Haus Schneeberg

Ski Safari in Salzburg

Hochkoenig ski resort
Have you ever heard of a ski safari before?
Are you one of those skiers who shred piste after piste and love skiing/snowboarding many kilometres per day on different pistes to challenge yourself?
Are you one of those competitive types who check how many km of pistes you have done in the day and compare yourself on skiline against other skiers?
Well if this is you, you will probably love a ski safari where you get to test a different ski resort every day!
The Hochkönig ski area has 120km of pistes, across 6 peaks, 5 villages and has plenty to offer the beginner or intermediate/improving skier for a week’s skiing.
 
However, if you don’t like skiing the same piste twice, or if you have been to the Hochkönig before and would like to experience something new, your ski pass covers you for all of the Ski Amadé region which has over 750km of pistes – ski and snowboarding heaven!
 
We suggest skiing a different resort every day, and each resort is a maximum of 45mins drive from Haus Schneeberg. You will need a car, or we can organise transport for you, and you need to be able to ski red runs confidently to experience the ski safari!
 

Here is our suggested itinerary for your ski safari:

Day 1 - Hochkönig, Königstour.

It offers spectacular views of the Hochkönig mountain range as you keep the range in view throughout the ski region. Ski at least 35km of pistes starting at Mühlbach, passing through the villages of Dienten, Hinterthal, Hintermoos, Maria Alm. Take pictures at the top of all of the 6 peaks on the King’s chairs provided.
 
Stop for lunch either in one of the many mountain restaurants in Maria Alm offering very tasty food, or at the top of Gabühel at the Steinbockalm with amazing views.
On the way back to Mühlbach stop off for a Glühwein or hot chocolate at Tiergartenalm or Zapferlalm.
 
The Hochkönig ski region tends to have smaller queues than neighbouring resorts, which is why we recommend this on a Sunday, one of the busiest days of the week.
You can also start extra early on a Wednesday for early morning skiing at an extra cost and be the first to ski on freshly prepared pistes.

Day 2 - Snowspace Salzburg - Alpendorf /Wagrain/Flachau- 120km of pistes

Start at Alpendorf, near Sankt Johann im Pongau, a 20 minute drive from Haus Schneeberg, and experience 3 resorts in one day.
The bowls behind Alpendorf keep you high in altitude, and therefore, the snow tends to be in very good condition.
 
The G Link lift now links the 2 aspects of the Wagrain ski area so you can travel seamlessly between Alpendorf and Flachau. There is a new chairlift on the link back from Wagrain to Alpendorf, which now cuts out most of the wait time!
Be careful to time yourself so you know when you need to turn back so not to miss the last lift!
 
In the winter season 2020/21 Snow Space Salzburg will be amongst the largest ski areas in Austria. With the new Panorama Link cable car, which connects Snow Space Salzburg with the ski area Flachauwinkl / Kleinarl and the new construction of the Flying Mozart cable car in Wagrain, winter sports enthusiasts will be able to use more than 200 kilometers of slopes.

Day 3 - Zauchensee / Flachauwinkl 44km of pistes

Park at Flachauwinkl, with easy access from the motorway to both sides of the mountain, a 35 minute drive from Haus Schneeberg.
Spend the morning at Zauchensee and ski the FIS ladies downhill run, and experience the small mountain village and then swap mountains for the afternoon and ski from Flachauwinkl over to Kleinarl.
 
If you do this the second week in January, the FIS ladies downhill and Super G events are held this week at Zauchensee and you can see the ski stars training from Thursday onwards, and competing at the weekend.
 
As mentioned above, this ski area will be linked to Snowspace Salzburg for 2020/21 ski season creating a 200km of pistes ski area in total.

Day 4 - Schladming ski area 123km of pistes

Park at Reiteralm, 40 minutes drive from Haus Schneeberg and ski over the 4 mountains from Reiteralm to Hauser Kaibling.
 
Reiteralm is the training peak for the international ski elite! The elite members of the ÖSV (Austrian Ski Association) train on the Reiteralm alongside numerous international World Cup ski teams every ski season! You may be skiing alongside Alexis Pinturault, Dave Ryding, or you may even catch Marcel Hirsher!
 
Hauser Kaibling is great for families, with interactive pistes, and great for advanced skiers with some challenging runs.

Day 5 - Großarl Tal, 73km of pistes

35 minutes drive from Haus Schneeberg, you can ski from the pretty village of Grossarl, all the way over to Dorfgastein, over easy and intermediate pistes. There are also 10km of freeride routes for experience skiers.

Day 6 - Gasteinertal, 100km of pistes

Choose from Bad Hofgastein, Bad Gastein, Sportgastein
Sportgastein has 26km of pistes and the resort is high 1600m – 2650m, so is good if snow conditions lower down are not too great. It is fantastic on a sunny day, but we would avoid in bad weather as it is quite exposed, and with very few trees to provide shelter and better vision. It is being advertised as a freeride centre, and is great for off piste skiing. It is a longer drive from the house, just over 1 hour, but it is worth it if the conditions are good!
 
Bad Hofgastein is the closest resort, and new for 2019, a brand new gondola to replace the funicular. Ski over to Angertal and down into Bad Gastein.
 
