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Destination Suggestions in Austria
  • Zell am See
    Zell am See Fast Facts:
    Ideal for:

    Families and couples, people who like lots of activities.
    Nearest airport:
    Salzburg
    Must do excursions:
    Salzburg, the Sound of Music City, birthplace of Mozart
    Grossglockner, the highest mountain in Austria
    Berchtesgaden, Germany, Hitler's Eagles Nest and saltmines
    Don't miss:
    A boat trip around the lake followed by a swim in the crystal clear waters of Lake Zell, a trip to the reservoirs at Kaprun and the Kitzsteinhorn glacier.

    Hotel suggestions for Zell am See.
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    Zell am See, the main town in the Pinzgau district of the Province of Salzburg, is nestled beneath the breathtaking Schmittenhoehe mountain and lies on beautiful Lake Zell, north of the Alps.

    Lake Zell is approx. 223ft deep and is the shape of a peanut! The town itself dates back to Roman times, when in 740 AD monks under Archbishop Johannes of Salzburg founded the village of Cella in Bisonzio (modern day Zell am See). Summer tourism started in 1875, when the railway line was built through the village. Skiing became popular in the area at the turn of the 20th century and the Zell am See Ski Club was founded in 1906. The town today is often associated with the Olympic Sailing Gold Medal winners Hans-Peter Steinacher and Roman Hagara and the founder of the Porsche car company, Ferdinand Porsche, after whom the Congress Center is named.

    This is a vibrant town with lots to see and do and an ideal central point for exploring Salzburg. Many activities are based around or on the lake, like relaxing on a boat trip on the lake on the MS Schmittenhoehe, taking a rowing or electric boat out, swimming in the lake (which is drinking water quality) or in the indoor or outdoor swimming pools, sailing, waterskiing or windsurfing, but there are many other things to do, like biking on the miles of bike paths in the area, hiking in the surrounding mountains, riding on the cable car to take-in the magnificent panorama of the Steinernen Meer and Pinzgau Grass Mountains, wandering on the nearby Kitzsteinhorn Glacier, exploring the magnificent alpine reservoirs in Kaprun, and of course shopping in the many shops of the pedestrianised town center...

    There are various coach day excursions, which you can choose from like Salzburg, the Grossglockner mountain road, Berchtesgaden or the Krimml Waterfalls - you can book and reserve your seat with your personal concierge. All coach day excursions start and finish at a central pick-up and drop-off point and are bookable on a first come, first served basis.

    If you would prefer a private excursion taxi to any of the suggested excursion destinations or somewhere else, this can also be arranged for you - please ask for pricing.

    More information about Zell am See.
  • Saalbach
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    Saalbach-Hinterglemm Fast Facts
    Ideal for:
    Families, walkers and nature lovers, plenty of walks directly from the village.

    Nearest airport:
    Salzburg

    Must do excursions:
    Salzburg, the Sound of Music City, birthplace of Mozart
    Grossglockner, the highest mountain in Austria
    Krimml waterfalls, the world's fifth highest waterfalls

    Don't miss:
    In summer, the walks at end of the valley, the Lindlingalm Restaurant and the High Ropes Park, mountain biking trails on the Reiterkogel mountain.

    In winter, the view from the top of the Schattberg or Zwoelferkogel mountain! Great skiing for all abilities. Lively après-ski in the Hinterhagalm or Bauers Schialm.

    Saalbach-Hinterglemm hotel suggestions
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    The villages of Saalbach and neighboring Hinterglemm are surrounded by the spectacular mountains of the Saalach valley, which are part of the Kitzbueheler Alps. They lie in the Pinzgau region of Salzburg, about 12 miles from Zell am See, the largest town in the area.

    Both villages date back to 1222, but it wasn’t until 1410 that the church was built. It was tourism that brought wealth to this poor farming valley after World War II, largely because of “The Winter Club”, founded in 1914 (which later became the Ski Club Saalbach-Hinterglemm), which tirelessly promoted skiing in the valley. In 1991 Saalbach-Hinterglemm was host to the Skiing World Championships, which marked a high-point in International Sport Competitions for the area.

