Kinder toben auf einem Heuballen, Vater fängt ein Mädchen auf, das herunterspringt
©SalzburgerLand Tourismus, ideenwerk werbeagentur gmbh - SalzburgerLand: perfekt für Ihren Familienurlaub

Family holidays in SalzburgerLand

The adventure waits

The perfect family day in SalzburgerLand already starts with breakfast, or better said with a breakfast buffet. While a family at home sits tired with cocoa or coffee in hand and at most, time remains for a fast muesli or bread with jam, the various delicacies available from the breakfast buffet at the holiday accommodation are hard to top. And which child does not like to taste and savour items while filling the plate with a new treat every morning?

Freshly fortified, guests can get going in a day full of adventure! And the opportunities – in the summer as well as in the winter – are actually also as diverse as the landscape in SalzburgerLand. It is even good to consider beforehand everything you would like to do while on holiday. But it’s a promise – everyone gets their money’s worth!

For hiking freaks

Rucksack packed, hiking shoes laced and off into the Salzburg mountain world! Nowhere else are there more mountain pastures than in SalzburgerLand. And all can be explored on foot, for example along the Salzburger Almenweg trail. It leads from hut to hut in 31 stages featuring varying lengths and levels of difficulty. Many of the huts can also be reached in the course of a leisurely, family-friendly day hike. For refreshments along the trail you can easily stop off at one of the managed huts and savour the delicious specialities. It’s common knowledge that hiking makes you hungry!

Anyone who would really like to offer their kids a little challenge will be delighted by the Alpine Pixie Family Trekking programme in the Grossarl Valley. Over a total of 3 days, even the smallest hikers aged 4 and older manage to march from hut to hut. Plenty of time and energy remains for playing and exploring.

Mountain peaks can be reached very easily with Salzburg’s summer lifts. In addition to hiking trails suitable for children, lots of fun and adventure awaits young and old visitors up above.

Book tips: hiking trails for children
The books published by the Wandaverlagpublishing company provide plenty of tips about hiking trails suitable for children and buggies in and around Salzburg.

Good to know: many of the family hotels in SalzburgerLand loan buggies and child carriers free of charge.

Kinder spielen auf einer Almwiese, während Eltern an einen Felsen gelehnt die Sone genießen

© SalzburgerLand Tourismus, ideenwerk werbeagentur gmbh – Familiy Paradise in the mountains

For winter sports enthusiasts

Whether it is the first attempts on skis, ice skating fun on a frozen lake or plenty of jaunty toboggan routes, SalzburgerLand has quite a bit to offer in terms of winter experiences. Trained ski instructors with lots of patience and stamina help the little “fleas on skis” to slowly get accustomed to the white splendour and to carve the first arcs in the snow. In the meantime, parents can even enjoy the winter pleasure together. Once the little ones are standing reasonably secure on their skis, they naturally want to show their ability to the parents and share the skiing fun. Fortunately, in SalzburgerLand there are several small, fine skiing areas which completely meet the requirements of the little skiers.

Snow tubing is a really entertaining alternative to skiing. Participants zoom down the mountain with laughter and lots of momentum at a fast pace in huge inner tubes.

© SalzburgerLand Tourismus, ideenwerk werbeagentur gmbh – Slopes for both big and small

For action lovers

A few thrills and butterflies in the stomach can also be part of the fun in a family holiday. For example, a visit to a high ropes course is fun for the whole family. Other than a head for heights and also a bit of courage, nothing else is necessary to feel your way from platform to platform at a lofty height.

Little mountain bike pros and those who want to be can really have a fling at Bikepark Leogang, more precisely at the Kids Mini Bike park located directly at the bottom station of the Asitzbahn cable cars. Regular training courses are offered for enthusiastic young bikers in the summer months.

You can also zoom down the mountainside at a lively pace on two or four wheels at the top station of the Schlossalm cable car in Bad Hofgastein. The guided monster scooter and mountain cart tours from the top station to the middle station are a uniquely adventurous way to conquer the mountains.

