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Austria‘s Hidden Treasures Fresh views and enchanting surprises

Online guide 2012

When you visit Austria in summer for the first time, there’s a good chance you’ll be delightfully surprised, for our country is usually swathed in warm sunshine, the mountains providing a wonderful backdrop to watersports, al fresco dining and all the wonders of summertime in Europe. Take a deeper look inside and let Austria surprise you. www.austria.info/treasures


Photo: Udo Bernhart

On Cloud Nine

Riegersburg, where you can gaze out over the Styrian countryside, sits enthroned atop a steep, 482-metre high volcanic cliff. Encircled by three-kilometre long defensive battlements, it was never captured in all the centuries of its existence. Regardless of being unassailable, it looks back on a very eventful historic past. Nowadays, things evolve more peacefully: on the slopes of this fortress today grapevines thrive. Or visitors can ogle at an array of predatory birds and their dramatic stunts, peruse an exhibition of witches

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inside the fortress or simply stand goggle-eyed and take in the magnificent views. This ‘land of thermal spring sources’ is Austria’s fruit orchard, since its volcanic soil is particularly fertile and rich in nutrients. The warm days and cool nights are perfect for growing great wines. Visitors are advised to simply let themselves go: be spoiled, by the charms of the hilly countryside, your heart-warming hosts, the regional specialties, the sparkle of top white wines or wellness offerings at one of the thermal springs...or all of the above.

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Natural delights

Authenticity perhaps best describes Alpbachtal in western Austria. For centuries, residents have preserved traditional farming practices and observed strict building controls. Surrounded by dramatic alpine peaks, this valley charms with its way of life.

Green meadows, rustical farmhouses, impressive mountains... that´s the Alpbachtal in Austria. 2

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Kisslinger Kristallglas Rattenberg – Mysterious World of Crystal Rattenberg has long been synonymous with top-quality, handmade glass. Since 1820, glass makers, engravers and painters have been showcasing their craft here.

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eadows awash in yellow wildflowers, oxlips, orchids, primulas and alpine roses; brilliantly colourful floral displays adorning the gorgeously carved wooden balconies of Alpbach’s traditional chocolate box chalets – from the moment you arrive it’s a real feast for the senses.

“There’s an herb for every ailment” Learn about the healing and medicinal prop­ erties of indigenous herbs with the Messner family at Neuschwendt mountain farm in Brandenberg.

Living traditions.

Helpful links: Crystal World Kisslinger www.kisslinger-kristall.com Alpbachtal Seenland Card – all inclusive card www.alpbachtal.com/card Family Fun programme Alpbachtal www.alpbachtal.at/en/summer/hits-for-Kids-in-summer How to arrive www.alpbachtal.at/en/service/travel-information Latest deals www.alpbachtal.at/en/accommodation/packages

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Augustinian Museum Rattenberg Formerly, an Augustinian monastery founded in 1834, today it is home to an award-winning museum showcasing nine centuries of Tirolean art and culture, with masterpieces from the Romantic and Gothic periods.

Open the door to authentic Alpbachtal. Taste Alpbachtal haymilk cheese in the dairy of Reith im Alpbachtal.

Food glorious food

Family enjoyment

Indeed, with farming still hugely important here, there are more than a hundred small holdings scattered around the valley, many having belonged to the same families for centuries. One of these is Gasthof Rossmoos, just a 10-minute drive up the valley from Alpbach. Perched on a hillside some 1200m above sea level, and overlooking the wide natural bowl, this inn owned by the Moser family is famous for serving up tasty local dishes, like speck­knoedel – a typical farmer’s meal of dumplings, bacon, eggs, onions and diced bread. Just what you need after a day out in the mountains. Another ‘must try’ is a traditional dessert called Kaiserschmarren – a thickly baked pancake, chopped into small pieces and served with plum sauce. Guaranteed to leave you stuffed but satisfied.

An Alpbachtal holiday ensures fun and recreation for the whole family. One such highlight is Juppi Zauberwald (Juppi´s enchanted forest). After a ride on the Reitherkogelbahn, a 2kmlong exploration trail (also buggy-friendly) awaits you. While mums and dads enjoy wonderful scenery from the viewing platform looking over the Alpbach, Ziller and Inn valleys, kids can have fun in various adventure play areas which include a wobbly bridge, haunted marsh, and birds nest swing. Don’t forget to stand by the photo board for your souvenir picture! Here’s a good tip – use of the Reitherkogelbahn and access to Juppi Zauberwald is free with your Alpbachtal Seenland Card!

Juppi Zauberwald (Juppi´s enchanted forest) Children will love a spot of play in the Juppi Zauberwald where the fun starts with taking the Reitherkogelbahn up the mountain to Juppi’s 2km trail of exploration and adventure. Museum of Tirolean Farmhouses in Kramsach Journey back into time and experience the way it used to be as you stroll amongst originally preserved farmhouses, a saw mill, flour mill, school house and chapels. The museum also hosts a varied programme of events, exhibitions and guided tours.

Healing hands

After all this fresh air and fine local food, the only thing you now need to have you firing on all cylinders again is a relaxing massage. You’ve come to the right place, as Alpbachtal is home to several wellness centres and spas dotted around the area offering toe-tingling treatments using local, herb-derived products. Check in at the family-run Hotel Galtenberg and unwind in the 600m2 ground-floor spa and wellness centre with various steam rooms and an al fresco ‘sauna garden’ where you can sit and sip a refreshing fruit tea while soaking up the magnificent view.

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Take a stroll along the lane from the village and have a look around the Vorder-Unterberg farming museum, once a 17th century working farm, today offering a fascinating snapshot into Alpbach’s rural way of life with over 800 pieces of original furniture and farm items. This is a region where ‘living traditions’ and a way of life passed down generationally figure prominently. In the near­ by village of Brandenberg, the Messner family have been cultivating alpine herbs, for their healing and medicinal properties, on the Neuschwendt mountain farm for over 23 years. Adhering to the ‘there’s a herb for every ailment’ belief, Gertrude Messner and her husband produce creams, oils, teas and other mixtures using indigenous medicinal herbs. Experience the ‘Tirol of old’ at the province’s largest openair museum – the museum of Tirolean farmhouses – situated in nearby Kramsach. An air of nostalgia hangs over these old farms, bearing witness to a past culture that still however has impact on the present. On site are many outbuildings, such as a saw mill, flour mill, blacksmith, and also two chapels and a school house, all having been dismantled with great care and rebuilt here. The museum hosts a varied programme of events, exhibitions and guided tours. Admire splendid objects made of glass at the Kisslinger Kristallglas Rattenberg – Mysterious World of Crystal. Since 1820, Rattenberg has been well-known for top quality, handmade glassware. Glass engravers and painters demonstrate their art, too. Originally founded as an Augustian monastery in 1384, the award-winning Augustinian Museum Rattenberg opened its doors for the first time in 1993, showcasing nine centuries of Tirolean jewels of art, including masterpieces from the Romantic and Gothic periods. Numerous displays of religious folk art, historical cultural objects from the region and a collection of rare gothic sculptures are also on exhibit.

Contact details

Alpbachtal Seenland Tourismus Zentrum 1, A-6233 Kramsach/Tirol T +43 (0)5336 600-609 F +43 (0)5336 600-699 info@alpbachtal.at, www.alpbachtal.com

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Packages

Keeping it real means just that in Alpbachtal. Here, where traditions are celebrated and loyally preserved, come and experience Austria – up close.

