Why not try...
- the Capt'n Hook adventure pools in Saalbach, perfect for a sunny day
- walking the treetop path and Golden Gate bridge of the Alps, amazing views from inside the tree canopy
- racing your friends at the Glemmy quad bike track down the valley in Viehhofen
- paragliding off from the top of the Schattberg X-press lift station, if you are feeling adventurous take advantage of some aerobatics, guaranteed to give you the ultimate adrenaline rush
- exploring the Alpine Herb Garden at top of the Reiterkogel in Hinterglemm where over 200 Alpine herbs and flowers can be seen in their natural environment
- walking the sunny side promenade passing a few farms along the way - great for families
- taking the Schattberg X-press gondola and hiking the 3 peaks route to get some of the best views in the valley - make sure you have a head for heights
So what's it like?
The Glemm Valley is perfect for walkers of all standards with over 400km of marked trails to suit every different ability level.
The summer 'Joker' card free from many of the hotels is the perfect way to make sure you get the most out of this area, giving you unlimited access to the summer lifts and up to 10 guided walks per week. If you fancy striking out on your own, the Tourist Office will give you details of over 30 different routes, in four different categories, ranging from easy walks suitable for the whole family through to the more challenging. Either way with over 40 mountain huts open, you're not going to be short of a place to grab a drink and a bite to eat whilst taking in the stunning scenery.
Go along to the Info Centre in Saalbach where each week the guides from the Tourist Office put on a slide show giving you a virtual tour of the valley and everything it has to offer - great for deciding which routes you're going to be trying out during your stay.
Berchtesgaden Historic Tour
Fridays - from £27
This is a full day tour of the Royal Spa town of Berchtesgaden. A historical trip to this pretty Bavarian town famous for its salt mines and Hitler's Eagle's Nest. Visit the historic tea house for excellent views that stretch all the way to Salzburg. There's plenty to do around Berchtesgaden so we leave it to you to make decide on the best use of your day.
If you simply want to stay in Berchtesgaden, there's plenty to see and do - explore the church, food markets, museums, eat ice cream by the emerald green lake, and enjoy views of the eagles nest.
The Eagle's Nest or Kehlsteinhaus is the real highlight of the area. A tea house for diplomats, built for Adolf Hitler's 50th Birthday by Martin Bormann. Amazingly the building avoided Allied bombing back in WWII and has been open to the public since 1952. Up at 1,834m, the views from the Eagles Nest reach right across the valley to Salzburg and over many surrounding peaks and lakes. The building itself hasn't been changed - the original features are still here including the brass lift through the cliff face, and the original fireplace given to Hitler by Mussolini in 1938.
In the still-working Berchtesgaden salt mines you'll need to pop on a miners outfit for your journey underground. Kids will love the huge slides that get you from room to room - although there are steps if you'd like to miss these out - while the adults will probably prefer the boat ride across the spectacular underground lake.
Whichever trip you choose to do, there'll still be time afterwards to wander the cobbled streets of Berchtesgaden itself, and time for a lunch stop in the square.
Adult Child Salt Mines €16 €9.50 Eagles Nest €16.10 €9.30
Things to bring:
All tour will have an English speaking guide.
The excursion price includes your return coach transfer to Berchtesgaden only.
The journey from Saalbach to Berchtesgaden departs at around 7.30am before returning you for approximately 6pm.
Grossglockner Scenic Tour
Tuesdays - from £29
A scenic drive up to Austria's highest Mountain for some amazing views and a chance to spend some time with the friendly marmots - a great day out for all the family.
Venture deep into the Hohe Tauern National Park on the High Alpine Road which leads to the glacial base of Austria's highest mountain - the 3,798m high Grossglockner. The scenery in the area is amazing - although the incredible engineering feat of the Grossglockner road is pretty special too. For many this is considered as one of the best driving roads in the world and is often referred to as Bikers' Heaven.
On the way up, there'll be photo stops and a break at a mountain top café. Quite often the local marmots that live nearby can be spotted here too - and they're very friendly. You'll have a few hours to yourself at the top. In this time you might want to take the short walk down to see the Eastern Alp’s largest glacier up close, or visit a museum to learn more about the mountain and the road. All of the the visitors exhibitions are free to enter including a classic car and bike museum.
