Winter paradise Fuschlsee area and Salzburg

Cross-country skiing & Co
Winter city feeling and pure nature in the Fuschlsee region combined with gentle winter sports
  • overnight in 4*-hotels
  • start on arrival possible every day
  • Cross-country skiing equipment and Salzburg Card inclusive

“Together with Naples and Constantinople, Salzburg is one of the most praised points on the globe."

Alexander von Humboldt, German explorer

Winter in Salzburg and cross-country skiing in Faistenau

Once winter has really arrived with snow and cold, you can go hiking wonderfully on Salzburg's city mountains. The view of the baroque ensemble of the old episcopal city, where influences of Italian and German culture combine to form an enchanting arrangement, is very impressive from above.

Only 20 kilometres from Salzburg lies the tranquil holiday resort of Faistenau in a quiet side valley and surrounded by the Osterhorn Group. Because of its fog-free, sunny and snow-sure location, it is considered an insider tip among winter sports enthusiasts. Whether pleasure-oriented beginner or professional skater, the wide network of trails in Faistenau and in the neighboring village of Hintersee consists of well-groomed trails without major gradients and allows wonderful insights into the snow-covered winter landscape.


  1. UNESCO World Heritage "Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg"
  2. Cultural enjoyment and customs in Salzburg
  3. Walks and winter hikes in and around the episcopal city
  4. Nordic skiing experience on beautiful trails in the Fuschlsee region
  5. Wellness offers at the Hotel Fischerwirt in Faistenau

Program proposal

Day 1: Individual arrival in Salzburg

Only a few minutes from the historic old town of Salzburg in the countryside, you will meet hosts with warmth at the 4-star Hotel Heffterhof. Under the regency of Salzburg's prince-archbishops, the city developed especially in the Baroque period and received its unmistakable characteristic. During a walk through the old streets of the city you can see for yourself. With the work and creativity of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Salzburg guarantees itself as one of the cultural centers of Europe. (2 nights)

Day 2: Cultural enjoyment with the Salzburg Card

The sights of the city are diverse and large in number. In order to get an overview of the rich offer of Austria's famous city of art and music, we provide you with the Salzburg Card. In addition to admission to the most famous sights, such as Hohensalzburg Fortress, Mirabell Palace with Mirabell Gardens, the Domquartier and Mozart's birthplace, this also includes the use of public transport.

Day 3 - Day 6: Cross-country skiing experience in Faistenau and Hintersee

In the morning, take the public bus from the festival city of Salzburg to the winter sports resort of Faistenau. After a short ride you reach the 4* star Hotel Fischerwirt, in Salzburger Land, nestled between Hintersee, the Osterhorn Group and the Ochsenberg. In the coming days, perfectly groomed cross-country ski trails and pretty winter hiking trails await you. The cross-country skiing equipment reserved for you is available for pick up in Faistenau, Sporthaus Auer.
In the idyllic village of Faistenau, several well-groomed trails with a length of over 70 km open up wonderful winter fun on cross-country skis. The hotel's own taxi takes you daily to the starting point of the selected cross-country ski circuit and picks you up again. (4 nights)

Kugelberg trail – 5 km – nighttrail
The classic + skating groomed Kugelberg trail with start/finish point town center school is very suitable for sporty beginners with some climbs. It is marked in red and illuminated daily in the evening until 9 pm.

Village trail - 5 km
The classic + skating groomed village trail with start/finish point town center school or at Sport Auer is very varied with several climbs and a little more challenging. The village trail is marked orange and very suitable for experienced cross-country skiers.

Tiefbrunnau trail - 20 km
The classic + skating groomed Tiefbrunnau trail with start/finish point in the town center school or at the two parking lots / cross-country ski trail entrances in the Tiefbrunnau, is very well suited as a pleasure trail for enduring beginners because of its natural state as a leisure trail for persevering beginners and because of its length as a training route for performance-oriented cross-country skiers. It is marked in green.

Cross-country ski run in Hintersee – 12 km
The classic groomed trail in the village of Hintersee with start/finish point municipality parking Hintersee is very suitable for beginners, it is largely flat with small climbs.

