The Alps are Europe’s major mountain range and a considerable part of it lies in Austria. The clean air, peace and tranquillity and spectacular scenery ensure holiday destinations within the Alps are popular with tourists. Extreme climatic conditions such as heavy snowfall provide excellent conditions for a range of winter sports. During the summer, warmer temperatures and sunshine enable visitors to enjoy local wildlife and many outdoor activities. Lakes, glaciers and remote villages provide a picturesque backdrop whereby you can holiday in beautiful surroundings.
Mount Grossglockner is Austria’s highest peak and provides a 50km road to enjoy panoramic views during summer months when it is accessible. Skiing is very popular with visitors to the Austrian Alps, as is snowboarding and other extreme sports. The most famous recreational activity throughout recent Austrian history, ski resorts here attract international visitors keen to participate within a national pastime. Many local towns have developed infrastructure to promote themselves as ski resorts to accommodate visitors. Ski lifts, better roads and more hotels were constructed while retaining a distinct alpine charm. Austrian ski resorts tend to be traditional and pretty, in keeping with local heritage.
Alpine valleys are interconnected so skiing becomes easy to navigate and ski tracks are supervised, orderly and generally safe. Many resorts showcase ski tournaments and resorts such as Innsbruck also provide annual snowboarding tournaments, attracting many fans and worldwide media.
Holidaying in the Austrian Alps is not all about sport. A party culture is synonymous with many Alpine resorts such as Kitzbuhel providing bars and nightclubs, and even casinos that attract a trendy, cosmopolitan crowd. Often young European tourists are keen to unwind after a hard day competing on the slopes. It is common for bar hopping within livelier resorts to be a nightly occurrence, with hen and stag parties choosing a ski resort as a party destination. Alternatively, many Austrian ski resorts such as Alpbach are more family orientated. Here, ski slopes are calmer and resorts less hectic. Some ski resorts are traffic free ensuring sightseeing is relaxed, meaning peace and tranquillity is order of the day. Ski resorts offer lots of ski school tuition should you require it, and, many provide lots of child friendly activity, meaning younger visitors are never bored. Local people are very friendly, and children are made to feel especially welcome. Stylish shops will tempt you with locally made goods that you just can’t resist!
Holidaying within the ski resorts provides lots of great cuisine options. Here, you can indulge in hearty Austrian food if you wish to keep it traditional. Or, choose from many international themed eateries to be found at trendier resorts. If fast food is your thing, a variety of outlets such as burger joints are on hand to give you a quick fix when you’re out for the day, or visit a café for pancake waffles and a soothing hot chocolate. Something for everyone! Book all your holidays to Austria with lastminute.com.
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