Summer in the Hochkönig
A Schneeberg Summer... (or any other non-skiing time of year)
There is so much to see and do in the area once the snow leaves us! Summer at Haus Schneeberg is a chance to relax amidst breathtaking beautiful scenery. The summer daytime temperatures are very pleasant, generally in the range 22-30 degrees and at night it cools down for a very comfortable night's sleep.
There are plenty of activities to enjoy in the area from beautiful walks and hikes across pristine alpine meadows to exhilarating mountain and road biking or excellent golf with 15 courses within a 45 minute drive. There are 4 clay tennis courts in the village and the area is renowned for its classic alpine climbing routes. There is an open air swimming pool in the village and the Karbachalm gondola and other main lifts operate from end May through till mid October, allowing access to excellent walking and biking trails and culinary delights at the mountain restaurants. The hiking bus stops 100m from the house.
The area is known for it's petting zoos - many of the local farms open their doors to the public to see their animals. You can see horses, pigs, goats and many other animals.
We now offer the Hochkönig Card which gives you free use of the hiking bus, free use of the mountain lifts in Summer, free access to the swimming pool, plus lots of other benefits.
The Salzburgerland card is ideal to get free entry into many other sightseeing attractions further afield such as Salzburg, Hohenwerfen Castle, waterfalls, gorges, museums, lakes and swimming pools in the Salzburg area. For more details including prices, click here. You can order the card on the internet prior to arrival, or buy one from the local Tourist information office.
If you like a more exhilarating experience, you can go white water rafting, canyoning, paragliding, zip line, among other activities. Salzburg Adventures offer many experiences such as this.
Hiking and Walking
The Hochkönig area offers over 340km of hiking trails and there are trails to suit all abilities. There are themed trails, such as the Forest trail and Butterfly path, long distance trails lasting up to 5 days, and guided hiking tours. There are 6 mountain lifts that are open over the Summer that give easy access to the beautiful mountain tops with fantastic views of the area. There are also many mountain huts that are open over the Summer period offering tasty, mouth watering Austrian delights. The lifts can be used free of charge with the Hochkönig card, and there are free guided walking tours you can join in
Mountain and Road Biking
This area is offers a beautiful, diverse and varied landscape. For those of you who are feeling energetic, you can hit the many mountain bike trails that offer kilometers of fun, or if you prefer the roadbike, you can ride over the passes to Maria Alm, and if you are feeling even more adventurous, you can head further afield to Zell am Zee or Saalbach. You can rent bikes in the village and for those of you who may not feel quite as energetic, there is the option of renting electric bikes so you can fully take in the beauty of the area!
Rock Climbing and Via Ferrata
The Hochkönig is one of the mightiest rock edifices in the northern limestone Alps, lying at the south-eastern corner of the Berchtesgaden Alps. The Hochkönig has a wealth of variety in store for climbers, lovers of fixed-rope trails and truly ambitious mountaineers. There are 300 different rock climbing routes and for the experienced climbers, there is the Königsjodler, one of Austria’s famous top via ferrata trails. If you want to give rock climbing a go before you hit the mountain, why not try the indoor rock climbing centre at the Hochkeil Haus in Mühlbach?
Mühlbach am Hochkönig has its own outdoor swimming pool with water slides for the kids. There's also a sunbathing area with spectacular views and snackbar. Open from end May through the summer. There is also an open air swimming pool in Maria Alm which has slides, drenching showers, massage jets, children's pool and children's playground, which offers hours of fun for the family! There is free entrance to the pool, along with the pool in Maria Alm with the Hochkönig Card
With 15 courses within 45 minutes drive of Haus Schneeberg there is plenty of variety to keep even the keenest golfer busy. There are a range of both mountain valley and lakeside parkland courses to play in the most spectacular scenery. Please click here to view details of the courses. The golf season is May until October. If you do not have a car, it may be possible for us to organise a transport service for you. Please contact us and let us know your requirements.
