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A Ski Holiday in Austria - The White Paradise
Austria More Than A Winter Destination
Driving in Austria could enhance your holiday experience
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Austria More Than A Winter Destination   by Ivaylo Yordanov
When I think of Austria, the first thing that comes to my mind is the Austrian Alps. Maybe just about everyone knows that Austria is one of the best places to go during the winter. It has countless winter resorts with amazing surroundings, perfect ski tracks suitable for all ages and difficulties and many more sport facilities in case you are not into skiing. 

High Angle View of Buildings in a City, Salzburg, Austria
High Angle View of Buildings in a City, Salzburg, Austria Photographic Print
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For the tired skier or just for everyone who would like to relax and have fun, there are many suitable places to do it – from big swimming pools to hot bath-tubs and restaurants with specialties from around the world. But if you think that Austria is only for the winter … think again! If you prefer taking a holiday especially for skiing, you can do so even in the summer with the help of the gorgeous Austrian glaciers. One of the most famous glaciers is the one in the Stubai Valley – the Stubai Glacier. It is visible even from the road and can be a remarkable view even for non-skiers. Other perfect places for skiing in the summer are the Kaprun Glacier and Pasterze Glacier, which unfortunately is decreasing in size in the last years. And if you are keen on the big things than the largest glacier in Austria is for you – the Hintertux glacier. 

In Austria there are also magnificent hiking trails, revealing a huge part of the country’s beauties. A beautiful place is Zell am See with its "Hohe Tauern" mountain range, the Zeller Lake and its belonging marked trails, suitable for both beginners and experts. There is also available biking, sailing and more. I am not going to give more examples of hiking trails because they are numerous in almost every resort in Austria and they surely bring the atmosphere of the amazing nature there. If you are a nature lover I can recommend here only a small fraction of the many nature reserves in Austria. One of them is located just north of the city Innsbruck – the Karwendel nature reserve. The Karwendel mountain range is part of the Alps and can reveal many breath-taking types of scenery. Another one is the Pürgschachener Moor Nature Reserve which is in Styria, near Irdning / Ennstal and offers wonderful moments in fresh air. 

Road Through Hillside, Zillertaler, Austria
Road Through Hillside, Zillertaler, Austria Photographic Print
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One can also visit the National Park Nockberge – part of the oldest mountain regions in Austria. No matter where you are from, keep in mind while planning your holiday that nature is always perfect in every season. And I can assure you that one of the best places to go and see it is Austria. Whether you like skiing, hiking, looking from the top of a high mountain or just relaxing under the sun on the bank of a lake – it is all there just for you.

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Driving in Austria could enhance your holiday experience  by Martin McAllister

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From its stunning natural landscape and its rich musical heritage to its valuable artistic tradition, Austria is famous for a variety of tourist attractions; in fact, from Amadeus Mozart to Arnold Schwarzenegger, Austria is home to a veritable choice of allurements. Should you choose to travel to Austria on your next holiday, why not choose to rent a car? Hiring a car extols many benefits over using public transport or private tour coaches and can provide a novel way of exploring this fascinating country - particularly if you're on holiday with your family.

Field of Wildflowers with Majestic Mountain Backdrop, Karwendel Mountains, Austria
Field of Wildflowers with Majestic Mountain Backdrop, Karwendel Mountains, Austria
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If you decide to hire a car in Austria, you'll enjoy hassle-free access to the country's various ski resorts, swimming lakes and nature parks. If you're travelling with small children, your ease of movement will be made that much simpler in a car, as you won't have to rely on public transport in order to move from one place to another. Skiing, for example, is a particularly popular pastime in Austria, and the country's major ski areas hold plenty in store for every ski or snowboarding fan. By renting a car for travelling in Austria, you'll be able to enjoy the delights of different ski resorts in a cost-effective and hassle-free way. So, if you want to go skiing in the family ski resort of Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis but would also like to enjoy the thrills of the Bregenzerwald ski resort, hiring a car will make it easier for you to do so.

Hiring a car and driving in Austria will also make it easier for you and your family to vary your holiday activities. For instance, if you're in Austria primarily on a skiing holiday, hiring a car will also make it possible for you to drive to nearby hiking trails or go rock climbing. Alternatively, you could drive to one of Austria's main cities, like Vienna, Innsbruck or Salzburg, and take pleasure in the range of musical, theatrical or artistic offerings in Austria's centres of culture.

