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Austria's hidden treasures

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Austria is a country full of hidden treasures, and its spectacular scenery offers something for everyone.

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When you visit Austria in summer, you’ll be delightfully surprised, because the country is usually swathed in warm sunshine, while the mountains provide a wonderful backdrop to watersports, alfresco dining, and the wonders of summertime in Europe.

Look a little deeper and the delights continue. The Alps, which run through the heart of the country, offer spectacular mountain trails and cutting-edge architecture and art. It is a dream for lovers of fine cuisine, exercise and activities, and we are happy to share some of our best-kept secrets and favourite places in Austria.

Have you ever found a travel guide that only lets you know about the things you want to know? Visit austria.info/treasures and download your personal online guide according to your favourite pastime.

FOODIE HEAVEN

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 cattle and award-winning dairy products. Find out more about the natural way of fine dining…

CULTURAL DELIGHTS

The region of Bodensee-Vorarlberg offers the perfect backdrop for the arts, with dozens of annual music and art festivals. At the Bregenz Festival on Lake Constance, a floating stage has become a platform for some of the world’s most distinguished operas. Find out more about high tech on the lake, and the ‘phantom’ of Dornbirn…

FOLLOW THE EAGLE

Austria is traditionally where east meets west, and the Tirol is where Austria meets the sky. The Eagle’s Walk resembles a pair of wings, spanning across some of the Tirol’s most dramatic and alluring landscapes. Find out more about walking among the eagles…

STATE-OF-THE-ART

Vorarlberg’s Bregenzerwald is famous for contemporary architecture that seamlessly blends in among the region’s more traditional wooden buildings. In the village of Hittisau, slick glass façades further heighten the beauty of the classic pitch-roofs of yesteryear. Find out more about state-of-the-art architecture, and a very “cheesy route”…

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OUTDOOR FITNESS STUDIO

The Montafon Valley in the south-west corner of Vorarlberg is a fitness lover’s dream, where scenic walking trails and exciting mountain bike trails thread their way through a 25-mile stretch of lush mountain greenery. Find out more about the step aerobics of Austria’s ladies ski team, and why everyone can challenge Piz Buin…



CITY SPECIAL

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City trips are usually packed with a tight itinerary but Austrian city breaks are so much more than just ticking off guidebook sights. In Salzburg, baroque and modern architecture align; it’s a gourmet experience in Graz; and Innsbruck offers an attractive combination of city stay and mountain play. Find out more about city breaks with a twist…

ENDURING TRADITIONS

Surrounded by dramatic alpine peaks, the sun-kissed Alpbachtal (Alpbach Valley) in western Austria is a ‘living museum’ where traditional farming practices and strict building controls ensure a way of life that has remained largely unchanged over centuries. Find out more about how life ought to be…

Read the full story and create your Austria’s Hidden Treasures guide with your favourite pastime on austria.info/treasures

Photography: André Chénier © Karl Forster, Bregenz Festival

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