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S LU G HEA D ER 5 EXP ER I EN CES to connect with NAT UR E the majestic sites of the Grossglockner and other natural wonders. Meanwhile, watersports enthusiasts will want to visit Area 47, a water adventure park set against the stunning backdrop of Ötztal-Bahnhof. Combining a wine trail with cycling is another good way to see Austria. The Styrian region, known as 'the Tuscany of Austria', with its undulating lush green vineyards, has the perfect climate for growing grapes. En route, cyclists can relax in one of the region's natural thermal water spas. Rogner Bad Blumau, a wellness centre, offers the hottest (100°C) and largest outdoor spa with the highest mineral content in Styria. INDULGE TH E SENSE S The tourism industry has seen a steady growth in people looking for a more authentic holiday experience and farm holidays in Austria are on the up. There's the chance to spend some family time at a farm in Hopfgarten in the Kitzbühel Alps, or enjoy rewarding 'work' as a couple in Lindenhof in Scheffau am Wilden Kaiser. There's something special about waking up to collect eggs for breakfast. These experiences offer guests a unique chance to join real farmers and locals, as they go about their daily lives, sowing, reaping and farming animals. GO WILD If a tranquil stay sounds appealing, then take a trip to the Virgental Valley, where you can learn to forage and get creative. Here, you can stay in one of Austria's many 'Wanderhotels' (school of wild herbs) and enjoy gentle hikes foraging for herbs and flowers to create delicious meals, make tinctures or natural remedies. Such a simple activity is about more than just learning. It gets us back in touch with the seasons and the healing qualities of plants. W ELLNE SS AT ITS HEART Austria isn't short on sleek detox centres, with The Lanserhof and The FX Mayr Clinic being two of the most luxurious. Lanserhof Innsbruck is currently undergoing a refurbishment, so it's opened a pop-up in nearby Kitzbühel, a quaint town surrounded by alpine trees. Many visitors frequently return as they find their long-standing mystery illnesses are fixed. Austria has some of the best wine in the world so a stay at The Loisium Wine and Spa, in South Styria, combines wellness with the sensory experience of wine. It's set among vineyards but there are hikes through the Windischen Buhlen, one of Austria's most important wine regions. Afterwards, relax in the outdoor heated pool, glass of wine in hand, and take in the stunning scenery. Double rooms from 150 euros per night ( FORAGIN G Overlook the Fisser Mountains and learn how to produce your own natural medicine cabinet. Stay at Hotel Chesa Monte from 117 euros per night. ©2016 STEIERMARK TOURISMUS, SCHIFFER (VINEYARD); REIT ELDORADO KÄRNTEN, GERDL (HORSE RIDING); LECH ZÜRS TOURISMUS GMBH, ZÜRSERSEE (GREEN RING); STEIERMARK TOURISMUS, HUMMER (CYCLING); TIROL WERBUNG, HORTERER LISA (HERBS). ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ABSOLUTELY NO REPRODUCTION WITHOUT THE PERMISSION OF THE OWNERS. Herbs are said to grow at their finest in the high mountains, thousands of metres above sea level. For a variety of herb based holidays, visit THE GREEN RING View the mythical lakes and sit among the trees. Stay in a wooden bivouac shelter to get the full experience. ( CYCL IN G Enjoy gentle cycling through some of the best vineyards in the country, stopping off with a picnic among vines. Visit to plan. FARM STAY In Semriach, get up to milk the cows and be a farmer for a few days. Stay at Zehenthof Farm from around 420 euros per week ( ALPINE TR EKS Bond with your four-legged friend before embarking on an adventure of gentle pastures, perfumed meadows, foaming waterfalls and more. Share your Austrian experiences #austriantime September 2016 BALANCE 57

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