Whether young or old, active or relaxed – here are five tips for the best travel destinations * for everyone who wants to experience an unforgettable holiday in Austria’s nature . Visit natural mountain lakes, nature parks and forests or one of the six official national parks. Climb the mountains on countless hiking trails or enjoy a leisurely cable car ride to the summit. Enjoy the breathtaking view of a mountain hut or taste the fresh, home-made delicacies in a beautiful alpine inn.

Weissensee Nature Park, Carinthia

The natural Weissensee has drinking water quality

The natural Weissensee has drinking water quality

The Weissensee Nature Park is located here at the foot of the Gailtal Alps, which was awarded the “European Prize for Tourism and Environment” in 1995 with its healing climate and is also the highest bathing lake in Carinthia. With its breathtaking mountain panorama, the lake with its white edge shimmers like a jewel in the mountains. Europe’s most natural alpine lake with its emerald green to turquoise blue colors has drinking water quality. Sports enthusiasts can choose between many different water sports such as diving, stand-up paddling, water skiing, wakeboarding and even cliff jumping from an 18m high stone wall. If you want to take a more leisurely approach to the day, you can stroll through the beautiful weekly market, spend a relaxing day in the thermal baths or try the famous Weissensee fish on the pleasure raft. You can also experience numerous events, such as a traditional raft concert. You can enjoy even more nature on a trip to the nearby UNESCO Biosphere Park Nockberge. The quiet one Pension Mitterer is an ideal starting point for your activities. Here you can relax in the garden, go swimming on the hotel’s own beach or rent bicycles, boats or Nordic walking sticks.

Bad Aussee – Salzkammergut, Styria

Enjoy the natural and alpine panorama

Enjoy the natural and alpine panorama

In the traditional costume capital Bad Aussee , tradition, cultural events and cuisine are very important. Folk customs, music, dance, songs as well as dialect and traditional costumes could be preserved here up to today’s fast-moving times. Experience your free time with many festivals and events such as Austria’slargest flower festival, the daffodil festival (May), hut evenings with Styrian folk music or musical lake tours. The beauty of the landscape with lush meadows and forests and blue-green lakes invites you to hike its mountains, immerse yourself in its lakes or simply enjoy nature. The VIA ARTIS artist paths and hikes to the lucky spots in the region, which are sought out for self-discovery and the development of inner sensitivity, are particularly popular. In Aussee’s cuisine, char and trout combine central elements of tradition and modern culinary art. “Sticky – tasty” (wild, impressive – tasty), as they say. Try these and other delicacies in one of the many Alpenstub’n, alpine inns or huts. In the forest rest You can expect a bed, breakfast, a smile and a particularly relaxed stay in the middle of the forest.

Rust – Neusiedler See National Park, Burgenland

Recurring summer guests at Lake Neusiedl

Recurring summer guests at Lake Neusiedl

Burgenland is the sunny side of Austria and the free town of Rust on Lake Neusiedlis the city of storks. In the picturesque, listed old town with well-tended Baroque and Renaissance facades, the largest colony of storks in the country is located on the chimneys and breeds there from around the end of March to the end of August. On a bike tour or a hike through the National Park Neusiedler See – Seewinkel you can find a rich abundance of animal and plant species, storks and around 350 other bird species on the extensive meadows and pastures, salt lakes and reeds. The Neusiedler See region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and, with its specific microclimate, is also a very special wine-growing region. Wine lovers can taste the exceptional and high quality wines in the numerous shops of the wineries in the city. In addition, you should definitely try the regional delicacies of home-style cuisine at a traditional “Heuriger” or “Buschenschank”. In the charming,Cottage you can enjoy the fairytale gardens after an impressive day and then relax in a four-poster bed.

Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Salzburger Land

Fantastic views on the many mountain routes for hiking or mountain biking

Fantastic views on the many mountain routes for hiking or mountain biking

The municipality of Saalbach is located in the Salzburg region, in the beautiful Pinzgau region. Located in the long Glemmtal, it is part of the Kitzbühel Alps and one of Austria’s most popular ski and bike destinations. In this typically alpine mountain village, extreme and casual athletes can devote themselves to their favorite sport or try something new. From downhill mountain biking to wild rafting tours to paragliding tandem flights, everything is on offer. The multi-faceted holiday offer does not only include entertainment for adrenaline and action-addicted athletes, but also families, pleasure hikers and those who love to relax will find what they are looking for here. Fantastic views of rugged rock formations, green grass hills, dotted with meadow and alpine flowers, and natural waters can be admired everywhere. Discover the wide network of hiking trails or visit adventurous play and adventure parks for the whole family. The Hohe Tauern National Park and the picturesque villages are also in the vicinityZell am See and Bad Gastein are well worth a visit. Live comfortably in alpine style in the apartments Liebe Heimat . Here you can relax in the garden, in the beautiful parlor or in the sauna, as you wish.

Vienna

Discover the lush flora and special fauna in the Danube floodplains by canoe

Discover the lush flora and special fauna in the Danube floodplains by canoe

Almost half of the city of Vienna consists of green spaces and is one of the greenest cities in the world. You will find relaxation and recreation in the numerous parks, forests and also on agricultural land. Linger at one of the natural bathing spots on the Old Danube, the Danube Island or the Danube-Oder Canal and visit the mixture of baroque splendor and natural beauty in the park of Schönbrunn Palace, in the Belvedere palace garden or in the Augarten. You can find even more nature and relaxation in the Vienna Woods Biosphere Park, the “green lung” of the city, or in the “Jungle of the Viennese” in Lobau. The “water forest” is part of the Donau-Auen National Park, one of the last larger floodplain landscapes in Europe, which is also home to the kingfisher.
Go on a hike or bike ride around Kahlenberg and Cobenzel, where you can enjoy a wonderful view of the city and the vineyards. Then you can stop off at a winery or a wine tavern. Located directly on the water, you can end your day on a deck chair in the garden of the Bungalow at Lake Alte Donau .

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