A VACATION FULL OF CONTRASTS IN SAALFELDEN LEOGANG

Tuesday, 21.06.2022

A VACATION FULL OF CONTRASTS IN SAALFELDEN LEOGANG

Biking, hiking, climbing and cultural highlights in the middle of the mountains

In Saalfelden Leogang, the motto is „Vacation, the way I want”. About 70 kilometres south-east of the city of Salzburg, in a region full of contrasts in the middle of the Alps, guests can spend their summer vacation in a flexible way with plenty of adventures and combine it with many culinary highlights and high-quality experiences in nature. In the midst of nature, surrounded by the massifs Leoganger Steinberge and Steinernes Meer, there are diverse sport and wellness offers to discover. In the biggest bike region of Austria, bike enthusiasts of all levels, mountain bikers as well as the ones who like relaxed biking tours can explore the numerous lines and trails and all use one bike ticket. Families can visit the Mountain of Senses, the Cinema of Nature or the TONspur Islands, where they can go on an adventurous trip. For the ones who love music, there is a cultural program in summer, where they can choose from numerous offers: the Jazz Festival Saalfelden, the TONspuren concerts at the Asitz mountain and the ALM:KULTUR. And guests who have the Saalfelden Leogang Card have plenty of advantages and free entries and all this, 365 days a year. 

 

“Simply hiking“ with hiking pole sharing, wooden swings and even without luggage 
Getting away from the everyday stress and simply spending time in nature - so the motto is: “simply hiking”. In Saalfelden Leogang there are countless hiking and running trails with breathtaking views of the mountains of the Salzburg region. The hiking trails “Pinzga’ Hatscha”, the Saalachtaler Höhenweg and the Saalachtaler Rundweg are only some of them. When hiking in Saalfelden Leogang, hikers discover some unusual installations. For example, there are 360-degree wooden benches and stainless-steel forest swings. They are an ideal place for a short break during your hike. Another special feature is the “hiking pole sharing stations”, which are set up at the starting points of the hiking trails. The wooden poles can be borrowed for your hike and at the end of your hiking tour, they can be simply brought back and put back into the stations. You can even buy the wooden poles at the Tourist Offices in Saalfelden and in Leogang. 
If you do not want to carry your heavy backpack the whole time, you can simply book the comfortable luggage transportation, which is called “hiking without luggage”. Your bigger and heavier luggage is transported to the next stop of your hiking tour, and you just have your light small backpack. 

 

Climbing in the climbing region Steinberge: climbing tours, via ferrata and climbing halls
In the climbing region Steinberge, there are more than 1.000 climbing routes and alpine multi pitches for beginners, advanced climbers as well as for trained ones. The climbing region Steinberge consists of the massifs Loferer Steinberge and Leoganger Steinberge, the valleys Pillerseetal and Salzburger Saalachtal, as well as the massif Steinplatte. The longest climbing route of the northern limestone Alps is called “Pinzga’ Hatscha” and consists of 45 rope lengths. In addition to the attractive offer of climbing routes, there are two modern climbing halls in the region as well, where you can climb when the weather is bad and all year round. From June to November there are diverse climbing programs for families. In summer, a climbing tour can be wonderfully combined with a visit to one of the numerous mountain huts in the region, to try out local specialties.  

 

A region for mountain bikers, relaxed bikers, and bikers of all levels 
Since 2020, Saalfelden Leogang together with Saalbach Hinterglemm and Fieberbrunn belong to Austria’s biggest biking region. There are seven mountains, nine cable cars and over 80 kilometers of lines and trails for bikers. This offer can be used with just one bike ticket, which is valid in the entire region. Beginners, pros, and advanced bikers can all start at the valley stations of the cable cars and can then use the diverse system of lines and trails, which are easy, short and difficult. 
An important aspect in the vacation region is sustainable trail builing. For example, the Knappentrail has just been built with natural materials and wooden constructions, so called “North Shore-elements”. The trail has been built by the shapers without any heavy devices or machines. Furthermore, there are three more action-packed trails: the two kilometers long Forsthof trail, the 1.8 kilometers long Schwarzleotrail with a lot of high curves and flow passages and last but not least, the 3.5 kilometers long Matzalm trail. 


