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


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 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


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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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.


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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