While half of Europe is covered under a good layer of white snow fun, I’m already thinking about the next trip with a palm tree. But I need to tell you first about Alpbach, a tiny village a stone throw from Salzburg. I was there for christmas with lots of snow and blue skies.
Galtenberg Hotel – a paradise for kids with entertainment, a kids pool and slides, but it was also pretty good for adults. On the top floor it had a full blown wellness center (children under 16 not allowed) with 4 different Finnish saunas, a lap pool and a rooftop yacuzi at the perfect temperature overlooking the mountains. I think I spent hours in there. The hotel has friendly staff, great food and is in the best location to just walk to the lifts and get on the slopes.
The slopes – I was there with family in December and the snow was good! The area is big enough to be entertained for days doing a nice mix of black, red and blue runs. Consider the sunny side of the mountain for the morning and check with the locals about the best places to grab your launch with authentic noodle soup, germknodel, or other.
Walks – if you are with a group there might be that one that is not into skiing or snowboarding. Alpbach is also good for mountain walks. You will run into little private chapels, farms with the farmer urging you to help him feed the cows and all of that with a scenic view of the alps under the snow.