Car hire in Austria is not difficult. Whether you choose to arrive at any of Austria's main airports such as Salzburg, Graz, Innsbruck, or to a range of other airports in Austria, you'll find plenty of car rental opportunities available at your chosen airport. But if you do decide to hire a car on your vacation in Austria, it's important to be aware of the different driving regulations. For example, in Austria, it's compulsory to drive with your head-lights on during both the day and night-time. Furthermore, the permissible alcohol limit in Austria is 0.5, which is lower than the legal alcohol limit in Britain. So make sure you're fully aware of the differing rules of the road when driving in Austria in order to avoid any mishaps: you'll be well on your way to an unforgettable driving holiday in one of Europe's most naturally beautiful countries.

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A Ski Holiday in Austria - The White Paradise   by Mads Jensen

Ever experienced sliding on the ice with the skis on your feet? There must be a very exciting feeling running through your veins as you swish through the beautiful white velvety snow. Skiing is considered as a winter sport, but for me, it is an extension of one's personality and lifestyle. Austria offers an innumerable downhill and steep cross country tracks to accelerate the adventure that you are looking for.

Where is Austria? Austria is a part of the European continents. It is surrounded by countries like Czech Republic, Italy, Switzerland, and Germany. This country is filled with a rich culture and a very cool to temperate climate. It is a largely mountainous country because of the Alps. The grandiose mountains are surrounded with ice caps, and the view of the sceneries is overwhelming. You can visit the Alps of Austria during the Christmas and New Year period and the rest of the winter season. That is why you can enjoy skiing on the beautiful mountains Austria has to offer.

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Activities during Your Ski Holiday in Austria 

Basically, skiers go to ski destinations to come into contact with the snow and sled their heart out during the holidays. Various people come to Austria, ranging from beginner skiers to professional skiers. All of them have the goal of swooshing their skis on the high mountains of Austria. Austria has exceptional skiing tracks that you will never miss. They also have the state-of-the-art equipment that will help your stay and let you enjoy your sport with no hassle at all. Car cables are always standing by to transport you to the different ski tracks you prefer.

On a lighter note, the beginners having their ski holiday in Austria can try an easier way to learn the basics on skiing with the so-called "Norwic Fitness."? While advanced and professional skiers are enjoying the downhill slopes of Austria, beginners are having fun with Norwic walking (it's walking with sticks in the snow). It requires less strenuous activity and will still make you feel healthy. You can still have fun and learn without hurting yourself!

Aside from enjoying the winter snow, there are also "after-ski"? activities waiting for you during your ski holiday in Austria. You can relax in their warm and comfortable cabins where you can get a hold of their famous foods and drinks. Indoor activities like staying in the hot tubs and dining with your loved ones as well as enjoying a relaxing spa can really promote a heavenly and peaceful atmosphere that you are looking for. Ski resorts in Austria accommodate people of all ages whether you are planning to have a family vacation or having your honeymoon for the newlyweds or having honeymoon the second time around.

Austria is really a white paradise for keen and passionate skiers. Austria has held or sponsored many winter sport games and Olympic Games and championship. It is not merely a wonder of nature. It also renders a sense of peace and unity to people who visit. There are activities in store for all ages and all abilities. You will really never feel a dull moment when you decide to have your ski holiday in Austria. So, what are you waiting for?! All you have to do is to decide and make your life more colorful than ever.

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FEATURED HOTELS IN BAD ISCHL, AUSTRIA

