At the border area where Tyrol, Bavaria and Salzburg meet sits the picturesque village of Waidring, nestled at the foot of the Steinplatte mountain range. Traditional Austrian farmhouses and crystal-clear lakes lie in the shadow of these rugged Alpine mountains, while closer to the summit a large plateau attracts hikers and mountain bikers in the summer months. It is in winter, though, when this sleepy village really comes to life, as skiers and snowboarders flood the Steinplatte resort, drawn to the fresh slopes, ski routes, and an exhilarating snow park.
Living in Waidring
Waidring is a relaxed and friendly village with a permanent population of 1,900, though the area attracts at least as many tourists each year, who visit the region for the picturesque scenery and the many extreme sports on offer.
Living in Waidring offers the best of both worlds. A peaceful escape from the fast pace of urban life, the natural landscape and the flower-covered balconies of the region’s traditional farmhouses encourage reflection and meditation. Head up to the Steinplatte mountains, however, and the story is very different, with a range of parks and resorts offering a huge choice of adrenaline-pumping activities.
A variety of restaurants and bars in Waidring welcome locals and travellers alike, while many large cities - including Salzburg, Innsbruck, and Munich - are within easy driving distance.
Things To Do in Waidring
Waidring is a haven for thrill-seekers. The village offers easy access to the Steinplatte mountains, where year-round opportunities for extreme sports activities can be found. In the winter, skiers can enjoy more than 40km of slopes catering to a range of difficulties, with a particular emphasis on beginner, intermediate, and family-friendly runs. The resort also features a snow park catering to budding freestyle snowboarders, plus opportunities to go sledding, bobsleighing, tobogganing, and much more.
Waidring's location puts it within range of many other ski resorts, making it a perfect place to make a base for an extended tour of the best ski slopes Austria has to offer. It’s possible to extend your skiing adventures by buying a ski lift pass that grants access not just to Steinplatte, but to other Alpine ski resorts in the area, such as Kirchberg in Tirol, Kirchdorf, Oberndorf, and St Johann in Tirol.
In the summer the snow thaws, but there are still plenty of things to do in Waidring. Steinplatte is covered in hiking and mountain biking trails just waiting to be explored. Combine your route with a trip to Triassic park, where you can uncover the primordial history of this fascinating area and, when you’re tired of the T-Rex’s, can gaze out at unmatched views of the Alps from the stunning viewing platform.
Nearer to Waidring village, the gorges and waterfalls typical of the Alpine landscape make great destinations for picnics and family days out, while a swimming lake offers the perfect chance to cool off after an exhausting day of biking and hiking. Finally, if you feel like staying in and exploring Waidring village itself, authentic local restaurants, bars, a club and a sauna mean there’s plenty to keep visitors occupied.
Investment Potential in Waidring
Waidring’s popular location and year-round attractions make it a popular tourist destination, and a perfect place to own holiday property. If you’re thinking of buying a property in Waidring, there’s never been a better time, as recent investment in facilities in the area has further increased the destination’s attractiveness.
Over 17 million euros have been invested into ski lifts and facilities in the area in recent years, as a number of nearby resorts have joined together with the aim of offering one of the best skiing experiences available. The Kitzbühel Alps Super Ski Card gives enthusiastic skiers access to the second largest ski network in the world, consisting of a total of nearly 3000 kilometres of pistes across 25 areas, representing a truly unmissable skiing experience.
Snow and Weather Reports for Waidring
Winter season in Waidring runs from the end of November to early-April. During this time, 12 lifts wait to take visitors to a variety of slopes, with beginners well-catered for by 18km of easy slopes, and experts able to push themselves to the limit on 2km of challenging black slopes.
Waidring benefits for reliable snow coverage, with around 200cm falling each year on average. If snowfall is less than expected, 198 snow cannons service more than three-quarters of the slopes. Waidring weather reports record a temperate climate and reliably good visibility. Average temperatures range from -5°C in January, to 15°C in July, with plenty of bright, sunny days throughout. For up-to-date snow and weather reports, take a look at our Waidring resort guide here.
Transport to Waidring
The nearest airport to Waidring is Salzburg, which is less than an hour’s drive away. If you prefer to travel by rail, the nearest train station is St Johann in Tirol, which is just a fifteen-minute bus journey from the village.