Ask an Austrian about mindfulness and they’ll look at you with amused bewilderment. When you’re a native of this wild yet tranquil place, it seems that mindfulness is not something you chase, it’s something that’s all around you, a natural gift that’s woven into your very existence.
You don’t have to spend very long in Austria before you experience this. Let your eyes feast on the majestic scenery, hear the early morning melody of bird song, smell the heady fragrance of alpine flowers, feel the cool, crisp air on your face, or taste the freshness of a mountain spring. With your senses working overtime in nature, there’s no place for the stresses and strains of modern life.
Heavenly and holistic
To really get the most from Austria, forget being a tourist and trying to pack in as much as you can. This stunning European destination really comes into its own when you have the luxury of not having to think about anything at all,to take your time, soak up your surroundings and immerse yourself in the here and now.
In Austria, it’s nature that takes centre-stage. There’s no need for theme parks or tourist attractions, just let the glory of the natural world fill up your senses, get your heart pumping and leave you breathless. Just remember to keep each and every precious moment safe – you can take them home as the most wonderful souvenirs, ones that will stay in your heart forever.
See the possibilities
It’s hard not to feel in awe of your surroundings when you’re in the Ötztal Nature Park in Tirol. With more than 200 impressive peaks, including 67 glaciers and more than its fair share of waterfalls, you’ll just want to stand, stare and marvel at its majesty. Or soak up the marvellous colours as you walk along the Thumersbach hiking trail that leads you high above the glorious Lake Zell in SalzburgerLand.
Touch the wonder
Taste the moment
Smell the joy
Hear the silence
There are places in Austria, like the long-distance trails in Hochkönig, SalzburgerLand, where you can literally hear a pin drop. Where the only sound is the babbling of a brook, the wind sweeping across an alpine pasture or the breeze gently toying with your hair. It’s a very special experience to embrace the peace and quiet you’ll find here – sometimes it’s so quiet you can even hear yourself think!
Reconnect with nature at Austria.info/mindfulness