INDIAN SUMMER IN THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CAMPING DESTINATIONS IN AUSTRIA
PART 2: SALZBURG AND TYROL
Autumn is a bit like the famous saying about the glass being half empty and half full. While people with a rather pessimistic attitude mourn the high summer, optimists look forward to pleasant temperatures, colorful foliage and cozy evenings with a glass of wine.
For all those who are looking forward to the coming months with anticipation and good spirits, we have a few special tips today.Austria's top camping destinations have already put on their most beautiful"Indian summer dress" and are preparing full of anticipation for an atmospheric autumn. With them are the most popular "stars" of the months of September and October: a gently warming autumn sun, a sea of different shades ofyellow, red and gold, shimmering lakes, high mountainsand boundless vacation experiences. Are you really in the mood to meet these "stars"? Then just pick your favorite locale and enjoy somecarefree autumn days amidst magnificent Austrian landscapes! And to come back to the saying already mentioned at the beginning: better a half-full glass of wine on a cozy alp than a half-empty glass between work stress and hectic ...
When autumn slowly takes the scepter in hand, "golden" times begin in the region Zell am See - Kaprunin the truest sense of the word. Countless activities between glacier, mountain and lake invite you to unforgettable vacation days. There is something for everyone: challenging tours in the impressive glacier world of the Kitzsteinhorn, leisurely family hikes on the Maiskogel ... or a combination of both options, because the famous Alexander-Enzinger-Weg, a beautiful high-altitude trail, connects the Kitzsteinhorn with the Maiskogel. Cyclists also have the choice: with the mountain bike over hill and dale or rather with the racing bike along the spectacular Großglockner High Alpine Road to the Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe?
If you prefer to lace up your running shoes to train your stamina and endurance, you can enjoy fantastic views on the Zeller-See-Runde or on the Höhenpromenade in Thumersbach. You like it more relaxed? Then immerse yourself in the Farmer's Autumn with its customs, culinary delights and traditions! Traditional dances, alpine music, regional delicacies and folk games invite you to watch, participate and linger.
An absolute highlight is the "Zeller Seezauber", a fantastic water, music, light and laser show, which delights with entrancing effects three times a week until the end of September.
Autumn is harvest time: The farmers in the region look back on a busy and successful summer and look forward to somewhat quieter weeks. Now it's finally time to celebrate! The motto of this year's Bauernherbst: "Rediscover old crafts". This motto is reflected in numerous atmospheric events until the beginning of November. At the traditional bread baking in the old Kaprun wood oven, for example, at the farmers' autumn market in Zell am See, at the "Bergkräuter-Roas" on the Schmittenhöhe and of course also at the Almabtrieb!
Of course, the "Musi" also plays. At the cozy musical get-together "Musi-Hoagascht" traditional folk music comes alive and the mood quickly reaches its peak. There is also dancing, swaying and feasting in the Beach Club Zell am See, when the Zeller Weisenbläser in their beautiful traditional costumes perform folk sounds. There's plenty of fun at the "Alpencup Ranggel Tournament" on the Schmittenhöhe: the coveted title of Schmitten Hogmoar has been awarded since 1874, and is considered one of the most coveted awards in the Alpine region. Around the best Ranggler from Salzburg, Bavaria, Tyrol and South Tyrol provides an entertaining supporting program for even more entertainment.
And then there is still the with tension expected first Octoberfest on the castle Kaprun. It is opened naturally completely stilecht with a beer tapping of the mayor! No question: The region is in for a colorful and cheerful autumn!
You want to get to know the authentic Tyrolean customs and real traditions? Then let's go to the Almabtrieb! When the cows return to the valley after a beautiful and successful alpine summer, this is duly celebrated in the region. The animals wear a magnificent decoration made of flowers and ribbons, which the farmers lovingly make by hand beforehand.
However, according to ancient tradition, the cattle are only decorated if the alpine summer has gone well and there have been no accidents, illnesses or deaths among humans or animals. Another old tradition forbids decorating the cows when it rains: That is why the event is usually postponed without further ado in case of bad weather. You can experience the traditional Almabtrieb from mid-September in five towns: Fieberbrunn, Hochfilzen, St. Ulrich am Pillersee, St. Jakob in Haus and Waidring. Of course, food and drink are well provided for and the appropriate background music is also thought of. After all, the Almabtrieb is one of the absolute highlights of the farming year! But that's not all: In mid-September, Fieberbrunn will host a particularly hearty anniversary and alpine festival, because the 40th birthday of the "Fieberbrunner Holzschuhdirndl 'n" is on the program. This event of course deserves a worthy setting, so you can already look forward to unforgettable hours!