Bad Gastein is in between Bad Hofgastein and Sport Gastein, and has ski lifts going up to 2492m. Choose your resort depending on the weather and the conditions!
There are also some other smaller resorts in the area which are also included on the ski pass, such as Filzmoos, Radstadt, Altenmarkt, and there is also the Dachstein Glacier, if snow conditions are not great lower down. Please feel free to ask us for any more information!
 
At the end of each day check out how many km of pistes you have done with skiline technology by inputing your ski pass number into the website Ski line
 

The best Sledge runs in Mühlbach am Hochkönig

Sledge in the Hochkoenig

If you fancy some time off skiing, or are a non skier, there are a number of sledge runs (Rodelbahns) in Mühlbach am Hochkönig, and in the area of the  Hochkönig.

It is great fun for all the family, and our guests are welcome to use our sledges in our basement if you want to go for a sledge!  All sledge runs are free, but some of the huts will charge you to hire a sledge from them.  The sledge runs are mostly natural paths, and some are also used as roads, so please take care on them!

Reithgut Rodelbahn, Mühlbach am Hochkönig

Rodelbahn Sledge Reithgut Muehlbach am Hochkoeing

This is the nearest sledge run to Haus Schneeberg -it starts approx 200m from the house, from the Skiweg (Ski Path) across the river.

It takes about 15 minutes to walk to the top then there is a gentle 600m sledge down the path, with a few turns!  Ideal for families with younger children.

Kopphütte Rodelbahn, Mühlbach am Hochkönig

Rodelbahn Sledge run Kopphuette Muehlbach am Hochkoeing

This is the most famous Rodelbahn in the village, being 3.6km long and with beautiful scenery.

Take the free bus up towards Arthurhaus, and get off at the Kopphütte stop (ask the bus driver if you are unsure).

Then there is a 20 minute walk – initially downhill (you can sledge this in good conditions, but be careful as cars use this road too), and then keep left, and go over the bridge at the bottom of the hill.  Then the road continues uphill for about 400m.  You will see a path on the left hand side when the road starts to level off, with a sign for the rodelbahn.  This is the start!  If you get to the Kopphütte, you have gone too far!

You can hire sledges from the Kopphütte if you prefer.

The end of the run is in the village, just behind the Gemeinde (Council office) building about 200m from the house.

Pausbauer Rodelbahn, Mühlbach am Hochkönig

Rodelbahn Pausbauer Muehlbach am Hochkoenig

You walk up from the bottom of the village for about 45 minutes to Pausbauer restaurant.  Then, have a refreshment at the top, or a tasty meal.  From Haus Schneeberg, turn left, walk through the village, and after about 400m take the right turn over the bridge towards Pausbauer.

They provide their sledges for free, as long as you have had a refreshment, so there is no need to drag the sledge up with you.

As it is a road, it tends to be a bit faster as a bit more icy underfoot.  Take care with the cars!

 

Grüneggalm Rodelbahn, Dienten

This rodelbahn is in the village of Dienten, and is 1.4km long. You will need a car to access this one.

Rodelbahn Sledge run Gruenegg Dienten

Park at the bottom of the road signposted to Grüneggalm, at the bottom of Dienten village.  You walk up for around 40 minutes, then visit the wonderfully welcoming Grüneggalm.  They are a restaurant, and also a Schnapserei (Schnaps brewery), and they have won many awards for their tasty Schnaps.

Give one a go when you are there!  They do charge for the sledge rental here, but it is worth it!

There are other sledge runs in the area if you have enjoyed these ones and want to try more!  Please ask us for more details!

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Top 10 Austrian Foods

Tiroler Groestl Top 10 Austrian foods

The Hochkönig region is renouned for it’s culinary delights, and has many mountain restaurants with a great choice of food.  Here are our top 10 Austrian foods we recommend that you try during your stay

Tiroler Groestl Top 10 Austrian foods

Tiroler Gröstl

Great when you are skiing on the piste, or hiking up the mountain as very filling!

Fried potatoes, ham, onion, sausage chunks, herbs, topped with a fried egg.

Wiener Schnitzel Top 10 Austrian Foods

Wiener Schnitzel

The traditional Wiener Schnitzel, from Vienna, is made from thin veal cutlets, breaded and fried in butter. However, due to the cost, and personal tastes, Schnitzel is also made from pork, chicken or turkey. The dish is served piping hot with a garnish of lemon and parsley. You can squeeze a little bit of the lemon over the schnitzel. The dish is usually served with either a traditional potato salad, parsley potatoes, or chips.  You will be able to find Wiener Schnitzel in literally every place, so don’t worry about missing out!

Kaisersmarrn Top 10 Austrian Foods

Kaisersmarr'n

Our favourite Austrian food!

Kaisersmarr’n is fluffy pancakes – made with a pancake batter, and then with whisked egg white mixed in to make it fluffy.  

It is then shredded in the pan, and served with icing sugar, and either Zwetschgen (plum), apple, or lingonberry (like cranberry) sauce

Schweinbraten Top 10 Austrian Foods

Schweinsbraten

This is a traditional  Austrian dish that families tend to eat at the weekends. 

It is usually 2 different cuts of roast pork, served with crackling, and a thin pork gravy sauce.  It is usually served with semmerlknödel (bread dumpling), and sauerkraut (pickled cabbage)

Kasnocken Top 10 Austrian foods

Kasnocken

Kasnocken are small dumplings combined with melted cheese. In Germany, “Nocken” are called “Spaetzle”. they are served as a side dish to roasts. People from Austria and from the Allgaeu, a district of Bavaria next to the Austrian border, refined the original Spaetzle and made up their own variety. They added cheese instead of meat and thus created a main dish. In Germany, this dish is called “Kaesspaetzle”, whereas in Austria it is called “Kasnocken”. Today, the Pinzgauer Kasnocken are probably the most famous type of cheese dumplings in Austria, and they are popular among both locals and tourists.

