SUSTAINABLE REGENERATION IN SAALFELDEN LEOGANG
A vacation in the region Saalfelden Leogang offers pure relaxation right here and now. Even weeks after your vacation, you can still feel the effects in your everyday life. Because a vacation here in the region full of contrasts supports a healthy and stress-free lifestyle. This is ensured by the diverse offers in the numerous wellness hotels and the excellent alpine cuisine. Culinary delights from the Pinzgau region and fresh organic vegetables can be tasted in the local farm shops, directly in the region. The e-bike pleasure tour is ideal for this purpose. The initiative “Echt.Gsund.Guad.” puts emphasis on local products and producers. For mental and physical regeneration, the new long-distance hiking tour with 15 stations “Pinzga’ Hatscha” through the high alpine landscape is the ideal choice for you.
Unique and comfortable: new offers in the hotels of the region
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 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 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 specialities, 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.
Sustainable farmer’s shop: an alpaca stable, a rebuilt horse stable and organic vegetables day and night
In such a region full of contrasts in the middle of the Alps, culinary delights must not be missing. With a total of 14 Hauben (the equivalent to the German Michelin Stars) awarded by Gault&Millau, in seven restaurants, Saalfelden Leogang can be described as a region with culinary delights. Furthermore, Leogang is the only village, which has two “Jeunes Restaurateurs” (JRE) companies. This means European association of young restaurant owners of the refined gastronomy.
In the last few years, increasingly 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. A special farmer’s shop is the one of the Alpaca Stable Saalfelden. There is a vast range of homemade alpaca products from the own alpaca bread, for example socks or baby sleeping sacks. By the way, alpaca wool is one of the most precious and fine natural fibers of the world. If you want to get to know these animals, you have the chance to book trekking tours and hike through the beautiful landscape with the fluffy animals.
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. All the farmer’s shops mentioned above and a lot more can be visited at the e-bike pleasure tour, which takes place from April until October. The tour is suited for both, e-bike beginners, and pros.
‚ECHT.GSUND.GUAD.‘: enjoy diverse organic products
In the last few years, the region Saalfelden Leogang worked on several new projects to use regional resources as efficiently as possible. Since 2007 Saalfelden Leogang is an active partner of the program “e5-Landesprogamm” and counts to one of 33 municipalities of Salzburg, which make an effort to promote sustainability and energy efficiency. Especially the production of organic products is an important goal when it comes to culinary sustainability. 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.
“Die Schattberger” allow a special insight into the production of different meat products. The three family-run farms on the Schattberg in Saalfelden have made a conscious decision to keep their animals in a sustainable and climate-friendly manner. You can pick up the meat directly at the farm or they can send you your meat home. When visiting their pastures or when having a look into the stable, you get additional information about the production of regional products.
„Pleasure travels in the country of Salzburg “: taste and discover Saalfelden Leogang
A special experience are the inspiring pleasure tours, which last several days and are called “Pleasure tours in the country of Salzburg”. They have been created by chefs, producers and gourmets and they serve as a source of inspiration for guests to discover the culinary highlights of Alpine cuisine in the country of Salzburg. Some exclusive offers can be booked directly in the vacation destinations. For example, there are the e-bike pleasure tour or the chef’s tour with the three-star chef Andreas Herbst from the hotel Good Life Resort Die Riederalm****S. You can accompany him three days long on a culinary trip through the region Saalfelden Leogang, where you get insider tips and where numerous delicacies are tasted or you take them home with you.
„Simply hiking“ and „hiking pole sharing“ for more sustainability
Vacation the way I want: pack your backpack, put on your hiking shoes and simply hike – this is possible in Saalfelden Leogang. In order to get away from the everyday stress, you simply go hiking here in Saalfelden Leogang. The idea is that hiking is absolutely enough to pause and reflect on the here and now. On numerous hiking trails there is the opportunity to actively relax and let the beauty of nature take effect on you. An extraordinary hiking trail through the Pinzgau region, for example, is the new "Pinzga' Hatscha".
But there is a lot more to discover: For example, the 360-degree benches, which invite you to take a break. From there you have a spectacular view of the mountains. Another option would be to take a short nap in one of the stainless-steel forest swings, which can be found between two tree trunks, and where you can enjoy the relaxing silence of nature. The region Saalfelden Leogang is known for its sustainability, which can also be seen in hiking. At the starting points of the hiking trails there are so called “hiking pole sharing stations”, where you can borrow wooden hiking poles for your hike. And after your hiking tour, you simply put the hiking poles back. In addition to that you can also buy your own hiking pole at the Tourist Offices. “These and other offers allow our guests a sustainable recovery with activation and therefore guarantee more strength for everyday life," says Marco Pointner, head of Saalfelden Leogang tourism.
Summer adventure program 2022: Theme hikes and herb workshops
From the 18th of April until the 31st of October there are various offers as part of the summer adventure program, such as guided beaver, and alpaca hikes and herb workshops. In addition to that you can book a climate change adaptation hike, which is the first one of its kind.
You can book the individual courses, workshops and hikes the day before until 4 p.m. at the respective providers and with the Saalfelden Leogang Card, you can often join for free.
Protecting the environment: resource-saving concepts for hotels and lots of “Green Events”
Sustainability is an important aspect for the cable car company in Leogang, the Leoganger Bergbahnen. To reduce the emission of CO2 gases, there are heating communities together with neighboring hotels and mountain huts. The heat, which is generated from the motors of the cable cars, is reused to heat the nearby rooms of the cable car company. “With this method, we managed to reduce our energy consumption by 68%”, says Kornel Grundner, head of the cable car company in Leogang, the Leoganger Bergbahnen. The cable cars Asitzbahn and Steinbergbahn thus safe around 151.000 kilowatt hours annually. An effort, which has been awarded: In 2017, the company has been awarded with the environment prize “Umwelt Blatt Salzburg” and in 2018 they have been awarded for their engagement in saving the environment by the Ministry of Environment. Since 2019, the cable car company are partner of the climate and energy strategy, called “Klima- und Energiestrategie Salzburg 2050”. By the way: Guests, who have the Saalfelden Leogang Card, can ascent and descent with the cable cars in Leogang for free.
Furthermore, the climbing hall “felsenfest” in Saalfelden is largely self-sufficient in terms of energy. There are 130m2 solar panels on its rooftop with which it can also supply the neighboring stores, restaurants, and offices with solar energy for heating and warm water.
The surrounding hotels produced a concept that is environmentally friendly and resource saving. Self-produced energies are used from their own biomass heating stations, wood chip production or composting facilities. Many of these hotels have already received awards for their commitment to sustainability. Among other things, guests can rent electric cars for gasoline-free trips to explore the area.
Moreover, there are so-called “green events”, which concentrate on energy efficiency, waste reduction and an environmentally friendly arrival of the guests. These include, for example the regionality fair and the 24-hour hike between Tyrol and Salzburg – the “Stoabergmarsch”.
Getting to Saalfelden Leogang is also easy, convenient, and sustainable. There are three train stations in the region of Saalfelden Leogang, which are easy to reach from Munich, Salzburg, Innsbruck, and Klagenfurt. Locally, you can use, for example, the Saalfelden city bus and the ski bus, which are free of charge with the Saalfelden Leogang Card.
Austrian Eco-Label: pilot partner region Saalfelden Leogang
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.