Special Places To Visit In Austria
Austria is becoming a popular choice for holidaymakers, with the fact that there are many cheap flights to the capital available. When travellers think of Austria, places such as Vienna, the capital and Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart, are likely to spring to mind. But that’s hardly all this European country has to offer.
In the Tyrol region, for example, lies Mayrhofen, a holiday village ringed by towering peaks. Mayrhofen can trace its history back to the 13th century A.D., when it was once mere farmland. Nowadays, Mayrhofen is more heavily developed, with highlights including the Zillertal funicular that reaches up into the mountains. Situated in a valley, Mayrhofen is an ideal starting point for hikes around the local area.
While roaming the wilderness, travellers can expect to traverse meadows and encounter colossal glaciers. The area around Mayrhofen boasts eight hiking trails in total, while the village itself is host to a leisure centre.
Visitors can venture up to the Zillertal 3000 skiing area to tackle the slopes. The bravest skiers should look to attempt the steep Harakiri Hill and the opportunities for high-adrenaline skiing it provides.
Austria is full of ski resorts and another gem is Söll. Like Mayrhofen, Söll began life as farmland but later developed into a tourist location when skiing became a popular pastime in the region. Söll has developed into a lively but respectable holiday destination and retains its popularity with skiers from all over Europe thanks in part to its accessibility as a sports venue.
The slopes include routes and facilities for those who need to brush up a little on their ski skills, as well as for complete beginners. The area is part of the SkiWelt, an Austrian initiative that includes eight different villages and features some 279 kilometres of ski runs.
The region of Seefeld is best known for its part in Olympic history. It was here in 1964 that the first Olympic torch was lit as part of the opening ceremony of the games, a tradition that continues today. Seefeld is popular for its skiing facilities, but the town itself is not the only reason to come to this area. Near to Seefeld are a clutch of smaller villages and hamlets that have plenty to offer visitors.
Leutasch is the name for a set of eleven villages close to the Wetterstein mountain range. These little settlements have a rustic atmosphere and are dotted with fields and quaint, historical buildings. Visitors can hike through the area’s alpine forests or walk down by the Leutasch stream. As tourism has only visited Leutasch in the last century or so, the area is relatively unspoilt.
Elsewhere on the Seefeld plateau is Mösern. This village has been known since medieval times for its fantastic views and the viewpoints Mösern provides were celebrated in a painting by artist Albrecht Dürer. As well as enjoying the alpine forests that surround Mösern, visitors can also come here to see the Bell of Peace, a monument created in Grassmayr, a bell foundry in the town of Innsbruck.
Heiligenblut is a picturesque alpine village, part of the Austrian-Carinthian region. As a ski venue, Heiligenblut features 17 ski lifts and an array of slopes; the toughest lie at Gjaidtroghöhe, accessible via a gondola journey. Heiligenblut is located under the mountain Grossglockner and is an attractive destination for climbers who wish to tackle Austria’s highest peak. It’s not just about skiing at Heiligenblut, though. The area has an intriguing history infused with myth. The name Heiligenblut refers to a phial of supposedly holy blood found after an avalanche nearby. The avalanche buried a Danish military officer and when his body was discovered, locals found the phial inside a wound on the officer’s leg.
Another village in the region of Tyrol, Serfaus has a long history: the village was established in 1500 B.C. Nowadays, Serfaus is best-known for its skiing facilities and has been joined with two other villages, Fiss and Ladis. The three enjoy plenty of sun and offer visitors 185 kilometres worth of ski runs, including free ride slopes and courses for kids and beginners.
The village itself makes for a welcoming holiday location during the evenings, with an array of pubs and restaurants to enjoy after all the skiing is over for the day.
Written by the travelsupermarket cheap holidays team.