Ski Mountaineering and Alpine Cross-Country
In the ski-touring community, Lungau is definitely one of the hottest tips. From Zederhaus in Riedingtal, which is famous for its alpine and high-alpine touring opportunities, to the Preber outside of Tamsweg and the Nockberge mountains, located in the "3-Province Area" of Salzburg-Carinthia-Styria, where the gentler mountainsides of the Grasberge offer somewhat easier touring conditions. Cross-country skiers love to head for those alpine trails, of course, with the Lignitztal Cross-Country Center closest to the Fanningberg, boasting a trail network that also includes one under the lights after dark, plus snowmaking equipment whenever needed. The Lignitztal Cross-Country Center also offers another exciting highlight: a laser biathlon range.
A horse-drawn sleigh is the most romantic way imaginable to explore the Lungau valleys. But if you would prefer to jump onto a saddle instead, you have a small selection of riding stables to choose from as well. The sport known as "ice stock" occupies a special place in the hearts of Lungauers, popular not just for the competition, but also because it's a great excuse to get together with a bunch of friends - so, are you ready to put your own skills to the test?
Christmastime in the Valley
Krampus parades and idyllic Advent markets, festive brass music and choral music, carolers and Nativity plays: Advent and the Christmas season in Lungau are a very peaceful, reflective time of year. Church traditions and folk customs are still an essential part of community life, extending far beyond the arrival of the New Year and well into January. Visit the Silent Night Village of Mariapfarr, with its renovated pilgrimage church, the Silent Night Museum and Josef Mohr Square with its fountain – a thought-provoking journey into the past, to the time when assistant priest Josef Mohr sat down in his room at the parsonage in Mariapfarr and penned the words to the most famous Christmas song in the world.
Culture, History and Special Events
There is a lot more to discover in Lungau other than winter sports and outdoor recreation, until nature finally reawakens in the springtime. Tamsweg and its cultural treasures are well worth a visit in winter as well. Hotspots of culture, such as Mauterndorf Castle, have their doors wide open to the public as well. Take a look at the regional events calendar: It's quite possible that, during your holiday week with us, the program might include ice ski-jöring races or even the hot-air balloon week!