Searching for your next ski break? Look no further than Salzburgerland. Nestled in north-west Austria, close to the German border, this stunning region’s where mountains, lakes and alpine forests come together to form a postcard-perfect setting. And when it’s all blanketed in snow, you can imagine just how magical it is.
But imagine no more! Fly into Salzburg and you’ll have this whole winter wonderland right at your fingertips. Think perfectly prepared ski slopes, stunning scenery that’s yours to explore at your leisure and serene spas for that well-deserved downtime.
Explore the ski resorts
With a total of 70 resorts in the region to choose from, consisting of more than 2,000km of slopes, ski fans will be in their absolute element here. In fact, you might struggle to pick your favourite when there’s so much on offer!
You’ll find all kinds of mountain slopes, runs and trails suited to all abilities and you can hop on and off the modern ski lifts whenever those legs need a rest! On top of this, you can also check out the many cross-country ski trails if you fancy trying something a little different. Hidden away Austrian gem or large scale base with all the modern additions – whichever resort type suits you, you’re sure to find it here.
The fabulous foodie scene
Does the smell of fruity mulled wine and freshly baked biscuits sound like a bit of you? Seasonal fare is the order of the day in Salzburgerland. And after a busy day out on the slopes, you won’t be disappointed with the food and drink in the many bars and restaurants dotted throughout.
Via Culinaria is a collection of ten culinary pathways running right through the region, encompassing more than 330 gourmet eateries along the way. Hop between coffee shops, farmhouse cheesemakers, local spirit distilleries and fishmongers, then be sure to go back for seconds when you’ve found your new faves.
Many of these rustic restaurants have a friendly get-together feel to them where groups and families can unite to celebrate, savour down-to-earth cuisine and make the most of those cosy and relaxed après-ski vibes.
The feel-right-at-home accommodation
Whatever your group size or budget, you’re bound to find your perfect home away from home in the Salzburgerland regions. There’s everything from rustic huts to cosy wooden log cabins and small alpine villages to large designer apartments. So whether you’re a sporty couple who like to spend every hour on the slopes or a chilled-out family who want to try a bit of everything and make special memories, there’s a place with your name on it.
Variety of winter sports
So skiing and snowboarding are probably top of your to-do list on a trip to Salzburgerland – but why stop there? There are loads of other activities on offer around these parts where you can really get to grips with the landscape and experience a whole other world of adventure away from the slopes.
Pull on your walking boots and head out for a breath of fresh mountain air. Join expert National Park Rangers on a fully escorted, torchlit expedition, go on a guided ski tour, enjoy a romantic horse-drawn sleigh ride or take on an adrenaline-pumping sledding or toboggan run through the forest. There really is something for everyone. There’s fun for all the family to be had too with ice skating, curling and snowshoe hiking also on offer. A lot of these activities are floodlit so they can also be enjoyed in the evenings after a day on the slopes – you don’t have to miss out on anything!
Enjoy some me time
After something a little more relaxing? Make the most of hotel-based spa facilities or unwind at one of the six modern spas and wellness areas. After all, there’s nothing quite like kicking back in a bubbling outdoor hot tub while you’re surrounding by snow-capped peaks. Day or night, it could be just the remedy for tired ski legs!
Check out the city
Fancy getting away from the slopes and into the hustle and bustle of a city for the day? The magnificent city of Salzburg is just a short drive away. Impressive medieval palaces are dotted between intricate bell towers and baroque buildings, and when they’re dusted with snowflakes over the winter months, they set the scene perfectly.
Wander the fairytale-like streets and immerse yourself in this Austrian beauty and all the treasures it has to offer. For starters, Mozart and the Von Trapps once called this place home, so you can follow in the footsteps of these music moguls and see what traces they left behind.
When it comes to unwinding after a busy day of sightseeing, you’ll want to grab a seat in an atmospheric beer hall and mingle with the locals. Steins of locally brewed beer are paired with bowls of piping hot, local fare and there are often live bands playing to get everyone up on their feet and singing along.
Has all that got you in the mood for a ski getaway? Slope off to Salzburgerland now…
Posted: 16th Dec 2021. Updated: 15th Mar 2023.