What’s on in Austria

Meet the locals

Yodeling in Vienna? The local Viennese call it ‘Dudeln’ and its emergence came in the 1820s when choral groups from the Tirol introduced the respectable Viennese to the romance of the Alps. However, while a yodel is always performed vocally, the Viennese ‘Dudler’ is accompanied by instruments and often imbedded in a lyrical Viennese song. Another typical Viennese form of music enjoying a bit of a renaissance is ‘Schrammelmusik’. Attributed to two brothers, it’s recognisable for its characteristic ‘whining’ voice accompanied by a lively instrument ensemble. Some 200 Viennese songs are attributed to the Schrammel brothers.

Natural Quality 7-night stay with half-board in 3-star hotel/inn Alpbachtal Seenland Card for duration of stay, providing access to three summer mountain lifts, local Regiobus, lakes, museums, guided walks, bike tours and more. From GBP 299 per person (excl. flights) Information and booking: www.alpbachtal.com

Inghams package 7-night stay with half-board in 3-star hotel Flights depart London Gatwick Free glass of wine, beer or soft drink with evening dinners Free Alpbachtal Seenland Card Live Tirolean music Sunday evenings (July and August) From GBP 489 per person Information and booking: www.inghams.co.uk

Georg Leitner, Feather quill embroiderer “I am one of only five people in the Tirol who practice this generation-togeneration craft. I learned from my father, who learned in the region years ago, and I am passing on my expertise and secrets to my own son.”

Farm holidays in Austria Try something different this year and let the whole family experience some holiday time on a farm. Whether large and quite modern, or smaller with old-school charm, all farms are well-maintained, very clean, and wonderfully cosy. Fresh eggs from free-range hens, homemade apple juice, butter and milk, and a quiet sit-down in front of a tiled stove in the parlour – learn what life on the farm is really like.

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© ANTO: Farm H. / Popp & Hackner; Schrammel. / Klang Festival / Mussil; Birdwatching / Popp Hackner

“I was born on the Unterberghof farm and lived here until it turned into the present day Vorder-Unterberg museum in the seventies. Today, I live next door and work as the museum’s guide, and tend to the animals.”

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Ander Schiessling, Farmer

Crystal package 7-nights at bed & breakfast Flights depart London Gatwick Free Alpbachtal Seenland Card for all guests in Alpbach including complimentary use of cable cars, buses and entrance admission to local attractions. From GBP 468 per person Information and booking: www.crystalsummer.co.uk

Austria’s Passion for Tradition and Nature:

A time-honoured piece of clothing The traditional ‘Juppe’, as worn by Bregenzerwald women (tightly-pleated, high skirt, bodice, lavish sleeves, apron and decorative belt), is one of the oldest women‘s costumes found in the alpine region. From the mid-16th century, a wide-brimmed hat became part of the look, and in 1781 the famed artist Angelika Kauffman painted herself wearing the distinctive Juppe. Today, the Juppe is still being manufactured in one workshop in Riefensberg; it is always custom-made to fit the wearer, a one-off piece. Guided workshop tours available.

UNESCO Biosphere Reserve “Making use of nature without causing harm” – this is the philosophy of the UNESCO Biosphere Park Grosses Walsertal in Vorarlberg. Biosphere parks are model sites which strive for sustainable development and seek to create a balanced relationship between protection of the natural environment and populatory needs. One of the functions of biosphere parks is environmental education. Visitors are offered tailor made excursion programmes, and families can embark on the Biosphere Park Adventure or take the popular learning trails around the park to understand this unique natural arena. Birdwatching at Neusiedler SeeSeewinkel National Park Peace, space and tranquility – this is Burgenland. Experience a plethora of landscapes, flora, and fauna unheard of within such a small area anywhere else in Europe. The UNESCO-recognised Neusiedler See-Seewinkel National Park for instance, is home to varied habitats which include a shallow lake of steppes, lowland moor, reed beds, salt lakes, and small-surfaced sand dunes. A paradise for birdwatchers, the park is a stepping stone for many migratory birds on their flight from northern Europe to Africa. Over 300 documented species have been sighted here, including some not found anywhere else in on the continent.

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Natural delights From the lush pastures of the Zillertal valley to your plate! This region in western Austria is well known for its healthy cuisine using organic herbs, naturally reared beef and award-winning dairy products.

Enjoy the natural way of fine dining at Zillertal‘s gourmet huts.

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Lasting memories

Special photo viewpoint locations within the High Mountain Nature Park of the Zillertal Alps ensure memorable holiday photos. Another tip: the park currently features three environmentally-focused exhibits offering insight into glaciers

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or anyone with even the slightest interest in good organic food, not to mention a delectable palate, this place is a veritable promised land. Zillertal’s steep, flower-filled meadows are peppered with traditional huts, walking trails and coffee-brown cows who lazily chew away the days under huge blue skies. But it’s not just the milk and honey that you’ll love.

Hidden treasures

With a GPS device in hand, find some hidden surprises tucked away upon the mountain summits, forests, old huts, mills, and chapels that help define the charm of the Zillertal.

Nature’s nutrition

Embark on even just one of the Zillertal’s walking routes or hikes and you’ll soon see why this valley is renowned for its cuisine and natural ingredients. Herbs grow all over the mountainsides and spring water couldn’t be much fresher. (Go on, give it a try, it’s free along the way!) Steep, flower-filled meadows are peppered with traditional huts, walking trails and coffee-brown cows who lazily chew away the days under huge blue skies. But it’s not just the milk and honey that you’ll love. For centuries, the region’s hearty farmers have quietly been churning out delicious cheeses, smoked meats and other homemade delicacies, unbeknown to the rest of the food-loving world. Now, though, the secret is finally out…

Savour tradition

With little effort, ride an E-Bike to one of 135 mountain huts and sample some regional specialities such as spicy cheese soup or a Zillertal beer. Full speed through the Zillertal

Enjoy a pint at Kreuzjochhütte hut, Carpaccio of Tuxer beef with fresh herbs, relaxing at Scharzachtal valley

Experience the Zillertal from the nostalgic perspective of a historical steam locomotive.

Foodie heaven

Say ‘cheese’!

Take a walk into history to the Berliner Mountain Hut, a protected alpine landmark, and the oldest stopping point for hikers built in 1879.

Locally brewed beer, mouth-watering speck and tangy local chutneys. These are just a few of the temptations that you’ll encounter while you’re here. In fact, even the water is rather special; it’s fed by rain and snowmelt, then, filtered through bedrock, before reappearing out of thousands of springs throughout the valley, ready to drink. It’s the meat and dairy products however, that cause gourmands to go weak at the knees. The beef comes from traditional Zillertal Tuxer cattle, renowned for their marbled quality. Here, not just the steaks are good, the valley is peppered with small, family-run butcher shops such as Metzgerei Gasser in Mayrhofen, where the aroma of smoked pork hangs in the air courtesy of the prime cuts hanging from nearby hooks. It’s the oldest family butcher in the valley, with the current owner, Hans Gasser, himself having been here for some 25 years. Alongside the strings of seasoned sausages, you’ll also find cheese, honey, bread and even schnapps – everything you need for a gourmet picnic to take with you when exploring the valley. Don’t forget though that this area is also enviable for its great restaurants – like Landgasthof Linde, in the village of Stumm. Run by Hannes Ebster and his wife, Christina, this 500-year-old eatery prides itself on natural local ingredients and serves up a mean rack of lamb. Throughout the year there are many regional festivals that of course also inevitably involve copious amounts of eating. Gauderfest, for example – the country’s largest springtime traditional costume parade – even has its own signature beer called ‘Gauder Bock’.

