SUMMER TOURISM IN SALZBURG
Mountaineering and cycling are by far the most popular sports activities enjoyed by tourists who come to Salzburg in summer. The traditional form of hiking is gradually being replaced nowadays by the more modern form of trekking. Suggestions for hikes range from technically easy hikes on the lower slopes of the mountains in the Pinzgau and Pongau districts to the “High National Park Route”, a high alpine tour in the Hohe Tauern mountains, which includes the ascent of the Grossvenediger, Salzburg’s highest mountain, with an altitude of 3,674 metres.
Cycling tourism is becoming an increasingly important factor in Salzburg’s economy. Family bike rides just for fun or demanding races up the Grossglockner mountain – there is a suitable route for everybody. The Tauern cycle path is especially popular and attracts about 30,000 cycling tourists per season, making it the second most important long-distance cycle path in Austria after the Danube cycle path. Cycling enthusiasts can experience the great variety of countryside in Salzburg province along its two main rivers, the Salzach and the Saalach. All in all, 2000 kilometres of maintained cycle routes and 3000 kilometres of mountainbiking-trails are available in Salzburg province for bike lovers.
Salzburg province also has the highest density of golf courses in Austria, and of course we should not forget the lakes in the alpine foreland and the Salzkammergut which are an Eldorado for water sports enthusiasts. However, it is not hiking, mountaineering, cycling, skiing or water sports that immediately come to mind when Salzburg is mentioned, but the festivals, Mozart, music and the city of culture on the northern fringe of the Alps. Operas, concerts and drama are presented at the Salzburg Festival during the summer, but the Salzburg Landestheater and other concert organisers offer interesting programmes of performances throughout the year, so there is always a good reason for visiting Salzburg.