Hiking in the Salzkammergut is an experience for nature lovers of all ages. This healthy recreational activity can be ideally combined with enjoying the local flora. In the Traunsee holiday region, the flora enchants all year round with magnificent views, impressive Alpine panoramas and crystal-clear bodies of water. When the green fields are covered in fine snow during the cold season, the region exudes additional magic: the mountain peaks, covered in elegant white, sit enthroned above the tranquil nature, which lies in preparation for the upcoming spring awakening. Filigree ice crystals shimmer in the morning sun’s light and enrich the appearance of the unique winter landscape. Take a look at this natural beauty- there is no doubt about the Salzkammergut’s popularity as an amazing hiking destination.
The magnificent Feuerkogel plateau lies to the west of Ebensee, in the heart of the Traunsee region. Thanks to its appealing setting, the Feuerkogel is regarded as the local mountain of the idyllic market town. This rocky massif, one of Austria's largest family ski areas, summits at a total of 1,592 metres in altitude. Explore this part of the Höllengebirge mountain range in the cold season, an untouched landscape with inviting snowshoe hiking option welcomes you. Since the routes are partly untouched, you can enjoy your sporty moments away from bustling tourist crowds.
Start your day outdoors comfortably with the mountain's own cable car. It will take you from the valley to the mountain station as a starting point for unforgettable snowshoe hiking moments atop Feuerkogel. In addition, skiers and snowboarders can expect 12 kilometres of slopes and selected trails. Families with children usually prefer to explore the plateau on foot. This is physically easier, but by no means less appealing. Experienced outdoor athletes, on the other hand, climb up and down the snow layers covering Feuerkogel. If you would like to experience the subtle features of the landscape through the eyes of a local expert, we recommend taking a guided tour. These can be booked at the Feuerkogel mountain station, at the Neuhuber skiing school, for example.
The immediate answer to the question of the most beautiful winter hiking region of Upper Austria always includes the Traunsee region as well as the Salzkammergut. Remember to dress warmly when exploring the hospitable winter wonderland. Experience has shown that you will want to enjoy your stay as long as possible. The extensive lake region offers a wide variety of routes and hiking trails that are exciting in all seasons. Extensive walks along the snowy shores of the Traunsee natural oasis invite you to enjoy an active pre-Christmas fairy-tale. Furthermore, don't miss the opportunity to explore the local mountain environments on your own winter hikes in the Salzkammergut. Smaller rivers, deserted alpine pastures and untouched forest areas finally enchant with a special atmosphere. Why not stop by one of the rustic cottages on site in the evening or for lunch. These cosy inns will spoil you with culinary delicacies in a heart-felt atmosphere.
Tobogganing in the Salzkammergut thrills the entire whole family. An unforgettable holiday is ensured as this experience is combined with the natural splendour of the lake region. The 2.7-km long natural toboggan run Hochsteinalm offers this great combo in Traunkirchen. Before the trip, remember to pack quality sunglasses and suntan lotion for your family. The parking lot at Güterweg, Mühlbachberg is the starting point for this toboggan family fun in Upper Austria. You and your kids will hike uphill for about 45 minutes to Gasthof Hochsteinalm. Any gear you have not brought along can be rented from us. A quick refreshment is also available on site before and after crashing down the slope. While you rush down the natural toboggan run on skids, you will enjoy a wonderful view of the surrounding Höllengebirge mountains. The scenery is exceptionally majestic in the snowy winter months. Don't forget to pack your digital camera or a pixel-heavy mobile phone to capture this scenic view. The same applies to the wonderful impressions along the local hiking trails.
Family moments with your loved ones are priceless treasures that enrich life. For that reason, it is not surprising that the holidays are called the most beautiful time of the year. If you spend these precious days in the Salzkammergut, you can expect a multitude of great options for any plans you look forward to making. In snow-covered Upper Austria, these include, in particular, snowshoeing, tobogganing or skiing. At the same time, you are free to satisfy your thirst for adventure amidst the picturesque natural backdrop of the Traunsee region: enjoy the amazing view of the wintery valley, walk through magical fairy-tale forests and let the refreshing ease of the Salzkammergut flow through your lungs.