With the fragrance of the forests, the crisp air in the alps and the loveliest of meadows, Austria’s natural beauty is enough to have even the grumpiest person singing a rendition of Do-Re-Mi.
When you think of Austria, it’s easy to think of the Opera, glamourous palaces or delicious apple strudel. However the true beauty of this incredible country lies within its roots, literally, out in the wilderness.
We’ve uncovered our favourite natural spaces in Austria that are guaranteed to inspire happiness.
HOHE TAUERN NATIONAL PARK
Hohe Tauern National Park is the largest nature reserve in the Alps, with the best way to experience it via a hike with one of the towns park rangers.
Pick wild blueberries and herbs in sweeping meadows, and enjoy the views from one of Hohe Tauern’s breathtaking summits.
THE CRADLE OF ALPINE SKIING
Located high in the Alps of western Austria, Arlberg is often referred to as the “Cradle of Alpine Skiing.”
Slopes blanketed in snow stretch for miles, so it is sometimes hard to know where the mountain ends and clouds begin.
Nestled in the heart of the Sazkammergut lake region, Unesco-listed Hallstatt is Austria’s oldest and perhaps most photographed village.
There are no cars allowed here either – purely to preserve what is left and though beautiful at ground level, some of the best views of Hallstatt are from above.
From the lush valley at the foot of the mountain, take a panoramic cable car up 1,000 metres and watch the scenery transform into misty clouds and sheer cliffs.
If you’re feeling adventurous, ride on the roof of the gondola surrounded by a secure balcony.
Among Austria’s magical beauty, the Vorderer Gosausee is a tremendously beautiful lake, located in the south-western party of upper Austria.
The lake is a must-see location for once in a lifetime to witness the extraordinary beauty of nature and magnificent views of sunrise and sunset.
It won’t be an exaggeration of the Vorderer Gosausee as it is remarked as an unspoiled patch of heaven on earth, located in the Alps of Upper Austria.
Lake Plansee, found in the Tyrol region of Austria, is a large body of water connected to another lake, called the Heiterwang, via a canal.
The lake is an unparalleled spot for outdoor enthusiasts, and miles of paved pathways are ideal for jogging, cycling and inline skating.
Surrounded by the Lechtal Alps, you can also scuba dive or go fishing for trout and perch.
If you’re feeling home-sick for a place you are yet to experience, then add Austria to your bucket list.
To discover more incredible nature spots in Austria, visit the Austria Tourism website.