Summer holidays in Lofer at the heart of the Salzburg region

Paradise for athletes, sporty amateurs, families, nature-lovers and people seeking peace and quiet.

Guests enjoying a summer holiday in Lofer can look forward to a broad array of opportunities to take in the Alps in all their glory. Every level of activity is catered for: relaxing strolls, pleasant treks, ambitious mountain tours, rock climbing, cycle touring and mountain biking. Whether you are looking to unwind or be active, on dry land or on white-water – Salzburg’s Saalachtal valley has something for everyone.

A wonderful summer holiday in the beautiful surroundings of Lofer in the Salzburg region also includes 40 km of pathways for walkers, 300 km of hiking and trekking paths, a 480 km network of routes for cyclists and mountain bikers, climbing parks, via ferratas, gondola lifts, an outdoor water park, natural bathing areas, lakes to bathe in, horse riding, Kneipp baths, peat baths and healing baths, gorges, caves, playgrounds and sports facilities, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, a golf course, a skating fun park, leisure park, kayaking, rafting, canyoning – as well as live concerts and lots of traditional customs and culture.

The top 5 reasons for spending your summer holidays with us in Lofer

  • The holiday region
    The Lofer area of Salzburg Saalachtal valley is surrounded by the Lofer Steinberge mountains, the Kitzbühel and Berchtesgaden Alps, and is perfect for hikers, climbers, cyclists and mountain bikers, swimmers, active holidaymakers, peace-seekers, families on vacation and nature lovers.
  • The perfect location
    Many of Salzburg’s, Tyrol’s and Bavaria’s tourist sights are less than an hour’s drive away. Almost everything you might need can be reached on foot in the heart of the picturesque old village centre of Lofer, including restaurants, a bakery, a butcher’s shop next door, supermarkets, chemists and doctors – all just around the corner.
  • Lots of activities start at your front door and are ALL-INCLUSIVE with the Salzburg Saalachtal Card
    The gondola ski lifts are just 3 minutes’ walk away and take guest up to Almenwelt Lofer, the most beautiful mountaintop hiking area of Austria. Only two minutes away on foot are the adventure swimming baths. You can also link up directly with the Tauern cycle path network and hiking routes, and you’re only 300 m from the world championship kayak course. The Salzburg Saalachtal Card is handed out free of charge to our summer guests and entitles them to free admission to Almbahn ski lifts 1 & 2, to the Lofer Steinbergbad pool, to the Alpenbad pool in Unken, and to the Vorderkaserklamm and Seisenbergklamm gorges.
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  • Excellent infrastructure for families
    Pechtlgut has a large garden and lawn for sunchairs, a ground-level trampoline, a children’s playground and a 4-person tandem bike for kids of all ages. Indoors there’s a large children’s playroom with table tennis, pool and table football. There is also the Almenwelt, water park, fun park, family adventure parks and lots more – all in Lofer and the surrounding area.
  • And last but not least: Our very own Pechtlgut!
    Our guesthouse, Pechtlgut, is run with great intimacy in a quiet, old part of the village of Lofer and offers comfort levels for every requirement in five different apartment sizes. Guests have access to a sauna, a fitness studio and enjoy free internet usage in the entrance hall. The sunbathing lawn in our large garden offers plenty of deck chairs and is very popular with our guests.

Sport & leisure in Lofer and area

Active holidays & outdoor experiences in Salzburg Saalachtal valley

There are lots of sporting and leisure opportunities awaiting you in and around Lofer!

This region offers a wide range of sporting and leisure activities for all holidaymakers, whether here for a summer vacation or a winter holiday!

Summer Card included = free admission to the outdoor swimming pools in Lofer and Unken, the Seisenbergklamm and Vorderkaserklamm gorge, Lamprechts cave, the cable cars 1 & 2  up to Almenwelt Lofer plus free use of the public transport in the region.

Holidays for trekkers in the Austrian alps

Are you passionate about hiking and on the lookout for a cosy place to stay in the Austrian Alps? Would you like to combine your holiday with alpine hikes, mountaineering or long walks? If so, it’s our pleasure to welcome you to Pechtlgut holiday flats. You’ve come to the right place:

Pechtlgut guesthouse in Lofer, in the county of Salzburg in Austria, is the starting point for lots of country walks, treks, hikes and mountain tours – relaxing or challenging, on the valley floor or on high alpine routes, with or without children. The Saalachtal region in and around Lofer boasts over 400 km of trekking paths, hiking tours, routes and walks, for everyone – from ambitious walkers to experienced mountain trekkers and expert mountaineers.

Holiday flats in the Alps. Start a tour from your apartment door.

Just a stonesthrow from the Pechtlgut guesthouse is a diverse trekking region that even crosses the Austrian border to bring together the Lofer Steinberge mountains, the Berchtesgaden Alps and the Kitzbühel Alps. Hike from one region to another – or even cross the Austrian/German border. This is possible because Lofer is located near the three-regionborder between Salzburg, Tyrol and Berchtesgaden.

