Filzmoos is an alpine village located within the district of St. Johann im Pongau in the state of Salzburg, Austria (relatively close to Hallstatt), perfect for a mountain getaway. The views it offers seem taken from childhood postcards and brought to life with the help of the fascinated groups visiting this place all year round. Aside from its delightful picturesque landscape, Filzmoos is a lively and youthful place, an unusually- dynamic location and a must-see for every traveler.
During summer, hiking, swimming, mountain biking, archery, horse-riding and fishing are just a few of the activities that take place in the village. If you are a hiker looking for unforgettable sceneries, you should know that Filzmoos is the starting point for mountain tracks and that the paths are well-signposted and categorized as follows: “blue” paths are easy walks, “red“ are medium-difficulty walks and “black” walks should only be undertaken with a mountain guide. The mountains that can be seen from the village valley are Dachstein and Bischofsmütze.
Filzmoos offers a wide range of skiing and snowboarding areas for children, beginners and advanced. Here are some delightful panoramic views of the slopes, for a general impression. Other winter activities in Filzmoos include horse-drawn sleigh rides, snowshoeing and winter (guided) walks.
In case you are wondering what these balloons are all about, know that this beautiful Austrian village is also known as the “Mecca” für balloonists“ or as “Balloon Village”. Why? Because each year in January an International contest is being held that reunites 40 balloon teams from all over the world. The 32nd Internation BP-Gas Balloon Trophy will take place from 16 to 22 January 2011 and it is said to be spectacular.
Here is more information from the official site of the village: “On Sunday, 16. January 2011 from 6.00 pm the glowing balloons dominate Filzmoos. The Choreographed to music the colours and figures of the colourful balls glow in tune to the music in the evening sky above the picturesque village. A mixture of winter wonderland, starry skies and glowing, colourful balloons enchant the spectators. On the Hammer launch field the atmosphere hots up with mulled wine, jagatee, tasty snacks and cool music. A grand firework display at 8.00 pm rounds off the spectacular evening.”
During this period, booking a balloon ride is possible here. For more information about this enchanting and bewitching place, you can go online on Filzmoos Tourist Office.