The dairy products of the Zillertal must be mentioned in any foodie discussion, with a nod to some very special ingredients. The grassy hillsides where the Tuxer cows feed are littered with herbs like veronica, heath milkwort, lady’s mantle and yarrow – all of which combine to create a distinctive ‘Zillertal flavoured’ milk, known as hay-milk. Visit the Adventure Alpine Dairy Zillertal while you’re in Mayrhofen, and you can work your way through a menu that includes cheeses, yoghurts and other milk-derived delicacies. In fact, the milk in this region is so good, they even recommend that you bathe in the stuff. We’re not sure on the science behind it but why not try it?

Building up an appetite

Helpful links: Zillertal Activcard www.zillertal.at/en/summer/zillertal/activcard/ Getting there www.zillertal.at/en/summer/services/location/ INTERACTIVE MAP www.zillertal.at/en/summer/interactive/interactive-map/ High Mountain Nature Park of the Zillertal Alps www.zillertal.at/en/summer/zillertal/nature-park/ GEOCACHING www.zillertal.at/en/summer/interactive/geocaching/ Social Media www.youtube.com/user/MyZillertal www.facebook.com/zillertal.tux, twitter.com/#!/zillertal_at

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A well-tread path

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One of the best ways to effectively experience what this region is all about is to fill up your backpack with goodies and take to the trails. Around 30 percent of the Zillertal is designated conservation area – which equates to more than 600 miles of hiking routes, and 30 adventure tracks and nature paths that can be explored on foot or even by way of E-bike. From Mayrhofen, for example, there’s a path that takes you all the way up to the Karl von Edel hut: at 2,238m it’s more than 1600m above the village. From here, you can watch the sun set over the Zillertal while tucking into a tasty, traditional home-cooked meal before hitting the hay. And, traditions aside, why not discover the latest – and coolest – outdoor trend sport that’s also found its way to the Zillertal. ‘Geocaching’ involves using a GPS to find hidden surprises in some of the most unlikely of places. Your stomach will be growling as you energetically, and with much anticipation, search mountain summits, forests, old huts, mills, and chapels for that elusive find.

High mountain wonders

Hiking enthusiasts – eat your heart out. The High Mountain National Park of the Zillertal Alps is an inspiring 379km² of not only stunning mountains and glaciers, but also of natural and cultural importance. Of further interest to visitors: the park currently features three environmentally-focused exhibits offering insight into glaciers (85 within the park perimeter), the area’s natural and cultural landscape, and the alpine ibex. Also, capture those high mountain wonders by participatig in a photo workshop for amateur photographers to learn from the pros. 16. - 20.06.2012. Participants must register their interest by 20.05. at info@naturpark-zillertal.at.

Contact details

Zillertal Tourist Board Bundesstrasse 27d, A-6262 Schlitters T +43 (0) 5288 87187 F +43 (0) 5288 871871 holiday@zillertal.at, www.zillertal.at

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Packages

Mmmm...more please! Fill your days with mountain fun and your plate with a hearty helping of locallyproduced Zillertal treats. Fügen-Kaltenbach – Family Treats (July - Sept 2012) 7-night stay in family room in chosen category Visit to a hay-milk producer Guided walk Round trip tickets for ‘Children‘s train’ Family admission to thermal baths From GBP 425 per family (2 adults, 2 children) per week in B&B Information and booking: info@best-of-zillertal.at

Zillertal Arena – “Cheers!“ (01.07. -  08.07.2012) 7-night stay in double room in chosen category Admission to “Night of 1,000 Beers” Zillertal beer 6-pack 1 ride on Arena Coaster (alpine roller coaster) From GBP 146 per person / per week Information and booking: info@zell.at

Mayrhofen – Fly in and enjoy (19.05. - 15.09.2012) 7-night stay in B&B Return flights from London Gatwick to Innsbruck with Thomson Airways All airport transfers Free hiking in the Zillertal Alps Nature Park From GBP 354 per person / per week Information and booking: www.crystalsummer.co.uk

What’s on in Austria

Meet the locals

Julia Schneeberger, Pioneer, haymilk hotels “All hay-milk partner hotels pride themselves on using local produce and ingredients. Hay-milk may sound innovative, but years ago it was a normal farming practice. Products made from hay-milk are of the highest quality, are extremely healthy and taste delicious.”

“Paradeiser” paradise In Austrian dialect, tomatoes are known as ‘paradeisers’ (apples of paradise). Erich Stekovics is renowned for the tomatoes he grows in his fields in Frauenkirchen, on the eastern shores of Lake Neusiedler See, and has been dubbed the ‘Emperor of Paradeisers’ by local inhabitants. He rejects the concept of greenhouse-grown vegetables and instead embraces the idea of growing his vegetables under the open sky, completely exposed to the elements. He doesn’t even water his plants, but instead waits for rain to come. Visitor tours operate in the summer.

Johann Dengg, Haymilk farmer “Meadows here in the Zillertal valley have many herbs, which plays an important role in creating highquality hay-milk which yields tasty butter and cheese. My role is important as milk is a precious commodity and people appreciate locally-sourced quality produce.’

Green gold In the region of Styria, pumpkin seed oil is regarded as sacred. Locals will tell you that salads and boiled beef are unimaginable without it. For some 100 years, the farmers here have cultivated the soft-shelled pumpkin seeds, creating the socalled ‘skinless Styrian pumpkin seeds’ for their famous oil. Deep and dark green in colour – thus the nickname ‘green gold’ – it has a nutty aroma and intense taste. In 1998, over 2,300 local pumpkin seed farmers, and 30 mills where the seeds are ground and processed, merged to form a co-operation and were given the EU protected appellation of origin (g.g.A) which means the oil can only be produced here.

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Tux-Finkenberg – Mountain Adventure Package (23.06. - 06.10.2012) 7-night stay in a double room in chosen category 6-days Zillertal Activcard Free shuttle between Finkenberg and the Hintertux Glacier From GBP 186 (B&B) Prices are per person / per week Information and booking:

Days of wine and good food There has always been a very special connection between a country’s cuisine and its wines. In Austria, it’s a match made in heaven. The best place to enjoy wine and good food is at a ‘Heuriger’, a true Austrian institution. These are mainly family-run pubs or restaurants, some traditional, some more contemporary, with a limited license to offer homemade wine and dishes from local produce.

Fishing delights If you’re keen on fish, whether catching or eating them, a visit to the Gut Hornegg estate in southern Styria is a must. Run by Heinrich Holler, the estate breeds fish naturally in ponds that are fed by natural brooks and streams guaranteeing high quality water. You can buy fish directly from the estate and visitors are encouraged to give angling a try themselves. If you’re not fish mad there’s plenty more to keep you busy – during the warmer months, there’s swimming in Lake Spiegelteich and numerous beautiful running trails and nearby tennis courts.

Diversity of bread “White or brown?” is hardly even a question in an Austrian bakery. Bread here is always a healthy choice whether it’s Vollkorn (wholemeal), Mehrkorn (granary), Sonnenblumen (sunflower seed) or Kürbiskern (pumpkin seed) Austria’s best organic baked bread is reputed to be Mauracher Strutzen, baked on the Mauracherhof farm in Rohrbach in Upper Austria. Visit and you’ll learn how it is made using recipes passed down through the generations.

