Snow alternatives in the world heritage region
Try hiking, jogging, museum visits and spa days instead of cross-country skiing, ice climbing or sledding. At the moment, the valleys of the UNESCO World Heritage Region remain without snow. Only in the surrounding mountains such as the ski region Dachstein West in Gosau and the Freeride Arena on the Krippenstein has the time arrived for winter sports like skiing and snowshoeing.
On your feet and on the go
With not even a single snowflake in sight, winter holidaymakers have discovered the abundance of hiking trails in the world heritage region. From the east shore trail along Lake Hallstatt or the picturesque Echern Valley in Hallstatt to the Gosaubach Trail, the Traunreiter Trail in Bad Goisern or the Obertraun Höhenweg, there’s a lot to discover in the world heritage region.
For those who are searching for peace and relaxation, we recommend the many spas offered in the area around Lake Hallstatt and the Gosau Valley. For added variety, visit the Hallstatt World Heritage Museum or the Hand.Werk.Haus in Bad Goisern with its wide variety of traditional crafts from the Salzkammergut. Guests can also discover and explore the many themed paths (Themenwege) in Bad Goisern, Gosau, Hallstatt and Obertraun.
We’ve selected these various options from our substantial year-long programs so that you can still make the most of your winter holiday without snow.
Date: Sat, Feb. 24, 2018
, 17:00 — 18:30
The winter landscape appears mystical and romantic during a torchlight stroll through Hallstatt. A special tour during your winter holiday in Hallstatt.
Date: Sat, Jan. 5, 2019
Bathing & Wellness
In the many spas throughout the UNESCO World Heritage Region Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut, an oasis awaits those in search of relaxation. Whether the EuroThermen Resort in Bad Ischl or the Grimming Therme in Bad Mitterndorf, guests will discover a generous assortment of saunas and swimming opportunities for the entire family. Let yourself be spoiled by the pools and spas of the Salzkammergut!
Spa at Bad Mitterndorf
Bad Mitterndorf | GrimmingTherme: Spending time in the GrimmingTherme means just enjoying, nothing to care about and savoring all offers. It is an exceptional place of relaxation surrounded by a fantastic alpine landscape.
» GrimmingSpa at Bad Mitterndorf
The most beautiful attractions in winter
Even in winter when the well-known visitor magnets like the enchanting caves of Obertraun or the oldest salt mine, the Salzwelten, in Hallstatt are closed, there still so much in the region to explore. There are plentiful tourist attractions which are also open between November and March: a journey through time at the Hallstatt Museum, a shopping excursion for traditional hand-made crafts, or simply the historical ambience of picturesque village lanes. No matter the season, there’s always something wonderful to discover in the World Heritage region!
Themed trail Hallstatt
Those who wish to experience more, have to take different. routes.Through the historic centre of Hallstatt with exciting stories and history. Exercise and the new insights make the theme trail an ideal leisure activity for the whole family.
» Themed trail Hallstatt
Bad Ischl | Over many decades and into the 20th century European history was made in the Kaiservilla and Bad Ischl became the shadow capital of the powerful Danube Monarchy.
» Imperial Villa
Mountain of treasures
Altaussee | Salzwelten: The Altausee Salzwelten salt mines offers a mountain of treasures for the whole family and this all year round every Wednesday with a special evening tour starting at 19:00 hrs.
» Mountain of treasures
The Neuwildenstein Stately Home
Bad Goisern | Hand.Werk.Haus: Still not found any souvenirs from your vacation? Then why not take a look at Hand.Werk.Haus Goisern in the town's centre. Here you will find a large selection of unique handicrafts "Made in Salzkammergut" for all occasions.
» The Neuwildenstein Stately Home
While the snows of winter keep us all waiting, guests can use the opportunity to explore the numerous hiking paths and beautiful natural surroundings of the holiday region Dachstein Salzkammergut. Abundant walking and hiking paths, such as the east shore path, the Koppenwinkel nature preserve in Obertraun, or the Gosaubach path through the Gosau Valley, offer fantastic opportunities for enjoyment. To aid in your planning, we’ve put together a list of the most beloved routes and hope you have a great time discovering this region of mountains and lakes.
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