Nestled in the picturesque Glemm Valley, this laidback Austrian village has something for families, couples and adrenaline junkies alike. It promises breathtaking mountain scenery, high-altitude dining and a staggering range of outdoor activities.
Experience quaint and charming village life
It's easy to see why Saalbach is known as the home of cool, for it exudes a laidback charm that keeps holidaymakers coming back for more. This small, characterful village has a traffic-free centre, with picturesque chalet buildings clustered around a traditional domed church.
But underneath its tranquil exterior, Saalbach buzzes with energy. You'll find so much to do on your Austria holiday in an and around the village - there's never a dull moment.
Saalbach is surrounded by wildflower meadows and snow-capped peaks. These mountains aren't just accessible on foot but also by ski lifts and mountain railways, meaning people of all ages and abilities can enjoy the great outdoors.
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High-altitude hiking and dining
Known as one of the best walking resorts in Austria, Saalbach boasts over 400km of marked hiking trails that cross the undulating green slopes of the Pinzgau Grass Mountains and the craggy edges of the Kitzbühel Alps.
For those who relish a challenge, take the Seven Summits trail up the region's highest mountains for a once-in-a-lifetime alpine view. Meanwhile, Montelino's Adventure path will entertain children for hours with its compelling story-quest and interactive activities.
No walk is complete without a slap-up meal afterwards, and over 40 mountain huts line the trails, providing much needed refreshments after a long hike. The Panorama-Alm hut is the home to gourmet local cuisine, a natural swimming pool and activities including birds of prey training and yodeling. It's worth visiting Saalbach for this place alone.
Saalbach is incredibly well-connected. Linked to other nearby resorts through a free hiking bus that travels through the region. The Noddy train, a tractor pulling carriages, provides a quaint way to the end of the Glenn valley. There are also four cable car routes that can transport you to the nearby mountains.
Despite its unspoilt surroundings, Saalbach is easy to reach by bus, train or plane. It's located 90 minutes' from Salzburg Airport, and is connected by a holiday shuttle that will drop you off right outside your hotel. There's no excuse not to visit, and once you have, it'll be hard to stay away.