Alles gut in Austria by Kanishka Ramchandani
Witness the panoramic valley views from the scenes of the famous musical The Sound of Music or walk through the streets that were once graced by Beethoven and Mozart...steeped in history and culture, Austria awaits!
Alles gut in Austria by Kanishka Ramchandani
The riot of autumn colours gives way to the serenity of snowy winters as the best time of the year draws in. The landscape is bathed in white, the culture is vibrant and the attractions are irresistible. The place in question is Austria, more popularly known as ‘the heart of Europe’.
As a travel destination, Austria is a complete package. It offers visual treats with its picturesque mountains, cultural experience with its people, customs and traditions, historical adventure with its beautiful relics and a refined lifestyle with its world-class hospitality. There’s so much to see and do in Austria and a stay at Club Mahindra Bon Alpina will make your visit to this little country seem short. Imagine yourself to be enveloped by the mountains as you stay in the middle of the village Igls, not too far from the Olympic ski area of Patscherkofel.
If you love winters—replete with cold weather, winter sports and, of course, the festive season—Austria is the place to be this time of the year. The winter scenery of the country is incomparable and it is a perfect destination for travelling families. And not to forget all the activities that you can do during your stay in Austria. For ski lovers Austria has much to offer; the brand new Bergisel ski jump is a perfect addition to the activities that will give you an adrenaline rush, and for the more relaxed ones there are
other options near Bon Alpina. Talking about activities, there are heated pools for the vacationers in the resort, and the restaurant offers extra rich buffet breakfast with an organic products corner, salad buffet, soup bar, children’s menus, various theme buffets, and starters’ buffets and there is a bar and lounge with an open fire place.
When in Austria how can one forget Salzburg with its quaint backdrop! Salzburg will give you a ‘heaven-on-earth’ experience and it’s most pleasant to visit during winters.
The landscape is an add-on to the myriad things that you can do there.
If you are bitten by the architecture bug, then Austria has a lot to offer. Check out the Golden Roof in Innsbruck—a classic Austrian hybrid of Gothic and Baroque—built by Archduke Friedrich IV in the early 15th century as the residence of the Tyrolean sovereigns. An array of architectural marvels such as the Hohensalzburg Fortress, Salzburg Cathedral and Hellbrunn Palace and Trick Fountains are places that should be part of your itinerary. Salzburg has many a visual treat for a discerning artistic eye, from a fortress dating back to the medieval ages to a palace that’s a remarkable example of Baroque architecture. And if you have a fetish for museums, the place is endowed with a lot of choices—the Salzburg Museum, which is a modern hub of information and entertainment for the visitors; Museum der Moderne Salzburg, which is a modern art museum located in two separate buildings at two spectacular locations; and Museum of Natural History and Technology, which as the name suggests, houses
classic examples from the animal and plant kingdom.
Innsbruck is well-connected to Salzburg, which is where all the music action in Austria is centred. Home of Mozart, the Salzburg Festival, the setting for the movie The Sound of Music—do you need more reasons to get musical? Certainly not! You can visit the Mozartplatz, a central square featuring Mozart’s statue, and Gerburthaus, his birthplace. You will also get to know more about the local history and culture that served as a background for famous Hollywood movies like The Sound of Music. If you have
further artistic and musical leanings, you can also enjoy the Marionette Theater and the Mozart Dinner Concert. Winters also herald carnival time in Austria with hundreds
of balls being staged throughout the country.
While skiing remains the prime attraction for winters in Austria, there are lots of other winter sports that you can indulge in during your stay there. Such activities afford brilliant views of the countryside—after all the whole of Austria is sehr schönen. Try snow shoe hiking to enjoy the spectacular sights that are off the beaten track such as fresh snow falling on the mountains and even some timid wild life.
For those looking for more interesting activities, there’s igloo building and winter hiking. Even during winters, a tour or a drive through Salzburg will show you the scenic beauty of this place. And nature lovers who dare to be different can go up to the German border to view the King’s Lake (which would be probably frozen this time of the year), which is regarded as the prettiest lake in Germany. Another easy way to engage a nature lover’s time is with a torch, a sled and a glide through the snowcovered
paths of the scenic forests.
You can continue your romance with nature with a few activities. Many parts of Austria, including Innsbruck, afford perfect locations for outdoor sports such as mountaineering, hiking and nature trails. For those who prefer a quieter form of adventure, there’s the Cable-Car Untersberg. The cable car ride will give you a magnificent view of the beautiful Salzburg Lake District and the icecapped Hohen Tauern mountains.
History, culture, cuisine and above all, a visual delight—you’ll get it all in Austria. A vacation to ‘the heart of Europe’ is bound to be a sensorial experience. Leaving you with an unforgettable impression, you are sure to put Austria on your ‘places to visit again’ list…as one visit to this idyllic country will definitely not suffice.