Holidays in Austria are not exactly low-cost fare, but there are spots you can choose to avoid paying a fortune for a fairy-tale alpine chalet. Villages like Saalbach and Hinterglemm are popular but can be expensive in the wintertime. However, they’re great to visit in the summer when rates are cheaper and the landscape is just as beautiful.
Around 12 miles from Zell am See and a short drive from Salzburg Airport, Saalbach-Hinterglemm is nestled in the Glemm valley, which is on the upper course of the rushing River Saalach. This is a natural paradise for walkers, hikers and wildlife lovers, and it’s a great place to take children for a breath of fresh air as well. Here a few ideas to enjoy a summer holiday in Austria this year:
Hire a bike and explore the mountains: Dubbed “the leading mountain bike region in Austria”, Saalbach-Hinterglemm is striped with trails that are suitable for all levels of difficulty, while modern cabin lifts and charming mountain cabins add to the experience.
Get your climbing boots on: Home to Austria’s biggest rope course, this area has various courses ranging from 10 to 130 feet in altitude. New rope slides reaching up to 1.2 miles are a particular highlight.
Visit the Golden Gate Bridge…in Austria! A wooden pathway and bridge that stretches for half a mile through the Saalbach treetops, this new project is open 356-days a year and provides an exceptional view of the valley.
Don’t avoid Austria because it seems expensive – check out holiday rates this summer and enjoy a visit to Salzburg where the natural setting really adds to the experience.