valley also hosts the Adidas free ride park on the Reiterkogel and the X-line on the Schattberg, providing challenging downhill mountain biking for every free rider, and one of the longest downhill courses in Europe. Saalbach & Hinterglemm host the Mountain Bike World Games every September where the whole area is taken over by thousands of mountain biking enthusiasts. For those less competitive there are graded mountain bike routes all over the mountain - maps are available from the local tourist office. Road biking is also popular in Austria and you can go for miles along valleys and over mountain passes, depending on your fitness levels. If you prefer a more leisurely ride you can hire a high bred bike from many of the bike hire shops and take a more leisurely ride along the river or around lake Zell-am-see/Shuttdorf/Kaprun valley. Bike hire is available at Lake Zell-am-see close to the campsite.
Shopping is excellent in nearby Saalbach, Hinterglemm and Zell-am-see. You will find superb designer clothes & ski shops and a variety of gift and larger supermarkets. There is an out-of-town retail park at Schuttdorf with well-known supermarkets, designer clothes/shoe shops, department/household stores, DIY/household/garden centres and Kaprun has the largest "Intersport" in Austria. Well worth a day trip or when you return to Salzburg airport allow a few hours to have a look round the McArthurGlen designer outlet - with an abundance of designer clothes/household and gift shops, located opposite the slip road to the airport.