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Outdoor

Hiking and biking area of Bartholomäberg with a view of the ‘3 towers’ mountain range.

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For those of us who struggle with going to the gym and the sometimes daunting concept of ‘doing’ exercise, this outdoor playground in the south-west corner of Vorarlberg is a recreational dream come true.


Walking with the family at Rellstal valley Breakfast at the mountain hut an original Montafoner cow

Things to do

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Montafon’s giant: Piz Buin Guided tours to the top of Vorarlberg’s highest mountain, the 3,312m Piz Buin, are held every Tuesday from 26.06. - 02.10. (GBP 77).

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he first thing you notice when you arrive here are the col­ ours. The vast, natural ‘half-pipe’ of the valley decked out in audacious green, the impossibly white peaks of the Alps, and the crisp, electric blue sky overhead. But, as your eyes adjust, you start to see small paths zig-zagging through the trees in all directions – as if some giant hand has scribbled over the hillsides. There are more than 500km of walking trails in this valley, so whether you’re a hardened hiker or casual stroller, choose the route that best suits your interest and ability.

Single trail tour: a challenge on two wheels The region’s most challenging mountain bike trail, in Bartholomäberg, ascends some 1200m over 40km. Guided 5-hour rides held every Thursday from 31.05. - 25.10. (GBP 30). Experienced mountain bikers only.

Hiking – a cultural and culinary experience

Helpful links: Timetable Bergerlebnis www.montafon.at/bergerlebnis/sommer/en Montafon-Silvretta-Card, all inclusive card valid from 23.06. - 23.09.2012. www.montafon.at/card Family Fun programme Montafon www.montafon.at/kids How to arrive www.montafon.at/arrive Latest Deals www.montafon.at/offers

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On the move – step by step Former smuggling routes offer an interesting hike into history and the ‘Europatreppe 4,000 in Partenen, Europe‘s longest straight staircase with 4,000 steps, offers a challenge to all. Forest school in Silbertal Experience a forest with all five senses at Vorarlberg’s first forest school. Guided walks for all ages are designed to revive and generate interest in the forest and all its draws.

The region’s most challenging mountain bike trail, the ‘Single Trail Tour’ in Bartholomäberg, ascends some 1200m over 40km and is best explored on an expertly guided tour. Guided 5-hour rides for experienced bikers are held every Thursday, weather-permitting, from 31.05. - 25.10., EUR 35, including bike.

Step by step

The most unique route, direction ‘up’, is almost certainly the Europa­ treppe, a giant 4000-step ‘stairway to heaven’ that takes you from the valley floor at Partenen all the way to the top. By the time you reach the summit you’ll have buns of steel – and a jaw-dropping view of Montafon stretched below. Many football teams and marathon runners, as well as the Austrian Ladies National ski team, integrate the Europatreppe 4000 into their training regime, which just shows the extent of its fitness benefits.

Kids not in the mood to conquer a new peak today? Head instead to Activpark Montafon, Vorarlberg’s largest in- and outdoor recreational sports park. The little ones will love spending the afternoon perfecting their go-karting skills, whizzing down the waterslides, or bouncing about on oversized trampolines. Another Montafon family-friendly option is the Silbertal forest school where a guide will take you all on a relaxed-pace, three-hour walk in the woods, where you’ll get up-close and personal with local wildlife and some of the area’s hidden treasures. Or, for quick thrills, head over to the Alpine Coaster (part toboggan, part roller-coaster), at Golm, and strap yourselves in for 1.6 mile ride down the mountainside!

On your bikes – ready, steady, go!

As with anywhere that has landscape of this scale, the mountain biking here is pretty epic too. Combined, there’s a whopping 500 miles of off-road trails, divided up into 30 sections that are graded similar to slope designations – blue for cruising, red for a challenge and black for hard-core adrenaline junkies – ensuring that you don’t unwittingly end up on that extreme downhill section. They’re handily signposted, too, so there shouldn’t be any mid-mountain ‘discussions’ about whether you should have turned left back there. The handy thing about mountain biking here is that you don’t even need to bring your own bike. The Activpark Montafon leisure centre has a fleet of more than 60 varied bikes, and, as there are various depots throughout the area, simply drop it off at the nearest one at the end of your ride. Free guidebooks detailing altitude, difficulty level and even the nature of the sub-soil, are available from several tourist offices throughout the Montafon valley.

AKTIVCLUB MONTAFON According to the slogan “Active all inclusive”, this club offers a wide range of family activities. Choose from a daily itinerary of various activities taking place all over Montafon valley, such as guided mountain bike or E-bike tours, climbing, lama trekking etc.

New heights of family fun!

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Guided walks are great starting points to help you familiarise yourself with both the terrain and surrounding area. Led by a knowledgeable local guide, a relatively gentle walking tour up Vorarlberg’s highest mountain, Montafon’s 3,312m Piz Buin, offers a superb view from the top. (Walks are held every Tuesday, weather-permitting, 26.06.-25.09. / 02.10.2012, GBP 77). Or, take a wander 1000 years into the past on a panoramic, 6-hour guided excursion in Silbertal / Bartholomäberg. Whichs extensive playground is the perfect for outdoor activities. A cable car takes you up Kristberg mountain, from where your guide will take you along the Silber pathway where you’ll learn the story of early settlement in the area including some important archaeological research and finds. Uncover a true cultural landscape along this high alpine path on your way to the historic mine and famous baroque church at Bartholomäberg. (Walks are held every Sunday, weather-permitting, 13.05. - 28.10., GBP 13) And, the early bird may catch the worm, but the early walker catch­ es the thrill of nature awakening all around. Get your circulation flowing on this light, scenic 2-hour walk on which your guide will share insight on the region and its people. To top things off, enjoy a real mountain breakfast at the end. (Walks are held every Wednesday, weather-permitting, 11.06. - 12.09., GBP 22) In fact, there are many hikes that celebrate the region’s tasty reputation: cheese-tasting walks, hut-to-hut culinary tours where the walking is interspersed with delicious local dishes, and even routes where guides introduce you to edible local plant life (really, it’s delicious).

Contact details

Montafon Tourismus GmbH Montafonerstr. 21, A-6780 Schruns T +43 (0)5556 72253-0 F +43 (0)5556 74856 info@montafon.at, www.montafon.at/en Montafon – a sporting region in Vorarlberg: www.vorarlberg.travel/en

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Nature. Active. Montafon. (31.05. - 08.07. & 09.09.2012 - end of summer 2012) 3- (Thurs-Sun) or 4 (Sun-Thurs)-night stay Montafon-Silvretta-Card for 4 days (free access to lifts, public transportation, outdoor pools, as well as various discounts) From GBP 121 per person in a double room or apartment Information and booking: www.montafon.at/offers Mountain Experiences (08.07.2012 - 22.07.2012) 3- or 4-night stay in a private room /  apartment, or hotel 3-day Montafon-Silvretta Card (free access to lifts, public transportation, outdoor pools, as well as various discounts) 1 mountain experience of your choice From GBP 170 per person Information and booking: www.montafon.at/offers

15th Silvretta Classic Rallye Montafon 2012 Enjoy the mountains from the seat of your vintage car. About 180 classic cars and vehicles of the 3rd E-Rallye are expected this year. (04.-08.07.2012) 4 nights in an apartment /  B & B, 3* or 4* hotel with breakfast VIP area at the start – you can even swing the starter flag meeting the accred­ itation tent on – Welcome with coffee Silvretta Classic package (cap, programme, coffee cup, issues of Motor Sport magazine, goodies from Montafon Tourism) From GBP 93 per person in B&B Information and booking: www.montafon.at/offers

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Outdoor Activities

Kitzsteinhorn – a top experience A comfortable cable car ride takes you 3029m to the top of Kitzsteinhorn, the highest easily accessed peak in the Salzburger Alps. Young and older can explore ‘Summit World 3000’ as well as the National Park Gallery, a panoramic viewing platform, the unique ‘Cinema 3000’ and a mountain restaurant. The mountain station at the entrance of Hohe Tauern National Park is also a fine starting off point for fascinating walks through a tranquil, high alpine region along a main alpine ridge. www.kitzsteinhorn.at

Monika Vonier, Hiking guide “I’m passionate about mountains, and, whenever I guide a group of people, I try to open their eyes to not only the beauty, but also the health, recreational, and fitness benefits of the woods and pastures they are walking through.”

