Life is full of those little moments. Leaving the house for work with the sun slowly rising behind you. On a hike, reaching the summit and stopping for a moment, looking down at the stunning views, a view that takes your breath away. Visit Austria to experience these moments.
Zell am See: lake and glacier
In Zell am See, the crystal-clear blue lake is what you’ll notice first. Then, you’ll look up at the majestic peaks; a beautiful backdrop crowned by a glacier – a world of ice and snow that beckons you to visit, even in the middle of summer.
Get the best views: Thumersbach hiking trail
Take the Thumersbach hiking trail, a 1-hour circular route located on the opposite shore from the town of Zell am See. Start out at the village square of Thumersbach, and take in the views of the surrounding mountains, dressed in shades of green, grey and white. Along the way, sit down in one of the blooming meadows and unwind. And at the end of your hike, enjoy a refreshing swim in Lake Zell.
Ötztal in Tirol: the wonders of wild nature
The Ötztal is a region where you can go for hours without encountering another person, allowing you to fully enjoy the Alpine wilderness. The Ötztal Nature Park in particular is laden with superlatives: over 200 impressive peaks frame the valley, and as you look up, you might see one of its 67 glaciers. The highest summit in Northern Tirol, the Wildspitze, soars 3,774 metres into the sky in the southern part of the Ötztal. Plus, the 160-metre high Stuiben Falls are the highest waterfalls in Tirol.
From the village of Umhausen, it’s a continuous upward hike for about 1.5hrs to the waterfall. If you want to feel the spray of the naturally flowing water on your skin, climb up the 700 steps next to the waterfall and cross the 80-metre long suspension bridge. As you arrive at the observation deck on the other side, you’ll be able to observe the entire waterfall from dizzying heights.
Tiroler Zugspitz Arena
When you arrive on top of Zugspitze mountain in Tirol, you’ll need a little time to take it all in. After all, there are not a lot of places where you can see four countries from above at once: The Alpine peaks of Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Italy – 400 of them, all in all! – will surround you, making you feel like you’re floating above the world.
From the village of Ehrwald in Tirol, take the Tiroler Zugspitzbahn cable car – it’ll whisk you up to almost 3,000 metres in just 10 minutes. The ride is an experience in itself, taking you over evergreen forests and exposed, snowy rocks. On the top, panoramic views await – on a clear day, you’ll be able to see both Munich’s television tower and four-thousander Piz Bernina on the Italian-Swiss border. Well-equipped mountaineers can also make their way to the top of the Zugspitze on foot via a 5-hour hike that includes a via ferrata.