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    Climatic Health Resorts: Breathe in Nature

    Health benefits are in the air in Austria - literally! Fresh air, stimulating climate and the power of water enhance our mental and physical wellbeing. Experience it for yourself! #realAustria

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    Austria's Nature

    Authentic and Real

    Striking mountain peaks, picturesque lakes, forests and hilly landscapes - Austria's natural surroundings are fascinating and make summer holiday dreams come true. All the unique wonders are proof of how untouched nature has remained in our country. If you only know Austria from photographs, you will be thrilled upon arrival how much it looks like it in reality - and even better!

    However, one element will surely never make it into your souvenir album - even if it is omnipresent in Austria and a huge part of its high quality of life: pure and fresh air. Every breeze in nature gives you strength and can be beneficial for both your mental and physical health, no matter if it's at a waterfall, among trees, at a lake or on an alpine pasture. If you experience Austria in real life, you will notice that well-being is literally in the air.

    • Among all the regions with excellent air and water quality, some particularly stand out and meet the necessary criteria to be able to call themselves "Climate Health Resort". Each of them contributes to alleviate the symptoms of skin and lung diseases, stress and burnout.

    • Pure, clean air, an exceptionally stimulating climate and its geographical conditions enhance the metabolism in particular. Breathing in these special places means boostering your body and mind. It means breathing in power and breathing out stress.

    "Our natural alpine landscapes with all their benefits offer a huge variety of possibilities to improve our mental and physical health."

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    Johanna Freidl PhD, Paracelsus Medical University Salzburg

    The Top 6 Climate Health Resorts in Austria

    •                 Landschaftsaufnahme Laterns
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      Laterns in Vorarlberg

      In the Middle Ages, hot springs were Laterns' main attraction. They have dried up since but the village is still a curative climatic health resort.

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      Galtür in Tirol

      Galtür's pure mountain air is legendary - even those suffering from pollen allergies can breathe easily here.

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      Windischgarsten in Upper Austria

      This climatic health resort is located on the edge of the Kalkalpen National Park in the Pyhrn-Priel region.

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      Gutenstein in Lower Austria

      The region's climate has a beneficial effect on those suffering from cardiovascular problems. The landscapes have inspired many artists.

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      Lake Weissensee in Carinthia

      A gentle climate from May to October and a mild bracing one in winter are real health boosters.

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      Lake Wolfgangsee in the Salzkammergut

      Lake Wolfgangsee's micro climate is well-known for its long sunny periods, fog-free mornings and top air and water quality.

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    Summer vacation in the sunniest region of Austria / Salzburger Lungau
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    Mariapfarr in Lungau in SalzburgerLand

    300 days of sunshine and clean air

    The Lungau region is a wonderful corner of SalzburgerLand in terms of climate and scenery: Located south of the Tauern Alps and the Nockberge mountains, it prides itself in having more than 300 sunshine days a year. The alpine landscapes protect the picture-perfect climatic health resort from clouds, wind and bad weather. And the cool and peaceful nights, with the sky just illuminated by stars, the peace and quiet are the perfect setting for a relaxing sleep - holistic regeneration of body, mind and soul at its best.

    At over 1,000 metres above sea level, the fresh air has positive effects on the heart and circulation. It comes with little surprise therefore that Mariapfarr was officially named a "climatic health resort". The absence of pollen, so highly valued by those suffering from allergies, is the icing on the cake.

    7 Reasons why Mariapfarr is a Natural Paradise

    •                 Summer in the Lungau region / Salzburger Lungau
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      Location

      The UNESCO biosphere park is a valuable habitat for humans and nature as well as a model region for sustainable development.

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    •                 Summer in the Lungau region / Salzburger Lungau
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      Mountains & Alpine Pastures

      60 mountain lakes and more than 20 alpine huts are the perfect setting for leisurely hikes. It's as beautiful as a painting - but it's real!

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      Nordic Walking Trails

      Get active! Mariapfarr has the largest certified Nordic walking trail network in Austria. That's what a healthy workout looks like.

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      Biosphere Park Experts

      The landscape experts are both enthusiastic and passionate and will happily share their knowledge about the region's treasures.

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      Wellness Centre Samsunn

      Sauna and massages both contribute to our well-being. The Samsunn Vitality and Wellness Centre in Mariapfarr was built using organic materials.

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      The Giant Samson

      World cultural heritage as a lived tradition: The Samson is a 6,5 metre (21,3 ft) high figure that is carried through the streets.

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      Silent Night

      History was written in Mariapfarr: Here, father Joseph Mohr wrote the lyrics to the world-famous Christmas carol "Silent Night, Holy Night".

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    Grawa Waterfall in Upper Stubai Valley
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    Waterfalls - a natural power source

    The Power of Water

    Top-quality water can be found at countless mountain springs, untouched torrents and more than 700 waterfalls in Austria. Watching the power of the falling water, listening to its roaring sounds and feeling the cool drops on your skin are a sensual experience not to be missed. And there are plenty of opportunities to do so. As many waterfalls are accessible by steps, bridges and viewing platforms, visitors of all ages can admire them up close.

    The fine mist of the water is literally everywhere, creating a particular microclimate. And the billions of tiny droplets in the air come with scientifically proven healing effects. A general rule of thumb says, the higher the origin, the finer the drops. The atomised aerosol reach deeply into your respiratory tracts and can improve the wellbeing of those suffering from allergies and respiratory diseases.

    5 Waterfalls and their Magical Strengths

    •                 National Park Hohe Tauern - Krimmler Cascades / National Park Hohe Tauern
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      Take a Deep Breath! Take a Deep Breath!

      At 380 metres (1.246 ft), the Krimml waterfalls in SalzburgerLand are the highest in Europe. Its water drops are particularly fine as a result of the height.

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      Bye bye Asthma! Bye bye Asthma!

      The name of Tirol's Stuiben waterfall originates from the dusting (German: "stäuben") of the spray that occurs when the water falls from 159 metres (521 ft). It is effective when suffering from a dry cough.

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      Leave the Stress Behind! Leave the Stress Behind!

      The Gartl waterfall in Carinthia plunges down around 100 metres (328 ft) and can boost your mental health. Due to the low wind, the ions remain concentrated.

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      Boost your Health! Boost your Health!

      The drops of the Grawa waterfall are rich in negative air ions and nano aerosols. They can reduce inflammation and fine dust pollution of the respiratory tract.

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    •                 An idyllic place at the Eifersbach Waterfall
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      Goodbye to Headaches! Goodbye to Headaches!

      Negative air ions lower serotonin levels, which counteracts the unpleasant effect of the foehn weather. You can feel it especially at the Eifersbach waterfall.

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    The Benefits of Kneipp Applications

    Healing through hot and cold water

    Named after its inventor, pastor Sebastian Kneipp, this holistic natural treatment mainly based on the power of water is around 150 years old. The health concept, still widely used to date, has similarities with methods used in the Far East. The nerves are stimulated by water, heat and cold, activating the body's healing and defense mechanisms.

    In Austria, you can experience the benefits of the treatment first-hand at over 40 Kneipp spa hotels - from trading water to pads, wraps, packs and baths.

    Kneipp Treatments in Tirol
    Kneipp Treatments in Upper Austria
    Kneipp Treatments in Salzburg

    Kneipp Philosophy: Every Application is a Contribution

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