For those of you, who like it more relaxed, should definitely try the e-bike pleasure tour. You can rent an e-bike at the region here. Along the way you explore numerous regional farmer’s shops, and you can reward yourself with local delicacies from the Pinzgau region. You can book the e-bike pleasure tour in advance, and it is inclusive guide and stops. 
Mountain bikers can improve their biking technique and get the best tips from the guides in one of the bike schools in the region. This season, there is not only the bike school Elements, but also a new bike school called Le Guide, which also provides professional mountain bike guides. You can buy or rent the additional equipment in one of the many sports shops for example Sport Mitterer, Sport 2000 Simon, Bikepalast Saalfelden and Bikepoint. By the way, the lines and trails in the region Saalfelden Leogang can be used until November. 

 

Epic Bikepark Leogang: diverse lines and trails, bike events and a lot of sustainability
In Saalfelden Leogang there is a suitable offer for every biker. The Epic Bikepark already exists for over 20 years and is the heart of the bike region. It is one of the renowned bikeparks in Europe and is opened this season from the 7th of May until November. Especially the Rider’s Playground, which is located at the valley station of the Asitzbahn cable car, is the perfect starting point for beginners of every age. On over 10.000 m2, newcomers and children can learn the right biking technique, how to manage curves and how to handle obstacles. Advanced bikers can already try the trail “Vali’s Hölle” or the lines Hangman I & II, which guarantee a lot of fun and action. 
For the ones, who long for more action and want to try out their first jumps, you should try the GoPro Bagjump Landingbag in the bikepark. Pumptrack enthusiasts should definitely try the paved World Champs Pumptrack located at area of the valley station of the Asitzbahn cable car. There is a 5.000 m2 big playground with a jump & dirt line. In addition to that, there is the Hot Shots-fired by GoPro, a jump line with a lot of airtime. 
As the region Saalfelden Leogang puts a lot of emphasis on sustainability, the motto in the Epic Bikepark Leogang is “Keep the Epic Bikepark clean”. At rainy days, there is a replacement film for a roll-off system and a 20% voucher at Sport Mitterer for 100% roll-off goggles as a goodie when you buy a ticket.

 

Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain bike World Cup and BIKE Festival 
Seit über zehn Jahren finden im Bikepark Leogang Downhill Weltcups statt und auch in dieser Saison können 
The Bikepark Leogang has been hosting Downhill World Cups for over 10 years and this summer, Austria's largest biking region will once again host a variety of exciting events. From June 10th to 12th, 2022, the Mountain Bike World Cup will once again make a stop in Saalfelden Leogang. Here the world's best athletes will compete in the disciplines Cross-Country Olympic, Short Track and Downhill. From September 16th to 18th, 2022, visitors to the BIKE Festival in Saalfelden Leogang can learn about the latest innovations in the bike scene and test the latest bikes, including the bike equipment. In addition to that there is also a varied workshop and touring program with the stars of the scene. The access to the BIKE FESTIVAL is free of charge.

 

Alpine golf pleasure with „woof“ effect, fabulous views of the mountains and plenty of extras
The perfect pitch in front of a fantastic mountain view – that’s the dream for many golfers. In Saalfelden Leogang, the region full of contrasts in the middle of the Alps, there are no less than two impressive golf clubs with 18-hole golf courses: the golfclub Gut Brandlhof and the golfclub Urslautal. Between the city of Saalfelden and the village of Maria Alm, there is the golf course Urslautal. It impresses with a 5.000 m2 Driving Range and two golf academies. Furthermore, there are plenty of natural elements on the golf course, such as a biotop and a bunker. At the dog-friendly golfclub Gut Brandlhof, you play over the river Saalach six times, and you can enjoy the stunning views of the massifs Leoganger Steinberge and Steinernes Meer. As the golf course at hotel Gut Brandlhof is extremely animal-friendly, you can take your dog with you. 
For a relaxing golf vacation, many hotels offer a diverse wellness program as well as regional culinary highlights. For the ones, who even want to pitch when the weather is bad, you have the possibility to visit the Indoor Golf Performance Center in the hotel Gut Brandlhof. The center is open 365 days a year and there even is a golf simulator. 

