There are many reasons to visit the beautiful valley of Saalbach-Hinterglemm in Austria. Mostly it is famous for its amazingly huge and super modern skiing area.
When I (Andi) was a little child, this has been by far my favorite skiing area within Austria. It is just super impressive and now even connected with the area of Zell am See and the glacier of Kitzsteinhorn, making it one of the biggest skiing regions within the alps.
But this area has way more to offer than winter tourism. And since we love to enjoy our summer days in the alps, we made our way to the valley in mid-July, staying at a beautiful and completely new boutique hotel called “Das Goldstück” which means a piece of gold.
Boutique Hotel**** Das Goldstück – Saalbach
This little family owned 4 star boutique hotel was just the perfect choice for us. It recently opend in July 2021, meaning everything is brand new and very well equipped.
The unique style of Das Goldstück is visible in every corner, since you will find lovely details everywhere you look. The entrance and the bar area are super stylish and not only a blessing for the eye, since they offer wonderful homemade drinks, fancy cocktails and amazing coffee all day.
We loved the chilled atmosphere to have either breakfast in the morning, an afternoon coffee break with a good book from the house own library or a nice cocktail at the bar in the evening.
Breakfast for kings & queens
Speaking of breakfast, this one left no whishes open. You can choose from a more than plentiful buffet where no matter which taste you have, you will find a great selection of options to choose from. We also loved the fresh served egg-dish, which was directly served to the table.
The breakfast of Das Goldstück defietly makes it up to the 4 stars of the boutique hotel. If you want to have dinner at the hotel, you will make an excellent choice as well.
Every day they serve one regular dish and one vegetarian dish accompanied with a small salad buffet in an open-kitchen setting. This enables the guests to interact with each other and make new friends. We really love this idea!
Luxury hotel room with coffee & phonograph
The rooms of the hotel are super modern and again, seemed to us fancier and more luxurious than a lot of 4 star superior hotels we have been to.
The bed is super cozy and the room is also equipped with an own coffee machine and a phonograph. What’s amazing about the coffee machine is that it is not a regular Nespresso machine you normally get, but instead you can really brew your own coffee with freshly grinded coffee beans.
Perfect spa area for a relaxed day
Although you might want to book this hotel as the perfect affordable luxury location for day trips around the region of Saalbach and Zell am See, you should consider spending an afternoon or the evenings in the beautiful spa area.
Compared to the small size of the hotel, the spa is spacious, so you will find your spot at one of the 2 beautiful saunas, the outside sunbeds and the amazing heated pool for sure.
The pool has a beautiful view down the valley, and you will also find a super cozy outside area to relax, read or just chill.
The indoor spa area, has also enough space to relax during cold winter or rainy summer days. On our 3rd day we spent the whole afternoon in this area and really loved the atmosphere and the decision between the bio sauna and the hot finish sauna where I (Andi) could do the always requested sauna infusion for Corinna.
Outdoor activities around Saalbach in summer saison
Despite that Saalbach-Hinterglemm is one of the key hotspots of winter tourism, the region also has many things to offer during summer. You can cool down in the nearby mountain lake of Zell am See, visit one of the thermal spas and just relax, or if you are more the adventurous type you can also go crazy with the many downhill slopes the region offers.
As we are hiking lovers, we did the trek to Spielberghorn mountain. In order to do this hike, you have to take the gondola to Maiskogelalm. From there it is about 2.5h to the summit and around 2h back to the middle station of the gondola, or directly down to the village of Saalbach.
If you want some interesting hiking activity during your holiday, this is a really nice option to take.
On the hike down, you can also have a nice lunch at Spielberghaus – a serviced mountain hut. Unfortunately we forgot to bring cash with us, so we had to skip the rest at one of the many beautiful mountain huts and went directly back down to Saalbach.
If you love mountain biking, this is really a wonderful place to practice your downhill skills on the trail from the top. But since Corinna is not that keen on biking, we decided to come for the skiing saison on our next visit here. Of course we will also stay at Das Goldstück the next time. We really had a wonderful stay 😊
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