At a glance
Swing by the Schnapps Distillery for a warming tipple
Ride a cable car to mountainous heights
Get your fill of flaky, sweet strudel
Destinations in Saalbach
Top things to See and Do in Saalbach
Lake Ritzensee is a great bathing lake, in an beautiful setting in Saalfelden, about an hour's bus ride from the centre of town.
Small and sandy
Lake Ritzensee is a relatively small lake and is just 4m deep. The beaches are sandy and there's also a large sunbathing lawn, beautiful old trees for shade, a playground, a kid’s pool with slide and a nude bathing area.
There are lots of easy walks around the lake, as well as mountain biking trails, and Lake Ritzensee is surrounded by sweeping mountain landscape. The pretty town is also just a stone’s throw from the water, so be sure to bring your camera.
Pop down the road to the neighbouring town of Hinterglemm to visit the weekly street market, which runs from 7pm. This market is also a festival so you can shop for bargains in a party atmosphere. Keep an eye on what’s happening each week, just in case times and days change.
Saalbach has a limited number of shops but, if you're looking for casual clothes or a new piece of activewear, there are a few sports shops to browse.
Saalbach is a pedestrianised town, and going for an evening wander is a great way to soak up the feel of the valley. You might be lucky and stumble on traditional folklore events, concerts and weekly festivals that are held throughout the high summer season.
Saalbach has a relaxed but fun evening atmosphere, perfect if you want a few drinks. However, not all bars are open during the summer months so it's worth checking before you go somewhere. Mango’s Cantina is open during the summer and serves a decent collection of cocktails.
Saalbach, similar to other Austrian resorts, has a wealth of alms (or huts) on the mountains. During the summer, these offer a fantastic range of authentic Austrian dishes for you to feast on. If that doesn’t take your fancy, back down in resort you’ll also find lots of hotel and à la carte restaurants dotted around town, which serve up a variety of Austrian and international cuisines from Italian to American to Mexican.
Fresh bread at Sonnalm
A 30-minute walk from the Reiterkogel mid-station is Sonnalm, a mountain hut famous for their unique bread-baking process.
More than food at Panorama Alm
A gentle walk down from the Kohlmaisbahn top station is the Panorama Alm. It has a large sun terrace that looks over the whole valley, a bio-bathing pool and a children’s play area, on top of delicious Austrian dishes like spare ribs.
Generosity aplenty at Schattbergstube
On the Schulstrasse is the homely Schattbergstube, where you’re served generous portions of everything from steak and ribs to pizza on wooden boards. The beers and prices are good too.
Unlimited use of the summer lifts in the area is free with a Joker Card. Saalbach has the Schattberg X-Press and Kohlmais cable cars, and Hinterglemm has the Reiterkogel and Zwolferkogel cable cars. The Reiterkogel is the only lift open from the end of May, with the second lift opening at the beginning of June, and the remaining two at the end of June, until the end of September or October.