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Wanderweg Holidays Salzkammergut Walking Tour leads visitors to charming villages like St. Wolfgang, Bad Ischl, Hallstatt and Bad Aussee. The average hike is four hours a day. After each leg of the tour, hikers relax in cozy 3-star hotels or family-run inns.

The early-May to late-October tour includes seven nights with breakfast and dinner, luggage forwarding to the next accommodation, hiking map, a Salzkammergut Card and bus fares.

With a 4,000-year history, this mountain and lake region has been a center of European culture from the early stilt-house settlements during the Hallstatt period to the era of the Hapsburg Empire. It has more than 76 crystal clear lakes and impressive rock faces up to 3,000 meters high, including the majestic Dachstein Glacier.


At the Loisium Wine Center, on the edge of Langenlois in Lower Austria, visitors experience the wine production process with all their senses. Loisium Visitor Center was designed by New York architect, Steven Holl.

The brushed-aluminum building translates the layout of adjacent wine cellars into an abstract, cube-shaped space. It offers a tour of ancient wine cellars, a look at modern-day winemaking techniques and the opportunity to sample Austrian wines and regional specialties.

The Loisium Spa is a superior quality hotel, with a focus on fine wines. Spa facilities include twelve treatment rooms, three saunas, a steam bath, a sunbathing terrace, surrounded by grapevines, and a whirlpool, built into an old wine cask.

Vienna luxury hotels

Do & Co Hotel, in the Haas-Haus on St. Stephen's Square, has striking architecture by Hans Hollein and one of the top restaurants in Vienna, owned by proprietor, Attila Dogudan, in the same building.

The Levante Parliament, behind the Austrian parliament, has ultramodern interior design and a courtyard garden.