Holidays to Saalbach are straight out of a picture book – with tasty delicacies and old-world distilleries, the traditional village feel is strong here.

Fairy tale frolics

Saalbach's as typically Austrian as they come. A cosy village sitting on the western side of the country and wrapped up in nature, it's pretty with a dash of culture to boot. Breathe in the air – it's better way up in the mountains – or sample strudel at a café before boogying to folk tunes at the pavilion.

Peep at the peaks

Kiss the skies on a rope-bridge treetop walk. The activity's set in natural woodlands with views over the village from between the leaves – so don't forget your camera. For a bird's-eye view, you can get up to the peaks without breaking a sweat by taking a cable car in the summer months.

Tasty tipples

If you're hankering after something stronger than coffee or hot chocolate, make your way to a local distillery. Afterwards, head over to the Homestead Museum to ooh and aah at Eric Ruprachter's wooden sculptures. Just don't try whittling your own masterpiece if you've made the most of tasters at the distillery.

Out and about

Here are some ideas of things to do when staying in Saalbach:

• Bike hire
• Guided mountain walks
• Cycle routes
• Torchlit walks
• Waterfalls
• Indoor pool
• Outdoor pool
• Tennis courts
• Minigolf
• Wildlife spotting

At a Glance

  • Walk the Baumzipfelweg, a 1km treetop walk with the Golden Gate rope bridge and stunning views
  • Stroll along the river that links Saalbach and neighbouring Hinterglemm
  • Take a cable car up to the peaks and dig into local dishes at a mountain hut restaurant