    Nowadays, Saalbach-Hinterglemm is an all-year round resort, with plenty of things to see and do in the summer as well as the winter.

    Summer in Saalbach
    If you are a hiker or a walker you will be in your element here, as you have an enormous choice of walks of varying difficulty and experience, ranging from the easy stroll along the river to challenging hikes like the Gaisstein at the end of the valley or the panoramic 7 hour walk from the Zwoelferkogel mountain in Hinterglemm to the Schattberg in Saalbach.

    But there is more to Saalbach-Hinterglemm than walking, like the 5 gondola lifts that transport you high above the valley floor to marvel at spectacular views in every direction, the downhill bike park or the rope park for the young and young at heart, tennis courts and mini golf, the attractive Kapt’n Hook outdoor swimming pool, not to mention the weekly festivals celebrating local traditions and customs that take place throughout the summer months and the restaurants and mountain huts throughout the valley, ready to delight you with local specialities.
    If you would like to explore further afield, your personal concierge will be happy to tell you about the
    coach excursion program to local places of interest like Salzburg, Werfen Castle, Berchtesgaden and the Grossglockner mountain.

    Winter in Saalbach
    During the winter, the village of Saalbach-Hinterglemm transforms into one of the top winter resorts of the Alps. It’s no wonder really when you look at the 124 miles of slopes on the Schattberg, Westgipfel, Zwoelferkogel, Hochalm, Reiterkogel, Bernkogel, Kohlmais and Schoenleiten mountains, the incredible choice of 55 modern lifts, over 6 miles of cross country tracks at the end of the valley and on the Reiterkogel mountain, fun parks in Hinterglemm, Saalbach and Leogang (which is included on the same lift pass), the floodlit slope at the foot of the Westgipfel mountain and the vibrant aprés-ski bars like the Goassstall and Spielberghaus on offer. Beginners and intermediate skiers have a lions share of runs to choose from, although advance skiers will certainly find the Schattberg North and Zwoelferkogel North and East runs a challenge. The Saalbach and Hinterglemm lift companies have invested heavily in new lifts to increase comfort on the lifts themselves, with many of the chair lifts now having heated seats!

    More about
    skiing in Saalbach, lift pass prices, ski equipment rental and ski tuition.

    Non-skiers will also find lots to do from tobogganing, snow tubing, horse sleigh rides, snow shoe walking, ice skating, tennis and swimming as well as simply relaxing in a deck-chair in the sunshine on the terrace of one of the many mountain restaurants and breathing in the crisp mountain air whilst soaking up the unique atmosphere of Saalbach-Hinterglemm.

    More information about Saalbach-Hinterglemm
  • St Wolfgang
    St Wolfgang Fast Facts:
    Ideal for:
    People who like to take things at a slow pace, plenty of walks and bike trails in the area.

    Nearest airport:
    Salzburg

    Must do excursions:
    Salzburg, Sound of Music City, birthplace of Mozart
    Bad Ischl, lakeside spa town, Imperial Villa
    Dachstein ice caves, amazing natural wonder, World Heritage Site

    Don't miss:
    A trip on the Schafberg cog railway for superb views of the whole Salzkammergut lake district, take an electric boat out on the lake, the winged alter in the local church.

    Hotel suggestions St Wolfgang
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    St Wolfgang is an historic market town lying on the shores of the romantic Lake Wolfgang in the Province of Upper Austria, but only 31 miles from the City of Salzburg, at the foot of the beautiful Schafberg Mountain (5850 ft). The town dates from the 10th century, when St Wolfgang of Regensburg built a church there. Legend has it, that he threw an axe from the Schafberg to find the place where the church should be built.

    Wolfgang was canonized in 1052, after which the church became a pilgrimage site following the many stories of healing and miracles. In the 15th century Pope Lucius III authorized the extension of the church and the famous Michael Pacher winged altar pictured in many Gothic art books was added. St Wolfgang became a significant pilgrimage destination alongside Rome, Aachen and Einsiedeln.

