Travel Guide Europe Austria Salzburg Saalfelden



Saalfelden has about 16.000 inhabitants, making it the largest town in the Pinzgau district and the 3rd largest in the entire Salzburgerland (only Salzburg and Hallein are bigger). It lies at 744 metres above sea level and covers about 118 square kilometres. The 'Saalfeldner Becken' (Saalfelden bassin) is located between the Steinernes Meer in the north, the Leoganger Steinberge in the west and the Hochkönig Massif in the east. At the south side the bassin is rather open and runs into the Zeller bassin. The main river in Saalfelden is the Saalach. The lake 'Ritzensee' is a man-made artificial lake. You can bathe in it in sommer and iceskate on it in winter. The most important attraction in winter is of course the snow! Saalfelden is part of the 'Skicircus Saalbach-Hinterglemm/Leogang', which has a total of over 400 kms slopes, making it the largest attached ski-area in Austria.




Saalfelden am Steinernen Meer has 35 "Ortschafte / Ortsteile" or neighbourhoods. These are: Almdorf, Bachwinkl, Breitenbergham, Bsuch, Deuting, Dorfheim, Euring, Gerling, Haid, Harham, Hof, Hohlwegen, Kehlbach, Lenzing, Letting, Marzon, Mayrhofen, Niederhaus, Obsmarkt, Pabing, Pfaffenhofen, Pfaffing, Rain, Ramseiden, Ruhgassing, Saalfelden am Steinernen Meer, Schinking, Schmalenbergham, Schmieding, Schützing, Thor, Uttenhofen, Weikersbach, Wiesersberg, Wiesing.

For most of these small neighbourhoods, the address doesn't include a streetname, but simply adds a housenumber to the neighbourhood (like f.ex. Pfaffing 25).



Sights and Activities

Of course the main activities in Saalfelden - as anywhere in the mountains - are hiking and skiing.

Saalfelden lies in the area known as Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn which offers a great variety of slopes in all degrees of difficulty.

And of course there are the wonderful mountains to go hiking. The proximity of Saalfelden to area's such as Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Kaprun and Zell am See make for an almost endless variety of tracks and trails to tackle.

Over the last couple of years there has been an explosion in the area of mountain biking trails.

Another way to rush down the mountain is Saalfelden's summer toboggan (Sommerrodelbahn). The chairlift takes you almost to the top of Biberg (excellent views during the ride and from the top). You can start a stroll of a longer hike from here, or you can spare your legs and rush down the mountain in the toboggan. Biberg lies in the Ortsteil Kehlbach.



Events and Festivals

Saalfelden in known in international Jazz-cycles for it's yearly Internationale Jazzfestival Saalfelden. This yearly festival attracts thousands of people, so booking accomodation upfront is you plan on going around that time is highly recommended. There are several bigger and smaller concerts, some even on the grounds of a farm or up high in a mountain hut.



Getting There

By Plane

Getting to Saalfelden by plane takes you to either Salzburg airport, München airport of Innsbruck airport. A lot of international airlines serve these airports.

By Train

The ones who don't have a car can also reach Saalfelden by train. Use the ÖBB website to check timetables and connections.
Trains on the main connections to Salzburg, Innsbruck, Munich and Klagenfurt mostly all halt in Saalfelden railway station. Additionally, a special Railjet offer (Sparschiene), starting at € 24,-, will take you from Vienna to Saalfelden in almost no time.

By Car

Austria has a road toll for driving on the highways. You can easily reach Saalfden toll free: via the German A8 Munich towards Salzburg - take direction Rosenheim - switch towards Innsbruck and then take the exit Oberaudorf. This will take you onto beautiful local raods ... via Niederndorf – Walchsee – Kössen – Waidring – Fieberbrunn and Leogang you'll finally reach Saalfelden.

An alternative toll free route is to take the A8 München - Salzburg - take exit Siegsdorf, take the B306 Inzell, B305 Schneizlreuth, B178 Lofer and finally the B311 to Saalfelden.



Keep Connected


Internet cafes are common in bigger cities. Hotels in cities do normally have internet terminals, more expensive hotels provide internet access directly in the rooms. There are many free WiFi Hotspots and quite a few restaurants, cafes and other places offers free wifie. McDonald's has free Wifi, as does Starbucks. Note that some places might charge a fee or includes just limited amounts of time. Be sure that your smartphone is not roaming data, as this will mean a huge bill, especially if you are from outside the EU.


See also International Telephone Calls

The general emergency number is 112.The country calling code to Austria is: 43. To make an international call from Austria, the code is: 00.

Austria has a perfect GSM and 3G (UMTS) network coverage of nearly 100%. If you bring your own cell phone with you assure yourself that it operates on 900 MHz / 1800 MHz (GSM) or 2100Mhz (3G WCDMA). There are cell phones that operate at 1900 MHz (e.g. networks in the United States) which are not supported in Austria. If you plan a longer visit in Austria it might be useful to buy a new mobile with a prepaid card from a local cell phone network provider. Be aware that some remote areas (especially mountainous areas) do not have network coverage yet, though this rather the exception than the rule.Austria has a large number of cell network providers including A1, T-Mobile, Drei, Telering, Bob, Hot and Yesss. Bob, and Yesss have the lowest prices. Prepaid card costs €15 including 100 minutes talking time.


For more information, it is best to check the Austrian Postal Service. They have more information about posting letters, postcards and packages to places both in Austria and to other countries in Europe and intercontinental destinations. The standard price for sending domestic letters/postcards is €0.55. Within Europe the price is €0.65, other places in the world are €0.90 to €1.40 for standard letters and postcards. Post offices typically are open between 8:00am and 6:00pm Monday to Friday, though the main ones are sometimes open a few hours longer and on Saturdays (sometimes only mornings) as well. If you want to send parcels internationally, you might consider using an international company like DHL, TNT, UPS or FedEx, as they offer fast and reliable services at relatively affordable rates.



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