Maria Alm in Summer
The climate in the summer is typically mid-continental, with settled spells of warm dry weather with temperatures in the 30’s C, interspersed with the occasional thunderstorm. There is an open air swimming pool with a slide and whirlpool as well as lane swimming, a cafe and bar and tennis courts on the edge of the village, within walking distance. Further afield there is lake swimming at the Ritzensee in Saalfelden (3 miles – 5 km away) as well as a larger open air pool, and lake swimming at Zell am Zee (11 miles – 18 km away) and through Zell there is a large, indoor water park, at Bruck.
There is a wide range of other outdoor activities, with marked mountain trails for walkers and hikers. For the less energetic a number of the ski lifts and gondolas run in the summer, making getting up the mountains easy. Biking is encouraged with cycle hire shops in the village itself, offering both city bikes and mountain bikes, and Leogang (8 miles – 13 km away) hosted the annual world mountain biking championships in 2012. There is a special mountain biking course where instructors will show you the techniques. Again, the less energetic can rent electric bikes, making climbing hills as easy as riding on the flat, and there are various places where these can be recharged whilst you have a cup of coffee or something stronger.
There is a superb golf course on the edge of the village where visitors are welcome, and a number of other first class golf courses in the immediate area (4 within 30 minutes and 10 within an hour’s drive). There is climbing, hang gliding and paragliding (with a local school), horse riding, a summer toboggan run , white water rafting, canyoning, a mile-long zip wire, go-karting and a host of other activities nearby. There is even summer skiing on the Kitzenstein Glacier , about 18 miles (29 km) away through Zell am See.
As well as the mountain restaurants and cafes with outdoor seating areas there are a number in the village itself. There is a village event, music and dancing, every week and a number of other festivals throughout the summer