Insider Tips: Explore the Salzburg Countryside off the Tourist Trail

Hohenwerfen Fortress - View of Werfen and the Salzach River
Hohenwerfen Fortress - View

In the city of Salzburg you are most likely not alone with sights such as the Mirabell Gardens, Mozart’s birthplace or the Getreidegasse. These stops are among the most popular tourist destinations and there is a lot going on there. The province of Salzburg also has many great destinations and insider tips off the tourist trail.


The 50-hectare museum area is located in the municipality of Grossgmain, about 15 kilometers from the city of Salzburg. There, old buildings from the province of Salzburg were collected, reconstructed and furnished. Under the open sky you can take a look inside these original buildings and gain insight into rural construction, domestic and working life of earlier times. Historically, everything dates back to the period between the 16th and 20th centuries. The museum is divided into the five regions of the province of Salzburg and exhibits over 100 buildings from the fields of agriculture, crafts, trades and industry.


Salzburger Freilichtmuseum
Hasenweg 1, A-5084 Großgmain

Salzburg Freilichtmuseum - historical rural smokehouse
Salzburg Freilichtmuseum - historical rural smokehouse


Take a journey back in time to the 15th century and visit the Mauterndorf Castle. After an eventful history and interim peace, Mauterndorf is today one of the most well preserved castles in Austria. Thanks to an interactive exhibition, it is possible to immerse yourself in the Middle Ages and explore it first-hand. The day-to-day work is reenacted in the castle courtyard and from a wardrobe you can find medieval clothing to dress up in. The tour also leads to the rock cellar, the 700-year-old defense tower and the castle tavern. Mauterndorf Castle also houses the Lungau Regional Museum, which is also worth a visit.


Burg Mauterndorf
Markt 27, A-5570 Mauterndorf


An impressive natural spectacle takes place in the neighboring Pinzgau region near the high mountain reservoirs in Kaprun. They are set like two fjords between high mountains and alpine meadows in the middle of the glaciers of the High Tauern mountains. At over 2,000 meters above sea level, electricity has been generated at the reservoirs for many years. Exactly how this works can be found out, for example, in the context of a tour of the dam wall. This also includes entering into the dam wall, the interior of which contains a lot of interesting information about the construction, operation and maintenance of the huge structures.


Hochgebirgsstauseen Kaprun
Kassa: Kesselfallstraße 98, A-5710 Kaprun

Kaprun High Mountain Reservoirs - men with climbing equipment at the via ferrata arena Hoehenburg with view of reservoir lake
Kaprun High Mountain Reservoirs - men with climbing equipment at the via ferrata arena Hoehenburg with view of reservoir lake


Face to face with the Grossglockner, the highest mountain in Austria – this is possible at the end of the Grossglockner High Alpine Road. The high-alpine panoramic road connects the two provinces of Salzburg and Carinthia and runs from Bruck an der Großglocknerstraße via the mountain passes Fuscher Törl and Hochtor. Stops can be made at the two branches Edelweissspitze and Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe. From the latter, a comfortable hiking trail leads into the Gamsgrube, where with a little luck rare ibex and chamois can be spotted in the wild.


Großglockner Hochalpenstraße
Taxenbacher Fusch 96
A-5672 Fusch a.d. Großglocknerstraße

Großglockner High Alpine Road - family on a bench with view Kaiserstein
Großglockner High Alpine Road - family on a bench with view Kaiserstein


Near the city of Salzburg, a true natural wonder can be visited. The Eisriesenwelt in Werfen is a spectacular natural ice cave whose passages extend more than 40 kilometers in length. The first cracks and fissures in the limestone rock of the “largest ice cave of the earth” allegedly arose 100 million years ago. The crystal clear beauty of the ice worlds and the adventurous cave passages are an experience in themselves. During the visit, 134 vertical meters are covered, which is why sturdy shoes and warm clothing are a must for this “ice-cold” tour.


Eisriesenwelt Werfen
Eishohlenstrasse 30, A-5450 Werfen

Eisriesenwelt Werfen - man on the ice with a view of the icicles of the ice organ inside the cave
Eisriesenwelt Werfen - Iceorgan