Про альпийскую свежесть и пейзажи озера Гозау

Озеро Гозау (нем. Gosausee) – одно из моих любимых горных озёр в Австрии. Я никогда не забуду, как, приехав в это место впервые, мы буквально застыли на берегу, не веря своим глазам. Сказочно красивые пейзажи, высокие горы, зеркальная гладь озера…

 

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До этого визита мы не раз приезжали сюда и мне всегда казалось, что озеро Гозау красиво лишь в солнечную погоду. Как же я ошибалась…

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Утро на высоте 2000 метров. Озеро Шлосальмзее

Утро в горах – это моё любимое время. Солнечные лучи только-только начинают освещать верхушки гор и постепенно свет опускается ниже, на луга и холмы, наполняя все цветом и красками. Словно в фоторедакторе невидимая рука медленно меняет рычажок “насыщенность”.

 

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Осень высоко в горах наступает раньше. Если внизу, в долине все ещё зелено, то на высоте более двух тысяч метров преобладают уже иные цвета: охра, желтый, оранжевый, золотистый.

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Snow trekking in the Hochkönig Mountain Range

At the beginning of March we decided to go on fun trip – trekking with snowshoes into the mountains.

 

снегоступы Хохкёниг / schneeschuhwandern Hochkönig / snow winter hiking

 

We’d heard a lot about this particular kind of activity. Plus, for us, a family with a small child, it was a great way to spend a day out in the mountains together.

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Over the Alps by balloon

The Alps… so beautiful and picturesque. We’re more used to admiring their beauty from below. But what about looking at them from above?
Well, not just look at them, but go on an unforgettable journey to a height of more than three thousand metres!

 

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I invite you to join me on a fascinating journey above them by hot air balloon.

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Sankt Johann/Alpendorf: Mountains, skiing and fairy-tale landscapes

This resort, just like most of the ones in Austria – with amazing infrastructure and well-prepared routes, ski schools for both kids and adults, with trails for cross-country skiing and routes for ski-alpinism and snowshoe treks.

 

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The resort’s highlight is the outstanding beauty of its landscapes. Amazing views open up in front of you from the upper-most cable-car stations of the neighbouring Hochkönig and Tennengebirge mountain chains.

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Liechtenstein Gorge (Liechtensteinklamm), Austria

This is the longest and deepest gorge in the Alps, as well as the most picturesque and idyllic. It is place where rainbows are born, where the force of water is more powerful than that of the mighty rock. It is where nature is stronger than fantasy.

 

Liechtensteinklamm Liechtenstein Gorge

 

Liechtenstein Gorge rightly deserves the best epithet and the highest praise possible and it is well known far from Austria’s borders.
So what exactly is the gorge?

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Alpine routes: Reiteralm meadow and Gasselhöh Cabin

This route is very short, but it leads to such amazing views that you completely lose yourself in time.

 

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The route begins at Gasselhöh Cabin which is found at an elevation of 1728. Within the very first steeps you end up at the tiny lake, Spiegelsee, in which the reflections of the mountain peaks are clearly visible (German. Spiegel – mirror).

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Lake Bled, Slovenia

There’s hardly a person who wouldn’t be impressed by this area’s picturesque landscape. Lake Bled. Surprising natural surroundings, combined with an ancient castle built on a prominent rock, have turned this lake into not only one of Slovenia’s, but also one of the world’s most visited places.

 

Озеро Блед / Lake Bled / Bleder See

 

Lake Bled is located in the Southern Alps at a height of 475 metres above sea level fifty km from the capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana.

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Winter hiking in Alpendorf Obergassalm

Today, we are going on a nice little snowshoe trek near the mountain ski resort of Sankt Johann/Alpendorf and are setting off from the upper Alpendorfbergbahnen cable car station.

 

A family on snowshoes in Alpendorf, Sankt Johann im Pongau

You can start off as soon as you get out of the cabin, so we immediately leave the crowded routes behind and head across the pristine virgin snow towards the Obergassalm meadow.

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Gruyères, both a traditional cheese and a historic region

The name Gruyères is synonymous with the historic Swiss region in the Canton of Fribourg, its village namesake, from which it originates, the ancient castle as well as the well-known Swiss cheese.

 

Грюйер / Gruyère / Gruyères

 

We weren’t originally planning on visiting the cheese makers and the village, but after we got hold of a caquelon (fondue pot), we felt compelled to get some fondue cheese. Since Gruyères cheese is one of the fundamental ingredients of this traditional Swiss dish, we decided to check out the village and the cheese factory.

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Chillon Castle. Switzerland

On a particularly warm and sunny day during our winter holidays we decided to travel along the shores of Lake Geneva and visit the small, lakeside towns. When we started to get closer to the town of Montreux we noticed a signpost to an ancient castle and decided to change our route. As it turned out, it was well worth it.

 

Chillon Castle / Switzerland

 

Chillon Castle (fr. Château de Chillon) is located in Switzerland on the banks of Lake Geneva in the town of Veytaux, in the French-speaking Canton of Vaud.

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Sölden. Giggijoch Mountain

Today I’m going to write about one of the summits in the famous town of Sölden, which is said to be the heart of the Alps. Snow lies on the ground for most of the year and sun is blindingly bright. It’s never boring in Sölden and the scenery just takes your breath away.

 

Solden / Sölden / Soelden / Giggijoch / Giggijochbahn

 

You can get up from Sölden to the ski slopes by taking two ski-lifts, the Giggijochbahn and the Geislachkogelbahn. There’re both found at opposite ends of Dorfstraße, the town’s central street.

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Freizeit Arena Sölden. Fun for all the family

When we were planning our first trip to a ski resort with our son, my husband wasn’t just thinking about the presence of snow and slopes but also about having fun with our one-year old. In Sölden, which is where we decided to go in the end, there weren’t just children’s play areas but there was also a great place for the whole family to kick back and relax, the Freizeit Arena Sölden, an entertainment complex.

 

Photo/Фото: Freizeit Arena Sölden / Фрайцайт Арена Зёльден

 

It’s relatively easy to plan recreational activities with kids in Austria since there’s always something for little travellers to do along with the adults.

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Tirol Castle, Italy

Every person who has been to Austria at least once recalls the name of one of the most Alpinesque of lands, Tirol. There are very few who know, however, that it’s the castle that gave its name to the land, which for historical reasons now finds itself in the Italian Autonomous Province of Bolzano (South Tirol).

 

Замок Тироль / Tirol Castle

 

The castle is truly impressive. Built on a sheer rock face, it seems inaccessible. We only got as far as the Commune of Tirol by car and had to continue the rest of the long journey to the castle by foot.

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Больцано. Южный Тироль

Город Больцано расположен в северной части Италии на границе со Швейцарией и Австрией, в регионе Трентино-Альто-Адидже. Столица Южного Тироля, региона, который до 1919 года был частью Австрии, очень интересна и самобытна.

 

Больцано / Bolzano / Bozen

 

Старый центр с его запутанными переулками, разноцветными фасадами и красивой архитектурой являет собой наглядный пример города с богатой историей. В новых районах слышна в основном итальянская речь, но в историческом центре по-прежнему говорят на немецком или даже на старинном ретороманском языках.

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