Arrive & revive: finding your inner calm in Austria

The Austrian National Tourist Office is helping holidaymakers hit the reset button and take a time out in nature with a ‘mindful’ holiday.

Tapping into the heightened desire from consumers for more breaks that centre on wellness, the destination is highlighting its scenic surroundings and the many ‘back-tonature’ experiences that can help them to nourish their minds, bodies and souls. From wandering across a quiet Alpine pasture to hearing the gentle cascade of a mountain stream, from walking down a forest path in the morning fog to breathing the fresh mountain air; it’s these small moments and immersion in nature that combine for significant health-benefits.

In exemplification of this point the tourism board recently invited three busy Londoners to explore its landscapes, where they could focus on themselves, far from the disturbances and disruptions of daily urban life.

One of the participants travelled to the wild Ötztal Alps, which features the Stuiben Waterfall in the Naturpark Ötztal, Tirol’s highest waterfall, and said: “It was nice when we were hiking to just not really think about anything and just be able to try and clear your mind…In Austria I definitely had the chance to take some time out and to be in a beautiful place with mountains and to recharge a little bit.”

The other participants made their way to the Zell am See-Kaprun region in SalzburgerLand. During the midsummer months the waters of Lake Zell make for a good time to rent a boat and row the waters along with guided hiking tours available to the surrounding summits and hikes for families aplenty. Their thoughts on their respective Austrian breaks can be seen on the videos accessed via the website address below.

For more wellness inspiration, the Saalfelden-Leogang region offers nine ‘Vitality Trails’ whilst in the village of St. Anton am Arlberg in the Tyrolean Alps (and now in its fourth edition for September 5-8 2019) there is the Mountain Yoga Festival, during which visitors can calm the mind and practice their different Yoga positions against a magnificent backdrop.

Mindful eating can also be achieved in Austria as most of the produce, dairy products, and meat are sourced locally. Hochkönig in SalzburgerLand for example is not only a leading hiking destination, but the culinary experience is a real attraction here as it is also the world’s first certified vegan region supported by the many vegan partner farms, alpine huts, restaurants, cafes, bakeries, and accommodation providers. Whilst here, visitors can try one of the herbal hikes and visit the herbal farms of the region.

For more information go to www.Austria.info/mindfulness


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