 

Leberkaese Top 10 Austrian foods

Leberkäse

Leberkäse is like a meatloaf – made from chopped pork, corned beef and bacon, ground up and formed in a loaf shape.

It is either served in a roll as a quick lunch, or with roast potatoes or chips, and a fried egg on top.

Brettljause Top 10 Austrian foods

Brettljause

A type of ploughmans lunch, or tapas, made from local produce of cooked and cured hams, cheese, pickled vegetables. 

It sometimes has Kren – grated horseradish as an accompaniment. 

It is usually served with some local bread

Bauern Knoedl Top 10 Austrian foods

Knödel

Austria is famous for it’s dumplings, and as well as them being accompaniments to a meal, they sometimes are the star of the meal.

The one pictured is a Bauern dumpling – filled with ham, cheese, and onion, and served with a gravy. You can also get Spinat Knödel – a dumpling with spinach and served with a creamy sauce.

There are also sweet dumplings – for example filled with apricot jam (Marillen), and served with a vanilla custard.

Apfelstrudel Top 10 Austrian Foods

Apfelstrudel

Apfelstrudel, or apple strudel, is probably one of the best known Austrian foods abroad. Apfelstrudel consists of a very thin sheet of pastry, stuffed with apples, cinnamon, breadcrumbs, and often raisins. It’s usually served on its own but may also come with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, or vanilla custard. Other variants of strudel also exist, including Topfenstrudel (quark strudel), Nussstrudel (nut strudel), and many more.

Germknoedl Top 10 Austrian foods

Germknödel

Germknödel is a big yeast dumpling filled with Powidl (plum jam) and served with melted butter and poppy seeds. It may also be served with vanilla sauce.

You see many Austrians have this as a  snack on the pistes as it is great for refueling you!

There are many more tasty dishes, but these are our Top 10 Austrian foods that we recommend you try when you are here!

If you would like some more recommendations, then please let us know and we will happily provide!

Other favourites include Goulash, Fritatten soup, Leberknödel soup, Wurst (sausage, of which there are many varieties!), and of course Sacher Torte.

The Hochkönig region offer culinary tours along the Königstour on their website.  This is a great way to try out the local foods whilst you ski the mountains!

Top 10 Things to do in Salzburg Region in Spring and Autumn

Hallstadt

Spring and autumn are fantastic times of the year to visit us in the Hochkönig. Haus Schneeberg, Holiday apartments in Mühlbach am Hochkönig, is situated in the middle of the Salzburg region, and there are many attractions to see in the area.  Here are our top 10 things to do, and places that you can visit in spring and autumn. Some are open all year around.

The major sights can get very busy over the peak summer period, so spring or autumn are great times of year to avoid the crowds! As soon as the snow goes, you can start hiking and biking in the area, and this continues up to early December. In autumn, the colours are spectacular, and well worth a visit for that alone!

Hallstadt

Hallstadt

Hallstadt is UNESCO heritage, and it is so spectacular that even the Chinese have created a copy of the ancient salt mine village. The village is built into the hill surrounding lake Hallstadt, and the setting is truly breathtaking! Wander the streets of the old village, and buy the local produce and art, take a boat trip on the lake, take the funicular to the top of the salt mine entrance, and visit the Sky Walk and the salt mines. There is everything for a full day out! Open all year round, and in December there is also the Christmas market to explore!

Salzburg City

2. Salzburg City and Salzburg Altstadt (old town)

Visit Mozart’s birthplace, and see the beautiful sights in Salzburg including Hohensalzburg Fortress, the Dom (Cathedral), Mirabell Palace and gardens, and Hellbrun Palace with it’s trick fountains. Wander the streets of the old town, take a break for coffee and cake, visit the Stiegl factory and sample the local beer, open all year! 

From the 22nd November, the Christkindl market opens and the city truly comes alive with carol singing, market stalls, and a fantastic ambience!

If you want to see Salzburg on foot and learn more about this city full of culture, you can sign up for a Free walking tour.

Hohenwerfen Castle

3. Hohenwerfen castle

Towering on a rock above Werfen, the mediaeval castle is well worth a visit. You can walk up the hill, or take a funicular, and take a tour around the castle, and watch the falconry show. Open from the end of March until early November, and there are some special opening days in December for a Christmas market.

 

Eisriesen welt

4. Eisriesenwelt, Werfen

The largest ice caves in the World! Spend half a day visiting this fantastic place. You take the cable car up the mountain, and a 20 minute walk later you find the entrance to the cave. Experience the blast as you enter the cave, and follow your guide up the many steps and paths. You will need sturdy shoes and warm clothes for this trip! Open 1st May till end October

Koenigsee

5. Königssee and Eagles nest

Head over to Germany for the day, and visit the beautiful Königssee, Berchtesgarten. Take the boat trip to the far end of the lake, hear the bugel echo, and walk to Obersee, and the waterfall at the end of the valley. On the way back if you have time, stop off to see the Eagle’s Nest, one of the few undamaged monuments of the Hilter era. The boats run all year around, except when the lake is frozen. Eagle’s Nest is open mid May till mid October.