    The Lake District was also the summer residence of the Emperor Franz Josef (1829-1916) and visitors were attracted to the area because of the romantic lake and the picturesque Schafberg mountain. St Wolfgang was a popular motive in paintings during the 18th and 19th centuries. The operetta “Im weißen Rössl am Wolfgangsee” (In the White Horse Inn) by Ralph Benatzky premiered in Berlin in 1930 and its success lead to St Wolfgang becoming world-famous, attracting film stars from far and wide.

    The pedestrianized center of St Wolfgang is ideal for a leisurely stroll and for sampling the local coffee and cake in the many cafés and restaurants. The narrow allies and passages invite you to explore the souvenir and traditional shops. Visit the church to admire the works of art there, including the winged alter. A real must, however, is a trip up the Schafberg Mountain on the cog railway (early May - late October). The whole round trip takes about 4 1/2 hrs and offers you stunning views of Upper Austria and the Salzkammergut Lakes District, as far as the Berchtesgaden Alps in southern Germany, the peaks of the Hoellen Mountains and the Dachstein glacier. There are many invigorating walks and hikes on the Schafberg and in the mountains surrounding St Wolfgang.

    Take a relaxing cruise on one of the six ships on Lake Wolfgang and visit the neighboring villages of Strobl and St Gilgen. As you would imagine, there are many water sports here.

    Swimming is popular from the various beach areas along the shores of the crystal clear lake (one of the warmest in the Lake District), as well as electro and paddle boat rental, fishing, diving, parasailing and waterskiing.

    Cycling is popular on well-kept paths and trails and bike rental is available, as well as guided tours. It’s possible to cycle the whole way around the lake, almost completely avoiding any roads. There are lots of other sports and activities in and around St Wolfgang, for example, golf at the 18 hole course in Bad Ischl, (about 5 miles away) tennis, climbing (indoor and outdoor), archery, canyoning, squash, horse riding and horse-drawn carriage rides.

    If you would like to explore further afield, your personal concierge will be happy to tell you about the
    excursion program to local places of interest like Salzburg, the Dachstein Ice Caves, Berchtesgaden or further afield to Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic or Vienna. You can book and reserve your seat with your personal concierge after your arrival. All coach day excursions start and finish at a central pick-up and drop-off point and are on a first come, first served basis.
    If you would prefer a
    private taxi excursion to any of the suggested excursion destinations or somewhere else, this can also be arranged for you.

    More information about St Wolfgang
  • Kitzbuehel
    Kitzbuehel Fast Facts:
    Ideal for:
    Couples, people who like lots of activities

    Nearest airport:
    Salzburg, Innsbruck, Munich

    Must do excursions:
    Salzburg, the Sound of Music City, birthplace of Mozart
    Hidden Lakes, explore Tyrol, Walchsee, Kufstein, Hechtsee, Mariastein pilgrimmage church, medieval Rattenberg
    Innsbruck, capital City of the Province of Tyrol, home to the Golden Roof

    Don't miss:
    A gondola trip up the Kitzbuehler Horn to walk the alpine flower garden trail, a relaxing swim in the warm waters of the Schwarzsee Lake, people-watching while enjoying coffee and cake in one of the stylish restaurants in the pedestrianized town center.

    Hotel suggestions Kitzbuehel
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    The medieval town of Kitzbuehel in the Tyrol Province of Austria lies at the foot of the Wilder Kaiser Mountains, part of the Kitzbuehel Alps, and on the River bearing its name.

