Salzburg’s mountain lifts are extraordinary. In winter as well as in summer they will leave you wanting for nothing. The ten Salzburg’s best summer mountain lifts are of the very highest quality and have fulfilled many criteria, ensuring you can expect plenty along the lines of adventure, family, enjoyment, panoramas and nature experience from them. With 100 very strict criteria to fulfil, the lifts must also continue to offer new experiences, so the seal of approval is not easy to achieve. That’s why you can expect a very special and unforgettable time from the following mountain lifts this summer.
Gasteiner Bergbahnen – Stubnerkogel & Schlossalm
The Stubnerkogel in Bad Gastein isn’t just a legendary mountain for skiing. The views here are also absolutely magical. A 140 meters-long suspension bridge, swaying gentle in the wind, once captured all the attention. But it has been joined directly opposite by an attractive viewing platform, aptly named the “Glocknerblick”. The finishing touch to this alpine experience is added by the rock trail, yet another marvelous opportunity to take in even more truly imposing views. There is also another highlight for small guests – the fun center is the right place with great activities for kids.
On the Family Mountain Schlossalm in Bad Hofgastein, you will hike via beautiful hiking paths along the shores of the Schlossalmsee, search for mysterious creatures in the rock and conquer a variety of 6 different via ferrata climbs, ranging from rookie to expert. Likewise, the big playground on the Schlossalm offers many opportunities for the kids to run, play and work off some of that pent-up youthful energy. Right next to the lift mountain station on the Schlossalm, children and adults can both hone their balance skills in the Slackline Park, with many different levels of difficulty to challenge you.
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Kaprun – Kitzsteinhorn
Surrounded by the highest peaks of Austria, the Kitzsteinhorn takes you into the majestic world of mountains, peaks and ice. Direct on the border of the Hohe Tauern National Park, and located at above 3,000 m, GIPFELWELT 3000 promises glorious views and amazing insights into high-Alpine nature, with its Nationalpark Gallery, Cinema 3000 and Top of Salzburg panoramic platform.
In the late spring when the winter season slowly draws to its end for the winter sports enthusiasts, the mountain bikes start coming out. A high-Alpine route from the Alpincentre into the valley, offers up 12 km, 1,500 altitude metres and three separate freeride trails of pure riding pleasure.
Leogang – Asitz lift
The Asitz mountain offers up a wealth of fun- and adventure-packed activities in summer and in winter. There are 30 enjoyable interactive stations in the Senses Experience World, a walkable waterfall and games station at Leo’s Water World and fun and excitement aplenty to be had on the summer toboggan run “Leo Klang”. You can experience one of the world’s fastest longest zip wires: Flying Fox XXL, with its length of 1,600 m and maximum speed of 130 km/hour. Bikers will be delighted by Bikepark Leogang – one of Europe’s most renowned and diverse bike parks, which had the honour of hosting the UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships.
Mariaalm – Natrun
Natrun in Mariaalm is full of fun-packed variety for all ages. Kids can experience dizzy treetop heights at the Schlawutzel kid’s tree path or whizz through Europe’s first forest slide park. The forest rope course offers up spectacular leaps from tree to tree. Mountain biking on the Flow Trail, minigolf and archery are also just waiting to be enjoyed. On the forest adventure path the children can have fun whilst learning about nature, whilst the wildlife closure, open the entire year round, offers up deep insights into the indigenous animal world.
Rauris – Hochalmbahnen
The 6-seater gondola takes you up to the middle station – Heimalm – at 1,800 m in a few minutes, starting point for many enjoyable walks with stunning panoramic views. Get close to the “king of the sky” at the Hochalm raptor centre. At the gold panning site at the middle station try your luck as a treasure seeker or follow Tilly’s Forest Path to discover fascinating insights into the animal and plant kingdom. Round off your trip with a gentle stroll around the gorgeous Hochalm mountain lake.