 

Adventures full of contrasts: Flying Fox XXL, alpaca hiking tours and summer tobogganing 
A special adventure for the whole family is the Flying Fox XXL – one of the longest and fastest zip steel wires of the world. This is definitely the right thing to do for adrenaline junkies, as you fly 1.600 meters seemingly weightlessly over the valley with up to 130 km per hour and with your head first. Moreover, you have got a breathtaking view of the mountains of Salzburg. 
If you love animals, the alpaca hiking tour is the ideal tour for you. Go hiking with the fluffy animals and explore the region around Saalfelden Leogang. 
For sporty outdoor fans, who like some action, there are two summer toboggan runs in the region full of contrasts, which is located in the middle of the Alps. One is in Saalfelden at the Biberg mountain, and it is 1.6 kilometers long and the other one is at the Asitz mountain in Leogang at 1.800 meters altitude and is called “LeoKlang”. 

 

Family vacation at the Asitz mountain: Park of Senses, barefoot path and “Peaceful Water at the Asitz”
The Asitz mountain is a popular destination for the entire family. At the Mountain of Senses, which is located at the middle station of the Asitzbahn cable car, there is the adventurous Park of Senses. The action-packed parcourse offers the opportunity to explore the fascinating world of seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and feeling. Sharpen your sense of hearing while listening to the sounds of the forest, while at the same time you smell the refreshing scent of the alpine and wild plants and flowers. If you prefer to go for a walk without your shoes on, you should try out the barefoot path. The soft mountain pasture ground guarantees a relaxing massage of your soles. Furthermore, there are loungers to relax, viewpoints and a flowing platform at the “Peaceful Water at the Asitz”. 

 

Cinema of Nature and TONspur Islands: Recreation with plenty of music
„Sit down, enjoy and get away from everyday life” – this does not only sound wonderful, but is also the motto of the Cinema of Nature, which is located at the summit Sonnkogel. This special attraction is a panorama cinema with wooden loungers and plateaus as well as hammocks. You can reach the Cinema of Nature with the cable cars Asitzbahn and Steinbergbahn, along the Leos Game Trail or across the summit of the Asitz mountain. It is the ideal place for a break in nature. Here you can also enjoy the impressive view of the mountain massifs – simply better than Netflix and chill. 
Since 2020, there are five TONspur Islands, where you can listen to live recordings of the TONspur concerts from the previous year. These installations are set up along the hiking trail from the mountain station of the Asitzbahn cable car to the summit of the Asitz mountain. The TONspur islands are so extraordinary that they even received the Austrian Art Sponsorship Award MAECENAS in 2020. The popular TONspur concerts at the Asitz mountain will take place in 2022 from the 30th of June to the 18th of August.

 

Guided theme hikes through the forests: mystical, romantic and even a little bit cheesy 
Forests are not only lush green, impressive and oasis of peace, but they also possess a magical attraction. Guests can discover the forests of the region Saalfelden Leogang in many thrilling was as part of the summer adventure program. You can choose from diverse possibilities, for example forest bathing or guided weekly theme hikes, such as medicinal plant hikes, torchlight hikes or beaver hikes. 
Especially for families there are attractive offers: “Breath in. Feel the forest. Breath out.” Included are seven overnight stays, the Saalfelden Leogang Card, two hikes with snacks at mountain huts and a THE herb workshop. Furthermore, you get goodies, a hiking map and hiking socks. The offer costs with breakfast about 289 euros in a ****hotel with half board about 598 euros.  

