Summer in the Alps – Part One
If you think of Austria as a winter destination for adrenaline sports junkies, then it’s time to think again. Salzburgerland in Austria may be one of the world’s leading skiing destinations, but during the summer it becomes a fantastic family holiday destination, with a huge range of outdoor activities for children and parents to get stuck in to. Whether it’s walking trails, bike rides, cable car rides, or swimming and relaxing that’s your thing – there’s everything here to make a family holiday to remember. So here are we look at one of the region’s most family-friendly locations, St Johann in Salzburg.
St Johann in Salzburg
Situated high in the Alps, but only 55km from Salzburg Airport, St. Johann in Salzburg is a cosy alpine village that is ideally positioned as a base for excursions. During the summer months, families can hit hiking and cycling trails, or spend the day by a swimming lake or pool – all the while enjoying the pure mountain air and taking in some amazing views.
For a real cultural experience for the little ones, take the cable car to the Geisterberg (which means ‘Spirit Mountain’ in German). Reached via the gondola in St. Johanns’ Alpendorf, the adventure park has more than 40 adventure stations – from climbing towers, slides, swings to aqua amusements and picnic benches perfectly situated to give you incredible views while you’re having a spot of lunch.
Walking, Hiking and Biking
Active families are spoilt for choice when it comes to St. Johann in Salzburg. An absolute must is the Liechtensteinklamm gorge. At 300m deep and 4km in length, the gorge is one of the longest and deepest
in Europe. Take a walk along the 1km wooden walkway to experience the sounds of the rapids below before reaching a spectacular waterfall. You should also visit the world’s largest ice cave. Located deep inside the the Hochkogel mountain the Eisriesenwelt – or ‘world of ice giants’ – is an amazing natural wonder.
If you prefer your fun on two wheels, there are bike routes to suit every level, from family-friendly scenic outings to the legendary 300km Tauern cycle path. With its numerous playgrounds, sights, and swimming pools along the route, it is ideal for the whole family.
Where to stay
ALPINA Family, Spa & Sporthotel
Fly to Salzburg
St. Johann is 60km from Salzburg and there is a direct train service
Alll images on the page credit Josalzburg Mirja Geh