Kleiner Bike-Profi in voller Montur inklusive Helm auf der Downhill-Strecke

© SalzburgerLand Tourismus, Hammerl – Min bike park in Leogang

For water rats

What would a summer holiday be without swimming fun. There’s also plenty of that in SalzburgerLand. Just think of the crystal-clear lakes in the Salzkammergut region or unique Lake Zell with a view of the highest mountain peaks. Numerous open-air swimming pools and bathing beaches offer endless water fun.

For example, the Tappenkarsee in Kleinarl is a worthwhile hiking destination. It is one of the highest situated mountain lakes in the Eastern Alps. And real water rats are also not scared away from a bit of cooling off in the ice-cold lake after a strenuous hike. A hike through one of the numerous gorges in SalzburgerLand is extremely refreshing on hot summer days. Alone the rushing of water allows you to breathe deeply with pleasure. It is exciting to hike along the trail over narrow footbridges in the immediate vicinity of roaring masses of water.

Familie am gelben Tretboot - Kind köpfelt ins Wasser

© SalzburgerLand Tourismus – Bathing pleasure on one of SalzburgerLands crystal clear lakes

For knights and damsels

Which child would not like to slip into the role of a princess, a damsel or a knight? At Mauterndorf Castle this is quite simple, because the medieval period is alive here! The Medieval Festival held every year in the beginning of July is especially vivid. A visit to Hohenwerfen Castle is likewise exciting. In addition, an exciting flight demonstration organised by the state falconry centre also awaits visitors here.

Kinder verkleiden sich als Ritter oder Burgfräulein

© Castle Mauterndorf – Medieval Experience in the castle

For connoisseurs and taste lovers

For small connoisseurs, the Fuschlsee holiday region has come up with something special. On the Via Culinaria 4 Kids, children are literally enveloped in the true sense of taste. Not only are things tasted here, they are also stirred, baked, kneaded and grilled.

For example, herbs are collected on the way to the Gruberalm in Hintersee, which are then processed into a splendid Alpine herbal pesto up top in the Mayerlehen hut. In the Hundsmarktmühle in Thalgau, herbal salt is produced and at the Oberhintereggerhof in Faistenau there is aside from homemade bread baking also a bread baking diploma.

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A day in the city of Salzburg

Anyone who spends their holiday in SalzburgerLand also has to schedule one day in the provincial capital Salzburg. Even a stroll through the Old Town accompanied by a rest in one of the traditional coffeehouses, including a cup of ice cream, is worth a visit.

Naturally, there are also exciting experiences for children in the Mozart City. The Toy Museum is highly popular among the little ones, while those who are a bit older can’t get enough of the Science Centre in the Haus der Natur (nature museum).

You almost have to plan another day in the city to really get to know Hellbrunn, because not only the well-known zoo and trick fountains are worth seeing. You can easily spend a few hours in the gigantic park, which features a playground, ponds, trees for climbing and a Kneipp (water therapy) area.

Insider’s tip: The “Stone Theatre” is a bit out of the way and is the ideal place for playing hide-and-seek!

Top tip:  The SalzburgerLand Card is an absolute must for adventuresome families. The all-inclusive card is available at a unique price and allows free admission to over 180 sights and attractions everywhere in SalzburgerLand. The card can be ordered conveniently online before the holiday starts. It is available on the spot at all tourist offices.

Fortress Hohensalzburg - view from Kapitelplatz

© SalzburgerLand Tourismus, Bryan Reinhard – Fortress Hohensalzburg seen from Kapitelplatz

Day of rest in the hotel

After so many active programmes the adults might want to enjoy a day of doing nothing and relaxing in the hotel. No problem – many of the family hotels in SalzburgerLand Hotels pamper their guests with spacious wellness areas, sunny gardens and relaxing wellness treatments. And optimal entertainment is provided in the care centres for babies, children and adolescents so that youngsters also get their money’s worth.

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