Family holidays on the Salzburg Sun Terrace
Heavenly holidays for all ages
Families with children will immediately feel right at home on the Salzburg Sun Terrace. A magical holiday experience is ensured; stunning lush nature with gorgeous views as far as the eye can see, diverse activities and lovely destinations around the three sunny villages, and the personal welcome and extensive care from your hosts. A family holiday in Salzburg has a whole lot to offer in every season – let’s get a bit closer to heaven together.
The summery Sun Terrace
Summer’s near when the nature on the Salzburg Sun Terrace really starts to blossom. And there’s always something happening! The many great routes across mountains and valleys lend themselves to walks, hikes and bike tours with that extra certain something. A packed picnic basket on board sets the stage for a lovely break on a sunny bench or a flowery meadow. The view is always beyond compare.
A little cooling off is an absolute must during a summer family holiday in Salzburg. There’s nothing better, especially on hot days, than swimming and playing in the cool water. The Salzburg Sun Terrace has two adventure public pools for all ages:
- Veit Natural public pool: large pool, children’s pool and diving board – three ingredients for absolute watery bliss. A large, roofed sandy playground delights our youngest guests, and the volleyball court offers plenty of entertainment and recreation for the entire family.
- Schwarzach Adventure public pool: large meadows and tall trees surround this fun area with adventure, water, and a children’s pool for the littlest ones. The slide brings tons of entertainment.
Children’s holiday programme for your family holiday in Salzburg
There’s no place for boredom during the summer holidays – the children’s programme of the Salzburg Sun Terrace makes sure of that. From early July to early September there’s something happening almost every day, with only minimum fees for various tours, activities and trips. Please register at noon on the relevant day. Among the summer holiday highlights are:
- Everything pony with riding lessons, riding tours and horse care
- Sports week with the TSU St. Veit
- Hike to the ‘Schöne Aussicht’ (Beautiful View) with picnic
- Pottery with Rita Kössner
- Visit to an organic farm
- Discover the ‘bike trial’ sport with Thomas Klausner
- Mint summer week – fun and games with robotics, experiments, nature and technology
- Nature experiences in the forest with the ‘Waldameisen’ (forest ants) – Arge Waldameisen
Trip to the Geisterberg ghost mountain in St. Johann-Alpendorf
Winter experiences for the entire family
Several exciting ski regions around the Salzburg Sun Terrace provide joint family adventures. Get your practice in locally with the trial hill in St. Veit im Pongau. The Astenlift has a short beginner’s slope, making it the ideal starting point for all winter fun. Use is free of charge. And that’s just one aspect of the frosty highlights during your next family holiday in Salzburg:
- Tobogganing fun: there’s a small toboggan hill for the entire family on the Astenlift side slope – perfect for a bit of action on the Salzburg Sun Terrace!
- Ice skating: the ice rink in Schwarzach lets a lot of things slide, quite literally. It’s always fun on the illuminated facility.
- Cross-country skiing: slightly older children and teens can discover the refined Nordic sport for themselves. The selection of beginner-friendly runs and courses for all experience levels are quite something.
- Horse-drawn carriage rides: wrapped in thick blankets, a ride in a horse-drawn sleigh leads through the villages of the Salzburg Sun Terrace. Deeply snow-covered winter sceneries become welcome companions.
- Snowshoeing: go quietly on untapped paths to magical views – snowshoeing is a slightly different approach to exploring the region. There might even be some fascinating animal sightings with a little bit of luck.
What you have to experience
Your family holiday in Salzburg offers many a sunny highlight. Amazing destinations for all ages await you directly on the Salzburg Sun Terrace. There’s always something happening throughout the year, from exuberant fun to a bit of cosiness. Here are some of the definite family favourites in the three sunny villages.
Seelackenmuseum St. Veit
The Seelackenmuseum is mostly known for its exhibits from the life of Thomas Bernhard – not necessarily a big hit with kids. Actually, there’s a lot for families to see and marvel at. Folklore, mineralogy, archaeology, and mining provide highly fascinating insights into days long gone. Visiting the Wallner farm building, you will enjoy a genuine taste of farm life from the old days. Strangely shaped rocks and minerals fire up the imagination. A guided mill tour will delight all ages. Furthermore, there’s a great children’s playground opposite the museum.
