Romantic Sleigh Ride through the Salzburg Countryside
- Small group
- Pickup available
- Duration: 3 hours
per group up to 8
per group up to 8
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We stayed on a small country road for the entire ride. It was snowing during our tour, and with the wind it was cold. We had two thick fleece blankets that were warm and covered my and my wife's lower torso. We were glad we had down jackets with hoods. There was about 12 inches of accumulated snow in the fields but the country road was regularly plowed, so it seems as if the snow would not ever build up enough to use the runners instead of the wheels. We never used the runners, since Joseph said there wasn't enough snow on the road. That said, it was still a nice ride and I'm not sure we could really tell that we were rolling instead of sliding along our journey. In reading reviews of this and other tour operators, I couldn't tell if anyone does sleigh rides on the runners unless there is a lot of fresh (unplowed) snow. The pickup and drop-off service was punctual and the vehicle (a Mercedes sedan) was new. That was a nice touch.
The coach was easy to find and on the way to Ramsau where the sleighs were, the guide gave an interesting and funny commentary. We stopped in the village where everyone went in the restaurant for some lunch which varied from a bowl of soup to a full meal. Then back on the coach which took us to the sleighs. The horses were keen to go and we set off for a beautiful trip through the countryside with amazing views. We had a warm blanket over us and although it wasn’t the coldest time of the year we were pleased we had lots of layers of clothes on with coats hats and scarves. We stopped somewhere at an alpine restaurant for a hot chocolat or gluhwein and then carried on back to the coach. The return journey had beautiful views of a winter wonderland.
From the time we were picked up at our hotel by CARLOS in a luxury black Mercedes limo, till we were treated to a personal guided tour of the area on the way to our activity where we were introduced to our host who explained that unfortunately there was no snow but the sleigh was also fitted with wheels, so we could still tour the countryside. The sleigh was pulled by two magnificent black Hungarian horses. After the ride we were taken into our hosts house and treated to a warm hot chocolate. Carlos then returned us to Salzburg by a different route showing us another perspective of life there. A truly wonderful experience even without snow.
It was one of the most wonderful things we have ever done - Walter was amazing - his knowledge - wow. The weather was perfect - the lunch the bus ride and of course the sleigh ride - just like something out of a fairy tale book - it was a winter wonderland at its very very best - 7 stars
This was a fantastic experience, our guide Leopold was absolutely awesome and funny and made us laugh the whole day! The horse drawn sleigh ride is something you must do whilst in Salzburg. It is spectacular and beautiful. Highly recommend!