Wondering where to go for a short trip or to spend holidays without COVID-19 restrictions? Austria has a lot to offer— from pristine nature to various breathtaking regions, not only for summer but all-year-around. Whether you like active holidays, or just relaxing by the lake, there is so much to see and experience in Austria.
If you are not sure where to go alone or with your family— these are my top favorite locations and regions to visit this year:
Wörthersee (Lake Wörth) – The Austrian St. Tropez
The almost 17-kilometer-long lake is located in the southern Austrian state of Carinthia. Lake Wörth – is the warmest and one of the most popular bathing lake surrounded by breathtaking mountains and lush greenery.
Named after the small village of Maria Wörth, Lake Wörth is a wonderful place to spend summer holidays, where you can swim in crystal clear water, take boat tours, biking around, mountain walks and eat in good restaurants.
The lake is also perfect for families, where not just the water is so clean and warm, but also it offers lot of nice activities to keep the kids busy and happy. Click here for more.
Lake Millstatt is Carinthia’s second largest lake and it gets approximately 27 °C warm in summer. A perfect holiday destination for those looking to spend relaxing holidays, combined with hiking, mountain biking, and dining under the the stars surrounded by breathtaking nature. Click here for more.
Weissensee: The cleanest lake in Carinthia
Drinking water quality, temperature up to 25° C— Lake Weissensee is enhanced by the beautiful Nature Park. This one-of-a-kind natural gem is located in the eastern Gailtal Alps and is part of a tranquil alpine area. A beautiful destination for anyone looking for relaxing holidays, hiking, experiencing the nature, mountain biking, fishing, water sports, scuba diving, running, nordic walking, boating and many more. Click here for more.
Bad Gastein – A Retreat For Body And Soul
Bad Gastein isn’t just the Alpine Paradise, it is also a destination for outdoor sports lovers. The stunning mountain scenery of Gastein Valley, doesn’t only offer skiing, hiking or biking, but also great place for those who want to spend relaxing holidays and simply enjoy the astonishing nature of Bad Gesteins. Click here for more.
Bregenz by Lake Constance
The city of Bregenz is on the eastern shores of Lake Constance, the third-largest freshwater lake in Central Europe, between Switzerland in the west and Germany in the northwest. The beauty of Lake Constance is the jewel of the city of Bregenz, with urban being combined with natural. It offers lot of attractions, such as historic and modern architecture, traditional landmarks and breathtaking nature. There is something for everyone, wether it’s cycling, hiking, bathing, a boat trip, a shopping stroll, concerts, museums, galleries, etc. – and everything by the gorgeous lake. Click here for more.
Wachau – Wines & History
A UNESCO World Heritage landscape, Wachau is one of the most famous winegrowing regions in Austria for its refined and elegant whites. A perfect place for a day getaway from Vienna or for a weekend. You can enjoy the stunning peaks, crystal clear mountain lakes and beautiful rustic huts. Click here for more.
Zell Am See – The Alpine Gem
Besides its idyllic nature, Zell Am See offers so much for those who are looking to spend holidays and explore the pristine alpine region of Zell Am See. Crystal clear lakes, great resorts, lot of activities and events – Zell Am See is an absolute gem. Click here for more.
Krimml Waterfalls – Austria’s Most Spectacular Paradise
I love all kinds of waterfalls, but the Krimml Waterfall is the highest and most spectacular waterfall in Austria. The 380 meter (1246 ft) waterfalls are one of Austria’s most visited attractions. Its pure energy gives an unforgettable feeling to everyone who visits the Krimml Waterfalls. Extraordinary natural wonder Krimml Waterfall is located in Hohe Tauern National Park in Austria. Krimml Waterfall is open from May to October each year. Definitely worth to see with your own eyes! Click here for more.
Hallstatt – The Chocolatebox Village
The chocolate-box village of Hallstatt has lovely 16th century timber houses and its winding cobbled streets take you through the postcard-pretty town, by the sight of beautiful white swans floating on the lake. If you have spent some time on Instagram or Pinterest and looking for travel trips to Europe, Alps or winter-wonderland places, chances are you’ve come across Hallstatt panoramas. Worth to visit for a weekend! Click here for more.
Nationalpark Hohe Tauern – The Land Of Austria’s Superlatives
The Hohe Tauern National Park is the largest, contiguous and cross-country natural and cultural region in the Alps with its total area of 1,856 km2. The unique natural environment with a an outstanding nature, the national park is not only a feast for the eyes, but also offers a lot to discover. Click here for more.
Gosausee, Dachtstein Region – Austria’s fairy-tale landscape
The adorable alpine village Gosau, is famous for its Lake Gosau. From the village you can see the most beautiful and most famous views of “King Dachstein”. The area is also well-known for its ancient woodland and lush mountain pastures, and attracts many nature lovers too. Besides its idyllic landscape, the Gosau valley can be visited all year around. Click here for more.
Bregenzerwald – Healing Nature of Vorarlberg
The Bregenzerwald landscapes are healing for the soul and eye. Pristine nature, idyllic hills, stunning peaks and romantic river valleys are perfect for people who love active holidays and for those who adore the Alpine nature. Typical of the Bregenzerwald is the three-layer cultivation of the fields: (valley – mountain pasture – high mountain pasture). This stunning region offers lot of summer and winter activities, events, culinary experience, wellness & health retreats and so much more. Click here for more.
Photography: Marion Payr for VIVAMAYR
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