 

 
Glossglockner Alpine Road

6. Grossglockner Alpine Road

Drive the windy road up towards the Grossglockner, Austria’s highest mountain and enjoy lots of panoramic views and information stops on the way. Reach the road summit at just over 2500m, park up, and take a hike / stroll, take photographs, see the marmots and take in the breathtaking views! Best to go on a sunny day to make the most of the views. Visit early May and see how many meters of snow they had to snowplough through to clear the road! Open from early May till early November.

Krimmler waterfall

7. Krimml waterfall and Mittersill National Park World

The highest waterfalls in Austria, and the 5th highest in the world, with a drop of 380m, one of the world’s most impressive natural spectacles. Walk the 4km waterfall trail and visit the 3 stages of the waterfall with various vantage points. Mittersill National Park is just down the road, with the highlights being the Eagle’s Flight Panorama, the 3D computer animation including the formation of the ´Window on the Tauern´, the Avalanche-Waterfall Dome, and the World of Glaciers. Entrance is free to the Mittersill National Park with the Hochkönig Card. Krimml waterfall is open late April till end Oct, and the National Park World is open all year.

Hallein Salt mine

8. Hallein Salt mines

Get set for a fun day! Dress in the miner’s protective clothes, take the train ride into the mountain, see the old salt mines, listen to the history, and slide down the mines! Open all year except 7th – 25th Jan.

Zell am See

9. Zell am See

Experience the serene surroundings of the town of Zell am See and the lake. Surrounded by mountains, and beautiful views, you can take a boat trip on the lake, stroll around the town, chill by the lake eating lunch or coffee and cake. Open all year!

Alpentherme Bad Hofgastein

10. Spas in Salzburg (Thermen)

There are a number of Thermen (Spas) in the area to chill and relax if you fancy a day /evening off sightseeing, or the weather is not so great. There are 2 spas in the Gastein valley, one in Golling, and one in Altenmarkt, all within about 30 – 45 minutes drive. They have separate areas for families so if you have children with you, you can enjoy the slides and whirlpools and wave pool, and separate sauna areas, which are only allowed for over 16’s, and have a wealth of choice of different saunas and steam rooms. Our favourite is Alpentherme in Bad Hofgastein, with stunning views and great outdoor pool areas. Open all year!

There are plenty more things to do in the Salzburg region, but these are the top 10 things to do in Salzburg that we think you shouldn’t miss out on during your stay at Haus Schneeberg!

We offer some holiday extras that incorporate some of these sights and places to make it easier for you during your holiday. Please ask for more details!

If you have any of your favourite top places to visit in the Salzburg region in Autumn and Spring, let us know!

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Our Favourite Mountain Restaurants in the Hochkönig

Zachofalm Dienten

The Hochkönig region is renouned for it’s culinary delights, and we highly recommend you try out a few of the mountain restaurants during your stay.  Here are a few of our favourite mountain restaurants!

Tiergartenalm Muehlbach am Hochkoenig

Tiergartenalm Mühlbach am Hochkönig

On the piste down from the top of Kings Cab towards Mühlbach.

Great on a sunny day as it has a south facing terrace, and newly opened for the 2016 season is the extended indoor eating area with traditional decor and fantastic views. There is a self service area and a serviced area. We recommend the daily specials – we have never been disappointed! It is popular for Apres Ski, and on Wednesdays during the ski season, the pistes are open late so you can ski tour to the alm for an evening meal.

Zachofalm Dienten

Zachhofalm, Dienten

Under the Zachhof lift, Dienten.

This alm offers organic, local produce. In the summer they have a herb garden, which they use in their tasty dishes all year around. They also have some home made product for sale such as oils and herbs. We love the pancakes with cream cheese and pickled vegetables, and the homemade gluhwien, and they quite often have a home made special for desert!

You need to book a table to eat here – you can do this directly on their website

 

Steinbockalm, Dienten

Steinbockalm, Dienten

At the top of Gabühel, in between Dienten and Hinterthal.

They pride themselves on top quality gourmet food, and employ 2 gourmet chefs. The Schweinsbraten (roast pork) is in our opinion, the best in the region. It also has fantastic views, a great outside sitting area, and when it’s snowing, a lovely roaring fire inside. Expect to be seated with others as it gets very busy and they try to ensure everyone gets to eat!

It also is open late on Thursday evenings in the ski season so you can finish off your skiing day with a meal and ski down after the pistes have closed. Note that there are no buses in between Dienten and Mühlbach in the winter, so you will need alternative transport to get back to the village after the ski lifts close.

Hochmaisalm, Hinthertal

Hochmaisalm, Hinterthal

Situated on the red piste above Hintertal.

The Rostis are our favourite meal! They also organise evening events where you can take the Pisten Bully (piste machine) up from Hintertal to the restaurant on Wednesdays and Fridays. Booking is essential for evenings, and they have a separate evening menu. There are a few meals you must prebook in advance for evening meals– ribs, pork shank, meat cooked on a hot pyramid stone, steak cooked on a stone.

Zapferlalm, Muehlbach am Hochkoenig

Zapferlalm, Mühlbach am Hochkönig

Next to the bottom of Kings Cab

Great for Apres Ski- fantastic atmosphere with great staff!

