Prices peak in family-friendly Alpine resorts during winter, from December to early April. Salzburg twinkles at its Christmas markets. In January orchestras strike up at Mozartwoche, while hot-air balloons glide above Filzmoos’ summits.
Summer sees room prices soar in Salzburg and nosedive in Alpine resorts from June to September. Book months ahead for the colossal feast of opera, classical music and drama that is the Salzburg Festival, held from late July through August. Head for high-altitude hiking in the limestone Tennengebirge and Dachstein ranges and the glacier-capped Hohe Tauern National Park, or chill lakeside in Zell am See.
Shoulder season months April, May, October and November bring few crowds and low room rates. Salzburg hosts Easter classical-music festivals.