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AltauseeThe Region Of Aussee - Salzkammergut


This small Austrian alpine village is nestled on the shores of the Altaussee Lake, just beneath the Loser Plateau. Occupying an area of 92 km², the village is home to 1,804 people and is within the Salzkammergut region, in the province of Styria.


Altaussee is a place where Austrian tradition still surrounds you – from the daily routine of the miners who work in the local salt mines (a salt-mine tour is available every hour in the Summer) to the fishermen netting salmon trout from the crystal-clear waters of the local lake.


Today’s visitors are as delighted by Altaussee as those pioneering holidaymakers who set foot here one hundred years ago. When those first tourists arrived, they noticed that instead of feeling like outsiders, there was an overwhelming sense of safety, having arrived at the destination of their dreams.


For many years Altaussee has attracted artists, writers and musicians who felt compelled to return time after time. Visitors to Altaussee today, find themselves immersed in a summer landscape of brilliant white peaks and verdant alpine forests and meadows, or in a winter-white landscape covered by deep layers of snow.


Exploring Altaussee: A 7.5 km trail goes around the clear lake, which in turn is surrounded, by the 1568 m high Loser Mountain as well as other stunning mountain ranges. In the winter there is a wonderful panorama of the Aussee region visible from the sunny ski slopes of Loser. Altaussee stimulates the senses in other ways; colourful folk costumes are part of everyday life here, as is traditional music.


Whatever your hobby, owning a chalet at Hagan Lodge will give you access to great ski trials that the whole family can enjoy as well as swimming, hiking trails abound, biking, fishing, sailing, climbing and much more - Altaussee really is paradise for the outdoor enthusiast.


  • Location: Altaussee
  • Area: 92 km2
  • Population: 1,888
  • Altitude: 720–1800 m
  • Climatic health resort since 1989
  • Altaussee spa centre with drinking fountains from the Glaubersalz spring open air brine inhalation facility
  • Two double-chairlifts to the Loser-Sandling skiing area, four-seater chairlift, 5 T-bars
  • Panorama road up the Loser (upper parking area at 1600 m)
  • FIS descent
  • Ski kindergarten
  • Dense network of hiking tracks, idyllic promenade around the Altaussee Lake
  • Boat hire, service steamers
  • Tennis courts, cross-country skiing tracks
  • Hang-gliding and para-gliding
  • Fishing in the Altaussee Lake
  • Altaussee salt mine
  • Literature and Folk Museum in the Steinberg/Salzberg Cultural Centre
  • Natural monuments
  • Buildings of note: the Altaussee parish church, ruin Pflindsberg

The Winter Resort of Loser - Altaussee

Skiing in Loser

Loser’s ski resort has around 29.4 km of well-managed pistes, wide-open spaces and precious little stress not to forget the deep snow that ensures freedom for every snowboarder and free skier and with the children’s on-site ski school it’s ideal for families!


Leisure skiers can choose their own tempo and glide down the family-friendly European cup slope; those who enjoy a bit more speed can tear down the FIS-run. The new park on the Sandling slope is ideal for freestyle boarders. On the high plateau there is plenty more to explore: skiers, snow boarders and free riders can enjoy the freedom of the vast snowscape above the tree line. Snowshoe hikers and ski tour enthusiasts will experience a magical solitude.


The skiing area has two 6-person detachable chair lifts, which reach the sunny plateau above the tree line, affording spectacular views as well as access to a range of new pistes and an amusement park. During the 2007 skiing season, Loser was voted an impressive 3rd out of a total of 15 ski resorts in Austria.


There are two further draglifts right outside the village. A little further on is the higher-altitude Sandling-Loser with a long piste and a long slope into the valley. Like Tauplitzalm, it is an excellent starting-point for ski tours into the Totes Gebirge mountain range.


The Salzkammergut ski run ends just after the lower lift station. The resort has seven excellent “Berghütten”, which function as restaurants, where you can enjoy the amazing views, Austrian food and the excellent hospitality.


Facilities in Altaussee

  • Village-based ski lift
  • Ski slope access to the village
  • Illuminated pistes
  • Pedestrianised centre
  • Restaurants and bars
  • Railway station
  • The lake
  • Spas’
The Winter Resort of Loser - Altaussee

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Styria: a very special place

The province of Styria and it’s people are well known for showing foreign visitors outstanding hospitality, the province is also very child friendly and offers beautiful unspoilt surroundings -from the glacial Hohe Dachstein (2995m high) right down to the gently glowing vineyards South of Graz, the entire province offers a huge variety of scenery and places of interest.


The Styrian region of Salzkammergut (around Bad Aussee) with its mountains and lakes is considered to be one of the most beautiful parts of the country, so what could be better than going on holiday somewhere where the natives themselves feel most at ease?


The North East is an area consumed by whispering forests and the trickling of water from the many waterfalls, while the South can be divided into two parts - along the border with Carinthia is the romantic wine-growing region, where the sunshine ensures good grape harvests.


The East is distinguished by the many Castles and hot mineral springs. Alflenz Land (part of the spa of Alflenz) used to be a bustling Spa Town and still boasts plenty of spa-related facilities such as swimming / bathing pools as well as mineral baths. It’s also a delightful place for walking, cycling and general relaxation.


The area around Pischelsdorf is also noted for its many thermal baths, orchards and vineyards. People come here from all over the world to take the waters, enjoy a massage or one of the many other treatments available.


If you wish to spend your holiday in a small, bustling Austrian town, Schladming is the ideal place for you. There are plenty of pavement cafes to while away the evening. There’s also plenty to do during the day - you can browse the luxury shops to your heart’s content or go for a walk up the Planai, the impressive mountain beside Schladming.


A visit to the dazzling Dachstein Glacier at Ramsau, where the peaks reach 3,004m, is also well worth the effort. Walking to and from the Planneralm and from there to the Planner Lake is also highly recommended.


To summarise, Styria is a delightful province offering that magical sense of well being from the first day you arrive.

What the region has on offer:

  • Winter fun in the clear, crisp, sunny air
  • Snow guaranteed from December to Easter
  • Three ski areas at Loser/Altaussee, Tauplitz/Bad Mitterndorf and Zlaim/Grundlsee
  • 33 chairlifts and draglifts
  • 55 km of well-prepared pistes
  • Ski in virgin snow above the tree-line
  • Ski schools with courses in carving, snowboarding and telemark techniques as well as a ski kindergarten
  • Mountain Action: off-piste tours, telemarking, snowshoe tours, ice-climbing and para-gliding
  • Horseback-riding in the snow
  • Ice skating on rinks and on the lakes