You can reserve for an evening meal, and get a ride up and down with the skidoo!

Scheppalalm, Muehlbach am Hochkoenig

Scheppal Alm, Mühlbach am Hochkönig

On the 1a blue family run down to Mühlbach.

A good last stop for Apres Ski, and has the best Kaiserschmarren (fluffy pancakes) in the area (in our opinion!)

It is approx. a 45 min walk from  Haus Schneeberg, so you can also eat here in the evening and have a digestive walk back, or stop here at the end of your ski day and ski back via the skiweg, subject to snow conditions!

Hochkoenigalm, Dienten

Hochkönig Alm, Dienten

In between Mühlbach and Dienten.

Excellent food for a large Alm, and great if you are in a hurry. It offers both self service and waiter service. Good for daily specials. We like the Hirsch Burger (venison burger)!

Gabhuelhuette Dienten

Gabühelhütte, Dienten

On the 21 red piste from the top of Gabühel towards Dienten.

We love the Black pudding Gröstl! (black pudding in mixture of fried potato, onions, bacon bits and vegetables.

Schweizerhuette Muehlbach am Hochkoenig

Schweizerhütte, Mühlbach am Hochkönig

Up at Hochkeil, behind Arthurhaus

A fantastic experience for cheese lovers! Every Thursday night the cosy restaurant opens to do cheese fondues with their own blend of cheeses. You will need to reserve, as seating is limited and it is very popular! The restaurant will also provide free taxis to and from the restaurant on request.

Things to do in Salzburg

Salzburg City

We are so lucky to be situated in one of the most beautiful regions of Austria, and one with so much history, meaning that there is plenty to see and do in Salzburg area!

Below is our suggested itinerary for a week’s stay at Haus Schneeberg between May – November.

We recommend purchasing the Salzburgerland card as it offers you free admission to many of the attractions in the region.

Salzburg City

Day One - A day in Salzburg City

Salzburg owes it’s world-wide fame to the incomparable magic of it’s architecture, the beauty of it’s surrounding countryside and its good fortune to have Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart first see the light of day here in 1756.

The city‘s efforts to preserve its historic Old Town in its original form, were rewarded with the addition of Salzburg to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List.

Visit the famous Hohensalzburg fortress built in 1077, Hellbrun Palace, with it’s elaborate fountains. See Mozart’s place of birth and see how he and his family lived, and instruments that he played.

Explore the many museums such as the Salzburg museum detailing the history of Salzburg, the toy museum, and the Christmas museum. Take a cable car trip up the mountain to see magnificent views of the area.

The Salzburgerland card offers you 24 hours free admission into many attractions, including those above.

Hohenwerfen Castle

Day 2 - Werfen - Eisriesenwelt and Hohenwerfen Castle

Eisriesenwelt is truly impressive – you will need about 3 hours for this tour up the mountain and into the largest ice cave in the World! You start the tour with a 20 minute walk up to the bottom of the cable car, then take the speedy cable car up the mountain (or walk if you prefer, but we don’t advise this!). Then on arrival at the top, there is another 20 minute walk to the entrance of the ice cave with some fantastic views over the Hochkonig mountains and the Salzach river. Then take the guided 60-70 minute tour in the ice caves and see the impressive walls and columns of ice, and hundreds of steps! Remember to take warm clothing and sturdy shoes!

Hohenwerfen castle sits high and proud above the town of Werfen, and is an impressive site! You can either walk up to the entrance – about 20 minutes, or take the ride up the mountain. The castle is on a fairly steep incline inside, and you can join in the guided tour of the castle, and see the magnificent bird show with eagles and birds of prey flying around you. Remember to check out what times the bird shows are on before you visit so you don’t miss out!

You will have free admission to Hohenwerfen castle with the Salzburgerland card.

Golling waterfall

Day 3 - Golling Waterfall and the Lammerklamm

Visit the impressive Golling waterfall, with a drop of 75m, then go onto Lammerklamm – a gorge on the Lammer river with some stunning scenery. One direction leads you on a 30 minute journey to one end of the gorge and the other direction is a short journey with steep steps to the other end and leads to magnificent views of the gorge and river. Then how about a Rodelbahn down the mountain at Abtenau to finish the day off? All of these attractions have free admission with the Salzburgerland card.

Family hiking

Day 4 - A day in the Hochkönig

Spend a day appreciating the mountains of the Hochkönig! Take the Karbachalm gondola up the mountain and then there are various choices. You can walk up to the top of Schneeberg mountain to see the amazing views. If you have young children, Toni’s Almspeilplatz is ideal with a 1km trail with lots of activities to do such as treehouses to climb, a giant inflatable pillow to jump on, roundabouts etc. Then how about stopping for lunch in the Karchbach alm restaurant and experience the local food? Then take a trip down the mountain via gondola, or via mountain carts! If you have any time left in the day, how about a trip to the local air swimming pool to cool down? The Hochkönig card gives you free use of the summer mountain lifts and free access to the swimming pool.

Krimmler waterfall

Day 5 - Hohe Tauern and Krimml

With an elevation difference of 380 m (3 falls), the Krimml Waterfalls are the highest in Europe and received the Nature Protection Diploma of the Council of Europe in 1967. A spectacular attraction well worth a visit.

Adjacent to the entrance of the extraordinary natural wonder of the Krimmler waterfalls, the gates open to the Krimmler WaterWorld with an interactive cinema experience, telescope, and an aqua park.