The Danube bike path As the second longest river in Europe, the Danube flows through Austria like a lifeline, winding its way through the varied landscapes of Upper and Lower Austria. Europe’s most popular cycling path follows the Danube curve by curve through a wonderfully green natural setting steeped in tradition. From Passau (in Germany), with the wind at their back, recreational riders will appreciate the mostly downhill route, passing attractive cities and enchanting villages, as well as ruins, abbeys and monestaries. For a comprehensive experience, why not cycle all 325km to Vienna? www.donauradweg.at

Joe Egle, Priest

A bikers paradise The mountainous Pinzgau region is fast establishing itself as a leading destination for mountain biking in Austria, with 400km of marked mountain bike trails, a 720km network of regional cycling and mountain biking routes, 5 mountain lifts that transport bikes up to 4000 vertical metres, numerous bike-friendly huts, free riding park, training courses, biking ‘partner’ hotels, daily guided bike tours and instruction, and several international biking events.

“This natural environ­ ment offers many gifts to us. In addition to Montafon’s many outdoor activities, we also enjoy the natural produce that grows abundantly here such as delicious berries and mushrooms as well as wild herbs with their medicinal benefits.”

© Danube Bike Path: ANTO/ Peter Burgstaller; Walking: ANTO/ Ole Kruenkelfeld; Traunsee / ANTO

Go, go, go! Montafon’s mountains are abuzz with outdoor ‘play’ for all tastes and abilities. Hike, bike, stair-climb (!), or even participate in a classic car rally.

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Sailing on Lake Traun At 197m, Lake Traun is the deepest lake in Austria and offers countless opportunities for water sports enthusiasts. Located between the mighty Felsriegel of the Traunstein mountain and the grasscovered slopes of the Feuerkogel, it has perfect sailing wind conditions and hosts the seasonal races of the RC44 Championship Tour. Don’t worry if you’re not a pro as it’s also a great place to learn how to sail. Try the Sailing School Stadlmann or Sailing Charter Herbert Zobl in Gmunden where you can charter your own sailboat and glide over the waters under the guidance of a professional skipper.

Climbing arena No shortage of indoor and outdoor walls here. The TirolWest holiday region alone offers 280 different routes for climbers. While the climbers’ paradise at Wilder Kaiser Mountain is a true highlight for those who aim high, rest assured that from the Kaunertal valley to the Brixental valley, there are countless routes for all levels, from newbies to seasoned pros. Do make sure to pick routes that correspond to your ability! As a safety precaution, beginners and amateurs who want to improve are advised to attend one of the many climb­ ing courses offered throughout the region.

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The spectacular, high-altitude Eagle’s Walk is easily accessible from a variety of holiday regions spanning the Tirol. An incredible hiking experience whether you sample a few days or feast on the full 280km extravaganza!

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The Eagle Walk, one of Europe‘s greatest long-distance footpaths


Discover the hidden treasures along the path, such as the rare Edelweiß flower

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Breakfast on the mountain Start the day with a hearty alpine breakfast at a traditional Tirolean mountain hut in the familyfriendly region of Wilder Kaiser. Twenty-one huts offer this very special experience.

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o the question, ‘Where can I walk in the Tirol?’ the tradi­ tional answer has always been ‘anywhere’ or ‘everywhere’. But demanding, time-pressed travelers need something more. That’s why the region developed the Eagle’s Walk – hailed as one of Europe’s greatest long-distance footpaths – to offer its visitors, whether leisurely walkers or experienced hikers, the choice of a short or long mountain itinerary.

Cycling experiences Discover by bike the varied cycle routes, with something to suit all levels. There are over 200 km of cycle and mountain bike trails and they will lead you into the most beautiful corners of the region. For those who want to take it easy, the region offers E-Bikes for rent.

The eagle spreads its wings

Austria is traditionally where east meets west, and the Tirol is where western Austria reaches for the sky. On a map of the Tirol, the sinuous course of the Eagle’s Walk resembles a pair of wings as it crosses the province from St. Johann to St. Anton, ready to lead you across mountains and meadows, and through valleys and villages, just has it has for centuries (but now along a well sign-posted route!) So, while the Eagle’s Walk provides a perfect course through the Tirol, it relies on you to do the leg – and, in the trickier stretches, arm work.

Free daily outdoor programmes for children and youth Wilder Kaiser’s four holiday villages all offer free child/youth programmes (Mon - Fri). The focus is on nature and outdoor recreation with rock climbing, junior mountain bike tours, and llama trekking as just some of the activites.

First stage: St. Johann

Breakfast on the mountain www.wilderkaiser.info/en/breakfast-mountain Mountain railways summer www.wilderkaiser.info/en/mountain-railways Hiking – unlimited freedom www.kitzalps.cc/en/hiking Hornpark – Treetops Adventure Park www.kitzalps.cc/en/hornpark-tree-tops-adventure-park Interactive 3D mountain map www.alpregio.outdooractive.com Latest offers www.wilderkaiser.info/en/vermieter/packages www.kitzalps.cc/en/vermieter/packages Arrival www.wilderkaiser.info/en/airlines www.kitzalps.cc/en/arrival

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Your walking adventure is only just beginning! From the Gaudeamus Hut, a forested trail followed by a a steeper section leads to the Grutten Hut and it’s only a short walk now up to 1,400m and to the sprawling alpine pastures where you’ll find the 17th-century KaiserHochalm Alpine Pasture Hut. From here, a delightful stretch of trail through rich mixed forest and then it’s out in the open as markers point the way around the slope and take you to the over 300-yearold Steiner Hochalm Alpine Pasture Hut from where you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of the scenic, spring-fed Hintersteinersee Lake.

annual dumpling festival with the longest dumpling table in the world. It’s 300m long and on it 25,000 dumplings in different varieties. Walker’s tip: a 2-hour, 8km culinary hike along St Johann’s Lake Pillersee with a guide from the local fish breeding club offers interesting facts on the lake’s trout stocks as well as the surrounding massif landscape. The hike ends at the welcoming Gasthof St. Adolari where you’ll sit down to a delectable trout dinner – of course! Walk is held every Monday at 10am, 30 May - 26 Sept, departs from the tourist office at St. Ulrich am Pillersee, adults €25, children €11, advance booking required.

... where kids are kings too!

Stage 11: ‘The most scenic and hardest segment’

The Wilder Kaiser holiday region is also the ideal family destination where younger guests are just as well catered for. Kids will love a visit to KaiserWelt mountain fun park with its tree houses, climb­ ing structures and playground favourites. Located at 1650m in the village of Scheffau, the park’s mountain restaurant also offers a briliant view of the surrounding mountains.

