Summer holiday in the Styrian Salzkammergut …
… in the heart of Austria
Spending a holiday in the Styrian Salzkammergut has a unique charm. The picturesque scenery captivates you from the first moment and doesn’t let you go. It is not surprising that guests come to us from near and far. Lakes, mountains, alpine pastures, regional cuisine and, of course, the hospitality and friendliness of the local people – these are just a few of the reasons for taking a holiday with us here in Bad Mitterndorf.
The opportunities for leisure activities are quite simply unlimited – sport, culture, fine cuisine, thermal spas, enjoying the countryside… Here at the Hotel Lebensfreude, you and your holiday are the focus of our attention. We can help you plan your holiday activities and can offer you advice and practical assistance as required.
Lake Altaussee – the Altausseer See – is one of the most scenic lakes in the Salzkammergut. It lies at the foot of the Loser, set in an idyllic mountain landscape. The water in the lake is crystal clear with a hint of dark blue colour, which gives rise to its nickname, “the indigo inkwell”.
Lake Grundlsee – The Grundlsee – lies nestled in the wonderful massif of the Tote Gebirge (the Dead Mountains) and invites you to go swimming in an undisturbed natural landscape. The Grundlsee, with its surface area of 5㎢ is the largest lake in Styria, and is not without reason called the “Styrian Ocean”. The only nude bathing area in the Styrian Salzkammergut is located on the shore of the lake near the restaurant “Gasthof s’Murbodenhüttl”.
Lake Ödensee – the Ödensee – has a surface area of 20 hectares and is therefore one of the smaller lakes in the Salzkammergut. During the summer, it is still, however, a much loved regional swimming lake. The Ödensee is a naturally formed lake in the Salzkammergut with a maximum depth of 19m and lies at an altitude of 776m above sea level in the parish of Pichl-Kainisch. It is classified as a forest moorland lake.
Lake Sommersbergsee – the Sommerbergsee – is a small warm water moorland lake of 2.2 hectares and lies in the parish of Bad Aussee. With its spacious sunbathing lawns, inviting low-level diving platforms, children’s paddling pool and beach volleyball court, the Sommersbergsee makes an ideal sunbathing and swimming destination for the whole family.
Tauplitz Mountain Lifts – 4-seater chairlift, Tauplitz
The Tauplitzalm is an outstandingly beautiful high mountain plateau with six crystal clear mountain lakes, vivid mountains and many wonderful alpine plant species (gentian, alpine rhododendron, various alpine orchids…).
There are numerous walking trails and mountain tours for you to discover – one example is the Six-Lake Trail (6-Seenwanderung) starting at the mountain station of the chair lift and going past the Großsee, Märchensee and Tauplitzsee lakes to the viewing point at the bench on the Steirersee lake. Walking time – approximately 1½ hours.
Boat trip on the Grundlsee
The three-lake tour starts at the western end of the Grundlsee from the pier next to the lake hotel “Seeklause-Seehotel”. From here, you travel by boat across the 6.5km of the Grundlsee to Gössl. After a short walk of about 20 minutes, you reach the mystery-shrouded Toplitzsee lake. A “Plätte” – a typical flat-bottomed fishing boat of the Aussee region – will take you past the waterfalls to the romantic Kammersee where you can visit the waterfall that forms the source of the River Traun.
Explore our region
Discover for yourself the many treasures to be found in the unique countryside around the Ausseerland – Salzkammergut region.
The Ranftl Mill
This old mill lies near the Toplitzsee in the Grundlsee area. You can reach it on foot from Gössl.
Located in Altaussee, this open-air Gradier station was built in 1956. A Gradier station mimics the maritime climate by trickling a brine solution over bundles of blackthorn twigs. The brine solution for the Altaussee Gradier station is piped directly in from the Salzberg in Altaussee.
The Pflindsberg fortress ruins
Located in Altaussee, near the Gasthof Waldgraben, and easily reached on foot.The Pflindsberg fortress fell into decay and was already a ruin by 1780. The Pflindsberg ruins were listed as a protected historic site in 2005.
From Tauplitz, follow the road in the direction of the Gnanitzalm. After 2½ km, you will come to a junction with the path to the Leistalm. Turn right here, and follow the footpath for about 10 minutes until you reach the waterfall. Take a rest on the bench near the 30m high falls. At the base of the falls, you can refresh yourself in the white spray of the tumbling water.
The lookout point at the Simony-Warte lies at an altitude of 1180m above sea level, nearly 300m above the spa resort of Bad Mittendorf. You can comfortably reach the Warte on well marked paths in about 45 minutes. From the lookout point, there are wonderful views across to the peaks of the Grimming, Stoderzinken and Kammspitze mountains, as well as to the big ski jumping hill on the Kulm.
The Dachstein Caves
The caves are situated in Obertraun in the neighbouring region of the Dachstein-Salzkammergut and you can find information
about the caves on: www.dachstein-salzkammergut.com
The Alpine Garden in Bad Aussee and the Libellenweg (Dragonfly Trail)
You don’t have to climb up into the mountains in the Ausseerland Salzkammergut in order to admire the splendour of the alpine flora. The 12000㎡of the Alpine Garden in Bad Aussee is home to over 2000 species of alpine plants, shrubs and bushes as well as rare plants from around the world. The garden lies at 800m above sea level and is easily reached by car.
The Aerial Rope Climbing Park, Altaussee
Experience the challenges of the six climbing circuits. Fully trained guides are available throughout the day to instruct climbers in the safe use of the modern rope climbing equipment.
There is also a circuit suitable for those with special needs. Clamber over 100 elements high up in the air or down near the ground – a fantastic experience.
The main focus of the Aktiv Arena centred on the Loser mountain is physical activity in a natural environment. In addition to the existing climbing routes “Sisi” and “Sophie”, the climbing park at the foot of the Loser has a new attraction – a Flying-Fox ride. The Flying-Fox ride (also known as a zip-line) consists of four aerial cable slides and guarantees maximum safety for both big and small high flyers! This additional attraction offers even more fun and thrills for children over 7 years of age, for teenagers, adults and, of course, active senior citizens!