Arrive in comfort with the Kohlmais summit lift, the Schattberg X-press, the Reiterkogel and Zwölferkogel lifts at the magically scenic world of the Glemmtal. High above Saalbach-Hinterglemm all manner of opportunities are to be found for the whole family and for bikers and hikers, which guarantee an unforgettable holiday for all. The four-cable car mountain station is the perfect set off point for a variety of hikes, and over 400 km of marked and well-signed paths are just waiting to be discovered. For bikers there’s a fantastic trail network, countless tracks, freeride and single trails as well as the legendary BIG-5-BIKE challenge.
Wagrain mountain lifts – Salzburger Sportworld
The “Flying Mozart” cable car and the Grafenberg Gondala take you to one of the set off points to the most beautiful walks in the Salzburger Sportwelt walking region. The nature and mountain experience world, ‘WAGRAINi’s Grafenberg’, has more than 30 adventure stations, which begin directly at the mountain station. Take the “Flying Mozart” gondola to Bikepark Wagrain for plenty of action, fun and adrenaline. Flowing downhill and freeride trails, single trails riddled with a cool mix of jumps and tables offer will leave bikers of all abilities wanting for nothing.
St. Johann – Ghost mountain
Take the gondola high up to Ghost Mountain, where after a short walk a ghost train waits to take you to the ghost village. Ghost Mountain guarantees a fun-packed day for the whole family. The youngest visitors will be drawn into the spell of the earth spirits’ realm by the many ghosts and goblins in Gnome Alley. Slightly older guests will love the water games, Ghost Lake, the climbing frames and swings, whilst adults can sit back and relax on the recliners, enjoy the beautiful panoramic views and cool off in Water World.
Zell am See – Schmittenhöhe
As well as action, fun and games for the whole family, you can also expect an ambitious cultural programme in the Schmittenhöhe, Zell am See. Numerous oversized sculptures by international artists can be viewed along the hiking paths, and make every hike into an inspirational experience. Schmidolins Baptism of Fire is a fantastic hiking discovery trail for children and families alike, where different stations and tests of courage await. In the breath-taking natural scenery young and old, beginners or advanced can experience pure riding enjoyment on e-bikes. Adults race around the Freeride E obstacle course and children from the ages of 6-14 put their balance and equilibrium to the test zipping around obstacles on e-bikes at Schmidolin’s Rocket Bike.
Mühlbach am Hochkönig – Toni’s Alpine meadow playground
Experience fun and adventure for the entire family on the Karbachalm, high above Mühlbach in Hochkönig, at Toni’s Alpine meadow playground. Numerous play stations offer hours of fun for the children. The youngest children can give their creativity free rein in the water and sand playground and the children’s thirst for movement will be quenched on the climbing tower, slacklines and with the Alpine Frisbee. Areas for unwinding and with barbeques offer up rest and relaxation for the whole family. You should definitely take the opportunity to do a small hike, and the surrounding hiking paths are all accessible to pushchairs. The Karbachalm is highly recommended for those who like to explore the world from their saddle; take your bike comfortably up in the lift to where a cycling path awaits, guaranteeing fun for all.
Lofer Alpine World
With the Almbahnen I and II you can head directly into the Lofer Alpine World, where you conquer an ascent of 720 metres (from 630m up to 1350m altitude) and find yourself in Austria’s most beautiful hiking Alm with all its possibilities to enjoy. There are 7 looped hiking trails with 4 stunning panoramic peaks waiting to be discovered. Or what about a visit to the adventure playground where the kids can tumble around. Anyone looking to experience up-close the power and beauty of water should definitely take a closer look at the ‘Aud die Alm’ adventure trail. Now, this trail can take you from up top to down below. Hikers and Bikers use the Almbahn I and II for the ascent up to where they find connections to Waidring/Steinplatte, Winklmoosalm and Unken/Heutal. Also for anyone with walking disabilites or those in wheelchairs, the barrier-free cable cars and restauraunts provide a true natural spectacle.
Our tip: One of the best places to enjoy the sunset is at the ‘Rote Marmorsee’ (Red Marble Lake) on the Schönbühel. Located at 1,600 metres above sea level, this lovely spot is easily reached via the Märchenwanderweg (Fairytale Hiking Trail) Nr. 4.