A visit to the Hohe Tauern National Park in Mitersill is getting under the skin. The “Experience-Stations” (eagle flight panorama, 3D cinema, marmot friends, avalanche dome, …) will bring the visitors into the thick of the biggest nature reserve of the World. The Salzburgerland card gives free admission to these attractions.

Krimml Waterfall website

 

Alpentherme Bad Hofgastein

Day 6 - Relaxation day in a Thermal Spa

Take your pick from Therme Amade in Altenmarkt, Alpentherme in Bad Hofgastein or Aqua Salza in Golling and relax for the day!

All of them have family facilities with slides and indoor and outdoor pools.

Note that children under 16 are generally not allowed in the sauna areas.

The Salzburgerland card gives a 4 hour free entry to these spas.

Alternatives:

There are many more alternatives to the sights suggested above such as:

 

Grossglocknerstrasse – Without a doubt, the Grossglockner High Alpine Road is among Europe’s most sensational panoramic roads. The mountain road leads into the heart of the High Tauern National Park with its 48 km of streets and 36 turns nestling against the mountain, following the natural course of the terrain and helping visitors to experience the great high alpine scenery at first hand. But that’s not all! Museums, nature and panoramic trails, unique exhibitions, information points, playgrounds and grand waterfalls are waiting for you at twelve select spots. Come with us and discover the world of the golden eagle and the marmots!

 

Salt Mines – in Hallein, Hallstatt and Altausee – discover the history of the salt mines and walk through the caves, and slide down the 65m long wooden slide used by the miners.

 

Hallstatt – Hallstatt is one of Austria’s most picturesque village on Lake Hallstatt’s western shore in Austria’s mountainous Salzkammergut region. Its 16th-century Alpine houses and alleyways are home to cafes and shops. A funicular railway connects to Salzwelten, an ancient salt mine with a subterranean salt lake, and to Skywalk Hallstatt viewing platform. A trail leads to the Echern Valley glacier garden with glacial potholes and Waldbachstrub Waterfall.

 

Mautendorf and it’s castle – a market town with picturesque views.

 

More local walks in the Hochkönig – eg a walk up Hochkeil, a walk to Zachhofalm for a herbal treat, or for the hikers that fancy a challenge, a walk up to Riemannhaus at 2130m above Maria Alm.

And more – ask us for more suggestions!

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The Hochkönig Card – what is it, and where can I use it?

Hochkoenig card

At Haus Schneeberg, Holiday Apartments in Mühlbach am Hochkönig, Salzburg, Austria, we are are very proud to be one of the partners of the local Tourist Office’s Hochkönig Card scheme. This means that all guests at Haus Schneeberg get the Hochkönig Card for free when you arrive! The card is valid from the day you arrive, and valid every day of your stay, to include the day of departure, so you can make the most of your holiday until the very last minute!

You can save over €100 per family by just using the Hochkönig Card on a few activities during your stay! Even with a 2 night stay in summer, if you take a trip up to Toni’s Almspielplatz, then use the village pool on day one, and then take the bus to Maria Alm and up to Natrun to Prinzenberg, followed by a dip in the village pool in Maria Alm, you would save over €160 for a family of 4!

Many people ask if you can buy the Hochkönig Card separately if you do not stay at a property that offers it for free.  Unfortunately, you can’t buy the card separately, so make sure that you stay with a Hochkönig Card partner accommodation!

The main benefits of the Hochkönig Card in Summer are:

Muehlbach am Hochkoenig Village Pool
Archery in the Hochkoenig
Bike transport in the Hochkoenig
Hiking Bus Muehlbach am Hochkoenig
Summer Rodelbahn Hochkoenig
Bike Transport Hochkoenig

1. The mountain lifts – gondolas and chair lifts

All the mountain lifts in the Hochkönig area are completely free to use in summer. You can use these to access Toni’s Almspielplatz at the top of Karbachalm, and to access Prinzenberg adventure mountain, at the top of Natrun. Not all are open every day, but there is always at least one lift open in the area per day. Natrun is open every day, Karbachalm Kabinenbahn in Mühlbach is closed Tuesdays and Thursdays in peak season, and Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from the 8th September until 13th October

 

2. The swimming pools

There is an outdoor pool in Mühlbach and Maria Alm, and both have slides, and a snack bar, and sun bathing areas. The swimming pools are open from beginning June until the end of August. Free entrance to Hochkönig Card holders!

 

3. The hiking bus

The bus stop is 100m from the house, and takes you up to Arthurhaus in one direction, and you can travel all the way over to Maria Alm in the other direction. You can use to the bus so you can get higher to start your hikes, or just hike a different area. The Hochkönig Card is also valid for travel down to Bischofshofen, and for travel in Pinzgau – so you could use it to travel on the bus to Zell am See for example.

 

4. The bike lifts and taxis

Take your bike on the mountain lifts for free! There is a flowtrail down from Natrun, and from the top of Burglalmbahn chairlift, in Dienten. You can also take your bike up Karbachalmbahn in Mühlbach and bike across to Dienten, or down the mountain! If you end up a bit far away from home, you can call a bike taxi to pick you up and take you wherever you want in the Hochkönig region for free! If you don’t have a bike, you can hire a bike, or e-bike in the village, and get a discount with the Hochkönig Card.

