WHAT TO DO IN SUMMER
Summertime in the Salzkammergut is amazing
. Blue skies, crystal clear warm lakes, mountains shrouded in vibrant green forests and of course the beautiful alpine meadows bejewelled with wildflowers. The possibilities for the perfect holiday are endless, whether you are an outdoor adventurer, a culture-vulture or simply wanting to relax and unwind. A small selection of the many activities available and places to visit are shown below, but please ask us if you have a particular interest and we will do our best to help you.
This world famous lake, set in glorious, spectacular scenery makes an ideal day out for the whole family. Whether you want to swim, hire a boat, take a gentle cruise from village to village, cycle, go up a mountain by cable car, train or foot or simply enjoy hunting for souvenirs in the many fascinating shops in St Wolfgang, St Gilgen and Strobl, its perfect. Be sure to stop for lunch or coffee and cakes in one of the many hotels and cafes.
Waldhaus is the ideal base for a walking holiday in the Salzkammergut. There are many excellent scenic walks of varying lengths around the area which are well signposted. Perfect for everything from a high paced Nordic walk right down to a gentle wander round the lake to Strobl.
The easy way up mountains
Waldhaus gives you excellent access to the two best ways to get up a mountain. Firstly, you are only a 15 minute drive to the Schafburg Mountain railway, who’s steam powered locomotives will get you to the top in comfort with 45 minutes. The other is the Zwölferhorn Cable Car just a few minutes further away at St Gilgen. Both give spectacular 360 degree views of the alpine lakes and mountains.
There are lots of well-marked mountain bike trails ranging from easy to very demanding. It is possible to hire mountain bikes locally. The internationally renowned ‘Salzkammergut Trophy’ takes place in the lakes and valley around here. If you would like us to enquire about bike hire for you please ask.
If you enjoy swimming in the great outdoors, then Wolfgangsee is for you. There a number of locations within walking distance of the property which have sunbathing and swimming beaches, many of which are free to use and other which charge a small entrance fee. Bad Ischl and the Eurothermen Resort thermal baths are a "must-do" part of any holiday. Completely refurbished in 2007 the thermal baths offer swimming, a spa pool heated to 33 degrees centigrade, saunas, steam baths and a wide range of therapies to help you relax and unwind.
If a more gentle approach to walking is your style, there are lots of walks we can recommend that can be covered with relative ease, with possible stops at local "hütten" or cafes to enjoy one of the refreshing local beers, a lunch or Kaffee and Kuchen, while taking in the amazing views.
There is a wide range of water sports on offer right on your doorstep . Wolfgangsee and also Traunsee have boat hire, wake boarding, water skiing, scuba diving, banana boating etc available
If you prefer more gentle water-borne pursuits then why not have a gentle cruise on Wolfgangsee. You can travel from village to village around the lake.
One of Austria's oldest and most famous golf clubs is in Bad Ischl, just a twenty minute drive away. The Franz Laimer Golf Academy which compliments the many other golf courses in the Salzkammergut.
Hot air ballooning is available within a 10 minute drive of Waldhaus and paragliding is on offer in St Gilgen.
If more adventurous pursuits are your thing and you would like to try your hand at canyonning, rock climbing, abseiling, canoeing or Segway touring there is a centre in St Wolfgang, just a short walk from Waldhaus.
Places to Visit
A fascinating visit to an ancient but still working salt-mine at the ‘World Heritage Site’ of Hallstatt, about a 45 minute drive from Waldhaus. Well worth a visit if only for the view from the entrance to the Salt mine.
Great fun for all the family and only a 10 minute drive from Waldhaus, the Sommer Rodelbahn is ideal as part of a family day out, perhaps combined with a visit to the animal park or a visit to Wolfgangsee.
Dorf der Tiere
Literally Animal Village is situated just the other side of Gschwendt on the way to St Gilgen approximately 10 minutes drive away by car.
All weather family fun
The Abarena is a perfect family day out, extensive indoor and outdoor activities including play grounds, observation towers, model making, electric go karts and a jet flight simulator. What more could you ask for.
The Wolfgangsee area is home to some wonderful museums of all sorts. If you’re into music it’s got to be Mozart’s mother’s house in St Gilgen, followed by the museum of musical instruments, which is not far away. If local history is more your thing, try the heritage museum for a look at traditional local trades.
Waldhaus is an ideal base for a history holiday. From B.C. to present day it is all only a short drive away.
No visit to the Salzkammergut is complete without a visit to this historic city. Famous as Mozart's birthplace, it has lots to offer, whether you are a culture vulture, seeking art galleries, concerts or museums, or are like many people, following the "Sound of Music" trail and would like to see some of the locations from the film, Salzburg is just spellbinding! Fabulous buildings, open-air music and cafés that serve delicious coffee and cakes. Shopping in Salzburg is excellent and a visit to the famous Getreidegasse is essential with its quaint shop signs that hang over the narrow street is essential for avid shoppers, seeking designer labels, fabulous jewellery or simply window shopping! There is a market most days selling seasonal produce and souvenirs and in November and December there is also a famous Christmas market in the Dom Platz in the old town.
Waldhaus to Salzburg city centre is less than an hours drive, with its quaint shop signs that hang over the narrow street is essential for avid shoppers, seeking designer labels, fabulous jewellery or simply window shopping. There is a market most days selling seasonal produce and souvenirs. The famous Salzburg Music Festival takes place during the summer.
