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    Your alarm is ringing really early today. But that's okay: You want to finally see the sun rise over the mountaintops. You're all set, and you're hungry for adventure. You know it will be a challenge, you know your muscles will ache tomorrow, but that feeling of giving it your all and finally reaching the summit makes it all worthwhile... Find out more about the perfect spots for an active holiday - directly from other travellers.

    John - no 146

    A Family Holiday in the Tux Valley, Tirol

    "There were so many lovely family activities right along the Tux Valley."

    -- John, Coventry

    • Sue - no 150

      Winter in Oberau & the Valley of Wildschönau, Tirol

      "Lovely ski trip, plenty of walking and great restaurants in the mountains."-- Sue, Somerset

    • Diana - no 89

      Horsing Around in Vienna

      "Lipizzaners - absolutely amazing. You can book to see them practising, which is basically like a real show."-- Diana, Sheffield

    Ropeways and Austria's Best Cocktails in Zell am Ziller, Tirol

    "Zell is in a lovely sunny wide part of the Ziller valley, where 3 different mountain ranges meet so lots of variety in walking - but our favourite is to head for the most eye-catching rock face above the village - the Gerlosstein. Take a cable car up to its foot and then its a fairly easy walk up to the 2,100 m high point for views that stretch from the Inn valley to the high ridge along the Italian border; or alternately be brave and take the direct route up the face, via the 380 m long fixed ropeway of the Klettersteig. Then back to the hospitality of Zell - our favourites are the Hofer's Wirtshäusl for its great food and service, and the Englhof for its official 'best cocktail bar in Austria' award. Looking forward to our next visit already."

    -- Cath, Manchester

    Cath - no 209

    Experiencing Tirol in Summer and in Winter

    "I've been to Zell am Ziller in both summer and winter, and loved it in both. In winter, the local 'Zell Arena' ski area is one big playground; spreading over 4 mountains, with over 50 fast and modern lifts, good snow and snow making, fun parks, jumps and video runs, plus great cafes and après-ski stops. You have the options of easy transport and combined tickets with Mayrhofen and the Hintertux glacier, or you can go to smaller, quieter areas where locals ski alongside tourists. Plus lots of choices for quieter winter walks, and off-slope activities (skating, spas and pools). Then in summer, lifts back in action for walking high on the ridges and to mountain huts; or just exploring the sheer variety of the area. Friendly, fun and relaxed."

    -- Mike, Wagan

    Mike - no 211

    Skiing and Fun in Zell am See & Saalbach, SalzburgerLand

    "The skiing in Zell am See and Saalbach was amazing. I would recommend SchnapsHans-Alm at the top of Schmittenhöhe for its atmosphere outside. I would also recommend the hotel Lebzelter in Zell am See, they were so friendly and helpful. The hotel itself has so much history and is in just the right location in Zell am See. Villa Crazy Daisy in Zell am See is very good for relaxed atmosphere and possibly the best beer in Zell am See."

    -- Annie, England

    Annie - no 45
    St. Johann in Salzburg

    Hochgründeck Hike in St. Johann in Salzburg

    "I hiked up to the top of Hochgründeck from where you have the most amazing view. I have never seen so many mountaintops and such a beautiful view."

    -- Kathrin, London

    Learn more about hiking in St. Johann in Salzburg
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      A Ski Day in Obertauern, Salzburg

      "A quick rest to enjoy the view over the Alps, before it goes downhill again – in fresh powder."-- Martina, London

    • Diane - no 55

      Visiting the Glacier in Zell am See, SalzburgerLand

      "We did some hiking while there and visited the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier. It was the most beautiful place I've ever been to. The air is so crisp and clean."-- Diane, Connecticut

    A Hike Up Damülser Mittagsspitze in Mellau, Vorarlberg

    "We went for a hike from Mellau to Damüls. Just before ascending for the peak we decided to have a lunch break on a bench and got some curious cows that visited us on our break. The hike to the Damülser Mittagsspitze peak is challenging but has such an amazing view as a reward."

    -- Jelka, Brussels

    Mellau, Vorarlberg

    Hiking and Swimming in Salzkammergut, Upper Austria

    "Do a short hike on Schober in the morning and jump into the fresh water of one of the five nearby lakes in the afternoon! I'd go for Wolfgangsee or Traunsee lakes, as there you got a beautiful mountain panorama too! Also I'd totally go kayaking, it's so much fun!"

    -- Magdalena, Copenhagen

    Salzkammergut - Schober

    Skiing in Tirol

    "I have always skied in Austria. It is where I learned to ski over 10 years ago and I cannot imagine skiing anywhere else. It is not only the beautiful scenery, great snow and tasty food, but the friendly people and wonderful après-ski that I always experience. The smaller resorts always have such a history and authenticity to them, every year that I'm not there in the ski season I get incredibly jealous! Hopefully I will return soon!"

    -- Laurie, Leeds



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    Ben - no 164

    Experiencing the Thrill of Formula 1 in Spielberg, Styria

    "We were taught to drive racing cars at the Red Bull Ring by a retired Formula 1 star - it was an awesome day on the track!"

    -- Ben, Essex

    • Carolyn - no 140

      Walking, Beer, and Ice Cream in Lofer & Ehrwald

      "We took the Lofer Almbahn and then hiked to the top of Grubhörndl and then down into Lofer. The views were amazing. We then had beer and ice cream in the village square."-- Carolyn, Lincolnshire

    • Bad Gastein - Sara

      Pizza at Angelo's in Bad Gastein, SalzburgerLand

      "Endless days on the slopes and so much fun for both adults and kids. Favourite Restaurant: Angelo – best pizza in town (and in the world!) and the view of the city."-- Sara, Sweden

    Explore the City of Vienna by Bike or Boat

    "We always love visiting Vienna and have good friends there. Our recommendation would be hiring bikes and cycling along the river to Bratislava! If you aren’t up for a cycle, go for the day by boat - both are lovely options."

    -- Anwen, United Kingdom

    Anwen - no 196

    Sledging in Maria Waldrast, Tirol

    We went sledging at Maria Waldrast. It is a beautiful, but not too difficult hike up and a fun way down on the sledge which you can rent there. It was a very nice fun day out with the family.

    -- Hannah, London

    Maria Almrast

    Hiking Bärenschütz Gorge, Styria

    "As we started travelling without a particular plan, we got the recommendation of hiking up the Bärenschütz gorge from our host. We started the hike and were absolutely fascinated by the change of nature, as it was our first hike in a gorge. This trip was 3 ½ years ago and that’s always the first memory that pops up when I think back."

    -- Lisa, Brussels

    Learn more about the Bärenschütz Gorge
    Bärenschütz-gorge, Styria

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