Pinzgau and Land Salzburg offer countless day-trip destinations for lonely travellers, families or friends. From castles and fortresses to fascinating natural spectacles, cultural and culinary experiences all the way to mystic places and romantic towns. Here you can experience something new every day - your holidays are sure to be too short!
Majestically - the restored castle towers above the village of Kaprun, still forming the bulwark above the valley and overlooking everything. It is not only providing enough protection with its thick walls, but also making it clear that not many paths lead past it and its defenders. According to historians, Kaprun Castle was built in the 12th century. After the castle was restored, it has been hosting events of all kinds for many years now, such as cultural evenings, weddings, private and company celebrations, but also the “Castle-Spectaculum” mediaeval festival every year. Guided tours show the walls, the facilities and life in and around the castle.
In Leogang - 20 minutes away from Maria Alm by car - you can get close up with the life of the mineworkers hundreds of years ago. Visit Leogang exhibition mine. At Leogang exhibition mine, you will be greeted with a warm “Good luck!” Discover one of the oldest mines in Salzburger Land and spend an interesting day taking a guided tour or a children’s tour, a ride on the original mine railway and see the wonderful nature in Schwarzleotal Valley. Afterwards, you can enjoy some food and drink in the "Miners’ House".
Three natural wonders will impress you in Salzburg’s Saalachtal.
In Salzburger Land, at the foot of the two mountain ranges of Lofer and the mountains of Leogang as well as at the foothills of Steinernes Meer, nature has created bizarrely shaped cliffs, raging waterfalls and one of Europe’s largest cave systems, all within a very small area. These three natural wonders are only two kilometres away from each other and thus perfectly suitable for a day-trip.
Kitzsteinhorn is a famous mountain in Kaprun and is part of the Glockner Group, located in the Hohe Tauern. The summit is at 3,203 m above sea level.
With the Kaprun glacier lift, the summit of Kitzsteinhorn is accessible by cable car. On the cableway station roof there is a viewing platform called “Top of Salzburg”. Starting from the upper terminus, the 362 m long Glückauf-Hanna-Tunnel is one way to get to a second viewing platform with a view of Hohe Tauern National Park. Here you will have fabulous views over the Salzburg alpine world.
The Grossglockner - mountain, myth, challenge. Drive along on one of the most breathtaking mountain pass roads in the country, if not the entire continent, into the state of Carinthia - on the Grossglockner High Alpine Road. This is possible by bicycle, motorbike, car and bus, but beware: the highest point of the Grossglockner High Alpine Road - Edelweissspitze - is at 2,500 m above sea level. This road leads through Hohe Tauern National Park into the heart of the highlands.
About 100 years ago, in 1913, a first step towards establishing a national park in Austria was taken. In the 1980s, the National Park Hohe Tauern was established as Austria's first and largest national park.
The National Park Worlds in the National Park Centre in Mittersill brings the unique alpine adventure world around Austria's highest peak, Grossglockner (3,798 m) and further 266 three-thousand-metre peaks, 342 glaciers and one of the mightiest waterfalls in the world -Krimml Waterfall - under one roof. At 10 interactive stations, the extraordinary diversity of flora and fauna is explained in detail. An adventure for the whole family – and that in any weather!
Want to experience the untamed power of the element of water up close? With a drop height of 380 m, the Krimml Waterfalls are the fifth highest in the world.
A 4 km long trail with numerous viewpoints and turrets leads you up close to the natural spectacle of the Krimml Waterfalls. From the parking lot you will get to the lower waterfall in a 10 to 15 minutes walk.
The healing power of waterfalls has been known for a very long time – first recorded in writing some 200 years ago. And of course, we all know that being out and about in the fresh mountain air and consciously alternating between activity and rest during the day truly does everyone a world of good! So give it a try yourself!
The World of the Ice Giants with a total length of 42 km is considered the largest ice cave in the world. It was discovered in 1879 by Salzburg's naturalist Anton von Posselt-Czorich. Since then, it has developed into a crowd puller. The cave has landmark status.
The first, about one-kilometre-long part, is covered with imposing ice structures and accessible to visitors. You can access this part along a stairway with 700 steps. The World of the Ice Giants can only be set foot in with experienced guides from May to October. Experience the world’s largest ice cave on a 75-minute guided tour - including scientific and historic explanations. Especially on hot summer days, you will step into a wintry parallel universe of ice.
Salzburg is more than just the "City of Mozart" and festivals. At the city’s most significant attractions you will experience the history, exciting and surprising facts. Hohensalzburg Fortress, the Mozart museums, the Getreidegasse or Hellbrunn Castle and Zoo are among the most popular locations in Salzburg. But also the catacombs, the natural history museum, Domquartier Museum, the cathedral, Goldgasse alley, the Pferdeschwemme monument, Neue Residenz Museum, Christmas Museum and much more are worth a day-trip to this wonderful city, all worth seeing and unforgettable.
This also makes the journey through the "Kleines Deutsches Eck" road and railway link and the Bavarian spa town of Bad Reichenhall worth the trip.
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