    The first people to settle in the area mined for copper between 1100 BC and 800 BC. The Roman Emperor Augustus extended the Roman Empire to include the Alps in approximately 15 BC. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the Germanic Tribe "Bavarii" settled in the Kitzbuehel area around 800 and began clearing the forests. The name Chizbuhel is first mentioned in the twelfth century (Chizzo refers to a Bavarian clan and Buhel to a settlement on a hill). Kitzbuehel became part of Upper Bavaria in 1255 and developed into a market town over the next few centuries and became part of Tyrol, Bavaria again and finally part of Tyrol again after the fall of Napoleon at the Congress of Vienna. Kitzbuehel flourished after the completion of the Salzburg - Tyrol Railway in 1875. It was fortunate to survive both World Wars unscathed and has become a popular tourist destination, and is home to many well-known personalities from the world of entertainment (Hansi Hinterseer - singer) and sport (Toni Sailer - Austrian skiing legend). It is home to the annual world cup ski race the Hahnenkamm, one of the most difficult downhill competitions on the world cup circuit.

    Tradition and lifestyle is how this lively town can be summed up. There is lots to see and do and Kitzbuehel is an ideal point for exploring the Provinces of Tyrol and Salzburg. Just outside of Kitzbuehel you will find the bathing lake, Schwarzsee, which warms up quickly in the spring as it is a mud lake. Swimming and wellness treatments are also possible at the Aquarena water park. Many visitors enjoy biking on the 1000 km of bike/ hiking paths in the area, hiking in the surrounding mountains, admiring the alpine flowers on the Alpine Flower Garden Trail, riding on the cable car to take-in the magnificent panorama of the Kitzbuehel Alps, wandering on the Kitzbuehel Horn, visiting the nearby wildlife park in Aurach or the local dairy where you can see how cheese is made, the town museum, playing golf on one of the four golf courses in the area or chancing your luck in the town's casino, archery, horse riding, tennis, listening to the weekly brass band concerts and of course shopping in the designer shops of the pedestrianized town center...

    There are various coach day excursions, which you can choose from like Salzburg, the Grossglockner mountain road, Berchtesgaden or the Krimml Waterfalls - you can book and reserve your seat with your personal concierge. All coach day excursions start and finish at a central pick-up and drop-off point and are bookable on a first come, first served basis.

    If you would prefer a private excursion taxi to any of the suggested excursion destinations or somewhere else, this can also be arranged for you - please ask for pricing.

    More information about Kitzbuehel
  • Achensee
    Achensee Fast Facts:
    Ideal for:
    Nature lovers, walkers, relaxing

    Nearest airport:
    Innsbruck

    Must do excursions:
    Innsbruck, capital City of Province of Tyrol, home of the Golden Roof
    Lake Garda, Italy, Mediterranean climate and flair, Italy's largest lake
    Hintertux glacier, panoramic mountain top views

    Don't miss:
    A scenic boat trip on Lake Achen, a gondola ride on the Karwendel mountain, a trip to the Tyrolean rock oil museum in Pertisau.

    Hotel suggestions Achensee
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    Five scenic villages of Achenkirch, Maurach, Pertisau, Steinberg and Wiesing surround the clear crystal water of Lake Achen, Tyrol’s largest lake. The lake lies beneath the magnificent Karwendel and Rofan mountain ranges. This is real picture-book scenery!

    The Achensee valley is first referred to in documents that date back to the 12th century when it was known as Vallis Achen. The area was treasured by the local rulers because of its abundance of fish and game as well as from Emperor Maximilian I and Archbishop Ferdinand II, who had their ornate ships outfitted here. The first tourists, the Tyrolean nobility, attracted by the beauty of the lake and the views of the Karwendel and Rofan mountains, came to Lake Achen in the middle of the 19th century, but it wasn’t until 1887 that the first ship, the St Josef, started shipping and ferry operations. The railway between Jenbach and Lake Achen was established 2 years later. Nowadays there are 3 ships which sail on the lake, making frequent stops to allow walkers to fully explore the area.

    There are a multitude of activities in and around Pertisau, the lakeside resort with superb panoramic views we have chosen to feature: hiking on more than 300 miles of marked pathways, swimming, sailing, surfing, diving, kite-surfing, cycling (on 100 miles of cycle paths) and mountain biking (on 150 miles of mountain bike tracks), golf, boat trips, rides on the steam railway and Karwendel and Rofan gondola lifts, relaxing in a spa with the Achensee region’s unique mineral-oil treatments, climbing , horse riding, fishing, paragliding and visiting three local museums. There is really something for everyone here, for a vacation of fun and relaxation.

