The Pinzgauer Saalachtal province of Salzburg Land is an indescribably beautiful part of the world. Even the most hardened of travellers are astonished by the Alpine scenery when they first arrive in Pinzgauer Saalachtal, especially those who have arrived to use the impressive sporting resorts and leisure facilities which have caused the holiday rental accommodation of Pinzgauer Saalachtal such a favourite with adventure sport enthusiasts looking for that extra injection of adrenaline or those hoping to relax and stroll through the alpine meadows and slowly absorb what they see before them.
From November until April, Pinzgauer Saalachtal is a winter wonderland. The astonishing Alpine landscape is ideal for skiing, and the winter sports heritage of Austria is second to none. There is every style of ski resort in Pinzgauer Saalachtal, from the laid back resort of Gasteiner Tal to the sports obsessed resort of Obertauern. There are over 1,700km of alpine downhill pistes available from a chalet in Pinzgauer Saalachtal, including 350km of black runs and 900km of green/blue runs, making it an ideal destination for families and mixed parties. The cross-country skiing isn’t bad either!
However, it is during the summer when Pinzgauer Saalachtal villas are in the highest demand. Hiking, walking and trekking in the idyllic Pinzgauer Saalachtal Mountains attracts walkers from all over the world, both ambitious amateurs and experienced mountaineers. There hills are crossed with a maze of hiking and walking trails, which can take anything from a few hours to a number of days to complete. The mountains and hills are the perfect landscape for mountain biking too. The dramatic gorges carved by the spring meltwaters do not only provide stunning scenery for walking and riding, but also provide exhilarating channels for kayaking, fishing and white water rafting in the spring.
Throughout the year, there are many other activities to try. Rock climbing, golf and the local game of Pit-Pat (golf crossed with billiards!) are great fun to play, and the region’s calendar is inundated with fairs, festivals and celebrations all year round when the excellent local costumes, local brews and traditional music can be experienced in a brilliantly fun atmosphere.
The famous city of Salzburg is a great place to visit if you would like to take a day off from the frenzy of activity or the peace of Pinzgauer Saalachtal’s spas and natural swimming areas. Salzburg was the birthplace of Mozart, and as a result, there are a range of permanent and temporary displays, concerts and festivals to celebrate Salzburg’s favourite son. You can also organise trips to the caves of St Martin.
Leogang is a huge natural valley which becomes one of the most lively ski centres in Pinzgauer Saalachtal, 35% of which is aimed at beginners. Running parallel to Leogang is the valley of Saalbach-Hinterglemm, the ‘Valley of Games’. It too is an important skiing centre in the winter, as well as a sporting haven during the other months of the year.
Taking accommodation in Pinzgauer Saalachtal in the summer may be a warmer experience than you might think. Summer average temperatures reach over 25˚C, which makes the walking, trekking, mountain biking and climbing a glorious experience. Of course, during the winter, temperatures plummet, although averages are still above freezing point.
The W.A.Mozart Airport in Salzburg (SZG) is just 45km from the centre of Pinzgauer Saalachtal, making accommodation in the area very easy to reach. Ryanair provide cheap flights direct to Salzburg fromLondonStansted (STN).