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    Today is the day you will stop hurrying. Instead, you take your time getting out of bed, closing your eyes again as the morning sun warms your face. You enjoy a perfectly boiled egg and a large mug of milky coffee without looking at your watch once. Then you go for a long stroll around the lake, the pebbles crunching under your shoes. And then, the spa... Find out which relaxing holiday moments fellow travellers treasure the most:

    Rowland - no 74

    Mountains and Culture in Galtür & Salzburg

    "The lovely views and freedom of the mountains combined with the culture and sights of Salzburg!"

    -- Rowland, Oxfordshire

    • Jill - no 96

      An Impromptu Kneipp Cure in Seefeld, Tirol

      "Loved coming across a Kneipp spring when out walking. Wonderful to get the boots off and soak the tired feet in the icy water."-- Jill, Plymouth

    • New Year's Eve in a Mountain Hut in Ehrwald, Tirol

      "There are so many great memories, the skiing in the area, the cosy nights by the fireplace in our apartment after having a nice dinner together, and celebrating New Year’s Eve on a mountain hut!"-- Marjolein, Haarlem

    Hot Chocolate in Hallstatt & a Lakeside Walk in Gosau, Upper Austria

    "Once we arrived in Hallstatt on a quiet October morning, we just walked the charming streets of Hallstatt and enjoyed some hot chocolate near the market square. Later, around noon, we stopped for lunch at the ‘World heritage inn’ – Steegwirt. A restaurant I can highly recommend for its cosy and traditional ambience, its very friendly hospitality and its delicious dishes for a good value.
    Since neither my boyfriend nor me are very sporty people, we decided to finish off the day by walking leisurely around the beautiful, dark green ‘Vorderer Gosausee’ lake."

    -- Michaela, Austria

    Hallstatt - Michaela

    A Magical Day in Vorarlberg

    "We loved the walk up the Hoher Freschen with our kids. We hiked up and had snacks at the Freschen Hütte right at the top. Even in June we walked over snow to reach the summit. The 360-degree view was amazing, as was the small chapel on the way down. We saw a farm on the way down and the farmer took our boys to show them newly born twin calves. It was the most magical experience for our sons aged 9 & 6. They have never forgotten it. Vorarlberg is so peaceful and scenically spectacular, we love it."

    -- Alison, Burley in Wharfedale

    Alison - no 108
    Helle - no 217

    Relax and Enjoy the View over Wolfgangsee Lake, Salzburg

    "Take the train up the mountain near Wolfgangsee and have a great view."

    -- Helle, Havdrup (Denmark)

    • Caroline - no 52

      The Sound of Music Tour in Salzburg

      "The Sound of Music tour was fabulous. Also loved the architecture in both Salzburg and Vienna. Absolutely stunning!"-- Caroline, Keith

    • Thomas - no 182

      Walking in the Footsteps of the Famous Von Trapp Family, Salzburg

      "The Sound of Music tour - not only for the history of the film, but also the beautiful scenery of Salzburg and the good humoured professionalism of the tour guides."-- Thomas, London

    Pedal Boating in Kitzbühel, Tirol

    "Two years ago during summer, I visited friends in Tirol, not far away from Kitzbühel. As it was really hot, we decided to go for a swim instead of hiking, so we went to lake Schwarzsee. We rented a pedal boat and jumped into the water! It was so nice and refreshing and the scenery with the high mountains in the background covered with snow was just breathtaking. We couldn’t get enough of the nature around us, swimming and having a wonderful time on the pedal boat at the same time."

    -- Oscar, Manchester

    Learn more about Lake Schwarzsee in the Kitzbüheler Alps
    Schwarzsee in Tirol

    A Story of Kindness, Consideration, and Love in the City of Salzburg

    "My favourite travel experiences in Austria are many from my first visit to Salzburg in September 2000 - so good we returned in December. After that, we visited Vienna the following December and then back to Salzburg in '03, which is my most memorable holiday - not necessarily for the right reasons. After suffering a serious injury in an accident on an excursion, I found myself being operated on and having to spend a few days in the main A&E hospital in Salzburg. 
    It was the kindness, consideration and help given by everyone from the paramedics to all the hospital staff, along with the help given by the hotel to my uninjured companion in ensuring that they were well looked after. Then there was the start of the journey back to Edinburgh on 24th December 2003. The two paramedics taking us up to Munich were truly amazing and so helpful, even giving both of us small bags of Christmas biscuit type treats.
    But what topped everything was the sunrise over Salzburg that morning. I have never ever seen one like it since, one of nature's true wonders. It reminded me of how my mum described a rainbow when I asked her when I was a wee boy: Rather than go into the scientific explanation she simply said "it's magical". That sunrise was the same. 
    So, thank you, Austria and your people. 
    I have been back a couple of times since, most recently to Vienna in January."

    -- Roddie, Edinburgh



    A Little Piece of Heaven in Hallstatt, Upper Austria

    "As we turned a corner and first caught sight of the incredibly beautiful village of Hallstatt, we knew we’d found our little piece of heaven on earth. There is nowhere more beautiful in all of Europe. The high peaks of the Alps, clear blue waters of the lakes and the magical way in which both meet, bring the most breathtaking scenery imaginable."

    -- Sonia, Wales

    Sonia - no 159

    Enjoy an Evening of Après-Ski in Zell am See, SalzburgerLand

    "Visit Villa Crazy Daisy for après-ski and visit SchnapsHansAlm on the top of the Schmittenhöhe."

    -- Annie, England

    #ShareYourAustria: Annie - no 222
    Peter - no 17

    A Walk Through Salzburg

    "The entire vibe of the whole city and the view of its surroundings, such as the view from the rose garden to the castle is just divine... the walk by the Salzach river and the view into the city centre from far is another beauty spot, and not to mention the old town, the people dressed up all traditional, just amazing."

    -- Peter, England

    • View over Salzburg

      Rooftop Bar in Salzburg

      "The view over the old town and the castle from the roof-top bar in Hotel Stein, also called Stein-Terrace. Also a culinary highlight in Austrian snacks: the Bosna sausages from the Balkan grill next to the Getreidegasse, not far from Mozart's birthplace. "-- Paul, Brussels

    • Chris - no 188

      Wood Fire & Ponies in Grins in Tirol

      "Stay in a forest lodge - eat, drink and relax by a wood fire, snow shoe in the forests around Grins, spend an evening on the Rodelbahn for some floodlit action on the slopes, eat locally with new friends, walk with Haflinger ponies in the wide open places..."-- Chris, Scotland

    Cycling and Deep Gorges in Carinthia

    "Kärnten seems to be off the tourist trail, which is a shame because the scenery, lakes and mountains are fantastic. The food is excellent, wherever you go. Activities are brilliant, being able to cycle beside the river Drau and its nature park. The Tscheppaschlucht is an amazing adventure into this deep gorge - before you come out to a beautiful 'fairy land' and enjoy a well-earned Bier."

    -- John, Harrow

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