Recommended for experienced mountaineers only, the 11th stage of the Eagle’s Walk, covering some 13km through the Karwendel Massif from the Karwendelhaus Lodge to Birkkarspitze Peak (2749m) and ending at Hallerangerhaus Mountain Lodge. Steel cables, ladders and rails have been hammered into the rock to help you navigate some of the trickier stretches on the way up to the high point, and the steep descent on the southern side of the mountain has fixed cables as well. On the descent towards the sophisticated pleasures of Innsbruck, the field of vision changes from wide-screen panoramas, through valleys crowded with pines, to close-ups of butterflies, daisies and an old chapel beside an equally ancient min­ ers’ track. An 8- to 9-hour rewarding hike for those ready for the challenge.

Hospitality and Hearty Helpings

In addition to all the trails between the Kitzbüheler Horn and the Kaisergebirge you’ll find many traditional mountain huts or taverns. The alpine hut (Hütte) is a great deal more than a high-altitude hut; it is a mountain inn, a hospitality hotspot, in which the values of a traditional Austrian family hotel are transplanted to some of the most spectacular vantage points in the nation. Hearty helpings of traditional Austrian favourites as well as enticing regional delicacies such as dumplings are a welcome sight and taste after a day in the mountains. In fact, every September the region hosts the

© Tirol Tourist Board; Wilde Kaiser / © ANTO/Mallaun

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Walking the Kaiser Mountains ...

© Tirol Tourist Board /  Henning Bode

A unique feature of this pan-Tirolean trail is that you can ‘join’ it at various stages along the way depending on which of the Tirol’s lead­ ing resort areas you choose to holiday at. That said, the first stage of the Eagle’s Walk is a true alpine experience. From its starting point in St. Johann’s village area of Hinterkaiser, it’s a westward walk of moderate challenge toward a very worthy photo stop. You’ll set off on a steep path, part of which has fixed cables to ensure a safe ascent, before it winds through a cavern on to the final easy climb to the mighty Schleierwaterfall, with its drop of 60 metres. Once you’ve clicked some memories, the route continues towards your first lodge – the Gaudeamus Hut at 1,263 metres above sea level.

Treetops Adventure Park The new lakeside Hornpark Treetops Adventure Park situated in St Johann in Tirol features 5 different courses, 7 zip lines, and 60 stations ranging from 2 to 15 metres above the ground.

Contact details

Tirol Tourist Board Maria-Theresien-Strasse 55 A-6010 Innsbruck T +43 (0) 512 72720, F +43 (0) 512 72727 info@tirol.at, www.visittirol.co.uk Kitzbüheler Alpen St. Johann in Tirol T +43 (5352) 63335-0, F +43 (5352) 65200 info@kitzalps.cc, www.kitzalps.cc Tourist office Wilder Kaiser T +43 5 0509, F +43 50509-55 office@wilderkaiser.info www.wilderkaiser.info

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Walk on the wings of the eagle high above the Tirol and let your sense of adventure soar. A one day taster, or a multi-day trek – you decide. Lake Achensee and its Mountains Inntravel (www.inntravel.co.uk; 01653 617726) 7 nights at the 4* superior Hotel Wiesenhof in Pertisau on a half-board basis (including breakfast, light lunch, afternoon cakes, dinner) From GBP 795 per person. Connecting transfers from Innsbruck airport are GBP 90 per person or from Munich airport GBP 95 per person. Flights are additional.

What’s on in Austria

Meet the locals

Austria’s own app If you have an iPhone, download the free iAlps Austria application, offering a range of useful holiday information, both before and after arrival, including rec­ ommendations about where to stay, where to drink and dine, and cultural sights and special events happening during your visit. There are resort maps and others which display hiking trails and mountain bike routes, as well as climbing tours and biking paths in each region. With the latest weather reports and available in several different languages, don’t plan without it.

Stefan Wierer, Mountain guide “People love so many elements of the Eagle’s Walk but one aspect everyone comments on is the mountain huts where you sleep, which are unique and typical, serving very simple local food to a fascinating mix of international guests.”

Ellmau Inghams (www.inghams.co.uk; 020 8780 4454) 7 nights at the 4* Hotel Hochfilzer in Ellmau on a half-board basis From GBP 775 per person, including return flights from Gatwick to Salzburg, resort transfers and welcome drink. Regional flights are also available from Southampton, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle and Glasgow at a supplement.

St. Johann The holiday region Kitzbüheler Alps St. Johann in Tirol is the ideal setting for a hiking holiday, offering a wide range of natural resources and marvellous scenery. 3-night stay including half-board daily hiking snack map, backpack and use of hiking sticks Starts at GBP 112 per person. Information and booking: www.kitzalps.cc/en

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Where the eagles roam National Park Hohe Tauern was founded in 1981, becoming Austria’s first national park. At more than 1800 square km and stretching over parts of the provinces of Carinthia, Salzburg and Tirol, an amazing third of all plant species occurring in Austria, along with about 10,000 animal species, live and thrive here. The golden eagle is one of the big five who live in this protected area and is a wonderful draw for visitors. Learn about the nesting habits, hunting patterns, and territorial tendencies of this amazing bird of prey. UNESCO World Heritage home for birds The cultural landscape of National Park Neusiedler See-Seewinkel is now a proud UNESCO World Heritage Site. The habitats of National Park Neusiedler See-Seewinkel include a shallow lake of steppes, reed beds, salt lakes which periodically dry out, small-surfaced sand dunes and the lowland moor of Hanság. The National Park is a stepping stone for many migratory birds on their flight from northern Europe to Africa. Of the more than 300 proven species making a stopover here, many are rare in variety, not found anywhere else in Europe.

Walking along the river The Donausteig offers 450km of brand new hiking heaven that runs along the banks of the famous Danube River, winding its way past the historic city of Passau, through forested highlands to the breathtaking Schlogen bend. Along the way, in the Bavarian and Upper Austrian Danube regions, there are 64 hotels and inns who have established themselves as ‘Donausteig Hosts’ – as well as offering a place for hikers to stay, they also provide expert trail information along the way. There are 40 different routes to choose from, of varying lengths, and mountain bikes are available for those who prefer a bit of speed.

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Scheffau Crystal Summer (www.crystalsummer.co.uk; 0871 230 8180) 7 nights all-inclusive at the 4* Hotel Alpin in Scheffau, from GBP 659 Per person, including flights from Gatwick, transfers, breakfast, lunch buffet, afternoon tea, dinner and selected drinks. Regional flights are also available from Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle and Glasgow at a supplement.

© Lake Achensee: Tirol Tourist Board; Wilder Kaiser: ANTO/Conrad Amber; Farm House: ANTO / Lammerhuber

Georg Pawlata, Hiking guide “I helped develop the Eagle’s Walk. I walked all stages over several weeks to check the signposting and fix missing signs. A highlight for me was seeing many eagles when walking in the Karwendel mountains – one of my favourite routes.”

A lofty view The Dachstein Skywalk, situated at 2700m and constructed at the edge of a 250m high vertical cliff has been called ‘the most spectacular outlook platform in the Alps,’ offering the most outstanding panoramic 360-degree view of the southern wall of the mighty Dachstein mountain and some of the most beautiful summits in the Alps.

