Below we provide you with a quick look at the valley and attractions. Please browse the menu for more detailed information.
The idyllic Lungau valley can be found in the southernmost region of Salzburgerland, bordering Carinthea and nestled between the Radstädter Tauern, the Hohe Tauern and the Nockberge Mountains. The central location is easily accessible from all directions and ideally positioned for sight seeing, day trips and visits to popular attractions such as Salzburg Old-town or the Ice Caves at Werfen.
The beautiful mountainous landscape is ideally suited to outdoor pursuits and sporting activities whilst the valleys rich history and culture is of equal appeal. The region resists large developments, perhaps one of it’s most attractive qualities, and so the pace of life and friendly natives easily compliments a recreational vacation.
The Valley is made up of 15 towns and villages, each with their own appeal. The picturesque town of St Michael was founded in the 1400s and can be found nestled in the heart of the Lungau at 1100m above sea level. Considered the centre point of the region, St Michael is very easy to reach and is host to a number of excellent restaurants, bars and cafes, 4 well placed supermarkets and a good selection of shops.
Weekly markets, events, festivals and celebrations can be enjoyed the whole year around. The ideal location provides an excellent base for excursions with many hiking routes and bike paths or trails accessible from the doorstep.
A short walk, drive or bus trip brings you to any number of attractions. In the summer months a trip to the local heated outdoor pool is highly recommended. Tennis, volley ball, trampolines, football pitches and fun activities can be enjoyed a short stroll away. Horse riding schools can be found in almost every town with horse drawn carriages being a popular attraction.
There are several excellent wellness centres offering spa treatments and alternative therapies. At the BadeInsel in Tamsweg in addition to swim and relaxation, further sports such as beach volley ball and skating can be enjoyed.
Katschberg is host to one of the largest Tree-top adventure parks in Austria. In Mariapfarr the incredibly popular Outdoorparc Lungau offers many diverse sporting activities to entertain the entire family, such as the „Flying Fox”, „Zorb Balls” a climbing wall, water sports and more.
Local sports guides offer to take you climbing, canyoning, rafting and canoeing. See the valley from the heavens and engage in a tandem Paragliding flight. The Lungau Golf club can be found just a few kilometres away and in addition to being a most excellent 18 hole golf course, has a driving range and superb restaurant.
In the winter months the region is entirely focused on snow sports, enjoying skiing and snowboarding opportunities from December to April each year. Whether on the piste, touring deep into the mountainside or traversing the valley cross-country, the Lungau is a hugely popular winter destination for snow sports enthusiasts. Ice skating, curling, winter walks and snow shoe tours, sleigh rides, tobogganing and winter driving training are further winter attractions.
Every season in the Lungau brings something different to the area and holiday opportunities are present all year round. The high seasons of Summer and Winter are popular for good reasons but the shoulder seasons are not to be overlooked.
Spring is fantastic as the hills and fields reclaim their former greenery, the meadows bloom with flowers but the mountain peaks stay white and the air is still fresh. More often than not the days are pleasantly warm and sunny and the towns are quiet and peaceful. This time of year is marked by the raising of the May Tree, up which competitors climb in a bid to get the highest mark on the tree whilst onlookers celebrate can cheer with mugs of beer.
Autumn in Austria is perhaps one of the nicests seasons to enjoy, when the local harvests bring fabulous fresh produce to every restaurant, shop and dinner table. The weather is usually very agreeable with fresh sunny days, perfect for long strolls in the countryside. The Autumn months also bring many local and country-wide celebrations including the unusual Samsonman march through the towns. Both Autumn and Spring are low seasons in terms of holidays which means everything is less expensive and the towns, shops and attractions are free from crowds.
Here you can find a summary of regional websites and links for further information.
The Lungau Card
All guests staying in Haus Bellevue from June to October and December to the first week after Easter will receive an all-inclusive holiday card offering free or discounted admission to numerous excursion destinations, natural wonders, attractions, outdoor activities, museums, wellness centres, swimming pools, mountain lifts and much more throughout the Lungau.