 

5. Archery lessons

Get a free archery lesson! Every Monday morning at the top of Karbachalmbahn with Sport Klauss, or every Thursday morning at the Jufenalm in Maria Alm, you can benefit from a free lesson. You will need to reserve your place, as places are limited! If you can’t make these days, you get a discount off a lesson at any other time with the Hochkönig Card

 

6. Mountain bike tours

Got your discount off your bike, got your free Hochkönig Card to use the lifts, now all you need is someone to guide you around the Hochkönig region! There is a weekly programme, and you can reserve your spot in the tourist information office.

 

7. A day’s GoPro hire

A fantastic way to capture your hike / bike ride / slide down the mountain / mountain carting! There is a days’s free GoPro hire per family included with the Hochkönig Card. This is available from Porti Sport in Dienten.

 

8. Tennis

Free tennis court hire in Mühlbach and Maria Alm, and a discount off a lesson in Maria Alm!

 

9. A free visit to the mining museum

Free admission to the copper mining museum with expert guided tour in Mühlbach

 

10. A free ride on the summer alpine slide / toboggan

Experience sliding down the mountain at Biberg, near Saalfelden!

 

Plus you get discounts on lots of activities such as white water rafting, tennis lessons, golf, mountain carting, a tandem paraglide, reduced bike and ebike hire, and reduced entry into thermal spas, museums, wildlife parks, Hohenwerfen castle and more!

In winter the main benefits are:

Horse Drawn Sleigh Ride Muehlbach am Hochkoeing
Night Skiing at Maria Alm
Alpentherme, Bad Hofgastein

1. A free night ski in Maria Alm

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 18.30 – 21.30 (only Mondays and Wednesdays in March), you get the opportunity to carry on skiing into the evening! You get a free night ski per person with the Hochkönig Card. Enjoy a meal up at Tom’s Alm Hütte while you are there!

 

2. A free day’s hire of GoPro Helmet Camera

Available from Sport Klauss in Mühlbach, each family is entitled to a day’s hire of a GoPro

 

3. Free entrance to the mining Museum

Free admission to the copper mining museum with expert guided tour in Mühlbach

 

4. Free entrance to National Park World in Mittersill

Free admission to the Mittersill National Park Museum with 360 ° panorama cinema. Year round and open daily from 09:00 to 18:00

 

5. Discount on mountain lifts and horsedrawn sledge rides

Enjoy a 20% discount on a romantic horsedrawn sledge ride around Mühlbach, and a 10% discount for pedestrians on the mountain lifts.

 

Plus there are discounts on activities such as guided ski tours, guided snow show tours, private ski school lessons, indoor tennis, and reduced entry into thermal spas and museums.

And our guests are loving it! See below some of the the reviews we have had:

 

A lovely hotel in a very nice place. The hosts are very friendly. They offer very tasty breakfast. The hosts have also considerately prepared a lot of booklets, Google map locations for the guests to get to the interesting local attractions more easily. What really cool are the Hochkönig cards, with which we can enjoy the Sommerbahn free of charge as many times as we want during the time we visited (in June). Would highly recommend this hotel and this region to any guests interested to spend vacation within beautiful mountains. One bonus, if you enjoy driving in a mountain, cutting every S-shaped curves, Hochkönig is definitely a good choice. ” Wenfeng, June 2019

 

Very nice apartment in a beautiful little town. The apartment was perfect for 2 adults and 2 kids. Our kids love the playground more or less across the street We also love the free Hochkoenig card witch allowed us to take the cable cars for free The nearest was less than 1 km away. ” Anders, August 2019

 

We loved staying in Alison and Jerome apartments in Mülbach am Höchkonig! The apartment was very clean and beautiful and had all amenities we needed including a functional kitchen. Their house is located in the middle of a little town that is truly a gem in the Alps. Alison and Jerome were very helpful and kind and they gave us lots of tips on outdoor activities in the area. They also provided us with a free activity and outdoor card that covered many summer lifts, swimming pools and activities in the area and we used it every day. Our only regret is not knowing about their place sooner and not being able to stay there for a longer period of time. We will be certainly back again! Excellent place for families ❤️” Rose July 2019

 

This is the perfect place to stay if you want to explore the stunning Höchkonig area. The apartment was ideal for our family of four. It was spotlessly clean and comfortable. Jerome and Alison are wonderful hosts. The kids LOVED the park across the street from the home. It was complete with a zip line and an awesome slide down a huge hill. Terrific to have it so close. We also made use of the Höchkonig card they provided. It gave us access to pools, chairlifts, a mountain roller coaster and more all free. Exceptional! This place is a must! We will we could spend more time there! It is also located in the village and is walking distance to shops and fabulous restaurants.” Ginnelle, June 2019

As you can see, there is so much to keep you busy with the Hochkönig Card, and by staying at Haus Schneeberg, Holiday Apartments in Mühlbach am Hochkönig, Salzburg, Austria, you will save money, and enjoy your holiday even more!

 

Fpr more information on all the discounts offered, visit the Hochkönig website

Children and Family Friendly activities in the Hochkönig

Children's activities in the Hochkoenig

There are many children’s and families activities in the Hochkonig, therefore there is always something to keep you and your children occupied all holiday, when you stay at Haus Schneeberg, Holiday Apartments, Mühlbach am Hochkönig, Salzburg, Austria.

 

Many are in the Hochkönig region itself, and access is free with the Hochkönig card to many of the attractions!