St Wolfgang is a village beyond compare. The narrow cobbled streets are home to some of the most wonderful architecture in the whole of the Salzkammergut. Teeming with shops, stores, restaurants and bars St Wolfgang is a delight to behold. Take the opportunity to wander slowly and enjoy the beauty, the atmosphere and the pace of life.
Evenings in St Wolfgang are ideal if you want to eat out particularly in summer when several restaurants have 'al fresco' tables. There are quite a number of bars right by the lake, with some offering live entertainment particularly at the weekends.
St Wolfgang holds fortnightly festivals in July and August called 'Summer Nights' which are truly unmissable. Street music, activities for the children, a street market, pavement bars and restaurants combine to create a real party atmosphere.
Just 20 minutes away, Bad Ischl is historic holiday home of the Kaisers.
If you would like a guided tour around this historic town, why not take a horse drawn carriage ride to see the sights.
Throughout the summer all the local shops, restaurants and bars are open and there are a profusion of pavement cafés where you can sit and take in the scenery or simply people watch. The world famous confectioner and coffee house Zauner,where superb cakes and fabulous house-made chocolates can be sampled, is an essential part of any visit to Bad Ischl and in Summer they have a super riverside café on Bad Ischl's stylish Esplanade.
Another not-to-be-missed attraction is a visit the Kaiser Villa, the holiday home of Kaiser Franz Joseph I, perched on the banks of the River Ischl. It is said that Franz Joseph brought his court to Bad Ischl in order to benefit from the health giving properties of the waters here.
Part of the Dachstein west area and a short drive from Waldhaus, Russbach is an ideal place for all the family to visit on a warm summer's day offer in the chance to walk in the mountains, hunt for fossils, have fun at the water park and many other attractions.
WHAT TO DO WINTER
Advent & Christmas Markets
From the end of November until New Year there are Advent markets held at St Wolfgang, St Gilgen and Strobl. They are all individual and excellent in their own way. We think the one here in St Wolfgang is the best, it’s full of traditional stalls, games, food and drink. Great in any weather but absolutely magical when it snows, and best of all it’s only a very short walk home.
One of the most memorable holiday experiences for many guests is strolling among the candle-lit streets with seasonal music playing or choirs singing, while looking for Christmas gifts and traditional Austrian foods from beautifully decorated stalls. Be sure to enjoy a mug of warming gluhwein and try the hot roasted chestnuts. A giant candle floats on Wolfgangsee during Advent and Christmas and you can take a romantic moonlight cruise around the lake to complete your special day out.
Russbach is just beyond Gosau and is ideal for families. It features two super children's areas called "Bear Camp" and "Sparrows Nest." where qualified staff supervises the fun while parents can enjoy skiing.
Attractions at Bear Camp include a magic carpet, bear slalom, snow castle and nursery lift. Skiing is free of charge for children under 6. Russbach also has a ski-school
Sparrow's Nest is an indoor supervised play area for children from 1 year upwards. Drinks and lunch are available.
Krippenstein Dachstein Freesports Arena
There really is something for everyone here: Ski schools to off piste skiing with Freerider Guides. If you are a skier or boarder who is in to freestyle then this could be the place for you or maybe you like just a little bit more excitement with your skiing or boarding than just gliding gracefully downhill if that's the case then Krippenstein could be the ideal place for you.
Again a short drive away. Postalm is popular with local skiers. It is ideal for the whole family and has 20km of mainly easy to intermediate runs as well as a "fun-arena". There is a chair-lift and 6 draglifts as well as cross-country tracks, a toboggan run, an ice-rink and an alpine curling alley. Ideal for a day-trip incorporating a visit to the villages of Strobl and St Gilgen.
Gaissau is part of the Hintersee ski area. It is a little further away but still only about 40mins drive. Gaissau has 20 km of pistes, 3 chair lifts and 6 draglifts. Although fairly small, this is a very family-friendly resort, with ski-hire and ski-schools and slopes to suit beginners and experts alike. Gaissau makes an excellent day out as there are also extensive cross-country tracks nearby, ski-tubing in the village of Faistenau and a good selection of "Hütten" and guesthouse to enjoy an après-ski ,snack or supper. And if you want to go a little further afield the pistes at Abtenau, Loser-Altaussee, Feuerkogel and Tauplitz are all within an hour's drive.
The Salzkammergut is a popular area for cross-country skiing with many kilometres of tracks available through spectacular scenery, just a short drive from Waldhaus In the immediate area of wolfgangsee there are cross-country tracks in Strobl, around Wolfgangsee, Langbathsee, Bad Goisern and Gosau. A little further afield, the village of Faistenau has excellent cross-country trails and makes a really good day out.
If skiing isn't your sport
Winter in the Salzkammergut is a magical time with plenty to see and do, even if skiing is not your sport!
Tobogganing and Snow Tubing
There are several toboggan runs near to Waldhaus The closest is at Postalm, which is just ten a minute drive away. It is possible to hire a toboggan. Snow tubing really is great fun for kids of all ages. Absolutely no skill required just the ability to sit in a large rubber air filled ring and slide down a snowy mountainside.
No skill required for snow tubing the winter sport for everyone