Bad Ischl (Austria)
The balneological resort of Bad Ischl is located in the picturesque lake district of the Salzkammergut in Upper Austria, 60 km from Salzburg. It is known as the “Royal Spa”, because here, since the 19th century, representatives of the imperial family of the Habsburgs have been undergoing treatment. Even today, Bad Ischl is a world-class resort. Tourists are offered high-class hotels and spa centers, an abundance of shops, a rich excursion program covering not only the mountain and lake region of the Salzkammergut, but also more remote corners of Austria, as well as a wide variety of sports opportunities (both summer and winter). Spa Bad Ischl specializes in the treatment of diseases of the respiratory system, digestion, musculoskeletal system, cardiovascular system, gynecological diseases. For this, sodium chloride, sulfate sodium chloride and sulfide waters, as well as silt sulfide muds are used. For accommodation and treatment in Bad Ischl, many sanatoriums and hotels were built, which are open all year round. In addition to balneological services offered in sanatoriums, tourists will be able to use the services of public city baths, thermal complexes and spa centers.
Surrounding Bad Ischl, the Salzkammergut is located on the territory of three Austrian states: Styria, Upper Austria and Salzburg. Here, among the mountains, there are about 80 lakes, the largest of which are Wolfgangsee, Mondsee, Fuschlsee, Traunsee, Grundlsee, Ausssee, Attersee, Irrsee, Kamersee and Hallstattersee. All lakes with mountains surrounding them form a picturesque alpine landscape. In summer, the water temperature in the lakes reaches +23 degrees, so this is a great place for a beach holiday and for water sports: water skiing, windsurfing, boating and fishing. To this we can add clean mountain air, dense forests, hiking trails laid along the mountain slopes, and numerous resort towns.
Bad Kleinkirchheim (Austria)
The ski resort Bad Kleinkirchheim is located in the northern part of Carinthia at altitudes from 1100 to 2055 m. The resort has 100 km of ski and 19 km of flat slopes, which are serviced by 25 lifts. Most of the trails are of medium difficulty. Bad Kleinkirchheim also has half pipes and a snowboarding fun park. In addition, Bad Kleinkirchheim It has also established itself as an excellent balneo-climatic resort, because there are 2 thermal complexes based on local hot springs, which can be visited free of charge with a ski pass. The water temperature in outdoor and indoor pools ranges from +26 to +33 degrees. The thermal complexes also offer a wide variety of wellness treatments, including mud wraps, massages, saunas and baths.
Adjacent to Bad Kleinkirchheim is the Nockberg National Park from the north. Here, on an area of 184.3 square meters. km stretch the mountain range of the same name. The mesmerizing mountain landscapes with rounded mountain peaks and the rich natural world attract many tourists here, especially those who love hiking.. In the park, at an altitude of 1300 – 2400 m, there is a mountain highway that passes through ancient villages, known since Celtic times.
The Seefeld ski resort is located 20 km northwest of Innsbruck. The resort is located on a mountain plateau at an altitude of 1180 m. Seefeld is considered the “Mecca” for cross-country skiing in Europe. 266 km of flat tracks were laid here, which were created specifically for the Winter Olympics held in Innsbruck in 1964 and 1967. There is also a trail for night skiing with a length of 3 km. In addition, the resort has 48 km of ski slopes, located at altitudes from 1180 to 2101 m, and 32 ski lifts. Trails in Seefeld wide and gentle, which is suitable for beginners. The infrastructure of the resort is represented by 60 restaurants, 60 nightclubs, a casino, a cinema, an outdoor skating rink, a swimming pool, a sauna and indoor tennis courts. In summer, hikers come here, because the surrounding Seefeld mountain plateau is perfect for hiking. In total, there are 650 km of hiking trails. Due to its recreational opportunities, both in winter and in summer, Seefeld is more likely to be called a mountain resort than a ski resort.
Solden is located at an altitude of 1377 m. The area combines several ski resorts: Zwieselstein, Vent, Solden, Hochselden, Gurgl, Obergurgl. There are 32 lifts in operation here, and the total length of the slopes is 101 km (the longest route is 10 km). Hochselden is the upper part of the resort located at an altitude of 2090 m directly on the slope and connected to Sölden by a lift and a road. This location allows you to ski directly from the entrance of the hotel.
Sölden is a rapidly developing resort, where every year the most modern lifts appear and new ski areas are mastered.
Innsbruck is the main city of the province of Tyrol and one of the most famous ski resorts in the country. The Winter Olympics have been held here twice. 6 ski areas include about 120 km of well-prepared pistes at altitudes from 900 to 3200 m, more than 100 km of flat pistes, a snowboard park and 52 lifts. The city itself has a well-developed infrastructure – there are shops, restaurants, cafes and a casino.
In architecture, the medieval residence of the Habsburgs “Golden Roof”, built at the beginning of the 15th century, stands out. Now there is a museum that tells about the life of the Habsburg dynasty. In addition, it is worth taking a look at the Arc de Triomphe on Maria Theresa Street, the court church Howkirche, Furstenburg Castle, St. Anne’s Column and the City Tower.
The Ferdinandeum ethnographic museum has a collection of Gothic paintings. Children will love the local Alpine Zoo, and adults will be able to admire the 360-degree panorama. Not far from Innsbruck in the city of Wattens, in an underground cave, there is the Crystal Museum of the Austrian company “Swarovski” – “Crystal Worlds of Swarovski”.
Ischgl, Idalp, Tyrol (Austria)
According to photionary, the Austrian mountain village of Ischgl, together with the Swiss village of Samnaun, are united among themselves in the extensive ski area of the Silvretta Arena. It is located in the Paznaun valley in the southwestern part of the Austrian state of Tyrol on the border with Switzerland. This place is called only “alpine Ibiza”, because skiers come here who want to relax 24 hours a day, not only during the day, but also at night. Often on the slopes of the Silvretta Arena you can see world-famous stars.
Altitudes within the resort range from 1400 to 2864 m. There are 215 km of trails, half of which are of medium difficulty. There are 42 lifts in operation. The resort offers unlimited opportunities for snowboarding. There are also 52 km of cross-country ski trails.
There are dozens of restaurants, cafes, bars and clubs in the Silvretta Arena, including the club of the worldwide club network “Pacha”. For many years, at the end of the ski season, the resort has hosted concerts by world pop stars. In addition, tourists are offered fitness centers with swimming pools and saunas, an ice rink, tennis courts and much more.
In recent years, Kaprun has been especially popular with Russian tourists due to the combination of excellent service and relatively low prices. The resort is located at an altitude of 800 m at the foot of the Kitzsteinhorn mountain (3029 m). There are 58 lifts operating here. The ski area of the resort can be divided into 2 parts – Maiskogel (1675m) with one red and two blue pistes, and the Kitzsteinhorn glacier itself (3029m) with a variety of pistes of medium and easy difficulty and a guarantee of snow all year round.
In addition, the Areitbahn and the ski area Schmittenhöhe (Zell am See) are just a 10-minute bus ride away. In Kaprun there are opportunities for playing hockey, skating. In addition to skiing, here you can practice tennis, squash, horseback riding, golf, play bowling, go to the pool, sauna or take a steam bath.