Das Central - Alpine.Luxury.Life
As the only 5* hotel in the alpine World Cup venue of Sölden, guests of Das Central can immerse themselves in warm Tirolean hospitality and the highest of standards.
As the only 5* hotel in the alpine World Cup venue of Sölden, guests of Das Central can immerse themselves in warm Tirolean hospitality and the highest of standards.
When it comes to winter resorts, bigger does not always mean better. At narrow valley ends, in remote mountain regions or natural reserves, visitors to Austria will find pristine winter hideaways with plenty to offer.
Austria is a real gem when it comes to bike breaks. The major cycle paths lead along picturesque rivers and glittering lakes, all well-signposted with wonderful stop-off opportunities along the way.
Splendidly located amidst the alpine landscape reflected in the waters of Lake Zell, the 5*S family-run Salzburgerhof has not only been impressing with its surroundings.
The old adage “good things come in small packages” might just as well have been describing Hotel Kaiserhof in Ellmau, part of the Wilder Kaiser resort area.
Thunderous mountain streams, crystal clear lakes with record pike, and shady pools where trout, char and greyling are at home. Fishing in Austria is cherished as an insider tip by anglers all over the world.
On the banks of the Danube lies a European Capital of Culture that tempts you with creativity and flair. A visit to Linz changes perspectives and refreshes the mind. A popular pastime is a ride along the Danube Cycle Path, uncovering cultural and culinary treasures on the way.
The resort of Zell am See-Kaprun offers memorable rides in its natural arena of glaciers, mountains and lakes. Families will enjoy a cycle around Lake Zell, while action-seekers will love the free-ride trails.
In Vorarlberg's Bregenzerwald, hikers can lose themselves completely amidst stunning scenery, unique architecture and heavenly hospitality. Stay 3 or 4 nights with a culinary hike and Bregenzerwald Guest-Card included in your package price.From
Amongst one of the last wild river landscapes in Europe, the Lech Trail takes you on a gentle long distance hike. The most important path leads back to oneself - and nowhere more so than in Lech Zürs am Arlberg. Set out on a 3-night journey, armed with a hiking map and Lech Card.From
Enjoy a great value 7-night package taking you to some of Europe's most beautiful villages, including half-board at a 3* hotel and the Alpbachtal Seenland Card, for access to summer mountain lifts and guided walks.From
When the sun’s first rays light up the summits of the Wilder Kaiser - the rocks shimmering in gleaming orange - this is always a very unique moment for me.
Having worked internationally as a photographer, I can say that the Vorarlberg landscape truly inspires me.From
The secret jewel of Hohe Tauern National Park conceals glorious hikes, gold panning and the "Kings of the Skies".From
Known as Austria’s most beautiful village, picturesque houses dot Alpbach, surrounded by dramatic peaks.From
Enjoy a holiday in Tirol's hiking paradise Wildschönau and experience the genuine hospitality of the locals.From
The Kitzbüheler Alpen region is well-know for its great trail networks, whether on foot or pushing the pedals.From
Whether hiking, cycling, rafting, indulging or relaxing - enjoying yourself is what counts in St. Anton am Arlberg.From
Go into the wild in the Wilder Kaiser region, one of Tirol's premier hiking and family destinations.From
The harvesting of the grapes is a crucial step in the winemaking process, and many Austrian vintners encourage guests to get involved. We have compiled a list of some of the best wine experiences per region.
Pure living pleasure combined with great atmosphere and a gentle breeze of modern architecture to please families, sport fans and health enthusiasts alike.
This idyllic escape in sunny Carinthia is just the place for nature lovers, families, hikers, mountain bikers, golfers and equestrians in summer, and a skier's dream in winter.
This Sound of Music country retreat is loved by couples, families, singles, organic foodies, vegetarians, skiers, hikers, bikers, golfers and allergy sufferers.
Ramblers will find relaxation and calm between heaven and earth when taking a break in a mountain pasture.
Go on a hiking holiday in Austria, where exercise excites all the senses.
Be charmed by Austria's cities. Past and present intersect in the urban culture of Graz, Salzburg and Innsbruck.From
Awe-inspiring mountains, scenic Lake Constance, fascinating culture and architecture.From
Discover moments of happiness on skates amidst a magnificent natural setting in Austria this winter.
