Austria's Most Breathtaking Natural Wonders
Alpine regions with lakes and mountains, Pannonian steppes, forests and Mediterranean landscapes - Austria is full of natural wonders. #realAustria
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
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.
"Our natural alpine landscapes with all their benefits offer a huge variety of possibilities to improve our mental and physical health."
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.Read more
Galtür's pure mountain air is legendary - even those suffering from pollen allergies can breathe easily here.Read more
This climatic health resort is located on the edge of the Kalkalpen National Park in the Pyhrn-Priel region.Read more
The region's climate has a beneficial effect on those suffering from cardiovascular problems. The landscapes have inspired many artists.Read more
A gentle climate from May to October and a mild bracing one in winter are real health boosters.Read more
Lake Wolfgangsee's micro climate is well-known for its long sunny periods, fog-free mornings and top air and water quality.Read more
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.
The UNESCO biosphere park is a valuable habitat for humans and nature as well as a model region for sustainable development.Learn more
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!Learn more
Get active! Mariapfarr has the largest certified Nordic walking trail network in Austria. That's what a healthy workout looks like.Learn more
The landscape experts are both enthusiastic and passionate and will happily share their knowledge about the region's treasures.Learn more
Sauna and massages both contribute to our well-being. The Samsunn Vitality and Wellness Centre in Mariapfarr was built using organic materials.Learn more
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.Learn more
History was written in Mariapfarr: Here, father Joseph Mohr wrote the lyrics to the world-famous Christmas carol "Silent Night, Holy Night".Learn more
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.
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Negative air ions lower serotonin levels, which counteracts the unpleasant effect of the foehn weather. You can feel it especially at the Eifersbach waterfall.Read more
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.