South of the city of Salzburg is the gorgeous lakeside town of Zell am See. The town shares a lift pass with the equally gorgeous village of Kaprun, which is located only 8 kilometers down the road. The area is truly magical and offers a combination of mountains, lakes and glaciers.
Everyone will find a slope that suits their abilities as the area caters well to both beginners and advanced skiers through its variety of slopes due to the access to three mountains with a single ski pass. Beginners or those returning to the sport can hit the wide range of nursery slopes or polish up their skills at any one of the 11 ski schools in the area while the more experienced skiers can head to the 2000-meter Shcmittenhöhe mountain for intermediate skiing or the 3030-meter high slopes of Kaprun´s Kitzsteinhorn Glacier where you are guaranteed snow-sure skiing. Whether you´re into glacier skiing, freeriding, panorama skiing or family friendly slopes, a trip to Zell am See is definitely worth it.
Located in the Ötztal Valley in the state of Tyrol is an Alpine resort named Sölden. The area is one of Tyrol´s most popular tourist resorts as well as one of the most renowned ski destinations in the Alps with state-of-the-art infrastructure and a snow-making system that offers skiers and snowboarders over 140 kilometers of quality slopes.
These seemingly endless slopes of all difficulty levels, a gastronomic offering that leaves no wish unanswered and numerous events throughout the winter make the Sölden ski resort a unique and complete ski holiday destination. A part of what makes Sölden especially appealing is that it´s Austria´s only ski area that has three peaks higher then 3000 meters. The “BIG 3” three thousand meter peaks of Gaislachkogl (3058 m), Tiefenbachkogl (3250 m) and Schwarze Schneide (3340 m) are accessed with modern cable car lifts and offer a breath-taking panorama of the ski resort and the Ötztal Alps thanks to the Panorama-Bridge and the viewing platform.
When to visit Sölden? The most popular time to visit is during peak ski season which usually occurs from December to March though skiing is usually possible from October to May. The FIS Alpine Skiing and FIS Snowboarding World Cups, the first of a great number of glacier events and highlights, celebrate the season´s opening in mid-October with races near Sölden. That could be fun to check out!
Being the capital of Austria´s western state of Tyrol, Innsbruck is famous for its imperial as well as modern architecture and has been a popular destination for winter sports for years. Innsbruck is pretty unique. The city is filled with small boutiques, beautiful museums, fabulous culinary establishments and a wealth of glistening Christmas markets, making Innsbruck the perfect destination for adventurous thrill seekers and culture-loving metropolitan travelers alike.
Enjoy strolling its streets, filled with imperial elegance, and sit down for a cup of coffee in a classic Austrian coffeehouse before taking a cable car from the city center up to the mountains. It doesn’t happen often that you find yourself in a beautiful Baroque town that´s surrounded by 13 quality ski areas that has made the shortlist for “Best European Winter Destinations” year after year and held the Winter Olympics three times.
Innsbruck offers the so called “SKI plus CITY pass” which gives you an all-inclusive access to 22 city sights, 13 ski areas, 3 swimming pools, and public transport, with the free ski bus whisking you to your chosen spot in no time. Like so many of the other Austrian ski destinations, Innsbruck caters to both beginners and the more advanced skiers with its 308 kilometers of snow-sure pistes and 111 lifts, making sure that everybody finds a slope that suits their abilities.
When should you visit Innsbruck? For a ski trip, the peak period runs from mid-December to mid-April. The Air and Style Snowboard contest in February is followed by and open-air concert, while the venerable Innsbruck Festival of Early Music in August celebrates late Renaissance, baroque and early classical music. If those events sound interesting, book your trip in advance!
Austria can get quite pricey quickly due to all its expensive accommodation, restaurants and outdoor activities. If you´re traveling on a budget, here are some tips on saving money that we´ve collected.
Travel with FlixBus: A budget-friendly way to get around Austria is using FlixBus. They offer free WiFi, electrical outlets, and decent enough seats for long-haul and overnight bus journeys.
Stay with a local: A great way to save money as well as to meet the local is to couchsurf. The locals can often help you better understand the city and the people and give you valuable tips.
Make your own meals: A lot of the hotels in Austria don’t include kitchen facilities in their rooms, so if you want to save money make sure you book accommodation that does! We understand that buying your own groceries isn´t as glamorous as going to a restaurant, but we guarantee it won´t hurt your wallet as much!
Walk everywhere: Most of the major cities in Austria are quite walkable, so skip the public transportation if you want to save a few extra euros. Small ski towns might be a little more uphill but if you can, walk!
Get and ISIC Card: Student discounts are frequent in Austria. To save 20-50% on the cost of admission to museums and other tourist attractions, be sure to present a valid student ID. Foreign student cards are often accepted but with the ISIC Card, you´ll get the discount everywhere it´s offered.
Enjoy the free spaces: Save your money and enjoy the outdoors to the fullest! There are many free parks as well as free hiking trails around the country