Winter in Saalbach Hinterglemm, Austria
Steve and I loved Summer in the Saalbach Hinterglemm area of Austria so much that I made reservations for Winter snow-shoeing after going into my usual planning frenzy; precipitated by the fact hotels hate to commit reservations to anything other than a Saturday-Saturday stay.
I spent weeks trying to find a reasonably priced hotel on the Saalbach website; sending off e-mails to individual hotels who never bothered to reply (I hate that!); until I finally decided on the Hotel Gappmaier in Saalbach. Much higher in price than I wanted to spend but the hotel fit all other parameters: centrally located; half pension (breakfast and dinner) included; and looked beautiful.
One decision made, two to go. Where to fly into and how to access Saalbach after that. An English group staying at the same hotel as us in Hinterglemm during the summer, came through Salzburg, flying in and out from there. Salzburg is only a 1-1/2 hour train ride from Zell am See, and then a 20-minute Postal Bus ride to Saalbach from there. Certainly less time than our summer visit when we: flew into Munich; took three separate trains to Zell am See; followed by a taxi ride to Hinterglemm. (We had just missed the Postal Bus and jet-lagged, didn’t want to wait another hour for the next bus.)
If we flew to Salzburg, were there other options other than a train. Yep…or Ja… Click Airport Transfer. Click is an international association of private, professional drivers who specialize in door-to-door passenger transport. They would pick up at the Salzburg Airport, drive us to Hotel Gappmaier in Saalbach and repeat for the journey back to Salzburg Airport. With that decided, we flew into Frankfurt, turned in miles for free tickets from Frankfurt to Salzburg, and were good to go.