Flights to Saalbach
Officially known as Saalbach-Hinterglemm this municipality is one of Austria’s popular resort areas and is situated within the district of Zell am See in the state of Salzburg. Saalbach is one of the top skiing resorts in Austria, and is popular both in the winter and the summer.
The nearest airport for flights to Saalbach is the Salzburg Airport (airport code: SZG). From Salzburg it’s about a 2 hour drive to Saalbach. You can get a 1-stop flight to Saalbach (arriving in Salzburg) with either Lufthansa or South African Airways from Johannesburg, and have a connection in Frankfurt. Swiss Air is another choice, and they have a transfer in Zurich. For a different route, you can book a flight to Saalbach with Egyptair for stops in Cairo and Vienna. Flight times will range between 14 and 20 hours.
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The Tourist Attractions of Saalbach:
Saalbach is undoubtedly best known as a ski resort and it’s a very popular one, but this is also a beautiful area to visit during the summer too, when you can enjoy the great scenery and picturesque architecture. Whether you come in the winter or the summer, here are some of the activities you can participate in when on holiday in Saalbach…
Saalbach-Hinterglemm Ski Resort
As part of the Kitbuhel Alps there are some great mountains for winter sports here in the Saalbach region. There are actually three main skiing areas, Saalbach, Hinterglemm, and Leogang and they come together to form an extensive number of ski runs. There are numerous chair lifts to get visitors up the slopes and once there you can make use of 200 kilometres of pistes that includes 15 kilometres of black runs, 95 kilometres of red runs, and 90 kilometres of blue runs, so there’s something for all levels.
The valley in which Saalbach sits has slopes on either side so you can choose the sunnier south-facing side of the valley, or if you’re coming later in the season the north-facing side is probably better as the snow will remain here for longer.
After a day on the slopes you can have fun enjoying the great après-ski of Saalbach. The resort town is renowned for being quite a party town so there are plenty of places to go for drinks and an entertaining night out!
Zell am See
Whether you’re visiting Saalbach in the summer or the winter you should spend some time in the closest major town, Zell am See, about 20 kilometres away. This is a beautiful town, located on Lake Zell, so it really does look picturesque no matter what time of year you’re here. There are lakeside walks, or take off on a hike into some of the surrounding mountains for some truly spectacular views and scenery.
When Should You Visit?:
Winters are obviously the best time to visit Saalbach for the skiing and the town is usually graced with a very good snowfall each year. As you would expect temperatures are cool in the winter, though the average high in December and January does stay just about freezing, while the average low drops to -7 and -8C respectively. There’s rainfall to contend with during the summer but temperatures are mild. The average high in both July and August is 21C.