Mountain enthusiasts should definitely make a note of the coming weeks: When the trees wear their most colorful dress of leaves and the magnificent world of peaks is illuminated by the autumn sun, a climb followed by a hut party for the perfect vacation happiness can not be missed! After an autumn hike, a stop in a cozy hut is simply a must, because with homemade Tyrolean delicacies, a fresh buttermilk or a cool beer you can gather new strength for the way back. And by the way, from the huts you can also enjoy sunny views of the surrounding mountains and peaks of the Kaiserwinkel. How good that many alpine innkeepers go into overtime and leave their huts open for you in part until mid-November! A very hot tip for mountain lovers is the Burgeralm at 1,326 meters. It is still managed according to ancient mountain tradition and spoils its guests in autumn with a very special specialty. Then the award-winning mountain cheese is finally ripe, which the operators produce up here. Be sure to taste it! The Wildbichlalm is also beautifully situated: from the terrace of the hut you look directly onto the imposing north face of the Zahmen Kaiser! Of course, there are plenty of picturesque routes up to the huts. Become a summit striker in the "Indian Summer"!
Also in the Alpbach Valley begins in autumn the time of hearty festivals and rustic conviviality. Always in the center: living customs and old crafts. A particularly nice example is the "Almfest 'l with Almabtrieb and craft market" in idyllic Kramsach, which you can look forward to in mid-September. Here, traditional old crafts are revived: among others, basket weaving and spinning, flower tying and shingle making. Take a look over the craftsmen's shoulders and let them teach you the secrets of this ancient art! In the afternoon, the beautifully decorated cattle are expected back in the valley. Before the animals retire to their winter quarters, they are greeted with a big hello on their return from the alpine pasture. The cows make a fantastic picture with their colorful and lovingly made decorations, so be sure to have your photo camera ready! But what would an "Almfest 'l" be without music and dancing? So the musicians play hard, and if you want, you can of course also shake a leg. With delicious Tyrolean delicacies and good drinks you will quickly get into conversation with the locals afterwards. By the way: If, contrary to expectations, the weather does not cooperate, the hustle and bustle will take place in the festival tent!
Of course, you can already venture onto the slopes in autumn, because the Hintertux Glacier, as a year-round skiing area, allows you to enjoy perfect winter sports even in September. If you would rather enjoy a few more pleasantly warm days in the Zillertal, don't climb quite so high. After all, there is a lot to discover on the alpine pastures, the wide, sunny valley floor and also on the mountains. Our recommendation for hiking enthusiasts: a mountain hike from Mayrhofen up to the Steinerkogel (1267 meters), which is also suitable for families with older children with a route length of about seven kilometers. Bikers can also look forward to incomparable panoramic views in view of the crystal-clear mountain air. A real highlight is, for example, a relaxed mountain bike tour to the Oberböden snack station (1,533 meters). For the approximately 17 kilometers you need about two and a half hours. How about an autumnal game of golf afterwards? The Zillertal Golf Club in Uderns has an excellent 18-hole championship course and is nestled in a dreamlike landscape with fruit tree groves, ponds and rolling hills. High into the air you can go paragliding: a breathtaking challenge for adventurers! Also exciting is a visit to the climbing hall, the high ropes course or a "scramble" on a via ferrata. You can recover from the sweaty exertion in the adventure pool Mayrhofen and in the Erlebnistherme Zillertal in Fügen.
Around Innsbruck you have the choice between leisurely walks and challenging hikes. But no matter which option you choose, autumn has already conjured up the most magnificent paintings with its bright colors. For example, along the Inn: colorful foliage lies on the paths, the Inn shines in a fascinating turquoise-blue and the sun bathes everything in a warm light. And while you walk through the rustling leaves, you breathe in deeply the wonderful scents of autumn ... Or you hike up to the wonderfully situated Höttinger Alm, from where you can enjoy anincomparable view of the city and the mountains. The peace and quiet is indescribably beautiful and is only interrupted by the occasional gentle snorting of the highland cattle. If you would like to experience the natural spectacle on the sunny plateau of Mieming, you either need a bit of luck or good timing. The burning larches, that is, the unique bright colors of the trees, namely show themselves only briefly in all their glory. However, a hike to the sunny plateau is also worthwhile outside the "Indian summer"! For a relaxing walk after breakfast, we recommend a detour to Kematen. Here, a beautiful flat path leads along the Melach River. Always in view: the mighty silhouette of the Rosskopf, which seems to be getting closer and closer.
It is already a fascinating sight: the Zugspitze with its proud 2,962 meters. In the autumn air, it looks even more impressive than usual, because now the view is often crystal clear and the silhouette stands out razor-sharp against the blue of the sky. The modern gondola lift takes you to the top in no time. The view from here is spectacular and burns itself into your memory forever: there's the green Eibsee lake near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the wide Inn valley and even the Munich TV tower, which shows itself in particularly good visibility. Not to forget, of course, the many surrounding mountains and peaks! If you want to do more than just look and marvel, you'll find plenty of hiking options in the Zugspitze region. From the easy themed hike "Moosle's Forscherpfad" to the more challenging Seebensee mountain hike to the combined bike and hiking tour Ehrwald - Seebensee - Coburger Hütte, which is only for experienced hikers: Everyone gets their money's worth here. If you prefer a more relaxed approach, take an autumn excursion to Heiterwanger See and Plansee: until mid-October you can set sail on the motorboats "Margharete" and "Wilhelm" and admire the colorful landscapes on the shore from on board. And for golfers, a course with a sensational mountain panorama awaits at an altitude of 1000 meters with the "Zugspitz Golf Lermoos - Ehrwald" course!