Lungau holiday region

Enjoy unspoiled nature and picturesque landscapes

The federal state of Salzburg is divided into five districts and the most southerly of these is the Lungau, known in tourism terms as the Lungau holiday region. Nestled between the Radstädter Tauern in the north and the Nockberge range of mountains in the south, this district is certainly one of the most traditional in the Salzburg state.


Previously, the way into the Lungau was only possible over the Radstädter Tauern pass, the Katschberg pass and across the Styrian Mur valley. Since the construction of the Tauern motorway, the A10, and the accompanying opening of the Tauern tunnel and the Katschberg tunnel, its accessibility has improved markedly.

Now, year after year, more and more guests come to experience the charm and uniqueness of the Lungau. They are all enthralled by the spectacular natural landscape, which is characterised by a high plateau, the Lungau basin and the valleys branching out from it in the shape of a star.


Numerous mountain lakes and meadows are found here, as well as mountains reaching altitudes of 3,000 m, thus perfect for hiking, for walks, cycling and mountain biking, or simply just to let your mind drift free.

In the 15 municipalities there are many top class cultural monuments and even the customs and traditions are still kept alive and passed down from generation to generation. Of these traditions, special mention must be made of the Samson procession in Mauterndorf and the Prangstangen procession in Muhr where decorative poles are carried in a religious procession by young, single men.

The Lungau region has a very long history, this is evidenced in part by the numerous castles and palaces, such as Mauterndorf Castle, Moosham Castle, and Finstergrün Castle, or the historic town centre of Mauterndorf with its old stepped gable houses.

In winter the Lungau in the Salzburg province is transformed into a winter sports paradise which meets the highest demands. Whether skiing, Nordic sports such as cross-country skiing or simply just to holiday in unspoiled nature, the 15 municipalities have something to suit everyone.

Lying between the internationally known ski areas of Obertauern and Katschberg, families with children, in particular, appreciate the manageable Grosseck-Speiereck ski mountain and the Fanningberg. Due to its location at an elevation of 1,000 m - skiing is possible up to 2,400 m – the Lungau is considered to be guaranteed snow!


A special advantage of the most southerly Salzburg district is the hospitality and the cuisine. Your overnight accommodation is nearly exclusively in cosy family run places, from a holiday on a farm to the guesthouses. Personal contact between the guest and the host is still fostered here!

Mention must also be made of the variety of the cuisine. In the local restaurants, the local produce from farms in the region is used and wonderful dishes are conjured up, such as the Lungauer Rahmkoch (a traditional sweet dish), Hasenörl (a fried batter mix) with sauerkraut or roast lamb in autumn.

By the way: Did you know that with its Lungauer Eachtling, a special type of potato, the Lungau is an officially recognised “Austrian Gourmet Region"!


In the mood for the Middle Ages for young and old?

Samson figure in Mauterndorf

An exciting trip back in time to the late Middle Ages awaits the visitor to Mauterndorf Castle. Life in the castle at the end of the 15th century is presented true to life in the interactive exhibition. There is a fascinating view of Mauterndorf and the surrounding mountains from the 44 metre high fortified tower.

Mauterndorf Castle