Travel Aus­tria’s beau­ti­ful lakes

the turquoise lakes of the salzkam­mergut re­gion are backed by ma­jes­tic hills, ver­dant forests and ex­quis­ite scenery

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Why Go?

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.

Get­ting ac­tive

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.

Salzburg is famo for Mozart and Th Sound of Mu­sic

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