Viehhofen is ideally located in the heart of the “Ski Circus” offering over 270 km of skiing, incorporating Saalbach/Hinterglemm/Fieberbrunn/Leogang and soon to be linked to the Zell-am-see ski area from Dec 2019, with the introduction of a new gondola lift. This will place Viehhofen right in the centre of the largest ski area in Austria. Viehhofen currently has its own Nursery Slope and blue run 68 which returns you directly into the village after a days skiing. There is an excellent Ski School with English speaking instructors. The village, although small, has all amenities within a short walking distance. Good quality restaurants and bars, small mini-market, Tourist Office and Bank/ATM. Ski buses run regularly throughout the day during the ski season connecting you swiftly to the slopes via the main Schonlietenbahn ski lift just 4km away. A Mini ski bus connecting you to the main bus stop from the new development where “Hansel” Apartment is located. There is a good local bus service that runs between Zell-am-see and Hinterglemm, there is a small charge on this bus.
Skiing is from 900m-2020m spread over 270km. Further along the valley you have the pretty old village of Saalbach and beyond Hintergerglemm which is more modern & trendy. Both have plenty of lively bars and good quality restaurants. The ski areas are connected & soon to be linked to Zell-am-See in 2019/2020 ski season. There are currently 67 bars & restaurants in the whole area, Saalbach & Hinterglemm stage several ski races and events throughout season, please check out www.saalbach.com to look at a weekly events program. The last 2 weeks of March the area stage a very popular music even called “White Pearl Mountains Days” check it out at www.wpmdays.at. Other activities in the valley are:- Quad biking, sledging evenings, cross Country Skiing, Winter Walking, Skidu Rides, Sleigh Rides, Spa Days at several of the Luxury Hotel, shopping in the many Designer ski & clothing shops. There are several larger good quality supermarkets along the valley in Saalbach & Hinterglemm. During the Summer this ski resort transforms into a mountain bikers & walkers paradise, with well signed paths and bike routes and plenty of restaurants and bars remain open for the Spring & Summer months too. There is wonderful swimming in natural outdoor lakes & pools at local hotels. Captain Hook Waterpark in Saalbach offers water slides and whirlpools to keep the kids occupied all day. Or go for a a swim in Lake Zell-am-See or try out the many watersports there. In June Saalbach stages a Vintage Car Rally every year. In August there are Mountain bike and other competitions for lovers of the outdoors. At end of the Valley in Lengau there is a fanstastic Zip Lining Centre so prepare yourselves for a days of challenging zip lining thrills. .There are local festivals such as “Lake of Charity” where you can take part in fun water activities. There are local festivals with demonstration and sales local crafts and farmers produce, music, bands and fun for all the family. There is simply something for everyone to enjoy. Further afield there is a championship golf course at Shuttdorf and Maria-Alm a short car ride away. Or take a trip up the Kaprun Glacier for some summer sledging or simply to enjoy the magnificent view of the high peaks and wildlife it has to offer.
The new Zell am See Xpress gondola lift is opening in Dec 2019. This will take 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 both Gretl & Hansel apartments.
This Zell am See Piste Map shows the ski runs which can be accessed directly via the new gondola lift due to open in Viehhofen in Dec 2019.
Artist’s impression of the new Viehhofen Gondola Station
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.
We provide 1 free parking space at each apartment. At Gretl, it is located at the side of the Chalet directly opposite the main entrance - so easy for unloading. Apartment Hansel’s parking space is located at the rear of the Chalet and there are 2 flights of steps down to the apartment. There is additional free parking available at the bottom of the road at designated public parking areas.
If you decide to use your car to drive to the various lift stations along the valley there are plenty of car parks. If you go early you will find plenty of free parking at the Schonleitenbahn Zwofelkogelbahn & Hochalmbahn in Hinterglemm. Saalbach & Hinterglemm are pedestrianised centres, there is underground parking at the Shattberg X Press lift in Saalbach and at the Reiterkogelbahn in Hinterglemm. These car parks are free if you get your ticket stamped at a lift pass office, otherwise it is expensive to park. Taxis are available in the both villages for approx 5-8 euros per person to return to Viehhofen. If you’re planning in partaking in Apres Ski, be mindful of transport. Drink/driving rules are also strict in Austria, if in doubt use the bus or Taxi.
Airports/Distances/times to Viehhofen
Summer Less frequent to Salzburg
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Winter More frequent to Salzburg from December - April
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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 - however, be aware that the cost can rise for larger vehicles such as 4x4s that don’t meet the passenger carriage size limits.
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 and tolls if you travel through France. It is possible to avoid France and thus tolls for little additional mileage if you plan your route carefully.
When Driving in Europe, as a minimum, you must have:
A Vignette is available to buy from Petrol/service stations as you approach the Austrian border on the A8 from Munich. For Viehhofen, you exit the A8 at Junction 112 before you cross the Austrian border and complete the journey on A & B class roads, therefore, there is no need to purchase a Vignette unless you continue your journey on the Motorway or travel to other parts of Austria by motorway.
When travelling through Europe - Germany & Austria during the winter months there are rules in place as regards compulsory Winter Tyres. These rules are that you must have from 1st November - 15th April Winter Tyres fitted marked with "M+S" on the sidewalls and not to be carrying more than 3.5 tonnes in weight. Also all-season tyres bearing the "M+S" mark on the sidewall, will also be considered as an adequate alternative. Snow Chains can be carried as well for extra use, but are not a legal alternative to Winter Tyres.
If you do not follow these laws, you risk a fine of around 5,000 euros as well a losing your vehicle to the impound lot. There will also be major ramifications to your insurance. If you are in an accident during the winter and you do not have winter tyres fitted, your policy will be likely deemed null & void.