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AlpenParks Hagan Lodge Altausee near Bad Ischl
In the Alpine village at AlpenParks Hagan Lodge Altaussee there are 46 holiday homes waiting for you, built out of wood in the local, traditional Altaussee style. From the very first moment they impart a feeling of cosiness and well-being and also have luxury and high quality furnishings. Your home during your stay is located at the foot of the Loser, the mighty, legendary mountain, which you can discover in the summer on numerous paths and during a tour to the summit. Tranquillity and relaxation, or thrilling adventures – every day you can choose from the numerous sport and leisure activities on offer in Ausseerland. You will have a fantastic, active or relaxing summer holiday - guaranteed. 
Hotel Goldenes Schiff Bad Ischl, Bad Ischl
This graceful property in a quiet area, offers elegant accommodation and modern facilities to make your stay in Bad Ischl a pleasant one. Dominated by the peacefulness and the unique panoramic view of the wonderful Salzkammergut landscape, Hotel Goldenes Schiff is situated in the heart of Bad Ischl. All other well known attractions of Bad Ischl - Imperial Villa, Imperial Thermal Spa, Confectionery Zauner, Congress and Theatre House, museums and so on are within five minutes walking distance. This hotel with its 55 rooms and suites, designed to harmonize comfort and tradition, is a sight of its own.
Schloss Fuschl Resort & Spa, near Bad Ischl
This 15th-century fairytale castle, the Hotel Schloss Fuschl, is set in lush greenery and perched overlooking Lake Fuschl in the Austrian Mountains; Salzburg city centre is 12 kilometres away. The Fin de Siecle style spa comprises nine treatment rooms, workout studio, sauna, steam room, spa tub, and relaxation area with open fireplace and heated pool. An outdoor sauna and hot tub overlook the lake.  An original 19th century shop sells locally sourced products including smoked fish from the hotel's fishery, chutneys, jams and cakes.  The hotel has 2 fine dining restaurants, the Imperial serves European and Asian fusion dishes while the Schloss offers a more classic restaurant serving Austrian specialities. A lakeside terrace provides the opportunity to dine al fresco.
The Lindner Hotel & Spa - Die Wasnerin, Bad Aussee
A 3 floor part-listed building dating back to the 15th century surrounded by stunning alpine scenery, 5 kilometres from Altaussee Lake.  The Wellness Centre features a sauna, steam bath, gym and indoor swimming pool with a glass roof and spectacular alpine views. The outdoor pool is surrounded by sunbathing terraces. The restaurant serves a selection of traditional Austrian and international dishes in a traditional-style setting with a large patio area and mountain views.  Golf enthusiasts can enjoy two courses nearby, set against a backdrop of stunning alpine scenery. Loser-altausee, at an altitude of 1000 metres, offers 3 chair lifts and a 9-kilometre toboggan run; Die Tauplitz features 40 kilometres of downhill runs; and Zlaim-grundlsee is a family-friendly resort known for its ice-skating rink.
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Hotel Augarten, Graz
The Hotel Augarten is centrally located in Graz, Austria, within 1.5 kilometres of the old town and the sights of the Schlossberg (Castle Hill) area. The contemporary Augarten adds a striking landmark of glass and metal to a city already well endowed with architecture from many periods.  The hotel features include an indoor swimming pool surrounded by brightly coloured sofas and a rooftop sun terrace with views across the city. The sauna and gym stay open round the clock. The Augarten serves breakfast daily (surcharge), and its Gault Millau-awarded Magnolia Restaurant serves light Mediterranean-style cooking (fish and fresh vegetables feature on the menu).
Grand Wiesler Hotel, Graz
The Grand Hotel Wiesler remains the first choice for the demanding traveller who appreciates the elegant atmosphere and central location of this luxurious property. Ideally located in the city centre, right on the river Mur, the Grand Hotel Wiesler is within walking distance from important landmarks such as the Kunsthaus, Armoury, Clocktower and the Convention Centre. The hotel features 96 rooms that are laden with luxury and elegance. The rooms are well facilitated to make your stay a pleasant one. The restaurant offers a remarkable dining experience in an upscale ambience with stylish table treatments offering delectable Austrian cuisines underlined with an international flair along with fresh and selected ingredients.
Harry's Home Graz
Harry's Home Graz is located in Hart bei Graz and near the airport. UPC-Arena, Rathaus, and Graz Cathedral are local attractions. Additional area points of interest include Landeszeughaus and Kunsthaus Graz. This 3.0-star property offers small meeting rooms and audio-visual equipment. Wireless and wired high-speed Internet access is available in public areas (surcharges apply). The property offers an airport shuttle (surcharge). Guest parking is complimentary. Additional property amenities include a bar/lounge, multilingual staff, and self parking. This is a smoke-free property. 
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Courtyard By Marriott Hotel Linz
Exuding a classical simplicity that sits at ease with the hotel's exclusive surroundings, this property is the most comfortable accommodation choice for those who wants to visit Linz 's attractions or on a business journey.  Situated in one of the most prestigious districts of Linz, the Courtyard By Marriott Hotel is just 10 minutes from the historic main square and is also close to the Danube River as well as multiple tourist attractions including, Ars Electronica Centre, Poestlingberg and Grotto Railway and many others.  The signature on-site restaurant as well the exclusive bar is a bright and warm area where guests can sip excellent drinks and taste delicious meals.
EuroHotel Sattledt near Wels
This hotel is located in Sattledt. Kremsmunster Abbey is a local point of interest. EuroHotel Sattledt features a bar/lounge and a coffee shop/café. Guest parking is complimentary. The front desk is open during limited hours. This is a smoke-free property. Bathrooms feature showers. Televisions have satellite channels. Rooms also include desks, blackout drapes/curtains, and electronic/magnetic keys. Housekeeping is offered and guests may request wake-up calls. Guestrooms are all non-smoking. 
Novotel Linz
Novotel Linz is located in Linz, close to Linzer Stadium, Landesgalerie, and Linzer Schloss. Nearby points of interest also include Martinskirche and Lentos Art Museum. Dining options at Novotel Linz include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool and a sauna. This 4.0-star property offers small meeting rooms, audio-visual equipment, and business services. Wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Guest parking is complimentary. Additional property amenities include multilingual staff, gift shops/newsstands, and laundry facilities. 
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