THE PINZGAU REGION
Pastures, meadows, high mountains.
The Pinzgau region in the Salzburger Land is as memorable as its nature. Imposing 3,000ers, snow-covered glaciers, picturesque valleys and roaring mountain streams and waterfalls characterise the landscape between Krimmle and Lend. The famous Hohe Tauern mountain range as well as the rolling hills of the Pinzgauer grass mountains are popular destinations. Northeast of the regional capital Zell am See, the ragged rocks of the Steinberge mountains reach high into the sky. The Großglockner high alpine road from Fusch as well as the Krimml waterfalls are also a sought-after spot for nature lovers. If you are looking for tranquility off the beaten track, you can discover mule tracks that are thousands of years old, idyllic pastures, baroque pilgrimage churches and mystic mountain lakes. However, it is not only the scenery that makes the Pinzgau region so livable and lovable; it’s also the people and animals, the traditional customs and the old crafts.
THE REGION AND ITS PEOPLE
Devoted to your home
Just as every landscape is different, so are the people who live there. It often even seems as if the dwellers of the next valley were completely different. What we all have in common is the fact that we are all unique, also in the Pinzgau region. We are proud of our homeland. Some say we are famous for being down-to-earth and cordial; others like our direct and genuine nature. What we like about ourselves though is our traditional costume, especially when we have the chance to show it off during the Dirndlgwand Sunday and Lederhosen Thursday – two days in the year when women clad in their Dirndldresses and men in their leather pants. We love our traditions and customs like the Hundstoa Ranggeln, a Celtic wrestling competition at the top of the Hundstein mountain that goes back to 1518, or the Schabelprechten in the Rauris Valley, where inspectors go from house to house to check whether they are properly clean.
Kitzbühel is probably the most legendary place in the Alps and belongs to the famous hot spots in the Alpine region. Its long sporting tradition with the Hahnenkamm skiing race is internationally known. This town, which is also known as “Chamois City”, does not only stand for luxury and lifestyle; it is also characterised by the authenticity and originality of its neighbouring villages like Aurach, Jochberg, Reith and Kirchberg in Tyrol.
Zell am See is an important small town in the region. It is a traffic hub as well as a popular shopping destination. In summer and winter, it offers countless opportunities for sports and leisure activities between mountains, lakes and glaciers. The picturesque community combines many holiday attractions with its stunningly beautiful landscape. The neighbouring village of Kaprun attracts visitors with the Tauern Spa and the Gipfelwelt 3000, the region’s highest excursion destination at the Kitzsteinhorn.
Mozart’s city is simply the stage of the world, and it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. Art, lifestyle and its unique history make this metropolitan city at the Salzach river so special. The vibrant flair and authentic charm of the old town can be best experienced on a leisurely stroll through the city’s historic centre. The Hohensalzburg Fortress and the Mönchsberg are also worth a visit.
This famous alpine road leads through the heart of the Hohe Tauern National Park to Austria’s highest mountain, the Großglockner (3,978m) and the Pasterze Glacier. Over 48 kilometres and 36 hairpins this road reaches an altitude of 2,504 metres and offers one of the best nature and driving experiences in the world. Here, you pass colourful alpine meadows, deep forests, giant rock formations and glaciers until you get to the foot of the Großglockner, the Kaiser-Franz-Josef-Höhe.