The Salzburgerland Card
The Salzburgerland Card is available to buy online or at any Tourist Office. The card provides the bearer discounted or free access to activities and attractions throughout the whole of Salzburgeland region.
Interactive Map of the Lungau
An incredibly useful online interactive map of the Lungau depicting everything you might need to discover from locations of attractions, walking and hiking routes, cycle and mountain bike trails, ski areas, ski touring suggestions and cross-country routes to a list of Taxi companies, Tourist Office locations, bus stops, bus routes and parking places throughout the valley.
The four Lungau Mountain Lift Stations, also the Golf Club Lungau provide excellent video coverage through a network of webcameras. The footage below shows a continuous feed from a selection of cameras accross the Lungau.
Through the following links you can look at each area specifically, check the conditions all over the region and use the information to help decide your destination for the day.
There are 15 towns and villages in the Lungau. The above map depicts their relative locations and a quick summary of each location can be found below. Click on the image to visit the Lungau Homepage and more information.
Embedded in the heart of the Lungau and encircled by a beautiful mountain backdrop, St Michael is conveniently located for access to all attractions and activities in the valley and is host to year-round events, festivals and celebrations or art and culture.
With a fairytale castle and centuries old market square the town of Mauterndorf has a distinct character. Further features include the highest narrow-gauge railways, the Taurachbahn, the highest airfield in Austria and also access to the Grosseck-Speiereck alpine region.
A beautiful Austrian village close to the Fanningberg ski region, known as being the sunniest place in Austria and host to the popular and diverse Outdoorparc Lungau.
Ideally located for both winter and summer activities with the Niederen Tauern to the north and the gentle Nockberge to the south and Topskiregion Katschberg Aineck on the doortstep. Features include an 18 hole golf course with driving range.
A small and peaceful town filled with restored farms and historical buildings, quaint houses and lovely people. Also known for the Taurachbahn steam train.
A beautiful location offering pleasant seclusion in the midst of nature. Features include the hut village and two impressive Landwier lakes.
A very traditional village, Lessach is known for ist’s family friendly atmosphere and welcoming natives and a popular destination for mushroom picking and for walking.
A laid-back and family friendly area, Tweng offers extensive outdoor opportunities for bikers and hikers and is within easy reach of Obertauern including the Obertauern sports centre and night life attractions.
A small and beautiful village with some of the most beautiful scenery in the Lungau. Known for the Riedingtal Nature Park and the Prangstangen festival in June, the Zederhaus Valley is a very popular destination for back country skiers with a touring season of more than 6 months.
Located at the southernmost corner of Salzburgerland, Tamsweg is surrounded by beautiful landscape and features the Preber recreational area providing summer and winter sports in a natural mountain setting. An excellent starting point for trekking and biking paths and also home to the famous St Leonhard Pilgrimage church.
A lovely small village, easily reached and perhaps most famous for being the home of castle Moosham, the 3rd largest castle in the Salzburg province. Further attractions include an airfield dedicated to remote control airplanes.
In weißpriach there is opportunity for winter and summer activities with beautiful walking routes, winter cross country trails and the breathtaking Longa river to accompany your outing.
Dating back to 1139, Ramingstein was one of the largest mining areas in the Alpine region. A silver mine still operates there as a tourist mine and historical site. The region is also home to the functioning castle of Finstergrün and hosts to numerous cultural events as part of the Raminsgtein Summer Cultural Festival.
Thomatal is an agricultural area located at the bottom of the valley and surrounded by fields and pastures. At a higher eleveation, the Schönfeld summer and winter recreation area is a popular place for cross county skiing and nordic walking and features a children’s only trail, toboggan run and playground.
An extreme mountain landscape surrounds the National Park Community Muhr and offers hundreds of kilometres of hiking and biking trails peppered with alpine huts and featuring five mountain lakes, waterfalls, imposing ridges and natural landmarks. Austria’s second largest river originates here at 1,989km elevation in the middle of the Hohe Tauern National Park and the area is a popular destination for back country skiers and ice climbers.