"Chilling" at Lake Wolfgang
Picture this: a warming dip, enjoying the spectacular winter landscape from the floating pool in Lake Wolfgang.
Picture this: a warming dip, enjoying the spectacular winter landscape from the floating pool in Lake Wolfgang.
Thanks to a special Snowman Ticket rate and Magic Carpet training lift, you can enjoy skiing with the whole family amidst magnificent Bohemian Forest scenery at the skiing area Hochficht.
With these Austria apps you will be up to date on the latest weather reports, local maps and more for your trip.
Summit platforms usually offer a spectacular view, but the Stubai Glacier took this one step further with a platform suspended in air, accentuating the image of the mountain.
Find out how Silent Night was composed and why an Austrian town has a special Christmas Post Office.
Choose from 800 winter sport resorts across 71 ski regions. Access live ski data, web cams and snow & weather reports here!
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.
Innsbruck’s futuristic landmark is the Bergisel Ski Jump, known particularly as one of the venues for the international Vierschanzentournee competition.
Planning a ski holiday with kids is more difficult than you might think. That's because there are so many family-friendly winter offers in Austria that it's hard to make a decision where to go.
Enjoy the highlights of Advent in Graz, the capital city of Styria. Let yourself be enchanted by the romantic lights, the gleaming ice crib, the giant Rathaus Advent calendar and the spectacular Christmas Markets.
Imagine the lights of a Christmas tree rivalling with glistening tiles of the Golden Roof, the aroma of freshly made “Kiachln” (piping hot doughnuts laced with Sauerkaut) and the sound of Christmas carols. This is Christmas time in Innsbruck.
The fragrance of gingerbread and Linzer Torte from the Christmas Markets, pastry shops and cafes, the lights of the city skyline combining old with new, and the enticements of shopping in the city of Linz all bring you that step closer towards Christmas Eve.
The pealing of countless church bells reminds us that Christmas is near, and the Salzburg Christmas markets will fill you with warmth as you look out to the city's snow-covered roofs, domes and towers.
Step into the joy of Christmas with the beautiful streets of Vienna as your backdrop. Punch and chestnut stands draw customers with delicious delights, and stallholders get shoppers in the spirit with their handcrafted goods.
Looking for cross-country skiing tracks near to a hotel or resort in Austria? Here is a selection of classic tracks for cross-country skiers and skaters full of twists and turns.
Handlebar and saddle remain, but the wheels are replaced by skis on the snowbike, and the pedals are simply not needed for your swift ride down the mountain.
Just bring a good mood and the love of snow - fitness levels and experience can stay at home when you head to the "NTC Blue Day" Fun Park in Carinthia's Nassfeld.
Austria's smaller ski regions are especially family-friendly, thanks to their manageable size, attractive prices, boundless equipment and courses for skiers of all ages. We guarantee you'll be back year after year.
From 24th to 26th October, Sölden in Tirol will be hosting the ultimate FIS Ski World Cup Opening Programme. Like every year, the women's giant slalom opens the new World Cup season.
It's time to discover pure pleasure in the powder, on a skiing holiday in the Austrian Alps.
As part of the Snow Waltz Package the Wildkogel Holiday Arena offers a free ski course, intensive snowboard training, or attendance at the guest kindergarten. The best value family winter break.
Snow-covered mountains, blue sky, perfect slopes just waiting for the first track. Austria is the ideal place to make your skiing dream come true.
An Austrian winter promises not only hours of fun with classic cross-country skiing or even freeriding, but there are also plenty of less known adventures such as snowbiking or airboarding to be had.
Glühwein is enjoyed at traditional Christmas markets or after a day on the Austrian slopes at one of the huts.
Discover moments of happiness on skates amidst a magnificent natural setting in Austria this winter.
Saalbach-Hinterglemm greets adventure seekers after dark with plenty more than just après-ski.
