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Austria. Winter at the Highest Level

October 14, 2017 Destination Europe No Comments Email Email

Happiness comes from living in the mountains – even if it is just for a week or two. Winter in the Austrian Alps is more than just riding down the slopes. Cosy villages bursting with warm welcomes, boundless skiing pleasure and world-class cuisine – in Austria’s top skiing resorts you will be spoilt for choice. The Arlberg region and Sölden, both with a well-deserved international reputation, offer everything one can ask for on a winter holiday in the Alps.

Three mountains with an altitude above 3000 metres make Sölden in the Ötztal Valley Austria’s biggest glacier skiing area. 145 kilometres of impeccably groomed slopes from October till May surrounded by stunning Alpine scenery guarantee an unforgettable winter break. And after a long day on the slopes the Aqua Dome in Längenfeld is the perfect place to unwind. Due to Sölden’s exceptional attributes even James Bond could not resist to chase villains across the snow and ice here. 007 Elements, a James Bond cinematic installation due to open this winter, pays tribute to the world’s most famous spy.

If you want to tempt your tastebuds, the Arlberg region has all the ingredients for your perfect winter holiday. With the opening of a new cable car system last year, the Arlberg has become Austria’s largest ski resort (and the fifth largest in the world) with over 300 km of groomed runs. But it is the combination of the family-run atmosphere and the highest density of gourmet restaurants per capita in Austria that makes the five charming villages between Tirol and Vorarlberg unique. This international winter sports destination offer its guests the highest standards of haute cuisine. And those who prefer simpler fare, will enjoy remaining true to the popular Tyrolean delicacies.

Winter in Austria is not just synonymous with skiing but also its distinctive Christmas traditions.  Villages and cities decked out in traditional decorations, fir trees adorned with bees wax candles, freshly baked Christmas cookies and mulled wine, the rendition of carols in the parish church, and a stroll through the local Christmas market are all part of the festive season. Austria boasts hundreds of Christmas markets throughout the country, from the skiing villages at the Arlberg and the Ötztal Valley all the way to the capital of Vienna in the east of the country.

It’s now time to tell your readers why a winter holiday in Austria should be on top of their bucket list!

Find detailed information on Austria’s top ski resorts with all relevant links in the attached PDF-document.

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