Recommended winter attractions
Places to visit in Winter
At an altitude of 1768 m above sea level the Rossbrand offers some enchanting sweeping views in the wintertime. The Papagenobahn cable lift takes guests from Filzmoos up to an altitude of 1600 m, to choose from over 15 km of winter hikes and Nordic skiing trails.
The powdery white Gnadenalm between Obertauern and Untertauern is a genuine wintersports paradise offering sledging routes, fixed-groove skiing trails for Nordic-style skiiers and ski-skaters, winter walks and snow-shoe tour trails, biathlon courses, horse-drawn sleighs - and lots more.
Therme Amadé Spa & water world
The spa and water world in the neighbouring town of Altenmarkt in Pongau offers 30,000 m2 of spa and water facilities - including very slightly salty warm water in the indoor and outdoor pools, a sports pool, theme saunas in the separate sauna landscape, a rocket-start single-loop slide (the only one in Austria) - and lots more too. Fun and relaxation for families, couples and pleasure-seekers are guaranteed!
The Mandlberggut is only producer in Austria to combine two distilleries: The Dachstein distillery (whisky and schnapps) and the mountain and arolla pine distillery. Our sommeliers for spirits, Bernhard Warter, and his daughters Theresa and Katharina, inform visitors about how theses liquid treasures are created in the course of a tour of the distillery. There's a chance to watch the specialists transform domestically-grown plants and fruits into sophisticated end-products. At the end there's a stop at the 'mandl:bergkaffee' bar and patio for a pleasant drink and sit-down. The tour schedules can be found on the website.
Wool display Steiner1888
Wollwelt Steiner1888 offers insights into the complexities of manufacturing premium-quality Loden fabrics and Steiner1888 blankets. The complicated production process really does provide a hands-on look at this craft - from the precious raw wool to the most finely carded fabrics; dotted with lots of background information, experience and a keen eye for detail. The adjacent Wollwelt store displays and sells sophisticated blankets, cushions and accessories. Visitors are then happy to move on to the café for relaxing, post-tour refreshment.
More places to go
Even the trip up in the cable car is an experience. The ride takes guests up over 1000 metres higher as they hang just inches away from sheer rock faces. At the top, the Dachstein Sky Walk at 2700 m above sea level, offers access to the Ice Palace. There's also Austria's highest suspension bridge with the "stairway into the abyss". The Dachstein glacier is very popular among winter sports enthusiasts. Carve your way down the slopes in ideal snow conditions, ski along any of the 18 km of well-prepared diagonal and skating trails, or go out on a voyage of discovery on your touring skis.
Salzbergwerk Salt mines in Hallein
Salt was once referred to as 'white gold' . Indeed, the salt deposits formed millions of years ago in Dürrnberg mountain just outside Hallein were an immense source of wealth for the region. Around 2500 years ago the Celts mined this valuable alpine mineral. The impressive legacy they left behind can still be admired today. Visit the world's oldest exhibition mine and discover what the life of a miner was like back then.
City of Salzburg
A winter visit to the city of Salzburg is highly recommended. The unique historical architecture of the city and the annual festival of music and performing arts have made the town in which Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born a very popular destination. During Advent numerous Christmas markets attract visitors to the city of Mozart from all over the world.
The Salzburg Card entitles holders to free admission to all tourist sights and museums in the city of Mozart, to free use of public transport and to numerous discounts. Cards can be obtained for 24, 48 or 72 hours. The 24-hour Salzburg Card can be obtained at Radstadt Tourist Office in the town square.