Jumps up to 80m, steep slopes up to 85% and speeds up to 140km/h. Less than 2 mins to complete the stretch of 3.3km. An altitude difference of 863m from the starting point (1665m) to the finish (802m). An average speed of 103km/h. This is the most difficult ski piste in the world.
The tiny village of Filzmoos, south of Salzburg, is the ultimate location for high-profile ballooning. The 36th International BP-Gas Balloon Trophy takes place in January 2015 with approx. 40 balloon teams from all over the world.
One of Austria's most popular resorts, Obertauern, is a winter hotspot for skiing and snowboarding. The new season starts with a fantastic weekend of open-air concerts.
Enjoy an evening hike through the splendid snowy landscape before returning to your secluded mountain hut.
What an amazing feeling to carve down the slopes on a floodlit ski run, and what a choice you have in Austria!
From Nassfeld to Turracher Höhe, see which slopes offer nighttime skiing sessions in Carinthia.
Plenty of ski resorts in Lower Austria switch the floodlights on after dark, giving you even more time to have a ball on the slopes.
Some of Austria's best ski areas can be found in SalzburgerLand, and most of them offer a floodlit run.
A constant flow of keen skiers flocks to Styria and its nighttime ski runs every winter.
St. Johann, Kitzbühel, Söll...The list of famous winter resorts that offer night skiing in Tirol is endless.
There are endless opportunities to carry on skiing long after sunset on your ski holiday in Upper Austria.
Your day is by far not over when the sun goes down over the mountain tops in Vorarlberg.
While there are those who can hardly wait to take their place on the barstool of an elegant club or lounge after having scaled Austria’s mountain tops, others would rather spend their time relaxing with friends around a warm tiled stove. Or treat themselves to an exquisite meal in one of the gourmet restaurants within easy distance of the pistes.
From famously big winter opening celebrations to legendary après-ski. If partying and the pistes go hand in hand for you, then Austria is where you will find the ultimate bashes. But not just party animals are served well here as there is a whole range of exclusive bars, rustic mountain huts and gourmet restaurants waiting to be discovered.
In the opinion of many gourmets, the brothers Karl and Rudi Obauer are Austria's greatest success. Every year their restaurant achieves the highest nominations by national and international gourmet guides.
For a moonlit ride across snowy meadows, book a nighttime Segway tour in the Tyrolean Serfaus.
Intersport Rent offers fantastic discounts when booking online, and they'll have the skis ready to go as soon as you get there. Would you like to rent your equipment while on the move? Then download the first ski rent reservation app to your iPhone or Android mobile!
The ski resort of Simonhöhe in St. Urban makes a special promise to kids learning to ski or snowboard: Should they not feel confident on the slopes after a week, then they can repeat the course free of charge!
There are hardly any winter sports enthusiasts who nail their boards to the wall when taking a time out from skiing, never to be used again. Most skiers head back to the pistes sooner or later, and Tirol's Silberregion Karwendel is a great place to do so.
The international Valartis Bank Snow Polo World Cup brings the glamour of the polo set to the Austrian resort of Kitzbühel. It is the world's largest polo tournament on snow.
Not only skiers can have all the fun after dark. Here is a selection of floodlit parks for snowboarders.
Endless slopes, untracked powder snow - experience the Austrian mountains off the beaten track with a guided snowboard tour, or take to one of the many funparks.
In Hochpustertal there are three skiing areas ideally suited for families, the largest of which is the Thurntaler near Sillian with its 45km runs of all levels, going up to 2407m of sun-flooded slopes with views of the Dolomites and no waiting at the lifts.
An award-winning restaurant in Burgenland. When gourmets from all over the world make their pilgrimage to the village of Schützen they have one destination in mind: the Taubenkobel.
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.
While many end the day at an Alpine hut, skiers who don't tire are drawn to the moonlit peaks of the Zugspitz Arena.
Join the evening hike to the floodlit toboggan run on Carinthia's Katschberg, or enjoy a nighttime sleigh ride.
