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Austria Holidays & Resorts

Austrian Lakes & Mountains holidays

Every year more and more people discover the oasis of the Austrian Alps. The dazzling emerald lakes nestled between towering mountains are the perfect haven for outdoor enthusiasts. The lucky few who have been will tell you how much adventure you can have. From the cinematic landscape to historical sites and the picturesque towns and cities, Austria is the ideal holiday to revitalise body and mind. Take your pick out of our resorts, each has their own unique story.

Twin Centre Holidays

Combine your resort stay with the culturally rich cities or either Vienna or Salzburg.

Our Mozart City Tour in Salzburg will give you a fascinating insight in to the life of the Mozart family and first-hand experience of the city that inspired his work. He was baptised in Salzburg cathedral and today its architecture remains an impressive feat.

Vienna is a city brimming with culture and this is reflected in the magnificent architecture and courtyards. Explore its opulent palaces, museums, parliament and opera house on our Grand City Tour. On our Mayerling – Vienna woods tour visit a former mine and the largest underground lake in Europe. For food lovers our Naschmarkt tour is ideal with over 100 stands and restaurants that produce a colourful and delicious culinary offering.

Walking & Sightseeing

With 24,000 kilometres of marked hiking trails – discover the endless maze among the peaks valleys and lakes. Many find self-discovery of this stunning setting to be the most fulfilling. The 420km golden eagle walk epitomises Austria, the route takes its name as it traces the route of a golden eagle in flight. You will certainly feel free as a bird. The vantage point overlooking Innsbruck is a particular highlight, providing a surreal contrast between the vast and beautiful mountains and civilisation below.

Austria is scattered with elaborate medieval fortresses that display elegance and wealth. The opulent imperial palace in Innsbruck once homed a sovereign prince. Schloss Matzen is a highly romantic castle with an impeccable garden. The alluring Schloss Bruck castle houses the largest collection of Austrian painter Albin Egger-Lienz.

The footsteps of 15th century Roman Emperor Maximillian remain in Austria. Visit the golden roof in Innsbruck that marked his wedding or his former weapons depot that now houses geological and religious exhibits, plus artefacts from the Napoleonic era and world wars.

Cycling

Tirol has a stunning 920 kilometre-cycling network. Trails accommodate families, road bikers and mountain bikers. The vast array of cable cars and buses mean you can take necessary breaks and gain access to the areas you desire. Stunning scenery, local attractions and tempting food outlets will compete for your attention.

We offer a number of unescorted cycle tours that give you the flexibility to explore the best of Europe's radiant summer scenery. Pack more sightseeing into a single holiday while improving your fitness. Cycle tours include Passau to Vienna and Vienna to Budapest.

Food

Family run hotels provide a wholesome experience with food to match. You are never too far from a homely establishment or mountain hut. This gives you an intimate experience of cultural traditions, customs and delicacies. Try sizeable Austrian schnitzels, perfected sausage recipes and goulash with a blend of distinct flavours. For afters indulge in the Austrian sweet tooth with options of cakes, shredded pancake, strudel and Vanillekipferl – a crescent shaped biscuit dusted with vanilla sugar.  

Steamboats & Railways 

The vast network of railways in Austria is testament to the Austrian Empire. Built in the 19th century it features funiculars, steam trains and cog railways. Whilst the Salzkammergut lakes feature paddle streamers, ideal for those wanting a memorable way to take in the mountain scenery.   

Wellness

Dotted in the Austrian Alps are several thermal baths and hot springs, combine this with the crystal clear mountain air and its clear to see why many consider these areas to have healing properties for respiratory and skin conditions. Cooling off in the lake at the foot of the imposing mountains is a surreal experience usually reserved for movie scenes. There is an air of relaxation in Austria not found elsewhere.

Action & Kids

Thrill seekers are in paradise in Austria, many of the adventure lakes and rivers feature every adrenaline filled activity you could dream, including zip lines, climbing walls, water slides, rafting, kayaking and much more. Higher alpine areas have their own fun including high rope obstacle courses, alpine coasters and tobogganing. Almost every activity has features that accommodate children. There is also play parks, zoos and a particular highlight is Ellmi’s world of magic. Many of the hotels offer free child supervision and kids clubs so your options are flexible.

