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The hills are alive in Austria and they beckon every skier worth his salt and every mountain lover. To ski in Austria is to ski in paradise and an Austria holiday for those who want to race down those snowy slopes is something that can’t be matched. The glorious Alps cover half the country and maybe that’s why it’s such a great tourist destination.
The people are as much of a joy to meet as the place and you’ll find then friendly, helpful and always willing to listen. Sure, most of them speak German but you can get by with English if you speak it slowly and with a bit of gesturing. The thing is, tourism is very much a business and they treat it with the respect it deserves. That’s why you’ll find Austrian skiing facilities very well-organised and very well run.
The most famous ski-jumping is, of course, near Innsbruck on the Bergisel mountain, The first ski-jump was made here way back in 1925 and to date. It is a popular place for the serious skiers of the world to go to. The great thing about Austria is that the elevation is gradual so the usual discomfort of sudden ascent is absent. It’s very easy to adjust to the Austrian heights and that’s what makes Austrian holidays enjoyable. The ski-lifts are a-plenty and to get up to the top of the ski slopes is a cinch without mile-long queues to make you impatient.
It’s not just a place for hard-nosed skiers but for everyone. There’s golf, paragliding, ballooning, riding, plenty for children to do in Austria hotels and of course, there is enough to do in Vienna by way of fine dining and cultural activities. Don’t miss out on the taverns where the wine flows till the wee hours of the morning. And don’t miss out on the museums, especially the Leopold. And whatever you do, don’t forget your strudel fix in one of the many coffeehouses. Get yourself a good Austrian travel guide so you know exactly which sights to take in and which to go to. Or just ask – you’ll find the locals friendly enough and willingly to tell you where to go and what are the must-dos.
In Austria, the magic of the mountain air permeates everything – the sport, the leisure, the wine, the food, the song, the dance, the art, even the sitting back and relaxing. There's something about the rarefied, fresh, clean air that gets to you and changes you. It’s something you can’t quite describe but it gets into you and changes you. It's something that gets into your head and into your blood. It makes you want to keep coming back to experience it again and again. This, perhaps is what most people who are Austria-lovers experience.