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Alpine summer in Obertauern

The winter hotspot is also a hot summer destination for active families

Obertauern is located 90 km to the south of the city of Salzburg in the heart of the mountains around the Radstädter Tauern Pass. The region is well-known as a hotspot of winter sports but is also an insider tip as an attractive summer holiday region. Sporty mountain lovers and families can discover over 100 km of hiking trails and rustic alpine pastures here. Quiet mountain lakes reflecting the summer sky, breathtaking natural spectacles like the Johannes Waterfall, and cosy alpine cabins are hiking destinations that will thrill parents and children alike. Not least due to the hearty “brettljause”, a traditional ploughman’s-like snack, and delicacies designed to reinvigorate tired hikers at the cabins.

Varied summer programme

In the summer, the region with the three locations of Obertauern, Untertauern and Tweng offers a varied programme with many outdoor activities. Guests are invited to various activities each week, from Monday to Sunday. For example, an easy 3-lake hike, the guided herb exploration hike and the “survival in the wilderness” hike are all family-friendly. “Mountain yoga” is yoga training amidst the mountain landscape, while the Mountain Skyver Tour at Grünwaldkopf is a highlight for action enthusiasts. Other activities include the Tweng alpine lake hike as well as cycle and mountain bike tours “way up high”.

Some of the hiking trails through the spectacular mountains are pushchair-friendly, so that even families with very young children can explore the high-mountain landscape with its alpine lakes, waterfalls and cosy alpine cabins. In addition, two cable cars – the Grünwaldkopfbahn and the Hochalmbahn – operate daily in good weather, giving hikers an uphill boost. Prams and pushchairs, dogs and mountain bikes are transported free-of-charge.

Tours with the Mountain Skyver

If you don’t fancy the descent, grab one of the Mountain Skyvers. These all-terrain, spring-mounted mountain scooters are like bikes without a saddle or pedals. Instead, you stand on the foot rests and roll down into the valley. Scooters and helmets can be rented at the valley station of the Grünwaldkopfbahn; trial courses are also offered.

As the summer begins, the biggest and funniest obstacle course in Austria makes a stop in Obertauern on 8 July 2017 – the x cross run mountain. Against the impressive mountain backdrop around Obertauern, the cross runners must conquer 9.2 km per lap, 380 vertical metres per lap and 14 obstacles. Runners can choose to run one or two laps.

Riding, fishing, bathing, horse-drawn carriage rides, excursions and cultural trips – in and around the region of Obertauern, there is something for everyone to experience and discover thanks to the region’s central location in the province of Salzburg. This is particularly convenient with the SalzburgerLand Card, as this can be used for 190 attractions in the city and province of Salzburg, including mountain railways, places of interest, sports and much more besides.

A popular destination for families in the region is the wildlife and leisure park in Untertauern with its game reserve and petting zoo. On a trip on the meandering train, you can see the various play areas, the adventure land for children, the fish pond and the bathing lake. Horse lovers are very welcome in Tweng if they want to go riding or take a horse-drawn carriage ride.

More information: Obertauern Tourist Office, tel. +43-(0)6456-7252, email:, website:

Press contact: Aviareps Tourism GmbH, Christina Handcock, tel. 089-552533-440, Josephspitalstrasse 15, D-80333 Munich,

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