 

Summer music and nature enjoyment: Jazzfestival Saalfelden, TONspuren at the Asitz mountain and ALM:KULTUR
The region Saalfelden Leogang also has a various cultural program to offer. This year, the 42nd edition of the Jazzfestival Saalfelden takes place from the 18th to the 21st of August. International as well as national jazz musicians, such as Isaiah Collier & The Chosen Few, Alba Careta Group, Christoph Cech's Jazz Orchestra Project and a lot more high-quality artists perform at concerts, which take place in the city and at the mountains. The main stages are the Congress Saalfelden, the house of arts Kunsthaus Nexus, the city park and the Otto-Gruberhalle, an old industrial hall from the 1950s. In addition to that there are music hikes and concerts at various mountain huts. At the Jazzfestival Saalfelden, you are offered more than 70 concerts and the majority of it is even for free. 


On five Thursdays, starting from the 30th of June to  the 18th of August 2022, bands and musicians of different genres play as part of the concert series "TONspuren at the Asitz mountain". In good weather, you can enjoy the concerts at sunset on an outdoor stage at the foot of the summit Großer Asitz with a breathtaking view of the mountains. In case of bad weather, the mountain restaurant AsitzBräu is the place to be.
Every Friday between the 15th of July and the 9th of September 2022, hikers can meet different artists at various mountain huts according to the motto “Tradition meets contemporary art”. This extraordinary series of events is called ALM:KULTUR and includes concerts and workshops of all genres to participate. You do not have to book anything in advance, it is free of charge, and you simply have to hike to the mountain hut. There you can enjoy the diverse cultural offer – sometimes also just by chance. 

 

House of arts „Nexus“: diverse cultural program for every age 
This season the house of arts Nexus offers a diverse program for the youngest ones as well as for adults and elderly ones again. The center of culture exists since 2002. It is an essential part of the art and cultural scene of the Pinzgau region. For culture enthusiasts, the Nexus is the ideal place, as you can choose from plenty of concerts, a children's theatre, a cinema with a program and numerous literary lectures and cabarets. At the 8th, 9th and 10th of June 2022 the youth theatre play “Thinderella” produced by Benjamin Blaikner is shown for children from 12 years and older. The vernissage “Verwirklichkeit” from the German artist Till Novak is shown from the 2nd of April until the 11th of June. The graphic designer shows pieces of arts and video works. 

 

Mining and Gothic Museum and Museum Schloss Ritzen: mineral treasures and collection of cribs 
A special destination is the Mining and Gothic Museum in Leogang. In the museum you can learn about the golden age of mining in Leogang. The museums also hosts sacral art, such as the “Beautiful Madonna”, and a holy gothic figure from the Alpine region, which has already been made in 1410.  
This year, guests can also visit two special exhibitions in the Mining and Gothic Museum in Leogang. On the occasion of the 290th anniversary of the Protestant emigration in Salzburg, visitors can visit the commemorative exhibition with the world's largest collection of screw medals. The special exhibition "Perlen der Gotik – Die Stiftung Vogl-Reitter" provides an insight into 60 gothic sculptures and panel paintings on display and this in combination with top-class loans from the Austrian Gallery Belvedere Vienna, the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest, the Museum of Salzburg and the Diocesan Museum Bamberg.
The region of Saalfelden Leogang is surrounded by four beautiful castles. One of them is the castle Ritzen with a museum containing the most important and largest collection of cribs in Austria as well as sacred treasures. In addition to the baroque church crib, there is also a large oriental crib and the local crib of Saalfelden from the famous crib maker Alexander “Xandi” Schläffer. The crib exhibitions can be visited all year round in the Museum Schloss Ritzen. 

