Insider's Guide: Our favourite summer excursions

A Lakes and Mountains holiday is all about memorable experiences. Whether you are climbing a mountain, clambering through caves or admiring fairy tale castles, there is so much to see and to do. Here is a selection of our favourite mini-adventures!

 

Postojna Caves, Slovenia

postojna cave

Available from: Lake Bled, Lake Bohinj, Kranjska Gora, Piran and Portoroz

One of the jewels of Slovenia, Postojna Cave is the second largest cave system in the world. There are over 20 kilometres of passages, galleries and chambers. The caves have welcomed over 35 million visitors since they opened to the public over 180 years ago.

We think all visitors to Slovenia should go to Postojna. From the illuminated rock formations to the eyeless fish hidden in the deep it is a place of truly fascinating natural wonders. Inghams offers excursions from all our Slovenian resorts.

Find out more about the Postojna caves: here.

 

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

neuschwanstein

Available from: Seefeld, Neustift and Igls

King Ludwig of Bavaria’s iconic Neuschwanstein castle is a masterclass of fairytale design. The inspiration for the Disney castle, you might recognise this striking building from the classic film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

A fantastic experience for anyone who enjoys great architecture, Neuschwanstein castle is only a short journey across the Austrian/German border. Inghams offers excursions to the castle from several of our resorts in the Austrian Tyrol.

 

Krimml Waterfalls, Austria

krimml

Available from: Saalbach and Hinterglemm, Zell Am See, Kaprun and Mayrhofen

Europe’s highest waterfall, Krimml is a natural wonder. Located amidst the stunning peaks of the Hohe Tauern National Park you will be treated to stunning views as you drive down the valley to Krimml.

During the summer you can follow a winding footpath up to the top of the falls for fantastic photo opportunities. The spectacular rainbows that emerge from the spray are an unforgettable sight.

 

Jungrfraujoch, Switzerland

jungfraujoch

Available from: Grindelwald, Interlaken, Wengen and Mürren

Take a journey to the Jungfrau and experience the breath-taking Jungfraujoch.

At 3454m the Jungfraujoch train station is Europe’s highest and the views from the top are simply breath-taking. The railway journey up the mountain takes you past magical mountain views and through dramatic tunnels carved into the mountain. It’s unforgettable.

Of course, it’s pretty chilly at the peak so make sure to wrap up warm! At this altitude, the mountain is always covered in snow. But what this once in a lifetime destination lacks it warmth it makes up for in majestic views.

 

James Bond Museum, Switzerland

Piz Gloria

Available from: Grindelwald, Interlaken, Wengen and Mürren

If you are a fan of Britain’s most popular MI6 agent then you’ll love this excursion. The Piz Gloria at the top of the Schilthorn Mountain near Mürren was the secret headquarters of the infamous baddie Blofeld in the film ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’.

Much of the film was shot in and around the local area, including the spectacular skiing and luge scenes. Today the Piz Gloria is a rotating restaurant and a museum to everyone’s favourite spy. You can learn why George Lazenby only did one James Bond film, how the Luge scenes were filmed and how many locals were involved in assisting the film.

 

Venice, Italy

Venice

Available from: Lake Garda in Italy and Lake Bled, Lake Bohinj, Kranjska Gora, Piran and Portoroz in Slovenia

The famous city of Venice surely requires no introduction and is likely on everyone’s list of must visit destinations. With such easy access from many of our resorts in Lake Garda and Slovenia, an Inghams excursion to Venice is a memorable way to visit this beautiful city.

We highly recommend starting your visit in St Mark’s Square. It is a fantastic central location from which to investigate the numerous sights of interest in the city, and an easy spot to find if you get lost along the way!

Of course, if a day in Venice is not enough for you then you can also stay for long in one of our Inghams hotels. We certainly plan to return to Venice again soon!

Discover more about Venice: here.

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