Inghams Lakes and Mountains offer so much more than walking and hiking. Here is our guide to the gentler ways to enjoy the area and focus on one of our favourite past-times – cafés and cake!
The Alps are home to some magnificent lakes, and the villages often house historic bakeries and patisseries in Talloires. What better way to explore than by taking a relaxing boat ride on Lake Achensee, or sitting back for coffee and cake in Lake Louise whilst soaking up the views?
From Gelato (ice-cream) in Lake Garda, chocolates in Switzerland and apple strudel in Lake Wolfgang, our lakeside resorts offer an abundance of delights to enjoy on your holiday.
Here are our handpicked favourites for Lakes and Cakes holidays.
If you are looking for a lakeside location with plentiful walking and views, Lake Achensee & Pertisau, surrounded by the Karwendel and Rofan mountains, is hard to beat. It was once the home to the Austrian Emperors due to its stunning setting. The village of Pertisau on its western shores is a haven of tranquillity offering an idyllic combination of walking, boating, and relaxing at shore side cafés, plus several folk festivals in the summer.
Pleasure boats depart from the jetty throughout the day for scenic trips around the lake, and the famous steam driven cog railway along the shoreline is wonderful way to explore the area. Make sure you stop for coffee and cake at the village of Seespitz before you return.
For bustling café culture and access to a variety of day trips and excursions, why not combine a week on Lake Achensee with a week in nearby Seefeld or Mayrhofen? These villages are closeby and offer a lively alternative to peaceful Pertisau. See Austria for our full guide.
A Swiss favourite amongst our guests is the splendid Café Schuh in Interlaken, a paradise of authentic Swiss chocolates, ice creams and pastries. After a morning cruise on Lake Thun, relax on the café’s sunny terrace and enjoy one of their famous gourmet cakes, made fresh by hand everyday – the hardest thing will be deciding which one to choose. A pianist often entertains guests, or you can watch the paragliders landing on the meadow nearby.
Why not visit the café’s chocolate show to learn how mouth-watering Swiss chocolates are made and even try your hand at becoming a chocolatier, with the opportunity to sample your own creations.
Guests from other resorts, such as Merligen, Wengen, Mürren, Grindelwald and Kandersteg can visit Interlaken on a day trip, taking advantage of their half price travel card, included in all Ingham’s holidays to Switzerland
Italy is famous for its ice cream, “gelato”, and there is no better place to sample this amazing treat than on Lake Garda. With the ice cream comes stunning views of the lakes and mountains that make up the wonderful back drop of this much loved area of Italy, and nearly every café has perfect views. A cacophony of flavours is on offer with the ‘Coppa’ that combines many different ice creams with syrups, sauces and fresh fruit.
The most renowned places on the lake that will get you coming back for more are: Sirmione - the prettiest peninsula with amazing views of the lake; Bardolino - make sure you head for the 'Gelateria Cristallo,' voted the best ice cream on the lake by the Italians. And of course, Riva del Garda, at the north of the lake, where lively pavement cafés surround the main marina. Wherever you choose to go in the Italian lakes, you will always find the perfect “gelateria” and views that rival any in the world.
Canada is home to the largest and most stunning lakes in the world and a trip to Alberta should be on the 'life-time must do lists'’ for all nature lovers.
Lake Louise, in Banff National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the world’s largest and most scenic areas of unspoilt wilderness. Its famous emerald waters set against a backdrop of towering peaks and the Victoria Glacier are simply breathtaking.
Diverse walking trails for all abilities lead out from the village – stroll along the Plain of Six Glaciers, walk up to the picturesque Lake Agnes tea house, or challenge yourself with a hike to Larch and Paradise valleys.
There are several day trips including helicopter rides, wildlife tours and, free to all Inghams guests, a morning trip up to including breakfast upto Mount Whitehorn, where the famous Grizzly and Black Bears can be seen.
The traditional Savoyard village of Talloires sits at the foot of the Dents de Lanfon mountain, a tranquil spot on Lake Annecy, surrounded by spectacular scenery. The quaint narrow streets leading to the lake are a beautiful place to meander before stopping off for lunch in one of the top class restaurants or cafés. The beach area is impeccably kept and the perfect place to relax and enjoy a swim, whilst the village atmosphere makes for a great place to unwind.
France is regarded by many as the culinary capital of the world and the choice and quality of food in and around Talloires will not disappoint. There is no better way to spend your holiday than to take in the views at one of the many lakeside restaurants. For a more casual treat, choose one of the village patisseries that offer a sumptuous array of local French cakes and pastries. Prepare to be spoilt for choice; everything from elegant and sophisticated mini cakes to creamy individual tartelettes are proudly displayed for your degustation.
Historic Lake Wolfgang, in Austria’s Salzkammergut 'Lake District', is just an hour from Salzburg and a wonderful place to relax in the warm summer months. Set against a background of rolling hills and pine clad mountains, the lake’s crystal clear waters are popular for swimming, rowing or simply admiring by boat or from the shore.
Turn back time and explore the villages around the lake by paddle steamer. Best of all is a trip on the historic Kaiser Franz Joseph (see picture above) - the first boat ever to run passenger services on the lake back in 1873, and which still runs today.
Stay in bustling St. Wolfang, charming St. Gilgen or tiny Fuschl and enjoy the lake-side promenades and the village squares and cafés. Not to be missed is a stop for coffee and a slice of Austria’s famous apple strudel - the perfect way to relax and soak up the views.