 


Mining Museum Leogang: new virtual 3D-tour and the new “Grubenbahn“ for kids
A visit in the Mining Museum is definitely worth it, when you are interested in mining and want to discover something new. Partly stooped, partly in single file, the adventurous journey through narrow tunnels with a guide leads directly into the past and gives you an insight into the hard work of the miners.
Since last year, guests are now even able to discover the show mine virtually and without any barriers. You can make the virtual 3D tour at home, spontaneously and all day long at www.schaubergwerk-leogang.com. For the digital excursion you simply need a cell phone, a computer, or a tablet with internet access. 
For this special commitment and personal dedication, the Knappschaft Leogang was recently honored with the Tourism Award. Since 2021, a new mine train, which once transported miners and mined treasures, now takes the youngest visitors through a new, man-made gallery. Guided tours are offered from May to October. Especially sturdy shoes and warm clothing should be brought along.

 


Relax and enjoy yourself in a region full of contrasts: diverse, sustainable and regional wellness offers
The region Saalfelden Leogang is known for its high-quality hotels. Even weeks after your vacation in one of the excellent hotels in the region, you can still feel the positive effects of your relaxing stay. This is due to the diverse wellness offers, which help to balance body and soul. 
In addition to that, many companies focus on sustainable recreation, for example with regional natural materials such as wood and stone, which create a relaxing atmosphere for guests. 
The mountain village Bergdorf Priesteregg with its chalets and its bath Priesteregg Bad, offers plenty of luxury and a lot of time to relax. From June 2022, guests can enjoy the new and exclusive villa “VILLA WOSSA”, which has room for two to six persons with an incredible view of the valley and the mountains. The premium retreat offers a private, 500 m2 big natural biotope and a heated stainless steel infinity pool. Moreover, there is a chalet with extra comfort and a small, round lake house, which is connected to the chalet. Guests find enough space, in summer as well as in winter, to recharge their batteries. 
This summer season, the hotel Good Life Resort Die Riederalm****S offers their guests new rooms with seemingly floating bath tubes, called “Hamarca”-hammock-bathing tubes. The extraordinary carbon hammocks, from which only seven pieces exist in Europe, seem to float above the floor and have been fixed to the walls with a special construction. Furthermore, in the gourmet kitchen of the hotel, only local products are being used. 
The hotel Naturhotel Forsthofgut***** offers an extraordinary spa and wellness concept: in the first WaldSPA in Europe, you can recharge your batteries with the help of natural ingredients from the region. In addition to that, a lake restaurant has opened, new suites have been built and a family wellness area rounds off the offer.
In the hotel Salzburgerhof****S, guests can look forward to a newly built Sky-SPA. Here you have got an area of 1.200 m2 to relax. 
The hotel mama thresl has increased the number of rooms since this season and now offers a very special new room, the "Room 51". The hotel Krallerhof***** convinces with a large wellness area and is working on some new highlights. 
Guests can receive extraordinary well-being offers in the hotel Forsthofalm****S and in the hotel Senhoog. The hotel Puradies****S affectionately arranged cute chalets with a dreamlike mountain view. 
The "Alpine Holistic" lifestyle concept at hotel Ritzenhof - Hotel and Spa at the Lake****S is the perfect place for guests to relax and unwind. 
The motto of the hotel Bio-Hotel Rupertus**** is “Organic.Active.Real.” and guests can enjoy a huge range of organic products and gourmet cuisine as well as the special hospitality. Moreover, the hotel Kirchenwirt offers diverse culinary highlights: seasonal specialties, vegetarian alternatives and typical Austrian dishes meet in the traditional hotel. 
When in the boutique and city hotel Die Hindenburg****, you can choose whether you want to spend your time in the mountains or in the city. Besides several sustainable beauty and massage treatments, there is a extraordinary cinema of the mountain range Steinberge with beds made out of tree trunks in the hotel LEBE FREI Hotel Der Löwe****S. The hotel Bacher Asitzstub’n has a heated infinity panorama pool at the rooftop.
Moreover, the vacation region Saalfelden Leogang received numerous awards by Gault&Millau: Saalfelden Leogang scores a total of 14 Gault&Millau “Hauben” – the equivalent to the Michelin stars in Germany - in seven restaurants and can definitely be called a region full of culinary highlights.   

