Austria’s SalzburgerLand Region is more than 50% forest, with 10,000km of hiking trails, 5,000km of mountain-biking and 2,000km of road cycling routes, Europe’s largest National Park – the Hohe Tauern – and 185 beautiful mountain lakes. The ancient trees embellish and soften the Alpine landscape, lending colour, shade and shelter. The physical and spiritual benefits of forest surroundings and wood itself are no secret, and SalzburgerLanders are proud to look after their precious resource.
This healthy environment is the perfect setting for a sustainable summer holiday for individuals, couples or families. For exercise, adventure, relaxation, cultural intake and fine food and wine …. Salzurgerland has it all, and it’s not too late to find availability and great value this summer. Examples prices: from €115 for a 5-night farm stay (get stuck into farm life and taste the produce); from €134 for 3 nights’ in Wagrain (includes 1 entry to Water World, 1 Grafenberg Adventure Ticket, a guided hike, hiking map and sports world card); or, from €204 for 3 nights in a 4-star hotel in the lovely Grossarl Valley (includes health programme and Alpine snack). For further enquiries and bookings visit www.salzburgerland.com
For Wood lovers
Spend a night under the stars in Leogang. The all-wood Forsthofalm Timber Hotel offers ‘Bed in the Forest’ and the Forsthofgut Nature Hotel’s waldSPA invites guests into Europe’s first dedicated forest spa complete with an indoor woodland garden, a natural bathing lake and a secluded treatment zone deep in the woods. Wood-themed accommodation can also be found in Gastein, Salzburg and Lungau where stone-pine, known for its sleep-enhancing properties, is widely used for beds and furniture. Enjoy forest bathing, hiking and tree-hugging sessions in the silence of the forest.
The 2019 Via Culinaria Guide to 300 establishments offers 10 themed pathways to gourmet heaven. This year’s new Organic route highlights the fact that SalzburgerLand boasts the highest number of organic farmers in Europe with more than 50% of its farmers using responsible and sustainable farming techniques. Eat your way around SalzburgerLand on one or more of the following themes: Fish, Meat, Sweets, Cheese, Beer & Schnapps, Herbs, Gourmet, Organic and Local. Enhance the trip with a flexible SalzburgerLand Card: from €76 per adult and €38 per child for 6 days free use of public transport and cable cars and entry to 190 different attactions (12 days €90 and €45).
Head for Zell am See or Werfen to explore new routes. Zell am See’s new trail, themed around local folklore, includes a new adventure playground. Werfen’s Forest Game and Wood Path gives insight into the local flora and fauna and leads to Hohenwerfen Castle above the village. SalzburgerLand’s 10,000km of marked trails have something for everyone from leisurely to strenuous, through virgin forest, across rolling meadows and rugged mountains.
For Spa Junkies
SalzburgerLand is unrivalled in Europe for the high number of thermal, medical and pampering spas. The Gastein Valley with its 18 natural hot springs has been a health pilgrimage since Roman times. Altenmarkt, Golling and Zell am See-Kaprun have mega waterworlds for exercise, relaxation and family fun, while villages such as Bad Vigaun, near Salzburg, offer dedicated healing spas.
Embrace the challenge of 7000km of cycling routes of which 5000km, including the long Lungau Extrem, are an open playground for mountain bikers and freeriders. New trails introduced every year include Matzalm in Leogang, The Single in Grossarl, Hirschleiten in Kleinarl and Flow at Hochkonig. Bike parks are a brainchild of the SalzburgerLand region; there are fine examples at Leogang, Wagrain, Saalbach and Kaprun. Diverse and accessible public cycling events such as Fuschl’s famous Eddy Merckx Classic (September 7) roll through an awesome Alpine landscape. E-bikers also have dedicated routes, including the scenic Slow Bike Tour (4 stages, 164kms/2508m elevation change), well signposted and equipped with rental and charging stations at regular intervals.
Build a holiday around routes varying from 4km to 42km in length, winding through beautiful forest and around lovely lakes, with fresh mountain air to clear the lungs. Flachau’s Strongman Run takes place on July 13: a 2-nights B&B package is available from €112 per person inclusive of entry fee, pre-race pasta party, after-run party and one cable-car ride. Other running events include the FuschlseeLauf on August 25 and the Salzkammergut Marathon at Wolfgangsee on October 19