CORONA VIRUS UPDATE from Saalbach Tourist Office 28th Aug 2020 regular updates will be put on this website.
Viehhofen is a pretty little village and a true paradise for families and sports enthusiasts. In a central location surrounded by some of Austria’s most famous ski resorts such as Saalbach, Hinterglemm, Leoang & Fieberbrunn and just recently linked to Zell-am-see ski area. It has a Nursery slope separate from the main ski area making it an ideal sarting point away from the hustle and bustle of the larger resorts. Apartment Gretl is located in the prettiest Chalet in the Village, Alte Bachmuhle “The Old Watermill” which is full of character & charm. The ski bus stops just 200 meteres walk from the Chalet, which takes aprox 7 mins to reach the next Gondola station at Vorderglemm, where you can link to the vast and varied ski areas in the valley. Viehhofen is a traditional Austrian family resort, offering skiing for Beginners, Intermediates and Advance with great off-piste skiiing especially around Hinterglemm. There are no loud or crowded bars or night clubs, for those seeking a more relaxed and quieter holiday. Viehhofen, offers some really good quality restaurants where you can enjoy traditional “Pinzgau” food. The village has 2 small supermarkets, a bank with 24 hrs ATM facilitiy, a tourist office to answer all your questions. For a more lively environment Saalbach & Hinterglemm are just a short drive or bus ride away. Since the new Gondola system to Zell-am-see ski area, this allows an easier access to the Kitsteinhorn Glacier. A further expantion in Viehhofen is planned in 2022 linking the Zell -am-see express lift to the Polten lift toward Leogang which wil give Viehhofen quicker access to Leogang/Saalbach/Hinterglemm & Fieberbrunn ski areas. Once that is complete, this area will become the the largest linked ski area In Austria.
Winter Activities Sking, Quad Biking, Go-karting, Rent a Skidu, Toboggan evenings, Cross country skiing, Audi Ice Driving Experience, Sleigh Rides, Winter walking, Spa Days, Ice Skating in Zell-am-see
Winter Events Rave on Snow - Saalbach Mountain Attack - Saalbach White Pearl Mountain Days
Summer Events/Festivals Classic Car Rally, Lake of Charity, Biker Mania, Farmers Markets, Mountain Bike Championship
“Please note these events may not go ahead season 2020/2021 due to the Corona Virus
Summer Activities available:-. Walking/Hiking, mountain/road bike hire, Zip Lining, Horse Riding, Archery, Quad Biking, Go-Karting, Lake & Pool Swimming, Indoor/outdoor Tennis, Golf at several courses in the area. At Lake Zell-am-see, you can hire a paddle board or peddle boat, water skiing, or just have a leisurely cruise on the Schmittenhoe cruiser, Bike Hire, White Water rafting if available further afield at Taxenbach or Lofer. There is a Summer Rhodelbahn at Saalfelden or take a road trip up the Grossglockner Pass or over to Saalzburg. All this information is in our guest book, or visit the local tourist office.
The new Zell am See Xpress gondola lift opened in Dec 2019. It takes skiiers from Viehhofen village directly to the ski area of Zell am See in only 10 minutes. The gondola station is situated only 500m from our Gretl apartment.
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This Zell am See Piste Map shows the ski runs which can be accessed directly via the new gondola lift which opened in Viehhofen in Dec 2019.
270km of best prepared slopes, 70 modern cable cars and lifts, snow parks, natural freeride parks, flood-lit slopes, SkiMovie, speed and race slopes, funcross, snow trails, cross-country trails, toboggan runs and much more…
Enjoy an alpine summer paradise along 400 km of well marked hiking trails. Whether you strike out on your own, prefer guided tours by the tourist association or take to the trails with children - you will have an enjoyable experience.
Viehhofen is a municipality in the district of Zell am See, in the state of Salzburg in Austria. The town lies at an elevation of 856 m above sea level in the middle of Glemmtal Valley, through which flows the River Saalach.
The Ski bus service runs every 20 mins between all the villages in the valley until 5pm. You can then catch the local Postbus 680 if you are stranded in another area of the valley, this runs until around 7.30pm check the timetable in advance if your intending to stay out later to party! There is a “NIghtliner” bus which operates on certain nights late into the night, check with the tourist office for a timetable. These additional buses are not covered by your ski pass, there is a small extra charge. The 680 bus also links up with the 260 Airport bus which you can catch at Maishofen village lower down the valley, this is a useful regular sevice to Salzburg Airport costing around 27 euro return. You can find timetables on-line at www.postbus.at or download the APP.
We provide 1 free parking space at Apartment Gretl. Additional free parking is available in the centre of the village just across from the River aprox 100 meters walk from Chalet Alte Bachmuhle
-We can not offer flight information during these uncertain times
Private Hire, Bus/Train timetables
From the North of England, the best ferry option is the overnight ferry from Hull - Rotterdam prices vary with North Sea Ferries. After a nights sleep, the journey is approx 9½hrs from Rotterdam, which can be easily done in a day with 2 drivers. From the South of England, the Dover - Dunkirk or Dover - Calais options seem to be the most competitive on price, with a similar travel time across to Austria of around 10 hrs. The Eurotunnel is a faster option taking just 35 min but is a little more expensive.
Additional Considerations when driving in Europe
There are many extra costs to consider before driving across Europe; ferry cost, fuel costs, European insurance cover, European breakdown cover . From 31st December 2020 after Brexit you will require an International Driving License, available over the counter at most main post offices. You need a Vignette to travel on the motorways in Austria, this is a road tax and you can buy this at a petrol station, the minimum cost you can purchase is 7 days for 9 euro’s, if you don’t use a Motorway in Austria, you don’t need one.