 

Regionality and sustainability: enjoy organic products and save the environment
Especially the production of organic products is an important goal when it comes to culinary sustainability in the region of Saalfelden Leogang. More than 65% of the farms in Leogang are organic farms. Local products such as organic sausages and meat as well as other products, such as cheese, yogurt, jams or juices have a special certification: the seal of quality saying “Echt.Gsund.Guad.” marks the local products at first sight.
In the last few years, more and more cute farmer’s shops have developed. You can try local products from the region, even when you are on your way. When visiting the farmer’s shop HPH anno 1905, you enter a lovely rebuilt horse stable, which has already been awarded for the homemade butter a few times now. At the organic farm Stechaubauer-Biohof, you can buy fresh and organic vegetables 24 hours a day. In the small vegetable hut, there is a self-service device where you can choose the vegetables you want via touchscreen. After you paid, you can simply take your vegetables out of the appropriate drawer.
Since 2021 the region Saalfelden Leogang works together with other vacation destinations under the leadership of the Association of Consumer Information on a certificate for sustainable tourism regions. Many companies and enterprises in Saalfelden Leogang have already been awarded with the Austrian Eco-Label. This label rates a wide variety of measures such as mobility, waste disposal and resource management. For example, if electric cars are available to guests. Whether own biomass heating production, wood chip facilities or composting plants are available for the energy supply, and one also pays special attention to the reduction of waste. 
Travelling to Saalfelden Leogang is of course also possible with the train and there are various advantages: no traffic jams, fast and regular train connections directly from Salzburg, Innsbruck, or Munich to Saalfelden Leogang. And from the train station you can easily reach attractive destinations or bus stops where you can already start your hiking tours. By the way, with the Saalfelden Leogang Card you can use the public transport in the Pinzgau region for free. 

 


The Saalfelden Leogang Card: 365 days full of advantages
Vacation, the way I want – this is possible with the Saalfelden Leogang Card. You get the guest card for free and it enables you to use numerous offers in summer as well as in winter, doesn’t matter whether it’s about culture, sport of nature. For example, from May until the start of the skiing season, you can ascent and descent with the cable cars Asitzbahn and Steinbergbahn, as well as with the cable cars in Saalbach Hinterglemm two times a day and can even take your mountain bike with you. Moreover, you have got the possibility to join guided hikes and use the public transport in the entire Pinzgau region for free as well as the bus 690 to Fieberbrunn. 
With the Saalfelden Leogang Card you can even access the swimming pools in Leogang Freizeitanlage Sonnrain (leisure center) and in Saalfelden Erlebnisschwimmbad Obsmarkt, as well as the natural bathing area lake Ritzensee for free. 
You get the Saalfelden Leogang Card automatically when you check in at one of the Saalfelden Leogang Card partner hotels. It is valid from the day you arrive until the day you leave. 

 

Event highlights in summer 2022:
10. – 12.06.2022             Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain bike World Cup – Cross Country & Downhill
17.06. – 18.06.2022        Stoabergmarsch 2022 – a 24-hour hike between Salzburg and Tyrol 
18.06.2022                       Mountain fires and summer solstice at lake Ritzensee in Saalfelden               
26.06.2022                       Regionality fair, Congress Saalfelden                                      
30.06.-18.08.2022           TONspur at the Asitz mountain - five Thursdays 
15.07. – 09.09.2022        ALM:KULTUR in Saalfelden Leogang – eight Fridays 
18. – 21.08.2022             42nd Jazzfestival Saalfelden
16. – 18.9.2022                BIKE Festival Saalfelden Leogang