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A Family Holiday in Salzburg and Tyrol in Austria

A week of unforgettable family attractions in Salzburg and Tyrol.

We’ve picked the nicest vacation apartments for you at a great location in the charming town of St. Johann in Tyrol. Out of there, you can go on daily star trips in the two most popular family destinations in Austria without having to change lodging throughout your trip.

Lodging is at well-furnished and fully-equipped apartments. The apartments span 67 metres and have two floors: on the lower floor are the kitchen, living room, bathroom and a yard. On the upper floor are two large bedrooms and a balcony overlooking a nice view.

 

The yard is furnished and has a barbeque. There are also ping-pong tables and playground rides for kids outside.

The apartments are in a peaceful, pastoral area near the holiday town of St. Johann in Tyrol, at the heart of the Kitzbüheler Alpen area. These famous mountains, which in the winter attract many skiers, are a lovely destination to visit in the summer as well. They have endless trails for hiking and biking out in nature, beautiful viewpoints, restaurants with enormous balconies on the mountaintops and plenty of entertainment options for kids.

I recommend getting the Kitzbüheler summer card which includes free rides in 29 different summer lifts that belong to 13 different companies, as well as entry to the amusement parks at the tops of the mountains. The card also includes discounts of %25-%50 to 34 other family attractions, all a short drive away from your holiday apartment. Select sites included in the price of the summer card:
 

  • Sommerrodeln alpine slide at St. Johann in Tyrol
  • Wildpark Aurach animal park
  • Panorama Badewelt pool complex in St. Johann
  • Alle fiebern mit Timoks Alm adventure trail
  • Kaiserbad water park
  • The enchanted forest of Juppi Zauberwald

You can also visit copper and silver mines in this area, as well as a new and unique dinosaur park called Triassic Park.

A few minutes away from your apartment you can enjoy active vacationing for the whole family: hiking trails between forests and lakes, biking trails, horseback riding, rafting in rivers, boating in lakes, tubing, adventure parks, mini golfing, water parks, and more.

Entry to many of the attractions in nearby Salzburg is free to people holding a Salzburgerland Card. It allows for free entry into 40 pools, lakes and hotsprings, 40 different museums, 25 cable cars, dozens of entertainment facilities, castles, nature sites and animal parks and a full day of enjoying the best of Salzburg city.

Proximity to the German border allows for day trips to excellent tourist attractions in south Bavaria, such as King Ludwig’s castles, Alpamare water park, Eagle’s Nest, Konigssee, boating in lake Chiemsee, visiting Munich, and more.

Another lovely experience is visiting an Austrian supermarket, which you will find not far from your place of lodging. Buy excellent Austrian cheese, pastries and chocolates and feast like kings day and night. The area also has some great family restaurants, where every child will find something they like, from the famous wiener schnitzels to delicious pizzas (thanks to neighbouring Italy’s influence).

Festivals take place in Tyrol and Salzburg every summer – Music, dancing, folklore and film festivals.

It’s important to mention that the cost of a family holiday in Austria is lower than in any other destination in Europe, thanks to the huge discounts given to kids everywhere (children under 5 pay nothing in most places and kids 6-15 years old usually pay half price). Additionally, most attractions have excellent family discounts.

Suggestions for star trips in Salzburg:

Eisriesenwelt ice caves – the largest and most impressive ice cave in Europe.

Durenberg Salt Mines, and near them, the longest alpine slides in Austria, Keltenblitz Toboggan  Slide.

Karkogel alpine slide in Abtenau

Helbrunn Castle – a castle known for its water tricks.

A visit to the beautiful city of Salzburg: taking the cable car up to the fortress, touring the old city, the old market square and the pedestrian mall, walking along the river, and seeing mirabell garden. A trip inspired by The Sound of Music.

Grosglockner – the tallest mountain in Austria, reachable by a scenic toll road.

Visiting Hohen Werfen Castle and watching a show of birds of prey

Visiting the old town of Hallstatt, boating in its lake and visiting its chilling Bone House.

Visiting the lovely little towns of St. Wolfgang and Sankt Gilgen, riding a steamboat in the nearby lake and going up the historic cable car.

Krimml waterfalls, the tallest waterfall in Austria.

Kitzsteinhorn Glacier in Kaprun – a summer skiing destination with plenty of snow-related activities that can be reached by a chain of three cable cars which overlook beautiful views.

The Alpine reservoirs in Kaprun – a fascinating guided tourin an alpine dam in the mountains, reachable by a huge funicular.

Liechtenstein Gorge and Lammerklamm Gorge – beautiful hiking trails inside deep canyons along a river and on wooden bridges.

Freizeitpark amusement and safari park

Lamprechtshohle Cave – the deepest cave in the world available for tourists to visit.

A hike on wooden platforms along a winding river in Seisenberg Gorge.

Suggestions for star trips in Tyrol:

  • A visit to Innsbruck, Tyrol’s capital, going up to the Golden Roof, going up to the Innsbruck city tower to see the view, visiting Hofburg castle, the bell museum, the alpine zoo and the city’s ski ramp.
  • A visit to Swarovski Crystal Worlds
  • A trip along Europabrucke, or Europe’s Bridge, the tallest bridge in Europe. It is one of the world’s engineering wonders. You can cross it on foot and admire it and its height.
  • Kufstein Castle – a well-fortified medieval castle built on a cliff.
  • AirRofan, near lake Achensee – a unique four-person alpine flight down a long cable at 85km/h.
  • Leutasch Spirit Gorge – a walk along this impressive gorge, partly on hanging bridges, partly inside the gorge and partly through a forest.
  • Aurach Wildlife Park
  • The biggest and best open museum in Tyrol, Museum Tiroler Bauernhofe, near the village of Kramsach.
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