Austria is located in a temperate climatic zone with a Central European climate influenced by the Atlantic climate. The four seasons all have typical temperatures and climatic characters.
Austria's topographic diversity accounts for a great variety of wildlife, including endemic species that are under preservation. It has a predominantly Central European fauna and is one of Europe's most heavily wooded countries.
Get heaps of family holiday ideas from the Kinderhotels' official English website, so that you can relax this year while your youngsters have mountains of fun. All-inclusive packages, no hidden extras, the highest levels of service and first class facilities.
At first it sounds improbable: Vorarlberg - a small, mostly rural state in the middle of the Alps - has become one of Europe's leading regions for modern art and architecture.
Several lakes serve as backdrop for regional festivals in Lower Austria. Take Lunzer See, for example, which hosts the annual "Wellenklänge". Or the Herrensee and its "Schrammel.Klang.Festival".
Vienna is known around the world as the city on the Danube, but it is also home to wetlands, streams, ponds and lakes. In short, there are plenty of opportunities to take a dip when visiting the capital.
Take in an opera on Lake Constance or kick back on the sandy shores and let the gentle waves of one of Vorarlberg's lesser known aqua beauties trickle over your toes.
Caring for the environment is just plain common sense at Austria’s ultra-family-friendly Kinderhotels, where sustainable holidays don’t come at a premium price. At Kinderhotels, the little ones learn a lot about nature, animals and where food comes from. Take the family away with a good conscience by spending your holidays here.
Fore! Austria has established itself as having some of the best golfing in Europe. With Alpine golf, greens surrounded by vineyards and courses attached to luxurious spa resorts, it is hard to overlook Austria’s rise as a veritable destination for golfing holidays.
Austria’s most unusual school can be found high on a mountain pasture. Here on the Kalchkendlalm visitors can learn about the bread and butter of life in a centuries-old farmhouse.
Tranquillity, simple pleasures, flower-strewn meadows and starry skies that city dwellers can only dream of. Discover the true luxuries of our time at an altitude of 1,400 metres in the mountain valley of Villgratental in East Tirol.
To visit Austria is to experience brilliant architecture in dramatic landscapes. Whether you travel through Austria's picture perfect countryside or stay in its imperial cities - architectural masterpieces are to be found everywhere.
Austria’s vibrant wine scene has earned a worldwide reputation for quality and innovation, and is paired wonderfully with Austrian cuisine. The incredible thing about Austria is that all of its wine regions are easy to visit. In fact, once you step off the plane in Vienna, you've already arrived in one of the world’s most unique wine areas.
More than 400km of walking paths make the Wilder Kaiser mountains an absolute gem for hiking holidays. Trails include accurate directions and approximate walk times.
The Wachau is a region which straddles the banks of the Danube, rich in history and blessed with a mild climate and outstanding wines. This UNESCO cultural heritage site is a magical holiday destination throughout every season.
Grünau im Almtal is as fresh and green as the name promises. Dense forests and tranquil lakes where you can find inner harmony and revel in nature’s treasures. A secret hideaway, not just for bird watchers.
The Kamptal Gardens have been especially blessed by nature and 19 unique oases of green can be visited in one of the most beautiful valleys in Lower Austria.
Travel slowly. Magic words if you want to return from holiday less stressed than when you left, casting a glance at those apparent trivial things off the beaten track.
Enjoy the luxuries of the good life - simply live in beautiful surroundings, eat and drink well, and savour the landscape. A recipe for total relaxation when staying at a Pure Living holiday home.
Order your free Kinderhotels Guide and plan the family holiday you've always dreamed of. Pricing, property information and lots of colour photographs can be found in this handy and inspiring guide.
Whether you prefer leisurely hikes or challenging summit climbs, take your pick amongst 650km of walking trails and via ferrata routes in the Olympiaregion Seefeld.
A downloadable walking guide and an online platform with GPS are great initiatives by Zell am See-Kaprun, making for stress-free holiday planning from the comfort of home.
The High Mountain National Park of the Zillertal Alps offers grand views and unforgettable mountaineering adventures, plus 3 interesting permanent exhibitions.
Explore Zell am See-Kaprun's majestic peaks - the 3000m Kitzsteinhorn and the 2000m Schmittenhöhe - on a varied range of short and also more challenging routes.