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It is hard not to fall under the spell of the mountain villages in the Austrian Tyrol. The picturesque wooden chalets laden by snow in the winter, transform into a feast of colour during the summer.

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Known as the ‘Fjord of the Alps’, Lake Achensee is nearly 10 km in length and 1 km wide whilst 133m at its deepest point. Known for it's stunning emerald-green colours and drinking water quality, a variety of water sports and boat trips are able to take advantage of the vastness of the water.

Resorts in Lake Achensee

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Green pastures full of flowers, cow bells tinkling, this is a superb area for walking. This unspoilt valley offers miles of marked trails through lovely rolling hills and FREE use of all lifts. Wildschönau means ‘wild and beautiful’ and this is certainly one of the most glorious valleys in the Tyrol, with a special rural character, many rustic mountain alms, and the spectacular Kundl Gorge to explore at the end of the valley.

Resorts in The Wildschonau Valley

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Music, mountains and some of the most staggeringly beautiful alpine scenery define the Salzkammergut area, which is known as Austria’s Lake District. This is the land of lakes, heaven for gentle walks following the shoreline, heading inland to the mountain foothills or exploring the wonderful woodland trails in the forests.

Surrounded by meadows and forests and set against the beautiful backdrop of the Gratlspitz peaks, this fairytale village has lost none of its ‘olde worlde’ charm with picturesque overhanging eaves and balconies with wonderful flowers.

Ellmau, Village view

Ellmau is a pretty village located between the rolling green hills of the Kitzbüheler Alps and the craggy Wilder Kaiser (Wild Emperor) mountains. With a strong farming history, it it still full of local character and tradition.

Summer in Galtür

Just 10 km from its slightly bigger sister village of Ischgl, charming Galtür lies at an altitude of 1,584 metres in the upper Paznaun Valley.

Ischgl, Village view

A peaceful Tyrolean oasis in the Paznaun Valley in the stunning Silvretta mountains, Ischgl came under the world’s spotlight in 2002 when Bill Clinton delivered his ‘Message from the Mountains’ speech here.

Kitzbühel, Austria

Famous for its vibrantly coloured old buildings, cobbled streets, and medieval walls dating back to the 16th century, Kitzbühel is a fascinating place to explore - and makes for a superb base to explore from. During the summer months, the town is a hub of activity with pavement cafés, designer boutiques and various local festivals, concerts and open-air events. Along with a huge range of outdoor pursuits available for you to get inspired by.

Mayrhofen mountain view

One of Austria’s best loved resorts, Mayrhofen comes alive in the summer when flowers deck the balconies and the streets are filled with bustling cafés and brass band parades.

This small and picturesque village is set in the heart of the Stubai valley, one of the most scenic in the Tyrol. Surrounded by pine forested slopes on all sides, there are more than 50 mountain huts dotted around the hillsides, and 4 separate walking areas each with a gondola and a variety of trails, all linked by the valley bus.

Seefeld, Church, Steeple View

Situated on an open, scenic plateau above the Inn Valley just 10 miles from Innsbruck, Seefeld is a large bustling village offering something for everyone. The walking in this region is varied and suitable for all levels.

Walkers in St. Anton, Austria

A fantastic resort for keen walkers wanting to explore the vast high alpine trails and peaks of the scenic Arlberg region, this famous Tyrolean village enjoys an unhurried atmosphere in summer, and is surrounded by beautiful and dramatic scenery.

St. Johann, Austria - Town view

This charming little market town set in the wide sunny valley close to Kitzbühel is full of Austrian traditions with a Baroque twin spire church and pretty town square filled with quaint cafés that play host to regular festivals and celebrations throughout the summer.

Söll, Austria - Landscape views

The village of Söll lies in a lovely open valley between the majestic Wild Emperor and Hohe Salve mountains. Midway between Innsbruck and Salzburg, it is ideally situated for a wide range of excursions and is a well-established walking area.

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In this idyllic, peaceful farming village, life goes on much as it has for centuries. Lying on a sunny plateau surrounded by alpine pastures, Westendorf is an incredibly pretty area and offers extensive walking. Numerous rambles lead to all parts of the wide valley, over to Kirchberg and Kitzbühel, as well as into the Bergwelt.

