Summer holidays to Saalbach, Austria for summer 2020 & 2021 with SNO® Summer holidays to Saalbach, Austria for summer 2020 & 2021 with SNO® Summer holidays to Saalbach, Austria for summer 2020 & 2021 with SNO®
Highlights: • Beautiful and dramatic scenery • Seven Summits hiking trail • 720km total cycling routes
Sandwiched between the green pastures of Pinzgauer Grasberge and the rugged peaks of the Kitzbüheler Alps, the hiking here is as diverse and challenging as you want to make it. 400km of award-winning trails are accessible from the town – 24 of which form the formidable Seven Summits tour. Geißstein peak is our favourite vantage point of the expedition, whilst the relaxed Homeland Path is a firm favourite of families and casual hikers. You’ll find the gentlest routes around Pinzgauer Grasberge, including the track at the summit of Mt. Zwolferkogel (if you take the cable car of the same name, you can skip the steep hike). Follow the Herbal Trail, which starts at the tip of the Reiterkogel gondola and is a fascinating tour of Alpine herbs and wild flowers. The Glemmtal valley welcomes Nordic walkers with 10 signposted routes in the ‘Nordic Fitness Alpincircus’. Saalachtaler Promenade is lovely and gentle if you’re starting off and the Kohlmaisrunde trail has some awesome views of the Northern Limestone Alps. The tenth trail, called the ‘end of the valley’ is the most challenging, with lots of uphill but is well worth it for the waterfall, which is pretty spectacular.
There’s no two ways about it – the Saalbach ‘Bike Circus’ has MTB terrain to rival the rest of the world. XC and enduro riders are spoilt for choice with around 200km of marked trails (not to mention access to a whopping 750km across the region) and you can go way further if you’re handy with a map and compass. Freeriders and downhillers will find plenty to get the adrenaline pumping, with serious descents at the Adidas Freeride Park as well as in the legendary Bikepark Leogang, which is linked by lifts. Our favourite is the 6km long ‘X-line’, which drops 1000m from start to finish...
If you’re road cycling, start in town and take the main road to Hinterglemm, followed by a right turn at Wiesern up the Pfefferweg road. Climb the hairpins until you reach the first set of huts, traverse the Lindlingweng while taking in the great views, then tuck and shoot back down to Saalach and home.
E-bikers have the largest region in the world to explore and can exchange their batteries at stations in the Bike ´n Soul Shop, Eva Alm, Limbergalm, Spielberghaus and Sky Rest Schattberg.