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Innsbruck Panorama Graz Panorama Salzburg Panorama

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Austrian cities offer so much more than just traditional guidebook sights. Gourmet Graz, romantic Salzburg, and invigorating Innsbruck offer even seasoned trav­elers new experiences at just the right pace, whatever length of stay.


Restaurant Starcke Haus from the heights of the Schlossberg in Graz View of the cathedral in Salzburg Innsbruck’s famous Hungerburgbahn by Zaha Hadid

Things to do The Walk of Modern Art: Salzburg Uncover a different Salzburg through ten artworks dotted throughout the city on ‘The Walk of Modern Art’. Guided English tours are available; bookable in advance (T. +43 (664) 4968011). A favourite thing in Salzburg Experience ‘The Sound of Music’ in Salzburg – where it all began. This beloved musical is expected to run until June 2013. More information: www.salzburger-landestheater.at

Salzburg: where music meets art

Innsbruck: reflection of the past, present and future

Graz is a paradise for foodies, offers a Mediterranean climate and is home to a ‘friendly alien’, yet despite being Austria’s second largest city, still remains relatively undiscovered among British holidaymakers. Despite being Austria’s second-largest city, Graz still remains relatively undiscovered amongst British holidaymakers. It is becoming increasingly popular however, due to its deserved reputation as a culinary destination, with restaurants spread throughout the city featuring traditional dishes sprinkled with a dash of flair and a helping of the freshest regional products. A host of food-themed celebrations also take place throughout the year. ‘The’ event in the culinary calendar is the ‘Graz Gourmet Festival’ (05. - 09.06.2012), where top local and international chefs showcase their talents. Perhaps the most unique food-inspired event is ‘The Long Table of Graz’ (18 Aug, 2012), where fine partner restaurants serve a set menu, including wine, to 600 guests seated at a table placed right in the heart of Graz. In addition to its fabulous food, Graz also boasts some of Europe‘s most exciting architecture, with a unique synthesis of cutting-edge modern design and traditional construction. A classic example of this is the Kunsthaus (art museum), with its curved, blobby exterior that contrasts with the sharp angular Baroque rooftops nearby. At night the entire structure is lit with hundreds of big pixels (bixels), giving it the appearance of a UFO – locals even refer to it as ‘the friendly alien’. From here, you’re close to the UNESCOlisted old town, just a short stroll across the Mur River, and, in contrast to the Kunsthaus, is all tiny alleyways, pastel-coloured houses, and quiet courtyards. Graz definitely has all the ingredients for a fascinating and tasty city break.

Salzburg is synonymous with art, architecture and music, this of course being the birthplace of Mozart. Its romantic and wellpreserved old town is full of gorgeous baroque architecture and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit Europe‘s oldest eatery, dating back to 803, and counting the Mozart family among its patrons in the 1700s. In honour of this connection, St Peter Stiftskeller restaurant hosts regular concerts where musicians in historical costumes  and opera singers perform the loveliest Mozart arias accompanied by a delicious three-course meal according to old recipes from Mozart’s mother. An example of modern Salzburg is perched on a cliff above the historic quarter. The Museum of Modern Art which, from a distance, looks like a Lego brick with windows, houses works from the world’s hottest contemporary artists. Perhaps the ultimate blend of old and new in Salzburg is the Rupertinum Museum of Modern Art in a building that began as a school for student priests in 1350, but its interior has now been redesigned with minimalist curved walls, forming the perfect backdrop for the contemporary pieces on show. Modern art has also found a place at the Salzburg Festival (Salzburger Festspiele), held since 1920, and a cultural highlight each summer as music and drama by contemporary composers prove their popular draw. In 2013, the festival will be the stage for the musical version of ten art projects that have run from 2002 to 2011 in public spaces throughout the city in an initiative by the independent Salzburg Foundation. Highlights: A shadow play entitled „Vanitas” staged in the 120m² Romanesque choir crypt of the early Salzburg Cathedral, a 5-metre high white marble sculpture „Awilda“ portraying the head of a girl that seems to spring from the ground, and Salzburg’s own ‘gherkins’.

At the heart of the Alps, Innsbruck blends avant-garde architecture with lavish Baroque heritage. In the last 10 years, a host of futur­ istic structures have shot up across the skyline, creating a 21st-century vision that fulfils what many experts predicted the ‘future’ would look like. The Bergisel ski jump, designed by renowned architect Zaha Hadid, drapes itself over the Bergisel hill in the south of the city. Meanwhile, just as jaw-dropping on the city’s opposite side lies another Hadid creation – the Nordkettenbahnen with its slippery, extraterrestrial-looking arches. Climb aboard the funicular ‘pods’ that whisk you up the mountain to the Hungerburg station, and you’ve got the whole city spread out before you. Meanwhile, at the heart of the city, and tucked between these two striking tributes to modernity, lies ‘old’ Innsbruck, As you stroll the streets look out for the ‘golden roof ’ built for Emperor Maximilian I in the16th-century. Innsbruck’s holiday packages offer the attractive combination of city stay and mountain play. Enjoy the spoils of Innsbruck, including shopping, sightseeing, and great Tirolean cuisine, and then change gears (and maybe shoes), and set off on your hiking holiday. Every morning at 9am a hiking bus takes you on a different guided hike organised by the experienced ASI-guides from the renowned Alpinschule Innsbruck. Innsbruck simply has it all: the mountains, the city life, the air of the Habsburg era blended with modern architecture. It clearly is the best place to live, according to restaurateur Herby Signor: “I came to Innsbruck on a holiday 45 years ago from Vienna and I never left! The quality of life in this city second to none. I shower in mineral water – it really is that clean - have fantastic mountains surrounding me, culture, nature and sports. What more could I possibly want?” Signor loves Innsbruck for its diversity. Variety is key, also in his restaurant S’Culinarium where he serves 300 different flavours of  brandy and liquors, Austrian ice wines, and many other culinary delights.

Contact Graz Tourismus

Contact Tourismus Salzburg GmbH

Herrengasse 16, 8010 Graz T +43 (316) 8075-0, F +43 (316) 8075-15 info@graztourismus.at, www.visitgraz.com

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Auerspergstraße 6, 5020 Salzburg T +43 (662) 88987-0, F +43 (662) 88987-32 info@salzburg.info, www.salzburg.info

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Graz: ‘Austria’s delicatessen’

Contact Innsbruck Tourismus

Burggraben, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria T +43 (512) 59 850-148, F +43 (512) 59 850-107 office@innsbruck.info, www.innsbruck.info www.innsbruck-packages.com

Innsbruck: Hiking and the city Whether you watch the sun rise, walk along a nature trail on a glacier, or enjoy a gourmet meal 2000m above sea level, Innsbruck’s picturesque mountains are the ideal place for an active outdoor holiday. Enquire about Innsbruck’s free mountain hiking programme. Graz Gourmet Festival 05.- 09. June 2012 Food lovers unite! Historic Graz is a culinary hotspot, with restaurants spread throughout the city featuring traditional dishes sprinkled with a dash of flair. ‘The’ event in the culinary calendar is the ‘Graz Gourmet Festival’, where local and interna­ tional chefs converge to showcase their talents.

