Glistening snow caps all around, enjoy nature in the crisp winter air and try out the best winter sports. For many, this is inextricably linked with winter fun. Only possible on land? Wrong!

Salzburg offers you all the advantages of a city while you enjoy all the possibilities of winter sports.

Whether skiing, ice skating or cross-country skiing – it’s easy to combine this with shopping, a wide range of culinary delights and many art and cultural opportunities in a fascinating city. We’ll show you how.


Glide easily down into the valley on powdery snow. Just one hour with the free ski shuttle and you can enjoy over 120 kilometers of slopes in Snow Space Salzburg. The stop for the ski shuttle is located at Mirabellplatz, just a few minutes’ walk from our Salzburg hotels.

Snow Space Salzburg (Flachau) offers modern lift and cable car facilities, cozy ski huts and comprehensive snow-making facilities.

Ski equipment can be hired on site and a multilingual guide on the bus will help you with any questions you may have. The free ski shuttle runs daily from December 24, 2020 to January 6, 2021 and from 09. January 2021 always on weekends.

The ride is free, but a reservation is necessary.

Cross-country skiing

Interest in cross-country skiing has increased significantly in recent years, leading to a large selection of classic and skating trails. While you do the laps at a steady pace, you can enjoy wonderful natural panoramas and adjust the pace to your own comfort level.

A paradise for cross-country skiers can be found in the cross-country village of Faistenau and Hintersee, just half an hour’s drive from Salzburg. 6 trails with a length between 2 and 20 kilometers can be skied here.

The appropriate cross-country skiing equipment can be hired from various local stores. Courses are also offered.

The ice skating trail on the Gaisberg is even closer. This can be reached by car in approx. 15 minutes. The trail is located on a high plateau and is not difficult to ski. Depending on the snow conditions, the trail is between 3 and 5 kilometers long.

In good snow conditions, cross-country skiing is also possible directly in the town. For example at Hellbrunn Palace or in Leopoldskron.


Crunching snow, cross-country hiking across meadows and through forests, up the mountain and enjoying wonderful views. Snowshoeing is the new hit among pleasure sports enthusiasts.

There are several opportunities for guided snowshoe hikes around Salzburg, which not only provide exercise in the fresh air and fitness, but also offer wonderful panoramas and nature experiences.

A special highlight is a snowshoe hike by moonlight. The bright moon creates interesting light and shadow effects, the snow glistens under your feet – an extraordinary experience for all nature lovers and romantics.

Ice skating

Ice skating in a historic setting? This is also possible in Salzburg. Every year from November to the beginning of January, a large ice rink is created on Mozartplatz. Here you can take a leisurely spin and enjoy the historic Salzburg with views of the cathedral, fortress and the Salzburg Christmas market. Equipment is available for hire.

The Volksgarten ice arena is open all winter with an indoor and an outdoor area. You can also hire skates on site here.

With suitable temperatures and an appropriate layer of ice, ice skating on the Leopoldskroner Weiher is a special natural experience.