Holdamoos with view of the Kanisfluh in Bregenzerwald (c) Markus Gmeiner / Vorarlberg Tourismus GesmbH

Summer refreshment for the soul

Coolness and revival in the mountains

“Summer escape” refers to the annual pilgrimage from city to country as well as the actual destination itself. In other words, following the refreshing call of the Alps is simultaneously a path and a goal.

The German expression “Sommerfrische” has its roots in Venetian Italian. Rather than referring blandly to “going for a walk”, they say instead “Prendere il fresco” – essentially, “taking the fresh air”. It came into German through its usage in Bolzano. From the hot valley bottom, people would escape to cool summer residences up on the Ritten.

Hiking in the Hall Wattens region, Tyrol (c) Hall Wattens
Stappitzer See im Seebachtal Mallnitz, Kärnten (c) Österreich Werbung / Dietmar Denger

Oftentimes, “summer escape” references temperatures and a change of location. But that dwells solely in its physical attributes. Coolness and refreshment are also craved by the spirit since, as Prentice Mulford once said, “What pleases the eye refreshes the mind, and what refreshes the mind refreshes the body.” And allow us to extend that sentiment: likewise, what pleases the palate.

In the midst of the Alps, you will find these picturesque retreats and energy sources. Set out on your personal path, arrive, and then let yourself go.

Hotel Landgasthof Linde in Stumm im Zillertal (c) Heli Hinkel

Romantic Days in Zillertal

This beautiful inn lies in the midst of the Zillertal mountain world. They have nurtured good hospitality here for half a millennium. Stylishly appointed rooms, innovatively interpreted Tyrolean recipes and, above all, the warm, friendly atmosphere give this country inn and hotel its incomparable charm. Crowned Inn of the Year by Gault&Millau, culinarily you couldn’t wish for more. Landgasthof Linde serves as a perfect retreat for romantic days for two.

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Fireside Room at Hotel Gasthof Hirschen in Schwarzenberg (c) Mirco Talierco
Hotel Gasthof Hirschen in Schwarzenberg (c) Adolf Bereuter

Wellness for the Soul

What makes the Hirschen Schwarzenberg so unique? History? Cuisine? Tradition? Humor? Sincerity? It is all of that and so much more. Encapsulated in the lightness of being. Dolce far niente, Bregenzerwald-style.
Leaving everything behind. Taking a deep breath. Enjoying. Being pampered.
Sound too good to be true? In that case, we suggest trying it for yourself.

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Gourmet & Boutique Hotel Orso Grigio in Innichen

The Dolomites Experience

Unique mountain worlds, picturesque excursions and impressive hikes. The incomparably beautiful countryside refreshes body and mind. At the Orso Grigio, you discover the combination of hospitality, sincerity and the sense you have “arrived”. Here, tradition is completely re-thought and re-lived. With a love for detail and the unbridled striving to do things even better.

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Summer at the castle, with a convertible

Schloss Lerchenhof stands high above the valleys of the 3 Corners Region between Carinthia, Friuli and Slovenia. Here, you are able to escape the fast-paced, hectic outside world. In the golden light of summer, you can spend the most delectable time imaginable, not least because of the slowfood products from their own farm. Cool off with a refreshing wind in your face as you drive a convertible up the Grossglockner High Alpine Road. Afterwards, allow the whirlpool, sauna and steam grotto to make their contribution to your physical wellbeing. Welcome to Alps-Adriatic dolce vita.

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