Fitness enthusiasts can take off into the stunning alpine landscapes of Zillertal on a total of eight diverse routes at the Run & Walk Park in Mayrhofen.
Burgenland is unlike anywhere else in Austria. Whereas Austria is known for rugged Alps, pirouette-inducing meadows or the excitement of Vienna, Burgenland sits on the edge of Central Europe’s vast Pannonian plain.
From Vienna, drive along the Danube westward towards Lower Austria. Just past the city of Krems, you’ll encounter the idyllic, terraced vineyards of the Wachau valley. Walking along a path through these ancient Weingärten may lead you to Langenlois, with the richest, most intensely flavored wines of the region.
Austria's national parks offer visitors the chance to discover nature in its original, unpolluted state and to come face to face with scenic beauty.
The Bregenzerwald, once completely covered by forest, lies between Lake Constance and the Arlberg. It is the ideal destination for gourmet holidays amidst pristine nature.
High up in the Karwendel Mountains outdoor lovers can discover one of the most beautiful places in the Alps. The lovely Ahornboden with thousands of maple trees offers stunning scenery throughout the year.
Tirol has 17 top golf courses with the Alps as backdrop, so you can combine your golf holiday with other outdoor activities such as climbing and mountain biking.
Picture-book scenery combined with elegance, tradition and rustic design awaits nature lovers, couples, hikers, skiers and families at Hotel Edelweiss & Gurgl.
The Pinzgau region, tucked between Tirol and Bavaria, is a quintessential Alpine environment, with its forests, meadows and magnificent farms. Over the centuries the mountain dwellers of Pinzgau, often living isolated from the rest of the world, have found novel ways to survive, existing on what they could find on their doorstep.
The day is not enough. That is why the fun continues by night at Austrian winter destinations, with the world's longest toboggan run, nighttime sleigh rides, snowmobile sessions and plenty more.
What could possibly motivate a reasonable human being to tramp up a mountain on shoes resembling tennis rackets? The answer is easy: the promise of an unforgettable exerience in the wild that can only be had by moving beyond the flurry on the ski slopes.
The 'Bio-Hotel' label guarantees guests environmentally-friendly holidays. The hotels try to minimise the consumption of energy, electricity, water, materials and waste, and the restaurants serve organic food.
The best routes and excursions for your Austrian road trip, through magnificent mountain passes, past spectacular lakes and through beautiful old towns.
Ripe with recreation, Linz and the Danube region in Upper Austria also impress with cool culture.From
From the Grossglockner to the sea, the route is the destination along Carinthia's Alpe-Adria-Trail.From
Straight from the set of "The Sound of Music", couples, walkers and families will love the Romantik Hotel Im Weissen Rössl on the banks of Lake Wolfgang.
"On your bike! Ready, steady, go!" Travel through outstanding landscapes in pure mountain air with a well-signposted network of cycle paths. Choose Austria for its unrivalled cycling and mountain bike routes, plus accommodation which offers the full service – from repairs to cycle sheds and delicious meals – a cyclist must experience Austria!
The UK is a cider-loving nation, but it may come as a surprise that Lower Austria's Mostviertal (cider region) boasts Europe’s largest continuous area of pear orchards. Our tip: take a leisurely drive along the winding 200km panoramic Cider Trail, with plenty of stops along the way.
There is certainly no shortage of lakes in Austria, so browse our selection of the best per region. Enjoy a refreshing dip, give diving a go, or take a sailboat out for the day. Whatever your choice of activity, in Austria you can always be sure that the water is so good you could drink it.
Walking breaks are soaring in popularity with British holidaymakers, enticed by the ease of Austria's unofficial national pastime. Well signposted trails web across valleys and mountain tops, with many routes offering lodge-to-lodge connections whereby you do it on foot while your luggage is moved by your hosts.
Immerse yourself into the pulsating lifestyle of the cities, discover the mighty summits, the far-ranging fields, the crystal-clear waters, the delicious specialities. Compile your personal round trip of Austria here.
More and more of us are trying to live a less energy-intense lifestyle. We choose organic products, reduce the consumption of energy and waste, and recycle. People who lead a green lifestyle at home would expect the same from their holiday destination.