What’s more, the new theme and activity-based walking and hiking routes are fantastic and intriguing means of showcasing the many special features of the region. The trekking paths enable guests of all ages to experience the magnificence of the surrounding natural scenery and discover so much more of the history of this area with ease.

» Interactive trekking route map

Climbing in Lofer and area

Lofer Steinberge – paradise for climbers

Our qualified child minders give your kids a chance to take their first steps on the climbing wall. There are plenty of more advanced challenges for experienced climbers in the climbing parks and on the via ferratas of Weißbach, a village tuned to the needs of mountain climbers. Insiders have loved the mountaineering challenges posed by the bizarre limestone formations in the Lofer Steinberge mountains for many years.

Loferer Steinberge Steinberge - climbers paradise

Cycling & mountain biking holidays for pleasure-seekers and for pros

If you love being out and about in an unspoilt natural environment and are prepared to go the extra mile away from the established trekking routes, make sure you include your bicycle, mountain bikeor E-bike when planning your holiday in Saalachtalvalley!

Unken, Lofer, Weißbach and St. Martin are just some of the jewels of Saalachtal valley in the county of Salzburg and provide an ideal stage for a perfect cycling holiday – for families with children, for trained-up cyclists and mountain bike enthusiasts.

Road bike, mountain bike & E-bike tours start at your front door

Pechtlgut apartments  are in the three-region area in which Salzburg shares its border with Tyrol and Berchtesgaden and gives mountain bikers access to the Northern Limestone Alps, Lofer Steinberge mountains, Berchtesgaden Alps and Chiemgau Alps, as well as mountains at the end of the Kitzbühel Alps. Hence, this is a giant bike arena offering an immense variety of cycling tours. If you are seeking a sporting challenge, 480 km of mountain bike routes and trekking paths provide plenty of opportunities.

Interactive cyclists’ map

Not everyone wants to experience the rarefied atmosphere of summit altitudes on a bike tour. Fortunately, our bike region is also particularly well-suited to the needs of individuals and families who enjoy sport on a recreational level. There are countless interesting and idyllic cycle tours alongside the River Saalach with plenty of opportunities to stop off for a break, refreshments or a meal on the way.

At Pechtlgut there are E-mountainbikes for hire at discount rates with over 20 E-bike recharging units and a great service all round.

Info on bike holidays in Saalachtal valley

Easy cycling tours for families and recreational cyclists

If you’re looking to take it easy, the cycling routes in Saalachtal valley and on the Tauernradweg cycle path take you from village to village – at your pace – as far as you want to go.

Start at your front door at Pechtlgut and join the cycle path network in any one of three directions: Go south – to Zell am See, west – to the neighbouring province of Tyrol, or north-east – in the direction of Salzburg.

Tips for your cycling holiday in Saalachtal valley & the province of Salzburg


Rafting & Kayaking

The landscape of the area has been starkly formed by the Saalach, a 103-km alpine river very popular with water sports enthusiasts. Saalachtal valley lies in the province of Salzburg and is well-known for its abundance of water: lakes, rivers, waterfalls, wild gorges and ravines.

The River Saalach is a paradise for kayakers and the river snakes its way down the valley past stunning mountain scenery. There are lots of sections that require great skill and expertise.

Conditions are fantastic here for beginners through to world champions. There is also some great rafting, canyoning, HydroSpeed sport to be enjoyed in these waters, for an exciting and unique experience. Lofer is on the map of every serious white-water enthusiast.

Free white-water try-out in July and August only for Pechtlgut & Grubhof guests.

Bathing fun in Lofer and area

Spa & Kneipp bath options

We have crystal clear water with temperatures ranging from 12°C in the Kneipp baths to 36° Celsius in the nearby thermal spa centre at Rupertus Therme Bad Reichenhall.

Outdoor swimming pools, indoor swimming pools and lakes suitable for swimmers

Swimmers of all ages will have lots of fun at Steinbergbad Lofer with a free-flowing stream and a large water slide. This attraction is both free, and can be easily reached in just 2 minutes on foot  from Pechtlgut.

Free admission to Steinbergbad Lofer & the indoor swimming pool in Unken with the Summer Card – every day, and as often as you like.

Other bathing options: Swimming out in the unspoilt countryside of Vorderkaserklamm gorge (5 km), Pillersee 15 km, Thumsee 20 km, Ritzensee 25 km, Zell am See 35 km, Salzkammergut lakes 50 km.

Spa & relaxation after an action-packed day

Maybe you’re a couple looking for adventure, or parents seeking an action-packed family holiday with the kids at Pechtlgut. Peace, quiet and relaxation can be found in our very own in-house Pechtlgut sauna area or at the Wellness-Alm spa at Grubhof in St. Martin bei Lofer.

Your exciting summer holiday at Pechtlgut apartments

It would be our pleasure to send you an offer for a fun-packed summer vacation in the Salzburg countryside. Inquire now or book online. We have also put together some interesting packages and special rates for your summer holiday in Lofer. 


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