Austria: A great Summer holiday destination

Austria is a great destination for Summer holidays and Austria Tourism has just released some videos presented by travel writer and broadcaster Matt Carroll, as part of the Hidden Treasures promotion. Most people associate Summer holidays in Austria with hiking but there are plenty of other activities on offer too.  Our recent Europe travel tip was a visit to the Austrian alpine village of Pinswag.

The Bregenzerwald region in the state of Vorarlberg is divided into two distinct areas, the Vorderwald closest to the Rhine Valley with lower mountains and the Hinterwald with peaks reaching 2000 metres.  The region is renowned for its modern architecture with buildings such as Hittisau fire station, Lingenau cheese cellar and Egg Dairy School.  The Cheese Street is a route along which you can visit and have tastings at various cheese manufacturers.

Zell am See is a district in the state of Salzburg.  Lake Zeller is fed by mountain streams, so you can take a refreshing dip in the clear water or hire an elektroboot (electric boat) to cross the lake. You can ascend Kitzsteinhorn, 3200 metres, by Glacier Railway or on a guided climb.  From the mountain peak you have a panorama of over 30 mountains. The Ice Arena opens on 3 July 2010 complete with snow beach, slides and a safe glacier path.

Lake Constance, also known as Bodensee, is host to the Summer Bregenz Festival where the orchestra perform on a floating stage on the lake.  The Kunsthaus Breganz (Art Museum) which opened in 1997 was designed to maximise use of daylight and  houses a changing range of exhibitions.

You can win a Summer holiday in Austria in 2011 in the Austria Tourism competition by naming  your favourite Austrian Hidden Treasure and describing your perfect Summer holiday accompanied by a photo or video.

This post is brought to you by Austria Tourism who can also be found on Twitter as @Austria_UK and on Facebook.

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About Karen Bryan

Hello, I'm Karen Bryan, I created Europe a la Carte in 2002 to highlight the best places to visit in Europe with travel tips, photos and no fluff reviews. I’m also an artist; my artworks are often inspired by my travels