As the home of summer freshness and fancy rain, rich in salt, juicy grasslands and forests, blue-green lakes and original traditions, Austria's "tenth federal state" is known to many people.
Each of its eight tourist regions is a world of its own. But they all have one thing in common: the beauty of a landscape that invites you to hike its mountains, dive into its lakes, enjoy its nature and let yourself be enchanted by its irresistible charm.
The charming, untouched and diverse natural landscape of the Attersee-Attergau region has inspired artists such as Gustav Mahler, Franz Welser-Möst or Christian Ludwig Attersee for many decades. The Attersee with its deep turquoise blue water is a paradise for bathers and divers. From the Attergau observation tower, hikers can look out over a vast area from the Salzkammergut to the Salzburg mountains.
Nestled in a sunny valley between the Dachstein massif and the dead mountains lies the Ausseerland-Salzkammergut. The region between the Upper Austrian-Styrian border and the Grimming as a remarkable conclusion is also the home of major events such as the Narcissus Festival in spring or the Seer Open Air in summer. These events are complemented by the Grimming-Therme and the Narcissus Bad Aussee.
Bad Ischl has had an excellent reputation as a spa and recreation resort since the 1820s. This living tradition has been combined with modern spa facilities in the form of the SalzkammergutTherme Bad Ischl. Prominent artists bequeathed a great heritage to the spa town, which is passed on in the form of the annual Lehár Festival.
The World Heritage Region Dachstein-Salzkammergut includes the towns of Obertraun, Hallstatt, Bad Goisern and Gosau. The historic town of Hallstatt extends beneath the impressive glaciers of the Dachstein. In the high valley above the village centre, salt was already being mined as white gold from the salt mountain 7000 years ago.
The Fuschlsee is the first eye-catcher of the Fuschlsee-Salzkammergut region. As a local recreation area of the festival city of Salzburg, many guests appreciate the crystal clear water of the Fuschlsee, which with its variety of fish is also a popular destination for fishing enthusiasts. With its interplay of mountain and lake, the Fuschlsee-Salzkammergut region is one of the most popular destinations for racing cyclists.
Guests of the Mondsee-Irrsee region can enjoy bathing at the gateway to the Salzkammergut at the popular bathing lakes of the same name, Mondsee and Irrsee, the warmest bathing lake in the Salzkammergut. In addition to sports and bathing fun, the Mondsee-Salzkammergut Region also offers cultural jewels such as the Basilica of St. Michael.
Already the Romans called the Traunsee "Lacus Felix", the happy lake. Water sports enthusiasts find ideal conditions at Lake Traunsee and can marvel at the professionals of the sport at international sailing events. The Almtal takes its name from the river Alm, which has its origin in the rugged walls of the Totes Gebirge mountain range and flows into the Traun in the European nature reserve "Untere Traun-Auen".
On the northern shore of Lake Wolfgang lies the climatic health resort of St. Wolfgang as the focal point of modern holiday enjoyment. Old town houses alternate with colourful shops and the pilgrimage church. On Europe's oldest pilgrimage route you can reach the places of worship of St. Wolfgang. At the other end of the Wolfgangsee lies St. Gilgen, one of the metropolises of water sports.