In the summer retreat just about everything is allowed. Even going to bed with the larks and waking up with the owls.
Welcome on the treetops
At Traunsee it doesn’t take much to feel great. Those who still strive for something higher can take the Grünberg cable car and leave behind all too familiar things. Once you reach the top the treetop path is only the beginning. You will walk 1.4 kilometres on safe boards at a height of up to 21 metres above ground, in the middle of the treetops and enjoy the stunning view over Gmunden, the forest, the mountains and the lake. As an encore the 39-metres high observation tower and a 75-metres long tunnel slide are awaiting you. For the latter you should already be older than 6 years.
Alone at the lake
Seek and ye shall find. The romantic bay between Fürberg at the Wolgangsee and the Falkensteinwand. The real hurdle is that the way always takes you across the water. Once you have arrived you will feel like the chosen one(s) and enjoy not only the solitude but also the Caribbean colours of the lake.
Highnesses are at liberty to choose, even the hiking trails. That’s why Bad Ischl is proud of the Kaiser Jubiläumsweg. It was created in 1898 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the reign of Emperor Franz Joseph and ever since leads to the family-friendly Hoisnradalm in 1.5 hours. Those who want to discover the habitats of endangered species while hiking, can chose the “Naturlehrpfad” with its 12 digital information points. The path also starts at the Jubiläumsweg and has a length of 11 kilometres, duration: 4.5 hours. Afterwards you will be wiser and impressed by the nature in the Salzkammergut.
Looking at world heritage
Sometimes all it takes to gain new perspectives is changing altitude. This is also the case with the UNESCO World Heritage Site Hallstatt. Once you have explored the town centre, you can choose to get a new superlative view. No matter whether you are sporty and equipped with sturdy shoes or prefer it comfortably and take the Salzbergseilbahn – the climb to 360 meters above the village is worthwhile. Here you will have your own spectacular entrance: at the “Skywalk” World Heritage View. When stepping onto the platform the majestic Dachstein massif builds up in front and Lake Hallstatt lies glittering at your feet. Seen in this light Hallstatt presents itself from a completely new side. And even if everything is 100% safe – a little thrill is surely added due to the height.
Gliding over glacier lakes
Experiencing what the ice needed millions of years for in only 80 minutes: crossing the Salza reservoir on a boat. Embedded between the mighty Grimming and the Kernetgebirge lies this fjord-like blue jewel in the middle of the nature reserve. Those who find their way from the nearby Bad Mitterndorf immediately feel the fascination of untouched beauty. Take a seat on board of a rustic wooden boat and explore the depths, waterfalls and romantic bays carved out by the glacier.
The elixir of life
Not all water is the same. This can especially be noticed when you enjoy the excellent water quality of the Salzkammergut lakes. But what else is it capable of? The easiest way to find out is on foot when hiking in the Attersee Nature Park. At the “Wasser Roas” between Weyregg and the Bramosen you can learn station by station how many days it takes a drop of Attersee water to reach the Black Sea, why the Attersee suddenly turns turquoise blue in the summer months and how many juicy plums it takes to fill a shot glass with schnapps. And don’t forget to bring a bottle of water from the tourist office in Weyregg. Sip by sip the blue element gets a completely new meaning.
Find them all!
How to capture the natural aroma of a unique region? It is easy: just take the oldest nature reserve in the Salzkammergut, a little wanderlust and a smart app. All your senses will find themselves in an exciting kaleidoscope of fauna and flora worthy of protection. The smartphone only takes on the role of a clever companion who explains the sights in more detail - the natural curiosity remains your guide. By the way, in the Mondsee-Irsee region alone, over 1,200 plant species, 200 bird species, tens of thousands of insect species, mammals, mosses and shells have been found. How many can you find in one day?
Hollerdrio on the alp
Fabulous 30 cultivated alpine huts and a 150 km long hiking trail network await you in the Fuschelsee region. Everything is possible here, from the easy circuit hike to the tingling jump into a mountain lake or to the challenging summit climb. The reward is always a culinary highlight from the regional cuisine: like Kasnocken, Kaspressknödel or Bauernkrapfen. At the Holleralmen you can toast to a successfully completed hike with fresh elderflower juice. Or treat yourself to one of the wonderful elder desserts before you move on. There is still so much to see in this beautiful area.