Here in the Glemmtal Valley in the Kitzbühel Alps, nature shines in all its extraordinary diversity. We’d like to suggest a few options close to our heart for your holiday at the Dorfschmiede in Saalbach-Hinterglemm.
Krimmler waterfalls – wild, roaring beauty
Roaring and foaming, the water of the Krimmler Ache drops over 380 metres below. They are Europe’s largest waterfalls, and the fifth highest in the world. Their gigantic natural spectacle is an absolute tourist magnet in the Hohe Tauern National Park. A well-secured path will take you to the lowest waterfall, then the Wasserfallweg path will guide you to the very top (approx. 1 hour). Here, you can enjoy refreshing water spray as well as spectacular views over the roaring waterfalls.
Großglockner High Alpine Road – a majestic force of nature
At 3,798 metres, the Großglockner is Austria’s highest mountain. At the foot of the Großglockner is the 8km long Pasterze, the largest glacier in the Eastern Alps. The famous Großglockner high Alpine road leads you to Kaiser-Franz-Josef-Höhe at 2,369 metres. Here, you can take in panoramic paths, viewing points, a national park info centre, an Alpine path to the glacier, the glacial railway, groundhogs and ibexes.
Open from the beginning of May to the start of November. Toll fee applies.
Lamprechtshöhle Cave – secrets of the mountains
Prepare to be enchanted by the fascinating hidden world of the Lamprechtshöhle Cave in St. Martin bei Lofer (near the Tauernradweg cycling path). Visitors can explore roughly 700 metres of well-secured and colourfully lit cave areas from easily accessed paths. 392 steps let you cover a height difference of 70m to enjoy breathtaking views into the depths of the Lamprechtshöhle Cave.
Please bring sturdy footwear and warm clothing, as the cave remains between 4°C and 6°C all year round.
Eisriesenwelt Werfen ice cave
The biggest ice cave on the planet, and a unique natural spectacle made from ice deep inside the mountains. A cableway will bring you to the cave over the stoniest areas of the ‘Eisenriesenwelt Road’ in just a few minutes. You should plan in roughly three hours for your whole visit from the car park. Please bring sturdy footwear and warm clothing, as the cave’s temperature is usually below freezing even in the middle of summer.
Hohe Tauern National Park – an Alpine park of superlatives
Its location on the Alpine divide makes this national park uniquely diverse. Alongside the Großglockner, there are also 266 “three thousanders”, 342 glaciers, and roaring waterfalls - an Alpine hiking paradise. In the ‘National Park Welten’, multimedia displays will teach you all about the park in eight fascinating ‘nature rooms’.
Heilkräuterweg path on the Reiterkogel – nature’s medicine
Primrose, lady’s mantle and comfrey - would you recognise these plants? And what do you know about their healing properties? Take a stroll along the beautifully situated Heilkäuterweg path on the Reiterkogel and learn about over 120 healing herbs and more than 100 Alpine flowers. Free of charge.
Birds of prey display on a panoramic mountain meadow – kings of the air
On the panoramic Alpine meadow on Kohlmais (1,650m), birds of prey show off their skills every July and August.You can even get up close and personal with the animals. Not to mention: theres’s a petting zoo, swimming pond, mountain agriculture museum, local home-made specialities and views of the whole Glemmtal Valley.
Families with children have plenty of playful and fun opportunities to experience nature in Saalbach-Hinterglemm, like the ‘Schnitza’s Holzpark’ theme park, the ‘Teufelswasser’ at the end of the Saalbach Hinterglemm valley or the ‘Montelino’s Erlebnisweg’ or ‘Montelino’s Wildfütterung’ between the mountain and mid-station of the Kohlmais summit railway. Children and parents can embark on exciting treasure hunts and expeditions on the ‘Berg Kodok’ on the Reiterkogel, directly in the vicinity of the Dorfschmiede.