Guide to Best Photo Spots

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Inghams Lakes and Mountains holidays boasts some of the best views in the world. Those views of mountains, valleys and lakes may be more-or-less the same as in times gone by, but capturing those vistas is so much easier nowadays.

Gone are the days of Kodachrome 35mm and granny's slide shows against a white wall in a dark lounge back home...

All you need to do today is to grab yourself a digital camera and a memory card with lots of gigabytes, and off you go. Point, shoot, review, delete as necessary, and you will end up with a fantastic pictorial memento of your holiday that you can scroll through and admire before you even return home.

We have our own favourite photographic locations spots in our Inghams Lakes & Mountains resorts, so we thought we'd share a few of these with you.

Austria - climb every mountain

Oh, the joy of climbing to the top of mountains to capture breathtaking photos of the valleys below. High or low, all our Austrian resorts offer their own unique symbolic structures and landscapes that can be shot through a lens and saved for all time. Your camera will be spoiled for choice in our picture postcard resorts, but to whet your appetite here are some of our absolutely favourite vantage points for stunning Austrian images:

  • Hohe Munde, Seefeld - offers stunning views of the Wettersteingebirge, the Zugspitze or the Stubai Alps, you may even see the Grossglockner if you are lucky
  • Many trails and vantage points can be reached from the top of the Penken Gondola in Mayrhofen.
  • Krimml Falls, Gerlospass - Europe’s highest waterfall, a hiking trail along the waterfall gets you very close to this nature spectacle and offers great views
  • Dachstein, Salzkammergut, Austria's lake district. Quote from web ‘Not for the faint-hearted! The 5fingers viewing platform offers an adrenaline rush at the highest level. This is probably the most spectacular viewing platform in the Alps and reaches out like a hand over the 400 m drop.’
  • Sonnjoch, Pertisau on Lake Achensee in the Tyrol -  awe-inspiring 2457m, 3-4hrs hike to summit. Views of Lake Achensee, the largest lake in Tirol, and the Karwendel mountains

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Austrian Cities

Our Austrian cities are extremely photogenic. Take Salzburg, for example, which offers some incredible angles for great shots, with many locations instantly familiar from The Sound Of Music including Leopoldskron, Frohnburg and Hellbrunn Palaces, the Mirabell Gardens and Salzburg Cathedral. And over in the capital, Vienna, as well as the wonderful River Danube and some glorious architecture, you'll find one of the most photographed ferris wheels in the world, the Riesenrad, made famous by movies such as The Third Man, Scorpio and The Living Daylights.

Edith Tudor-Hart (née Edith Suschitzky; 1908-1973), born in Vienna was an Austrian-British photographer, communist sympathiser and spy for the Soviet Union. Some of her work is in the National Gallery in London.  Trude Fleischmann, photographer (1895–1990), notable society photographer in Vienna. In 1920, at the age of 25, Fleischmann opened her own studio close to Vienna's city hall. In addition to portraits of Karl Kraus and Adolf Loos, in 1925 she took a nude series of the dancer Claire Bauroff which the police confiscated when the images were displayed at a Berlin theatre, bringing her international fame.

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Italy - that is what I lake!

Our beautiful Italian lakes and mountains could have been tailor-made for lovely holiday piccies.Lake Como is arguably one of the most scenic and beautiful lake in Italy with many spots for nice shots. For instance, there are some really good photo opportunities on the 'Greenway Walk', a 10 km walk through the villages on the west side of Como.

And there are many views to shoot at Lake Garda. Ilenia in our Italy product team thinks the best of the lot is from the top of Mount Baldo - take the cable car here from Malcesine and you will get the most amazing view of the lake, and super photographs of the flora and fauna of the area.

There is plenty more to photograph in Italy including our other lakes, such as Lake Maggiore and Lake Iseo, the dramatic scenery of the Dolomites, Verona and, of course, St Marks' Square and all the other attractions of Venice.

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France - ain't no mountain high enough

Our holidays in Chamonix and Les Houches have plenty of opportunities to return home with some super photographs of Mont Blanc, Europe's highest mountain, which offers some of the best views on the continent. One of the best ways to build up your collection is walking along the Grand Balcon Sud from Brévent to Flégère and stopping at the Chalet de la Floria, a café/restaurant covered in flowers and with amazing views.