Helpful links: Graz Gourmet Festival 05.06.-09. 06.2012 www.visitgraz.com Mountain Hiking Programme Innsbruck www.innsbruck.info/en Salzburg Festival Salzburger Festspiele from 20.07.2012-02.09.2012 www.salzburgfestival.at How to arrive www.innsbruck.info/en/travel-transport, www.salzburg.info/en/arrival, www.visitgraz.com Latest Deals www.innsbruck-packages.com, www.salzburg.info/en/accommodation, www.weekend.graz.at/en

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2012 Salzburg Festival packages (27.01. - 28.05.) We would be pleased to design a package for Mozart Week, Easter Festival or Whitsuntide Festival that is specifically tailored to you and your specific interests and requirements. 2 nights at a 4-star city hotel 2 lavish buffet breakfasts Welcome Cocktail 1 ticket from the festival programme (mid category) From GBP 321 per person Information and booking: www.salzburg.info/en/accommodation

Innsbruck – Hike & City package 3-night stay with breakfast in 4-star hotel Guided hikes, equipment rental, transportation on the hiking bus Return trip on Innsbruck’s spectacular Nord kettenbahnen cable car From GBP 135 per person Information and booking: www.innsburckpackages.com

Graz Classic Weekend Package 2 overnights incl breakfast 24-hour ticket to the Universalmuseum Joanneum plus additional services of the hotel From GBP 65 per person in a double room Information and booking: www.weekend.graz.at/en

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Austria’s city life. Vienna’s coffee house culture With a 300-year tradition in the city, the famed Viennese ‘Kaffeehaus’ has become a true institution, spurring a whole culture that has developed around coffee drinking. Take your seat in an era far removed from the daily rush. Your ticket is a cup of coffee, just as it has been for generations. Once you have ordered, just relax and do as you like: read a complimentary newspaper, browse the book you brought with you, surf the internet with free Wi-Fi, discuss religion, world affairs, or talk business. The Viennese Kaffeehaus is like an extended living room, you feel at home as soon as you step inside.

Gisela Zöpnek, Slow Food pioneer, Graz “Born and raised in Graz, I like the city’s family-friendliness. When our four children were younger, we enjoyed its many green parks, and now, with four almost grownup children we take advantage of Graz’s many cultural and sporting activities.”

Kirchtag – traditional city festivals The ‘Villacher Kirchtag’, Austria’s largest tradi­tional folk festival, now in its 69th year, is a dynamic one-week celebration of well-preserved customs from Carinthia, the Alps-Adria region, and across Europe. Musical performances, spirited dancing, tasty treats, displays of time-honoured fashions, and even a fairground with rides, take place all around Villach. 29.07. - 05.08.2012.

Inez Reichlde Hoogh, City guide, Salzburg “Salzburg is beautiful even when it’s raining! I try to be a super guide, showing visitors why I like these old buildings, the fine art in the city, and the people living here. I hope you’ll want to come back!”

© Kirchtag: ANTO / Wiesenhofer; Coffee House: ANTO /  Klub der Wiener Kaffeehausbesitzer; Frequency: Florian Auer; Historic Towns: ANTO / Trumler

An arts-inspired weekend in Salzburg, a re-energising Innsbruck getaway, or a cultural peek at Graz; Austria’s cities are worth a closer look.

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Packages

Meet the locals

“World’s toughest team relay race” The Red Bull Dolomitenmann (Dolomite Man), held in Lienz, eastern Tirol, is a relay race like no other. Four adrenaline-inducing components – an 11km mountain run, a 2,441m paraglide with precision landing, white water kayaking with jump, roll and upstream manoevering, and finally a 17.4km uphill and 9.4km downhill mountain bike, make up the course of this 60km route with a 6700m difference in altitude. 110 teams (a total of 440 participants) compete for a prize pot of EUR 40,000.

Frequency Festival (16.-18.09.2012 St. Pölten) The Frequency Festival, organised by radio station FM4, is one of Austria’s largest music festivals. With previous locations in Vienna, Salzburg, and now in St.Pölten, some of the names to have appeared – Foo Fighters, The Kooks, The Chemical Brothers and Kaiser Chiefs.

Small historic towns Visitors have long been charmed by the sense of tradition, love of life and warm hospitality that defines life in some of Austria’s gorgeous small towns. In fact, hidden all over Austria like precious gems, far from the city hustle, 17 towns have been named to the collection of Austria’s ‘Small Historic Towns’, all specially selected according to very special criteria. Bad Ischl – ‘the Emperor’s town’, Feldkirch – ‘the medieval town’, Gmunden – ‘the town of ceramics’, and Zell am See – ‘the medieval town of tradesmen’ to name just a few. Each season has its own special appeal in the Small Historic Towns. Whether you stay for a weekend in one town, or plan a small trip through various towns, discovering the marvelous lake and mountain scenery nearby, you’ll be enchanted everywhere.

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How To get here

Contact Alpbachtal Seenland Tourismus Zentrum 1, 6233 Kramsach/Tirol T +43 (0)5336 600-609 F +43 (0)5336 600-699 info@alpbachtal.at www.alpbachtal.com Zillertal Tourist Board Bundesstrasse 27d, 6262 Schlitters T +43 (0) 5288 87187 F +43 (0) 5288 871871 holiday@zillertal.at www.zillertal.at

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We’re very fond of our homeland and are constantly on the lookout for the latest secret tips... and we know where to go poking around for them. Whether at a winemaking farm with guest rooms and restaurant, a natural swimming lake with accompanying music festival or a mountainous region with special children’s programmes – we are delighted to advise you personally and will take time to listen to your individual holiday wishes.

Lake Constance – BodenseeVorarlberg Tourismus GmbH Postfach 16, 6901 Bregenz T +43 (5574) 43443-15 F +43 (5574) 43443-4 office@bodensee-vorarlberg.com www.bodensee-vorarlberg.com www.vorarlberg.travel/en

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Bregenzerwald Tourismus GmbH Impulszentrum 1135, 6863 Egg T +43(0)5512-2365 F +43(0)5512-3010 info@bregenzerwald.at www.bregenzerwald.at/uk www.vorarlberg.travel/en Montafon Tourismus GmbH Montafonerstr. 21, A-6780 Schruns T +43 (0)5556 72253-0 F +43 (0)5556 74856 incoming@montafon.at www.montafon.at/en www.vorarlberg.travel/en

Graz Tourismus Herrengasse 16, 8010 Graz T +43 (316) 8075-0 F +43 (316) 8075-15 info@graztourismus.at www.visitgraz.com

Innsbruck Tourismus Burggraben, 6020 Innsbruck T +43 (512) 59 850-148, F +43 (512) 59 850-107 office@innsbruck.info www.innsbruck.info

Tourismus Salzburg GmbH Auerspergstraße 6, 5020 Salzburg T +43 (662) 88987-0 F +43 (662) 88987-32 info@salzburg.info www.salzburg.info

Tirol Tourist Board Maria-Theresien-Strasse 55 A-6010 Innsbruck T +43 (0) 512 72720 F +43 (0) 512 72727 info@tirol.at, www.visittirol.co.uk

Tourist office Wilder Kaiser T +43 5 0509, F +43 50509-55 office@wilderkaiser.info www.wilderkaiser.info Kitzbüheler Alpen St. Johann in Tirol T. +43 5352 63335-0 F. +43 5352 65200 info@kitzalps.cc www.kitzalps.cc

Travelling to Austria by air couldn‘t be easier. With an average direct flying time of only 2 hours from most major UK gateways to a choice of popular Austrian destinations, flights to Austria are probably the quickest, easiest, and most cost effective travel option. For an overview of flight connections to Austria please visit: www.austria.info/uk/how-to-get-there

All prices shown in this brochure are in pounds sterling at the current exchange rate (EUR1 = £0,86)

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