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Summer, sun and... mountains.

Jan 13, 2021 9:15:00 AM / by Elisabeth Ernst

While still waiting for the winter season to get started, let's start to think about the upcoming summer season. Summer, sun and sea in Italy are great. But summer, sun and MOUNTAINS or lakes in Austria and Italy are a perfect option you should definitely think about. With today's blog post I start to provide you with in-depth insights what to do in the mountains in summer - apart from hiking of course :).

Especially in Corona times space and fresh air are requested and important factors. In the mountains you can find plenty of space and plenty of absolutely fresh air accompanied by a great variety of activities. Also, many regions or resorts offer special holiday or discount cards including the gondolas and lifts and significant discounts or free entries to the different attractions of the region. 


Let me start with a very brief overview of our mountain regions for the upcoming summer season 2021:

  • Gastein valley. A really unique destination with the world wide unique radon galleries and the in Austria unique two thermal lakes being included in the areal of the thermal complex Alpentherme in Bad Hofgastein. 
  • Zell am See-Kaprun. This region combines lake with mountain holidays, enriched with the glacier Kitzsteinhorn and the city flair of Zell am See with its pedestrian area. The Zell am See-Kaprun Card which is included in selected accommodation includes other attractions such as the Alpine coaster Maisiflitzer or the Sigmund Thun gorge or the artifical lakes with its dams.
  • Saalbach-Hinterglemm. A paradise for mountainbikers and with 70 kms Austria's largest bike region! The Joker Card - included in selected hotels - includes a variety of other activities like the use of the local tennis courts, the minigolf, or the local pool Captain Hook with great slides. For families with kids the region lures with an adventure path, a hiking challenge, summit playgrounds, a motor skills park or the fairytale forest. 
  • Nassfeld. The region at the boarder between Austria and Italy featuring the longest summer toboggan run in Carinthia, 46 kms mountain bike trails, the lake Presseggersee and Austria's very first slow food trail. Explore the Austrian-Italian mountains, waters (lakes and river), and food. Many attractions are included in the Nassfeld Holiday Plus Card that is included in selected hotels.
  • valley Oetztal. A valley for everyone and every taste. Soelden features the glaciers, the 007 Elements James Bond museum and the Bike republic. In the centr of the valley is the thermal complex Aqua Dome along with waterfalls, a regional museum, and climbing parks. And at the very beginning of the valley, in Oetz and surrounding families discover Widi's world in Hochoetz, crystal clear water at the small lake Piburger See or how prehistoric men lived once upon a time... in the Oetzi village at the foot of the highest waterfall of the Tyrol. Adrenalinjunkies' hearts will beat higher at the Area 47. Of course, also Oetztal has its own Oetztal (Premium) Card.
  • Osttirol. A gourmet region at the foot of Austria's highest mountain - mount Grossglockner. Discover the Nationalpark Hohe Tauern with special Nationalpark rangers or relax at the beautiful lake Tristachersee at the bottom of the Dolomites or in one of the public pools. The riverIsel invites rafting and canoying fans to enjoy the wild waters, or cycle along the river Drau....  A special adventure for sure is paragliding amidst the 266 mountains higher than 3000m. 
  • Kronplatz. The action mountain and home of the mountaineer Reinhold Messner. Take the Messner Mountain Museum at the top of Kronplatz as as starting point for a paragliding adventure. Inhale the culture in one of the many regional museums, or relax in one of the many public pools around the mountain or directly at its foot in the Cron4. For those who want to explore Kronplatz by bike, there are various mountain bike trails, freeride areas or 300kms in the valley
  • Madonna di Campiglio. The prestigious resort in the heart of the Dolomites. Their summer holiday card is called the DoloMeet Card and includes the public transportation, the gondolas and lifts, as well as numerous activities in the region such as lama or horse trekking, biking, climbing or fishing. 


Photo credit: TVB Zell am See-Kaprun

The list is quite long, isn' it? And this was just an overview. Stay tuned and read following blog posts for more in depth information and register NOW for the webinar series with useful sales information starting in March. 

Elisabeth Ernst

Written by Elisabeth Ernst

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