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Expressive, naturally matured old wood accompanies the natural style of this suite in the idyllic Kalkalpen National Park. Enjoy the quiet country life for two – also suitable for families with or without dog and cat. The Altholz Suite is just half an hour's drive from the Hinterstoder ski area and the Bad Hall thermal spa, and the hiking and biking region is just outside the front door. Relax on the terrace or in the heated hot tub – see you soon in the National Park!
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charming small apartment in the ski and hiking area, in summer bathing fun on Lake Erlaufsee in Mariazell 5 classic trails 35.5 km 4 skating trails 34.5 km Ski Resort Mariazeller Bürgeralpe, one of several ski lifts is right on your doorstep as well as Ski Resort Gemeidealpe ca. 10 minutes by car or bus numerous hiking trails Swimming fun Im Erlaufsee A fun for young and old in winter and summer
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Your guide to Austria
Welcome to Austria
From the alpine mountains and meadows in the west to the lush valleys and vineyards in the east, Austria is a place that sparkles with natural beauty. The slopes of the Tyrol, dotted with medieval villages and fairytale castles, boast some of the best skiing in the world. The glacial lakes of Salzburg and Carinthia sit beneath a backdrop of breathtaking peaks and pastureland. Austria also claims Europe’s highest waterfall and the world’s largest accessible ice cave, while its major cities are baroque treasure troves of art and architecture, the legacy of the 600-year-old Habsburg Empire. Austria is the cradle of classical music, and the birthplace of Mozart and Haydn. Throw in steepling funicular railways, thrilling mountain passes, abundant orchards, and hot springs, and Austria’s appeal is as crystal clear as its mountain air.
How do I get around Austria?
Austria’s biggest international airport is Vienna (VIE), in the eastern part of the country; Salzburg (SZG) lies to the west, while Innsbruck (INN), high among the Alps, serves the Tyrol region. All three are well served with rail links, as is most of the country. Trains are a reliable and scenic way to get around in Austria, thanks to the country’s extraordinary engineering legacy; its public transport networks integrate rail and bus services, allowing you to reach even the most remote towns and destinations. By contrast, it can be difficult to find car hire in some locations, so you’re advised to arrange it in the bigger cities. Many of the mountain passes make for spectacular driving, but they’re not fun to attempt in winter. Taxis, rideshares, and bicycle hire are all widely available.
When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Austria?
Thanks to its high-altitude slopes and glaciers, it’s possible to ski in Austria at any time of year. Most pistes, however, are open from November to April, and resorts tend to be at their most crowded in late December and in February. Spring is pretty in the mountains, although it can still be very cold, and the summer resort season begins in May. In June, midsummer is celebrated all over the country with bonfires and other traditions; July and August are the hottest months of the year and filled with major musical and cultural events, such as the famous Salzburg Festival, which has taken place for more than a century, and the Bregenzer Festspiele, held on the largest floating stage in the world. Autumn is a wonderful time for hiking, and from November to February you can witness Vienna’s legendary winter balls.
What are the top things to do in Austria?
Austria’s second city runs at a very different speed than Vienna. The capital of the Styria region reflects the more gentle feel of its Tuscan-style countryside. Its Altstadt (Old Town) is a marvel of medieval alleys, red rooftops, and Renaissance squares, while the tranquil Franciscan monastery in the middle of the city dates from the 13th century.
On the country’s western edge, this tiny province remains an undiscovered gem. Its thousand square miles pack in plenty of typical Austrian delights, from snow-covered peaks and peaceful lakes to dairy pasture (cheese is a big deal here), but its penchant for modernist architecture alongside the traditional is just as fascinating.
The Danube Cycle Path
Covering 200 miles between Passau (just over the border in Germany) and Vienna, this riverbank route passes through some of the Danube’s prettiest valley scenery, ancient towns, and villages. You’ll see forests, meadows, romantic castles, and the foothills of the Alps on this easy-to-cycle path. Whatever you do, don’t miss the city of Linz and the gourmet region of the Wachau vineyards.