Austria offers an almost unlimited choice of cycle and mountain bike paths and tours for all ages and interests. Whether you are looking for a challenge, or would prefer a gentler adventure such as E-Biking, you are sure to find the perfect route within the Austrian realms.
Skiing and hiking chalets come in all sizes and all standards in the Austrian Alps, with some including luxury facilities such as saunas. Use our chalet finder to source your ideal lodgings.
Intersport Rent offers discounts on bike hire in Austria when booking online, and they'll have the bike ready to go as soon as you get there. So you'll not just save money, but also precious holiday time.
Beautiful valleys, quaint farmhouses and baroque monasteries provide a fantastically scenic backdrop for a tour of Austria by bike. Discover the classic route, the Danube Cycle Path, for a truly breathtaking experience of Austria's great outdoors.
The combination of glaciers, mountains and lakes makes Zell am See-Kaprun a unique outdoor playground.From
Festival in Litschau by Lake Herrensee. Music and theatre at the very heart of nature!
A 7-night stay for a family of four* at a 4-star hotel with up to 60 hours a week of free childcare starts at £1,495 at selected Kinderhotels! (*2 adults & 2 children under 12)
Enjoy an eagle's perspective of Tirol’s most beautiful Alpine scenery. Novices and experts alike will enjoy the varied terrain of the Eagle's Walk.
There could be no better backdrop when reaping the benefits of Nordic Walking than Austria. So why not make it a part of your next holiday?
In the Nockberge Mountains, located in Carinthia, you will find a world-renowned medicinal plant. Its distinct scent and exceptional healing powers are there to be discovered by anyone out taking a stroll.
Mysteriously hidden in the wild and romantic landscape of the Feistritzklamm gorge in Styria is one of Austria’s most famous castles - Castle Herberstein.
Emerald green and nestled between the Karwendel and Rofan mountain ranges is Austria's largest mountain lake: the Achensee. Discover this natural gem and the outdoor activites that it has to offer.
„Find your true inner self where nature is at its purest" is the motto of a lot of people who choose the wildly romantic mountain scenery and clear lakes of the National Park Hohe Tauern to relax.
Farmstay holidays are a great way to escape the hectic pace of urban life for a while and for kids to come into contact with animals they have only seen on TV.
Find out what makes the World Economic Forum's Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report commend Austria and learn about the high standards of the Austrian Eco-Label.
Numerous Austrian towns and villages promote the concept of car-free holidays and vehicle-free zones, whilst many cities have converted public transport to clean fuels.
Golfers can choose between high alpine courses and cross-border golf when visiting Vorarlberg, which is nestled between Lake Constance and the Alps.
A unique marketing alliance of 85 dedicated golf hotels and most leading courses, make GOLF IN AUSTRIA your first point of call when planning your Austrian golf holiday.
A variety of UK-based tour operators can help you tailor-make your next Austrian golf holiday. Take a look at our list of recommendations.
With 13 percent of cultivated land and 10 percent of its farmers organic, Austria is an international organic champion - and this benefits everybody.
Carinthia is not known as "Austria's Riviera" without reason. This South Eastern corner of Austria is blissfully warm in summer, providing excellent swimming and tanning oppurtunties at its many beautiful lakes.
The "Heart of the Alps" where some 10,000 clean springs bubble to the surface offers a wonderful combination of majestic mountains and glittering lakes which are up to 27°C warm.
185 lakes adorn the landscape across the Salzkammergut region, through mountain valleys and on distant peaks. SalzburgerLand's lakes all have one thing in common: the extraordinary quality of their water.
Often overshadowed by better known destinations, Burgenland is decidedly different. There are no high mountains here and very little snow, but 300 days of annual sunshine with a wonderfully mild climate.
These sky blue lakes are large enough for boat trips, although the warm shores are never far away. Relax and enjoy your summer in Styria, the "Green Heart of Austria".
Along the Salzkammergutweg, the most famous Upper Austrian lakes and warm thermal springs of drinking water quality line up like beautiful pearls on a string, surrounded by a stunning mountain backdrop.
Eco-friendly living with an indulgent twist in unique surroundings. Biohotel Stanglwirt suits families, couples, tennis players, equestrians, golfers, skiers and gourmets.