The area is excellent for a whole range of activities. Lake swimming is popular with many attractive beaches and surprisingly warm water from July to September. It is safe and the water is of drinking quality. There are numerous opportunities to swim and have fun in the lakes or outdoor swimming pools for a small charge.
Mondsee Alpine Beach is very popular with families and a good value day out. There are a number of water slides, diving platforms and inflatables in the lake. There is a sandy beach and a large grassed area for sunbathing. For younger children there is a small pool with water slide. Showers, toilets and changing facilities are available along with a café serving drinks, snacks and ice cream. Strobl has a beach area with café and children’s playground and boats for hire.
Bad Ischl has an outdoor swimming pool in the town centre with water slides and a large grass area for relaxing. Scuba diving in Lake Wolfgang is also available, from premises along the main road to Abersee.
In Bad ischl the Eurothermen is a spa with thermal baths renowned for their healing properties. The pools are both indoor and outdoor so suitable all year round and in all weathers. Saunas, massage and steam baths are also available at an additional cost. The main area is suitable for all the family with the ‘Lazy River’ sweeping guests along through caves and spas.
Summer tobogganing is a great family fun experience. There are 2 places available nearby, Strobl and Fuschl (both only 15 minutes from the apartment). Strobl has a choice of 2 tracks so offers greater variety, but both are great fun.
In the surrounding area there are plenty of places to visit including the historical village of Hallstatt with its salt mines and ice caves.
Salt is very important in the area and there are a number of mines offering tours. Hallstatt is the closest with its beautiful scenery. Hallein south of Salzburg is also good fun with slides and a raft ride across the underground salt lake. Alternatively, a visit to the salt mine in Berchtesgaden (in Germany) could be combined with a cable car ride or a boat trip on Lake Königssee. This is also the home of the Eagle’s Nest and a beautiful place to visit only an hour from St Gilgen.
Information about all the activities and places to visit in the Salzkammergut can be found on the website www.salzkammergut.at/en.
Also, the Salzkammergut card is available for €4.90 per adult which gives discounts of around 30% on all the major attractions in the area. Winter card – November to April. Summer card – May to October. More information and a full list of the participating attractions can be found on the website or from the Tourist Information Office.
Local sporting activities include scuba-diving, swimming, tennis, walking, sailing, cycling, fishing, horse riding, skiing, golf, wind-surfing, water skiing, mountain biking, mountaineering, paragliding. Links to the many sports available in the Wolfgangsee area can be found on the region's website - www.wolfgangsee.at. This has excellent information in English and links with contact details to the various schools or activity provider.
There are 3 excellent golf courses in the area at Bad Ischl, Fuschl and Mondsee.
The town is perfect for walkers with 80km of marked paths in and around St Gilgen, all easily accessible from the centre of the resort. The cable car will take you to the top of the Zwolferhorn Mountain, at 1,522 metres, where you will find a number of paths and many huts offering food and drink with fantastic panoramic views. You may wish to return by cable car or on foot. Alternatively, the area is very popular with paragliders and there is a local Paragliding School based at the cable car base. Other popular walks include the three hour walk through peaceful woods to St Wolfgang. Walking maps are available at the Tourist Information office. All the routes are signposted and accessible throughout the year with cafes or restaurants available.
The area has numerous cycle paths around the lake and cycle hire is available in the village. Lots of advice is available here.
During the summer the historic mountain railway, the Schafbergbahn, runs to the top of the Schafberg where you can spend the night in the mountaintop hotel or simply enjoy the view and walk or ride down. You can take the boat to St Wolfgang followed by a trip to the top on the 19th century railway. Some of the old engines from the 1890s are still running. There is a combined ticket offer for the boat and railway and further discounts available with the Salzkammergut card.
You can also continue on the boat to visit the lovely town of Strobl with its lakeside promenade. A day ticket for the boat is good value as you can get on and off all day.
Salzburg is a fantastic city with beautiful architecture wherever you look. It is the birthplace of Mozart and as such there is a museum in his birth house. This is situated on the Getriedegasse which is the main shopping street in the city. The façade of the cathedral has recently been cleaned is certainly worth a visit. Salzburg castle can be reached by funicular railway or by walking up the hill. The views are spectacular from the top. There are a number of museums including the Natural History (Haus der Natur) which was recently refurbished
and the Residenz which was the home of the Bishops and houses a fabulous collection of paintings. Mirabell Palace and Gardens can be found on the opposite side of the river and are a must for fans of "The Sound of Music". There are daily tours available which take in all the popular locations from the film.
Hellbrunn Palace is situated south of Salzburg. The park boasts the summer house from the ‘Sound of Music’ and has many popular features. The trick fountain tour is fun for all the family. Salzburg Zoo can be found in the same area.
There are many options for skiing within an hour of the apartment.
Dachstein West is the largest resort with excellent facilities at Gosau and Russbach. With 142km of pistes for all abilities and fun parks for snowboarders it has everything needed for a great family skiing holiday. Ski gear may be hired from the base stations or locally in the villages. The ski schools are well equipped for all levels including children and as this resort is less well known, it tends to be less busy. In our experience the ski school classes tend not to be full and offer excellent value. There is also a creche for babies and younger children available at Russbach. The drive from the apartment usually takes approximately 50 minutes depending on traffic. There is plenty of free parking too.
The Postalm offers limited skiing with only a small number of runs available. It is perfect for children and absolute beginners with a fun park and tubing on offer. The drive up the Postalm road (from Strobl) is spectacular with many twists and turns. The road has a toll which can be taken off the cost of the lift pass in the resort. From the apartment, the drive up takes approximately 35 minutes.
"Hi my name is Matthew, I am 9 years old & I live In Macclesfield. In the holidays I go to Austria, a country in Europe with my mum and dad.
In summer it gets really hot, that’s because it’s a hot country in summer. I like to go to Mondsee Lake with my friends that live there. At Mondsee Lake I go on water slides. My favourite water slide is one where it cuts off half way down, & then you’re just falling, it’s not high though. Also in summer I go to a summer Rodelbahn (it’s just basically like an outdoor bobsleigh but not on ice). There’s one in Fuschl & one in Strobl, the one in Strobl I think is better because there`s two lanes. In St. Gilgen I go to the park & I have lots of fun there. I really like the zip wire. After that I sometimes get an ice cream because there`s an ice cream shop opposite, just near there you can go in a little speed boat but they`re not very fast. In winter it’s so snowy there that you could build a snowman every day! I have snow ball fights quite often. In winter I go skiing in various different places like the Postalm, Zell Am See & Gosau. There’s a place just down the road (about a 5 minute walk) where younger children can learn to ski & you also sledge there as well. The Postalm is kind of for beginners but Gosau is for all level skiers & snowboarders. Zell Am See is for all level skiers & snowboarders as well as Gosau. If you visit Salzberg you can go to the market. If you want to go somewhere cool why not go to the castle. I also like having a hot chocolatein the square."