Beautifully situated on the scenic western shores of Lake Achensee, the largest and deepest lake in the Tyrol, Pertisau is known for its striking emerald waters, framed by the picturesque Karwendel and majestic Rofan mountain ranges.

Niederau, The Wildschönau Valley, Austria - Landscape views

A quiet resort in the unspoilt Wildschönau Valley, picturesque Niederau houses a pretty church and friendly cafés and is a superb base for a walking holiday.

Oberau, The Wildschönau Valley, Austria, Town view

Fairytale Oberau in the delightful Wildschönau Valley is home to a magnificent chapel, a handful of shops and some fine old buildings. Wildschönau means 'wild and beautiful' and this is certainly one of the most glorious valleys in the Tyrol...

View of Salzkammergut lake in Fuschl am See

With crystal clear waters said to be the cleanest in Austria, this tiny, peaceful village has a real ‘holiday’ feel and enjoys a stunning lakeside setting and magnificent sunsets at the foot of the Schober mountain. Guests staying in Fuschl can enjoy free use of the lakeside lido with heated outdoor pool and lakeside bathing area.

St-Gilgen, Town view

An impossibly picturesque village of painted houses and winding lanes on the shores of Lake Wolfgang. Famous for its association with Mozart, historic St. Gilgen is full of Baroque and Rococo character with colourful streets lined with cafés, shops and old frescoed houses that lead to the onion-domed church.

St. Wolfgang, Salzkammergut, Austria

An iconic village dating back to the 11th century, St. Wolfgang is famous for its operetta and lakeside setting, with a pretty medieval centre and excursions on the historic cog railway and lake steamers. All guests receive a FREE all-day ferry boat ticket for Lake Wolfgang.

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Situated in the south of Austria in Carinthia, the spa resort of Bad Kleinkirchheim is a great base for your summer holiday. Close to the Italian and Slovenian border and surrounded by the majestic peaks of the Nockberge Mountains, the region enjoys a mild climate.

 

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This pretty little village, with wonderful walking and a charming atmosphere, enjoys a truly picture-postcard setting at the foot of the Bischofsmütze and Dachstein Mountain peaks, surrounded by unspoilt scenery.

  • from£319pp
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This delightful village has a special location, lying on a sunny plateau above Innsbruck. 0n your doorstep are meadows, forests, and a huge range of walking opportunities yet historic Innsbruck is only a 15 minute scenic bus ride away.

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Known for its sophisticated skiing and royal connections in the winter, Lech in the summer is a chocolate box village with a river running through and wonderful opportunities for walks and wildlife spotting.

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The ideal resort for those wanting to experience high alpine walking, fresh mountain air and wildlife. As the highest parish in Austria this quiet, compact village is found at the end of the scenic Ötz valley with miles of extensive, well-marked paths directly from the hotel door.

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Surrounded by rolling hills and countryside, Saalbach and Hinterglemm in the scenic Glemm valley are a paradise for walkers offering 400km of well marked paths and more than 30 rustic mountain huts along the way.

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Magnificently set below a medieval fortress, Salzburg is one of Europe’s loveliest cities and the birthplace of Mozart. On the banks of the river Salzach and surrounded by mountains, Salzburg’s picturesque and historic old city is a recognised World Heritage site.

  • from£539pp
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Located on the banks of the river Danube, Austria’s romantic imperial capital is alive with the music of Schubert and Mozart and is brimming with culture, art and majestic architecture. Enjoy the grandeur of Emperor Franz Josef’s ‘Ringstrasse’, the circular boulevard surrounding the Hofburg Palace, the State Opera House, Burgberg Theatre and numerous museums.

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Zell am See is one of the most scenic and well-loved lakes and mountains resorts in Austria. Beautifully located, directly on the shores of Lake Zell, it is also close to the Hohe Tauern National Park and the magnificent Grossglockner mountain region.

Currency: Euro

No. of airports: 2 – Innsbruck & Salzburg

Fly from: London Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted,  Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh & Leeds-Bradford.

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