We also offer Hidden Chamonix walks where a local artist/photographer introduces you to largely unseen characters and special views away from the tourist trails. Her walks offer a different perspective for photography in Chamonix and include 'Sunny Gardens Facing Mont Blanc', 'Perspectives, Passageways and Fine Cuisine in Chamonix' and 'Craftsmen, Gardens and Traditional Architecture in Vallorcine'.

Further west, Annecy, with its lakeside medieval architecture, elegant quays and waterways, is also a perfect place to photograph or paint. The town has a museum dedicated to Alpine art (la Musée d'Art Populaire Alpin) and an Alpine lake observatory (l'Observatoire Régional des Lacs Alpins).
 
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Switzerland - awash with gorgeous views

As witnessed by many a chocolate box, Switzerland is awash with gorgeous views. Almost too many from which to choose, so in this newsletter we thought we'd point you in the direction of some of the more unusual Swiss photographic vantage points, starting with our lakeside resorts.

As Europe’s highest outdoor lift, the glass elevator at Bürgenstock has super views over Lake Lucerne and our resorts of Lucerne, Weggis and Vitznau. The lift whisks you up to the viewing platform in less than a minute for a shot of the lake to add to your album. This lovely lake, lakeside city and the two picturesque villages can also be seen from Stanserhorn, accessed by the new ‘Cabrio’ - the world’s first open top cable-car, which opened in June last year. Marvel at the 360˚ views of the Stanserhorn mountain and lake beyond as you make your way up to 1850m with the wind in your hair!

Over in Interlaken, you can photograph both Lake Thun and Lake Brienz from the new viewing platform the ‘Two Lakes Bridge’ at the top of the Harder Kulm funicular accessed from Interlaken. Guests staying in Wilderswil, Merligen and the Jungfrau resorts of Wengen, Grindelwald and Mürren can also access the funicular free of charge if they pre-book a Jungfraubahnen Pass. Walk out onto the platform for unrivalled views over the Bernese Oberland, the Jungfrau massif and lakes.

Finally, in the Italian-speaking Ticino region, sunny southern Switzerland, the viewing platform at the top of Cardada cable car in Locarno gives magical views over Lake Maggiore, Locarno and Ascona. Plus, guests staying with Inghams for 7 nights or more in Locarno receive a free ticket for the cable-car.

Switzerland Classics

Plus, don’t forget the classics!  Our Swiss mountain resorts have some great views.

  • The Schilthorn, made famous in the James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service, has a brand new viewing platform opening this June for super views of the Jungfrau, Eiger and Mönch mountains and Bernese Oberland. You can get here from quite a few of our resorts, both mountain and lakeside. Guests staying with us at the Hotel Alpenruh in Mürren   for 7 nights or more get a free return Schilthorn ticket
  • From Zermatt (or on a day trip from Saas-Fee ) you can take the historic Gornergrat rack railway for wonderful shots of the Matterhorn. 
  • The Mittelallalin in Saas-Fee at 3500m is home to the highest revolving restaurant in the world for excellent views of the glacier, Saas valley and surrounding high peaks of the Valais region. 
  • From Grindelwald, you can snap away on the Eiger Trail which winds through a stunning landscape, passing streams and bizarre rock formations. 
  • The ‘Panoramaweg’ walk from Davos  offers stunning views towards Arosa, across Davos and the lake, and finally across to Klosters . Flora and fauna enthusiasts should look out for alpine flowers such as Spring Gentians, Bell Gentians and Orchids, and you may even meet a marmot!

Don't forget that all guests travelling to Switzerland  with Inghams receive the ‘half-fare’ travel card included for discounted travel on the Swiss  transport network during your holiday. Also in DavosKlosters  and Saas-Fee , the use of the local cable-cars is included free of charge! And in many of our other resorts, you can purchase a great value walking or travel pass for unlimited regional transport and rides up the mountain, making exploring the region and filling your photo albums even easier! 

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