The above suggestions are only an excerpt from all the winter activity possibilities in the Fuschlsee area. For more information or tips, please feel free to contact us.

Day 7: Return to Salzburg – Individual departure

In the morning, the return journey takes place by public bus from Faistenau to Salzburg. If your time does not allow you to spend more days here, it is time to say goodbye and return home.

Accommodation: **Hotel Heffterhof

Location and facilities: The eco-label business, whose agricultural roots even date back to the early 17th century, was comprehensively redesigned in 2016 and is now an inviting city hotel that complements its established tradition with openness to modern ideas.

The hotel is located in a quiet residential area, yet only ten minutes by bus from the old town.

Catering: The Heffterhof-kitchen, which has been awarded the AMA Gastrosiegel, spoils you with fine buffets. Salzburg's excellent organic breakfast buffet with products from local farming lets you start the day with pleasure. Dinner bookable – served in buffet form (bookable Mon – Fri / no HB on Sat, Sun and holidays or on request)

Rooms: The Heffterhof offers 56 comfortable, charming non-smoking rooms with flat screen TV, bathroom with shower, hairdryer, room telephone and room safe. Due to the wooden floors and special bed linen, allergy sufferers also feel at home at the Heffterhof. Most of the hotel rooms have a covered balcony. Free Wi-Fi and parking included.

Accommodation: **Naturhotel Fischerwirt

Location: 4* Naturehotel surrounded by meadows, forests and mountains, close to the crystal-clear Hintersee. The Fischerwirt is the ideal starting point for the most beautiful cross-country skiing tours in the Fuschlsee region.

Wellness: not only close to nature, but right in the middle – Naturhotel WaldSpa

Forest chalets with Finnish sauna and herbal organic soft sauna, two quiet chalets. Sun room with family sauna & infrared sauna. Massages (for a fee)

Rooms: Cosy rooms with furnishings made of natural materials

Naturhotel Fischerwirt – THE specialist for cross-country skiers

  • Cross-country ski pass - free use of the trails in Faistenau & Hintersee
  • Cross-country ski rack in the outdoor area
  • Lockable ski room with ski rack and boot dryer
  • Equipment for drying sportswear
  • Water bottle belt for hire
  • Laundry service (for a fee)
  • Wax corner with wax buck, wax accessories (wax iron, wax pull-off blade, covering brushes)
  • Free ski bus or hotel shuttle to the next cross-country ski trail entrance
  • Cross-country skiing info corner (cross-country ski trail maps, tour suggestions, ...)


overnight stay with organic breakfast buffet at the Hotel Heffterhof
overnight stays with pampering half-board at the Hotel Fischerwirt
- Welcome drink
- a rich breakfast buffet with products of the region
- daily 4-course dinner menu with 3 different main courses to choose from
- 1 x weekly coffee break
24 h all-inclusive Salzburg Card
- one-time FREE admission to all sights and museums
- free travel on public transport (except S-Bahn)
- attractive discounts on cultural events and concerts
- additional discounts at many excursion destinations
- Arrival to the hotel from the airport or train station included
Faistenau cross-country ski pass included
Cross-country equipment rental for 4 days consisting of skis, poles and boots (classic or skating)
Ticket for public bus from Salzburg to Faistenau and back
Information material and maps
Daily service hotline from 08:00 – 18:00 (also on weekends)

Rates per person for the arrangement in €:

  07.01. - 31.03.2024
Double room 940,--
Supplement for single room 125,--
Supplement for half board in Salzburg on request
arrival daily

The local tax, also known as visitor's tax, is payable locally to the landlord; the amount depends on the resort and is between €1,00 and €4,00 per person per night. Children up to the age of 15 are usually exempt.

Reduction for children on request.

The standard terms and conditions of the Salzkammergut Touristik GmbH apply in the current version.

Our recommendations:
Get a travel cancellation insurance.


For environmental reasons, we recommend arriving and departing by public transport (train/bus). We are happy to help you organise your train journey within Austria. Talk to us!

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Salzkammergut Touristik GmbH

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4820 Bad Ischl

Tel.: 0043 (0)6132 24000-51