There are 4 clay courts available for hire in Mühlbach am Hochkönig and equipment can be hired from Haus Schneeberg . Your host Jerome is a qualified LTA tennis coach and can provide tailored individual coaching sessions on request. You can hire a court free of charge with the Hochkönig card
There are many other activities for kids or all the family to enjoy in the region, including archery, mini golf, horse riding, slackline park, climbing park, and the summer Alpine slide.
Toni's Almspielplatz at the top of Karbachalm gondola is very popular with families, with numerous playstations, including slacklines, climbing towers, mountain frisbee, and much more! Ride 6.5km down the mountain on the mountain carts! (Min height applies). Natrun Adventure Mountain in Maria Alm, has an adventure park, mini golf, archery, mountain bike flow trail, and you can slide down the mountain! Access to Toni's Almspielplatz and Natrun is free of charge with the Hochkönig Card.
Fun for the whole family can be found on the 1.6 km long summer toboggan run on the Biberg in Saalfelden. Take a seat, release the brake, and off you go! On this action-packed ride, you will conquer 345 vertical meters, 61 fun curves, and 3 super jumps. Whether dashing down the mountain or a leisurely ride down into the valley, you can set your own pace with the brake. Each member of the family gets one free ride with the Hochkönig Card.
Sightseeing in Salzburg area
Sightseeing ...... Some other attractions in the area.
Haus Schneeberg is situated in the centre of Salzburgerland and there are lots of attractions to visit in the area. Below are a few of our favourites, but there are many more. You can get Salzburgerland card - a 6 day pass that gives you free entry into 190 tourist attractions in the region. Click here to see more information and prices.
Why not spend a day in Salzburg, the city of Mozart. The baroque city of Salzburg enchants visitors with its romantic lanes, a historical district declared a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, and a wealth of art and cultural attractions. Only 45 mins drive from Haus Schneeberg
The truly unique village with such a history all in a breath-taking mountain setting. The market municipality was already inhabited in the 1st millenium before Christ: during this period - the iron age - the civilization flourished. Visit the salt mine, tour the lake, wander around the village and more!
The Eisriesenwelt is a cave labyrinth with a total length of more than 40 kilometers. It was created over a very long time period and not discovered until 1879. Only open in Summer months, and only 20 mins drive from Haus Schneeberg
Hohenwerfen castle, Werfen
Hilltop medieval castle dating back over 900 years with a history museum and falconry center. Reached by funicular and has guided tours. Only 20 mins from Haus Schneeberg
Hallein Salt mine
In Hallein, the oldest mine in the world open to visitors, everyone from the age of four up can take part in a treasure hunt – and follow the mysterious, ancient miners’ tunnels for many kilometres into the mystical mountain.
Grossglockner Alpine Road
The most famous alpine road leads you into the heart of the Hohe Tauern National Park, to the highest mountain in Austria, the Grossglockner (3,798m) and its glacier. You will have a driving and nature experience of a special kind on 48 kilometres of high alpine road with 36 bends, and an altitude ascent to 2,504 metres!
There are a number of beautiful gorges in the area. Liechtensteinklamm gorge near St Johann is about 4km long and is particularly narrow with walls up to 300m high. You can walk along the man made walkway to the top of the gorge to the waterfall at the end. It is only 20 mins drive from Haus Schneeberg
With their impressive waterfall drop of 380 m the Krimml Waterfalls are the fifth highest waterfalls in the world. A hiking trail makes it possible to get very close to this breathtaking nature spectacle, affording sensational views. Approx 2 hours drive from Haus Schneeberg
Königsee - Berchtesgaden
Take a boat trip on the beautiful Königsee lake in Berchtesgaden, and take in the stunning scenery, hear the bugel echo around the mountains, and walk to the waterfall and alm at the end of the valley. Stop at the Eagle's Nest on the way back to see where Hitler spent his time. Just over an hour from Haus Schneeberg
Kaprun Alpine Reservoirs
Kaprun lakes almost seem like fjjords. especially when the snow starts to melt in spring. Visitors see at close range how much technology, know-how and engineering skills are required for generating energy these days. But this does not only apply to today - the history of the alpine reservoirs is long and a journey into the past with all its strong and weak points will surely fascinate you - approx. 1 hours drive from Haus Schneeberg