Things to bring:
Comfortable walking shoes
Warm layers/waterproof jacket
The excursion price includes your return coach transfer up the High Alpine Road.
There will be an English speaking guide on the trip.
The journey from Saalbach departs at around 9am before returning you for approximately 6pm and takes approximately 1 hour.
Salzburg City Tour
Mondays - from £29
A city made famous by its music, Salzburg is home to Mozart and The Sound of Music. Explore the cobbled old town, the cathedral and medieval fortress before crossing the river to stroll through the pretty gardens of the Mirabell Palace. Shop to your heart’s content on the world-famous Getreidegasse.
You'll be joined by an English speaking guide as you make your way through the Tirol over to the Salzburger region. Once in Salzburg you can choose to either spend your day on your own itinerary or join your guide for an hour long walking tour to get an added insight into the varied history of this impressive city.
You'll have around 6-7 hours to explore the city.
Adult Child City walking tour- 1 hour €9 €4.50
Things to bring:
Passport - you'll pass through Germany
The excursion price includes your return coach transfer. There will be an English speaking guide on the coach.
The journey time from Saalbach to Salzburg takes around one and a half hours, departing Saalbach at around 9am and returning you for approximately 6pm.
Krimml Waterfalls Walk
Thursdays - from £22
At the foot of the Gerlos Pass, the Krimml Waterfalls are the highest waterfalls in Europe and fifth highest in the world. It's said that the mist from the falls has ‘healing powers’ and is great for hay fever and asthma.
Located in the heart of the Hohe Tauern National Park, you'll be taken directly to the bottom of the falls by an experienced guide who will explain all you need to know about the area. There's some pretty spectacular views from the foot of the falls - alternatively follow the path as far as you wish up the side of the falls.
There are three stages to the waterfalls. If you're planning on walking all the way to the top then you'll want to give yourself an hour and a half at least to complete the climb - the path is quite steep but well worth the effort. There's plenty of viewing points and photo stops along the walking path and an excellent restaurant around two thirds of the way up - again with excellent views. Less able walkers don't have to miss out on getting to the top though - you can take a taxi to the top for around €11.
Adult Child Waterfalls entrance €3 €1
What to bring:
Comfortable walking shoes
Light jacket/rain coat
Hiking poles - not necessary but recommended
The path may not be suitable for wheelchairs, pushchairs and those with walking difficulties due to the steep gradient.
The excursion price includes your return coach transfer.
The journey time from Saalbach to Krimml falls takes around one and a half hours, departing Saalbach at around 12.50pm and returning you for approximately 7pm.
Reduced prices are available for children up to 12 years inclusive.
Infants who do not require a seat are free.
Many entrances, tolls and optional extras are payable locally.
Prices above are for guidance purposes only and are subject to change.
Days and times are subject to change and will be confirmed by your Thomson Holiday Advisor in resort.
When it comes to mountain activities Saalbach is the place to be - especially mountain biking. Whether you are a novice rider, cross country rider, free rider or downhill expert, the breathtaking 400km of marked trails will guarantee that every ability level will have loads to choose from. And for those of you who don't particularly love those giant climbs, you can take full advantage of our modern lifts - the effortless way to explore the countless scenic trails. If you're lucky enough to be here when it's on, watch the experts do their stuff at the Dakine Freeride Festival.
Those of you who want to experience a challenge and see the area from above, Hinterglemm has Austria's biggest high ropes course. With stations ranging from 3m to a jaw-dropping 40m in height above the ground, this is sure to test even those with nerves of steel. The highlight of this course are the 3 zip lines with a combined length of 2km - experience the thrill of flying at 70km an hour while suspended 100m above the ground - awesome. The Glemm Valley has loads of offer all ages and abilities.
There is a great programme of free guided walks run by the tourist office Mon-Fri (local charges for lunches/transport). The walks are led by English speaking guides and the programme includes walks such as:
• Introductory walk (2.5hrs) to the Glemm Valley
• An easy mountain walk (4.5hrs) from the top of the Kohlmais lift
• A beautiful walk (5hrs) from Hinterglemm to Kitzbühel
• A full day (6.5hrs) on wonderful panoramic hiking trails
• A hike to the Staffkogel at over 2000m (5hrs)
• Torchlit walk