Who didn’t want to be a train conductor when they were little? The Tauernbahnmuseum in Schwarzach rekindles this dream; the first train museum in Salzburg, opened in 2003, shows restored exhibits from several decades of railway history. The museum train takes you to various indoor and outdoor attractions, including an excellently preserved steam engine and the imposing museum locomotive. Additionally, special guided tours with train conductors of steam engines, including test drives on the locomotive simulator, are offered on certain days.
Sunnpau mining museum
This trip into primeval times is a must for family holidays in Salzburg on the Salzburg Sun Terrace. Ore was mined as early as the early Bronze Age around 1850 BC under the toughest conditions. The child-friendly guided tour through the mining museum provides fascinating facts about the arduous labour and mining in those early days over the course of an hour. Included in this tour is the reconstructed grave of a miner and the smelter from the large mining hall. Sunnpau is suitable for children from the age of four and is open from May to October.
Kneipp facility St. Veit
The fine art of treading water has a relaxing and healing effect, enhancing blood circulation. Running through cold water and jumping up and down on the warm grass afterwards is tons of fun for kids. The Kneipp facility is in the Kurpark of St. Veit right next to the Seelackenmuseum. If your offspring aren’t as into Kneipp as you, no problem, there’s a fun playground for running around next to it.
Trips to Salzburg with children
Your family holiday in Salzburg also leads to neighbouring villages and districts. Many a small and large adventure for guests of all ages awaits around the Salzburg Sun Terrace. The following destinations are all within a 45-minute drive and are ideal for a short day trip.
Ghost Mountain St. Johann Alpendorf
Molten snow opens up a spooky adventure world for kids in late spring. Four adventure areas on the Geisterberg in St. Johann-Alpendorf await brave youngsters. Earth, fire, water, and air spirits hold riddles and high tensions. Even the littlest ones can explore the gnome path, slightly older ones can venture onto the air swings, the ghost tower and the trick fountains, while the oldest guests can get hiking, splashing and relaxing. The Geisterberg has something for all ages.
This world-famous gorge near St. Johann has exerted unbroken fascination for centuries. It was opened up to the public as early as 1875. Ever since, runways and footbridges have led through the gorge in any weather. Sturdy shoes are a must. Additionally, depending on the season and weather, you should pick warmer or weatherproof clothing. The rock walls get narrower and narrower as you hike through the Liechtensteinklamm. The sky becomes hardly visible, while wild masses of water rage beneath your feet. You have to experience it for yourself!
Have you always wanted to immerse yourself in the medieval world? You can easily do just that in the 900-year-old Hohenwerfen Fortress! This particularly popular destination is a must for your family holiday in Salzburg, as the options for all ages are quite something. The audio guide in six languages, tailored especially to children, provides great insights into the fortress world. Uncover the secret shadow during the various stages of the riddle rally. Smart kids get rewarded with a small surprise. Medieval games, the bird of prey demonstration, and great events such as fencing performances and fairy-tale hikes complete the action programme.
Hallein Salt Mine
Join Sally, the clever mining duck, and head into the old mine on the Dürrnberg in Hallein. The Salt Mines offer special guided children’s tours for young guests aged four to ten. The tour takes about 90 minutes; outdoor shoes and warm clothes are a must as temperatures below ground are only around 10 °C. Sally and the mountain guides will lead you into secret tunnels, explain the special qualities of salt and provide great insights into the world of the Celts. Visiting the Salt Mine is ideally combined with the climbing park in Anif, the Celtic Museum in Hallein, or the Keltzenblitz summer toboggan run.
This scenic lake is about 3.5 km west of Goldegg-Weng and is among the most beautiful recreational areas in Salzburg. Surrounded by an imposing, quite magical mountain world, the Böndlsee is open to swimmers in summer. Glorious cooling-off and tons of fun are on the itinerary. But there’s also a lot happening around it with a special children’s pool, sandbox, slide and seesaw for the little ones, plus sufficient space for volleyball, badminton and table tennis for older kids and teens. The culinary options are also quite neat.
Another swimming lake in Goldegg provides welcome relaxation during your family holiday in Salzburg. The Moorsee quickly warms up to as much as 26 °C in summer, offering fun and entertainment with a diving platform and children’s pool. The water is particularly beneficial for the skin and hair, combining swimming fun with a bit of spa and relaxation. Let the world pass you by on the sunbathing lawn, visit the buffets with refreshments, and enjoy glorious shade on hot days.
This is only a sample of all the activities and destinations for your family holiday in Salzburg. Your hosts have many other exciting and relaxing tips ready for you, including events of the day and sporting action for every season. Have you booked your stay on the Salzburg Sun Terrace yet?