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Maria Alm is a charismatic and quaint village nestled between the majestic mountains of the Salzburg region. Its snow smothered slopes and outstanding hiking opportunities make it one of Austria’s busiest and most popular skiing towns. Exhilarating elevations range from 860 to almost 2000 metres, providing skiers with a splendid selection of slopes. Since the development of skiing tourisms, the village of Maria Alm has managed to maintain its antique charm but has also embraced change to create fabulous tourist facilities that add glamour and glitz to this picturesque province.
Maria Alm’s ancient churches boasts the title of Salzburgs highest; the soaring spires of the Almerwirt and Vorderjetzbachgut date back to the 14th century and document the village’s illustrious history. The Romanesque facades suit the mountainous surroundings perfectly, and impressive entrance portals welcome worshippers within.
Jump from the sacred to the snowy by embarking on a winter hiking adventure. Energetic excursions take wanderers on an exciting journey through snow smothered slopes and frozen pastures. The winter weather emphasises the raw beauty of the landscape. Traditional alpine huts pepper the trail, all exuding an inviting atmosphere that compliments the consumption of sweet, spiced tea and indulgent apple strudels.
Once the summer sun has melted the winter snow, walkers can enjoy themed hikes that reveal the diversity of the area; most notable is the Herbal Hike, a gentle walk that directs the attention to the medicinal and healing herbs that grow in the region.
Enjoy an authentic taste of Austria’s appetising specialities with a visit to Jausenstation Wastlalm, a traditional mountain restaurant that affords diners panoramic vistas of the stunning surrounding scenery. Signature dishes include flavoursome-cured meats, creamy cheeses and freshly baked bread, all of which is designed to sooth and satisfy large appetites. (Aberg 9, Maria Alm 5761, Austria)