Kaitlyn Nolan (31) and Thomas Congerton (40) love adventures, being outdoors and travelling. Beyond exploring the sights of the world, they share a passion for photography and creating video blogs. The following list is shared by the couple.
Austria - a gorgeous blend of breathtaking wonders of nature, historical sites, and alpine lakes enclosed in the Austrian Alps. One just has to see this country for its aesthetic charm and idyllic attractions. Here's a kaleidoscope of Austria's most beautiful places that will lure you to book your next travel destination.
Grundslee Lake, Grundslee
The landscape of Lake Grundslee changes with every season. Photo from Shutterstock.
Set in the towering massif landscape of Toten Gebirge, Lake Grundslee has a majestic backdrop that is perfect for photo taking. At 6km in length and 1km wide, it is the largest lake in the state of Styria which is known for its wine, spas, and castles.
During summer, the water temperature reaches between 18 to 25 degrees Celsius. Take a refreshing dip in its emerald waters while soaking in the picturesque terrain of the mountains. With 3 different sections of the lake specially prepared for swimming guests, there's a variety of sights to behold.
Not keen on getting drenched? Go on a hiking tour that brings you to the top of the mountain ridges. On your right, you will get an impressive birds-eye-view of Lake Grundslee. Check with your hotel on guided hiking tours.
Photo from RCI.
Located on the shores of Lake Grundslee is Ferienclub Grundlsee - Mondi (#2578), a paradise for your hideaway. With its close proximity to the lake, hotel guests can enjoy the full spectrum of activities available - from yoga along the shores to taking a boat ride as nightfalls. Not forgetting the unforgettable views of the surrounding as you dine on the hotel's terrace.
Eisriesenwelt Ice Cave, Werfen
The Eisriesenwelt Ice Cave presents magnificent formations. Photo from Eisriesenwelt.
Spanning across 40 kilometers (25 miles), the frozen labyrinth is the world's largest ice cave. Known as “the world of ice giants”, Eisriesenwelt Ice Cave is home to jaw droppingly dramatic formations of ice.
Catch glimpses of the Austrian alps while touring the Eisriesenwelt Ice Cave. Photo from @eisriesenwelt via Instagram.
On the way up, the journey brings views of the Austrian alps, tiny villages and green meadows in the foreground. Upon entering the cave, you will find yourself immersed and enthralled by the wonders of this magical creation.
Guided tours occur between May and October, and ensure that you are always warmly dressed even during summer time.
Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna
The beautifully tended gardens paint the palace with a symphony of colours. Photo from Shutterstock.
"Royally Majestic" are words to describe the Schonbrunn Palace in Hietzing, Vienna. With a history of more than 300 years, this palace is considered as one of the most significant architectural, cultural, and historic treasures of Austria.
With 1,441 rooms, it was once the residence of the Habsburg emperors, and the sheer size of the compound portray their power and influence from the 17th to 20th century.
Schonbrunn Palace is home to opulent 18th-century interiors from the time of Maria Theresia. Photo from @giorgio_sh via Instagram.
In 1996, UNESCO categorised the Schonbrunn Palace on the World Heritage List together with its perfectly sculpted Baroque gardens. Tickets are required to enter the gardens and the palace however, the opulence and grandeur of the experience is absolutely worth it.
Photo from RCI.
Located in the same neighbourhood as the palace is one of Vienna's most elegant and beautiful residential quarters - Clubhotel Cortina (#C741).
The quaint setting provides guests with a retreat from the bustling city. However, the underground line U4 ("Ober St.Veit" station) which provides a direct connection to central Vienna, is only a 5-minute walk away.
With different rooms to accommodate various groups, this classic yet classy hotel is the gateway to experiencing Vienna's suburban lifestyle.
The beauty of Hallstatt makes the village a picture-perfect scene. Photo from @mariohorvat.ph via Instagram.
Although it's 4,000 year old, Hallstatt has been dubbed as the most beautiful village in Europe. Take a step into the little town and witness its surreal beauty that you might just believe that you entered a fairytale.
Nestled along an alpine lake and surrounded by towering mountains, Hallstatt is loved for its serenity and spectacular allure. It is not only listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but has gained worldwide attention to the point an exact replica was built in Southern China.
Colourful houses with flowers draped over the windows are a charming sight at Hallstatt. Photo from @thewayfaringredhead via Instagram.
Take a cable car to Hallstatt's upland valley for postcard-pretty views of the entire village, lake, and beyond. We recommend taking a slow walk down the valley, and you will spot ice-blue waterfalls that captivate like no other.
The observation point on Kahlenberg Hill offers a panoramic view of the city and surrounding area. Photo from Shutterstock.
The best way to get an unobstructed view of the city of Vienna is no other than from Kahlenberg Hill.
At 484-meters high, the summit is located on the Northeast of the city, providing a beautiful lookout. One can easily spot the main canal of Danube river, vineyards of Grinzing, and Schneeberg Mountain in the horizon on a clear day.
Reach the peak of Kahlenberg in comfort by taking a short bus ride via line 38A from Heiligenstadt via Grinzing. If time permits, instead of taking the bus down, walk the charming dirt paths through the lush forest, listen to the sounds of fauna, and enjoy being embraced by a wonderland of nature.
Planai & Hochwurzen, Schladming
Catch stunning views of the Schladming 4-mountain ski region. Photo from @lanaskrgatic_c.u.r.e via Instagram.
This place is a dream for ski-lovers. The Planai and Hochwurzen are two ski mountains that are in the middle of the Schladming ski area. Hauser Kaibling and Reiteralm are neighbouring mountains that form an interconnected 4-mountain ski region that spans up to 123km of slopes. Imagine skiing with a direct view of the massif!
The new Planai Steirereck is equipped with decorative elements and a giant green heart for fun picture moments. Photo from Planai.
To fully experience the surrounding of the Planai's pistes, make sure to take the cable car to the summit. At the Lärchkogel-Mountain Station at Planai Steirereck, head to Pistes 4 and 5 to get your perfect picture souvenir with your loved ones.
Photo from RCI.
Situated on a hillside in the vicinity of Planai, and only 1km above the town of Schladming is Alpine Club by Diamond Resorts (#1920). Apartments are furnished with a kitchen complete with cooking facilities and utensils, giving couples and families a great opportunity to enjoy a hot meal after a day of winter activities.
Moreover, the strategic location of the resort at high altitude overlooks the beautiful terrains and ski treks. Feeling chilly? There's a sauna and heated indoor pool that is perfect to relax your muscles after skiing.
In Austria, there is an extensive list of attractions that are beyond extraordinary. With plenty of interesting things to do and places to visit that will excite all, one trip is never enough.