Enjoy a little Austrian Christmas atmosphere at home with this wonderfully light, crescent-shaped cookie.
From January to March, Vienna city hall transforms into a winter fairytale with a 6,000m² lit ice-skating area.
Ever dreamed about dancing the waltz at one of Vienna's many famous balls? With hundreds to choose from, here are some highlights of the Viennese Ball Season 2014 / 2015.
Austria's mountain resorts offer activities for the skier and non-skier alike. Regions like the Arlberg, Kitzbühel, Innsbruck, the Stubai Glacier and Montafon offer not only great outdoor activities, but also amazing culinary delights.
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.
Did you know that most Austrian ski regions celebrate their winter and ski opening with famously big parties? Find out what is happening, where and when on your ski holiday in Austria.
Have you ever dreamed of seeing the snow-capped peaks through the eyes of a bird, without motor, without noise? Winter paragliding can offer you just that.
When the stars come out, the Wildkogel sledding arena in Salzburger Land is just starting to heat up.
Budget-conscious but ski-addicted?! Journalist Rob Rees shows you how to avoid airline aggro, save money in these tough times and discover new resorts to keep your skiing adventures fresh.
High above the rooftops and valleys, visitors to Austria have the most spectacular start to the year. We let you in on the best New Year's celebrations in Austria's cities and on the mountain tops.
Been a while since you last snapped on the skis? You too can enjoy a ski holiday in Austria, renewing your confidence and reminding yourself of those mountain escapades of years gone by. Many of Austria's top ski resorts are offering attractive packages to do just this.
Roam snowy peaks on a winter night accompanied by torches and a delicious menu spread across several huts.
Only those who bring a certain basic level of fitness with them can enjoy their ski holiday to the full. Here are some valuable training tips to improve your strength and stamina for the winter. None of the exercises require a fitness studio, just a gym mat and some motivation.
We have all heard stories about what can go wrong on a ski holiday, but if you prepare yourself in advance, get to know the rules and pay attention while on the slopes, there should be nothing standing in the way of a wonderful and safe experience.
Although the Austrian regions supporting the Ski Again campaign are varied and serve different tastes - from great après-ski to enchanting villages and family skiing - the packages have one thing in common: they all include flights, transfers, half-board accommodation, lift pass and a SkiWorkShop with local instructors.
From Sölden in Ötztal, you have easy access to three surrounding peaks above 3000m - the so-called Big 3.From
Lively Ellmau lies in the SkiWelt, Austria's largest ski area, in the shadow of the Wilder Kaiser mountains.From
Alpbach and Niederau are traditional and charming villages, from which to explore the Ski Juwel slopes.From
Explore 5 resorts with a single ski pass in Ski amadé. Rich with possibilites and great value for money.From
Immediately above Lech, the tree-lined runs are wide and cruisy, excellent for beginners and intermediates.From
Bad Kleinkirchheim is a great resort to get your confidence back with gentle blue runs and some downhill challenges.From
Seefeld is near Innsbruck, offering skiers and non-skiers unlimited leisure amenities and entertainment.From
Refresh your slope skills as well as your thirst for après-ski in Zillertal's popular resort of Mayrhofen.From
St. Johann in Tirol is ideal for beginners and intermediate skiers, close to Kitzbühel with a great ski school.From
Linked to both Kaprun and the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier, snow is guaranteed in Zell am See, as is plenty of variety.From
Tirol's Ischgl prides itself in offering the ideal mix of superb skiing, designer outlets and a legendary nightlife.From
With 200km of pistes and 55 lifts, the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang is an intermediates' dream.From
The WOW Glacier Love winter opening will transform Zell am See-Kaprun and the unique Kitzsteinhorn glacier skiing area into the Alps' party centre for the weekend. This first-time event is characterized by a fine music line-up at night and action during the day on the glacier and in the valley.