Whether it’s hiking, dining or driving, here are three things you shouldn’t miss this summer.
1/ Llama trekking in the Austrian Alps
Explore the Lech mountain region’s 350 km of hiking trails in the company of some wooly companions: on request, Hotel Aurelio will organize trekking tours with gentle, sure-footed llamas. Leading your own llama, it will carry everything needed for an exclusive picnic in the middle of the mountains. The 3 or 5 hour hikes let you explore the beauty of this otherwise skiing destination: lush alpine meadows in full bloom, lively wild waters and spectacular views. You can also opt for Lech’s own Inca trail, the 7 hour big lap from Oberlech up to the emerald green Butzensee lake.
En route make sure to look out for Antony Gormley’s Horizon Field: the art project, put together by the Kunsthaus Bregenz Museum features 100 life size human statues scattered over 150 sq km (58 sq miles) of High Alps.
2/ Sunday brunch on the river Neckar
Can’t make it down to Capri this summer? Don’t worry, just treat yourself to a short vacation in the idyllic Neckar valley and indulge in a maritime ambience far away from the Mediterranean coast. Welcome on board the Heidelberg Suites’ riverboat ‘Patria’ with it’s yacht atmosphere, exquisite interior design and upscale Italian cuisine.
Completely renovated in 2010, the historic Patria dates back to the 1930s, with elegant 1950s yacht style interior design courtesy of Florentine architect Michele Bonan. From your lounge chair on deck you have a great view over the historic Heidelberg castle before indulging in a luscious Mediterranean Sunday brunch. And should the weather not play ball (you’re in Germany afterall), the Patria even has an elegant salon with a fireplace.
3/ Riding a Harley Davidson around Lake Wolfgang
The Austrian Salzkammergut, with its numerous lakes and mountains offers a fabulous range of activities, from water sports, cycling and golf to idyllic motorbike rides. Courtesy of Hotel Cortisen am See’s new Harley Davidson Sportster 883 you can discover the region in style: start your tour by driving around Wolfgangsee up to the hidden Schwarzensee, a peaceful lake surrounded by high mountains.
Continue to the nearby spa town of Bad Ischl, where in 1853 the engagement between Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria and Elisabeth of Bavaria (more widely knows as Sisi) took place and pit stop at Konditorei Zauner, the town’s famous pastry shop. Follow the Traun river via Hallstatt and Bad Aussee to Grundlsee to experience the Salzkammergut’s at it’s best.
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