Sölden is a high-altitude ski paradise with a lot on offer for every ability. With over 140km of wide, open pistes, the resort sits 1377m above sea level, snow-sure throughout the ski period. Predominantly the destination of German and Dutch skiers, this resort rests on two adjoining glaciers, which skiers head up eagerly at the start of each day, ready for some of the longest and most rewarding descents in the region. The resort also has great snow parks in addition to some of the finest ski-lifts in Austria, so skiers are always on the move and having fun.
Along with its excellent snow-sure skiing, Sölden is renowned throughout northern Europe for its young, vibrant après-ski scene. With so many great bars to choose from, here are some of the silliest and best for you and your friends.
Umbrella Bar Sonne
Shaped like – you guessed it – a huge umbrella, this bar serves drinks at its centre, which is surrounded by revellers. Lively throughout the night, Umbrella Bar is always busy with great DJs and drink deals.
Located just next to the Gaislachkogel lift station, this bar is the perfect way to finish off a hard day of skiing. Halli Valli will warm up those cold hands and feet and is a great place for pre-drinks if you’ve got a big night planned.
Philipp is a legendary bar in Sölden. One the longest-running venues in the resort, this boogie parlour is best reached by a funicular from the centre of town. Once there, drinkers are known to stay all night, drinking, flirting and dancing.
For a more sophisticated drinking experience, Party Stadl offers an Oktoberfest vibe with Bratwurst and beer. Pop on your Lederhosen, order a Stein of beer and try not to spill it all over your friends.
The first stop on an after-ski bar crawl, Zum Kuckuck is right next to the Giggijoch lift station. The bar has a great selection of beers, which can be drunk on its large terrace overlooking the slopes.
Sölden’s après-ski scene is great, but for the party animals among us, the nightclub is where the party truly gets started. This Austrian resort has a number of top-notch nightclubs that stay open until the early hours of the morning, making them perfect for partygoers who need a proper boogie before bed.
Fire & Ice
The bar at Fire & Ice is in the middle of the dancefloor, leaving the rest of the space free to drink and dance. The music starts in the early evening and doesn’t stop until the middle of the morning, so you can arrive here at the beginning of your après ski shenanigans or right at the end.
Slap bang on the party mile, this legendary venue is open until 3am on Fridays and Saturdays. The DJs here play a wide variety of music, ranging from House to R&B, so there is something for everyone in the group to get down to.
Katapult is the largest club in Sölden. An all-in-one club, bar and lounge, don’t be surprised if you bump into skiers whom you’ve met on holiday, shaking it on the dancefloor. Katapult is also where you are most likely to find famous DJs spinning tracks, so keep your eyes peeled!
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Sölden is Innsbruck, and is the best option for travellers who want to hit the slopes and dancefloors as soon as possible. The journey by car from the airport to the resort takes around an hour and a half on tricky mountain roads. Instead of risking a difficult drive, it’s a good idea to book a transfer with the tried and tested transfer service that Shuttle Direct offers – they’re sure to take you to your destination as quickly and safely as possible.
Where to Stay
Top Apart Gaislachkogl – Located right in the centre of Sölden, the 4-star Top Apart Gaislachkogl is right in the middle of the action. Within walking distance are shops and cafés, as well as access to the skiing area. The apartments, recently renovated in a modern alpine-style, have a small kitchen area so that you can prepare a quick breakfast or maybe a midnight snack after you come in from the club. Just outside is the cross-country ski run, and the ski and bus stops that give you access all over the surrounding area.
die berge lifestyle-hotel sölden – Recently opened in 2016, this hotel has a modern style: all rooms are decorated with appropriate wooden furniture and flooring, keeping very warm even in the bitterest winters. Each room also has free Wi-Fi, a flat screen TV, a private balcony, an en suite bathroom and a mini-fridge for keeping your beers cool. The location is also fantastic, as the accommodation is only 400 yards from the centre of the resort. Every morning, the hotel puts on a buffet breakfast that runs until 10:30 am, which is ideal for those who have been burning the candle at both ends the night before.
Haus am Waldesrand – Located in Huben, ten minutes outside of Sölden, this hotel is set in a large alpine garden. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, and all the rooms are modern, along with providing lovely garden views. The skiing area is easily accessed by shuttle bus, and there are plenty of walking and hiking tracks nearby.
About Shuttle Direct
Shuttle Direct has been providing customers with reliable, low-cost transfers for many years. Customers who book with Shuttle Direct agree on a reasonable fixed-fee beforehand, so you won’t have to worry about unwelcome bills when you arrive. If you let the team know before you leave, your transfer will even take along any ski equipment for free.