    If you would like to explore further afield, your personal concierge will be happy to tell you about the excursion program to local places of interest like Innsbruck, the Italian Dolomites, and the Hintertux Glacier in the Ziller Valley. You can book and reserve your seat with your personal concierge after your arrival. All coach day excursions start and finish at a central pick-up and drop-off point and are on a first come, first served basis.
    If you would prefer a
    private taxi excursion to any of the suggested excursion destinations or somewhere else, this can also be arranged for you - please ask for prices.

    More information about Achensee
  • Mayrhofen
    Mayrhofen Fast Facts:
    Ideal for:
    People who like plenty of activities, lots of hiking available, fantastic photo opportunities abound.

    Nearest airport:
    Innsbruck

    Must do excursions:
    Rattenberg and Achensee, the oldest town in Tyrol and its largest lake
    Neuschwanstein Castle, medieval, fairytale castle in Bavaria, built by Ludwig II
    Innsbruck, capital City of the Province of Tyrol, home to the Golden Roof

    Don't miss:
    In summer, a trip on the Ahornbahn gondola for spectacular views, lots of walking in the nearby Nature Park, Hintertux glacier gondola ride.

    In winter, relaxing skiing on the Ahorn and more varied and challenging skiing on the Penken mountain. Lively après-ski bars.

    Hotel suggestions Mayrhofen
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    The alpine village of Mayrhofen is nestled in the Ziller Valley in the heart of the Tyrol near the Hintertux glacier. The mountain pastures and forests of the Penken and Ahorn mountains that surround Mayrhofen were discovered by nature-lovers and climbers about 150 years ago, but it wasn’t until 1991 that part of this area was designated a National Park and has since been officially protected. Today, Mayrhofen is popular with visitors from around the world, who value its huge leisure possibilites in both summer and winter, and its “Gemuetlichkeit” or cozy atmosphere, where locals and tourists often mingle side-by-side in inviting restaurants or lively bars. For many, Mayrhofen typifies a Tyrolean alpine village, with its cobbled streets and old chalets, some more than 400 years old.

    There is an enormous selection of summer activities in and around Mayrhofen like walking, climbing, cycling, paragliding, rafting, kayaking and canyoning, horse riding, tennis, archery, glacier skiing on the Tuxer Glacier and of course swimming in the open air pool. There is an indoor public pool for cooler days or during the winter.

    The 124 miles of walks in the area range from easy, like the Mayrhofen - Laimach walk, which takes you along the banks of the Ziller River to the village of Laimach and back to Mayrhofen , to challenging, like the Pfitscher Jochhaus, a wonderful walk from Austria to Italy! There are many opportunities for walking and hiking in the 146 square mile Zillertal Alps National Park at the end of the Ziller Valley, and of course many photo opportunities to digitally capture this breathtaking scenery. You may also be lucky enough to see a capricorn, eagle or mountain goat on your travels or perhaps a pretty blue gentian or edelweiss.

    Bikers will enjoy exploring the 500 miles of cycle and mountain bike paths in Mayrhofen and Hippach, perhaps combining a ride with an ascent on the Penken cable car. Bike rentals as well as bike guides are available in the village if you would like someone to show you the tours.

    The Upper Ziller Valley has some of the best climbing in Europe and climbing enthusiasts can explore routes in the National Park or in Ginzling, near to Mayrhofen. Beginners can also learn how to climb on the Penken.

    There are various
    coach day excursions, which you can choose from like Innsbruck, Lake Garda, Italy, the Hintertux Glacier or the Dolomites in Italy - you can book and reserve your seat with your personal concierge after your arrival. All coach day excursions start and finish at a central pick-up and drop-off point and are on a first come, first served basis.
    If you would prefer a
    private taxi excursion to any of the suggested excursions destination or somewhere else, this can also be arranged for you - please ask for prices.

    More general information about Mayrhofen