Tonis Almspielplatz

Toni’s Alpine Meadow Park in the Hochkönig

Take a trip up the Karbachalm gondola and experience the numerous play areas, which will make all children’s pulses race faster with excitement. On the water and sand playground, the youngest ones can let their creativity run wild. The children’s thirst for movement will be quenched on the climbing towers, roundabouts, and with mountain frisbee.

The surrounding hiking paths are ideal for a leisurely walk for parents with children and strollers. Along the way, you can enjoy the unique panorama of the Hochkönig region. 

Petting Zoos

Petting Zoos in the Hochkönig

Mühlbach am Hochkönig is known as the Bergdorf der Tiere – the mountain village of animals.

This is due to the amount of petting zoos there are to visit in and around the village.  You can see goats, chickens, geese, pigs, rabbits and more! 

This includes the mascots “Manfred the marmot” along with his wife “Fraufred” in the marmot colony, where with a little bit of luck, you can observe marmots in their natural habitat.

Swimming pool Muehlbach am Hochkoenig

Swimming Pools in the Hochkönig

Whether it is spending the day by the pool, or heading down for a cool off after a day in the mountains, the village pool is perfectly situated! It is only 400m from the house and has spectacular mountain views, a slide, and a cafe.

There is also a swimming pool in Maria Alm, which is larger with more slides.

Both are free to enter with the Hochkönig Card.

Summer toboggan Hochkoenig

 

Summer toboggan in the Hochkönig

Take an exhilerating ride down the mountain on the summer toboggan ride!  The ride is situated in Biberg, near Saalfelden, and is great for all ages!

A free ride per person is inluded in the Hochkönig Card!

 

mountain carts in the Hochkoenig

 

Mountain Carting in the Hochkönig

Take a trip to the top of the Karbachalm gondola, spend some time at Toni’s Alpine meadow, and then mountain cart down!

This is bound to get your pulse racing!  Note that there is a minimum height of 1.5m for safety reasons.

Archery Hochkoenig

 

Archery in the Hochkönig

Archery combines fun, concentration, excitement and relaxation, and is great for all ages!

The archery area is now at the top of the Karbachalm gondola in Mühlbach.  You now get a free lesson with the Hochkönig Card – either 9.30 – 12.00 Monday up at the top of Karbachalm gondola, or 9.30 – 12.00 Thursday at Jufenalm, Maria Alm.  Book your place by 10am the previous day, places limited!

Forest slides Natrun

Natrun Forest Adventure park, Prinzenberg 

From the centre of Maria Alm, take the Natrunbahn up the hill.  The adventure playground at Natrun in Maria Alm is located right next to the snack bar “Grammlergut”. 

Children can climb, rock, jump, dig and romp around to their heart’s content. Meanwhile, parents can enjoy the view and the fresh mountain air on the sun terrace of the Grammleralm.

With lots of momentum and fun, five stainless steel slides with a length of up to 55m will take you from the mountain station back down to the valley.

Slackline

 

Slackline park in the Hochkönig

Test your balance and patience on the slack lines!

This is at the top of Karbachalm gondola, next to Toni’s Alpine Meadow park.

Take in the fantastic views of the Hochkönig at the same time, then head over to the Karbachalm for a relaxing drink!

Horse riding

 

Horseriding in the Hochkönig

The best way to combine nature, activity, adventure, and your love of horses!  Gallop across flowering alpine meadows, wade  through streams, enjoy the view from sunny heights.  With all this, feel yourself get carried away in this fariy tale mountain world of the Hochkönig

 

Mini Golf

 

Mini Golf in the Hochkönig

There is plenty of excitement and variety as each of the 18 holes has its own characteristics. 

Mini golf clubs, balls and a game pass are available at the ticket office of Natrunbahn. Fun for the whole family! 

Evening golf 06.07 – 18.08

Herb walks

Herb hiking in the Hochkönig

Recently, the Hochkönig region has started herbal walks for children, which are all about amazement, learning and collecting. 

After a drink or snack break on the herb alms you get a sticker for your  herbal collection pass  . You can easily exchange the pass for 7 or more stickers for your well-deserved herbal bag.  

During the herb hiking in the Hochkönig region, children can collect wooden balls with animal motifs from the Hochkönig animal kingdom. 

High Ropes Natrun

High Rope Course, Natrun

At the top of Natrun in Maria Alm, try out the high rope courses,  Waldseilgarten, in the forest – there are a few to try from!

Climb from tree to tree and take a zip line!

Slide down the mountain at the end of the day!

Ghost Mountain, Alpendorf, St Johann im Pongau, Austria

Ghost Mountain

Situated in Alpendorf, just outside St Johann, the ghost mountain is a great family day out!

Take the gondola to the top of the mountain to access the park.

In the alpine leisure park there are air swings, the ghost castle, bird’s nest, climbing dragon, ghost tower, water games, ghost lake, cones shooting booths and much more.

familien-skiurlaub Hochkoenig

 

Winter family fun

There are of course many family friendly activities in winter also!

From skiing, sledging, horse drawn cart rides, snowman building and more. In order to see more, visit our winter page!

 

So as you can see, plenty of activities for children and families during your stay! If you would like to know more about how to book your stay at Haus Schneeberg, Holiday Apartments, Mühlbach am Hochkönig, Salzburg, Austria., contact us here, or check availability and pricing here!