Travel Austria’s beautiful lakes
the turquoise lakes of the salzkammergut region are backed by majestic hills, verdant forests and exquisite scenery
Centuries ago, when the ruling archbishops of salzburg discovered the beauty of lake Fuschl (the heart of the austrian holiday region) they tried to claim it for themselves, stopping the locals visiting. It’s not difficult to see why they might try – the area is stunning. there are hills to climb and forests to explore, as well as the shimmering lake to loop around, plunge into or enjoy by boat. But the people weren’t going to give up – they resisted and the lake remained open to all. these days, people come from far and wide to enjoy the glorious scenery.
My hotel is yards from the shore of Lake Fuschl and just the name of it makes me want to get out there and explore – the Triathlon Hotel Mohrenwirt. I’m not sure I’m up for a triathlon but I do fancy a stroll around the lake, so I pull on my walking boots. I don’t intend to do the full 12km circuit but am encouraged on by the varied views – not just of the crystal-clear water and hidden shores, but the surrounding hills, forests and nearby village. So three hours (and two café stops) later I find myself back at my starting point, having completed the entire loop. If you find yourself doing the same, I recommend a pitstop at the Schloss Fishery to sample their smoked fish – more delicate than overpowering, and melt-in-the-mouth delicious.
The region has much more to explore with hundreds of kilometres of hiking trails but my next adventure is on to wheels and I’ve got extra leg power in the form of an electric motor. I pick up my e-bike at St Gilgen, a village on neighbouring Lake Wolfgang, and am impressed by what easy work it makes of any incline. It’s a fantastic way to skirt Wolfgangsee and partake of coffee and cake at the White Horse Inn en route.
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