Walking Across Europe is superb so get on your walking boots to see the region at its very best and really get away from it all.
The best place to spend your winter holidays is Austria. Trees heavy with snow, picturesque alpine villages, log fires and glüh¬wein create a magical atmosphere which you won’t forget.
At just over 1000m, the village of Bach is in a quiet valley in the northern Tirol, with the Lechtal Alps to the south and the Allgäu Alps to the north, the surrounding peaks rising to well over 2500m. The steep slopes make the immediate area unsuitable for downhill skiing, whilst the many side valleys allow access to excellent snowshoeing routes. The hotel manager is an experienced and qualified snow¬shoe walking leader and will lead you.
All local transport is included, allowing you to start higher – with a ride in a piste making machine to start one walk. A fondue lunch one day in a private mountain hut is included.
You’ll be staying at the small alpine village of Bach im Lechtal, high in the Austrian Tirol for 7 nights in the very comfortable three-star family run Hotel Grüner Baum in the centre of the village. The hotel has its own sauna, which is free to guests.
*The ascent to the Muttekopf (2100m), followed by a descent through woods and across snow-covered meadows.
*Walking in pristine snow in the mountains.
*Lunch stops in alpine huts.
To book a holiday in the village of Bach, please visit www.ramblersholidays.co.uk
Celebrate Christmas in Austria’s elegant capital, Vienna. The city is amazing at Christmas as its grand architecture is particularly impressive dressed in fairy lights, candles and festive decorations.
Explore Vienna’s delights: the city’s circular central point, District 1, its focal point being the stunning St Stephen’s Cathedral. Stroll along Vienna’s main pedestrian street which leads to the Opera House at Karlsplatz. Visit Ringstrasse, built after the city walls were torn down, and which is now lined with some of Vienna’s most impressive architecture.
You should definetely visit the magical Christmas markets, in a spectacular setting in front of the city hall. Don’t stay in market for long as Hungarian capital is waiting for you. Budapest, a city divided by the Danube, with Buda on the right bank and Pest on the left.
Budapest’s distinctive character is incomparable; it still retains its old world charm. Wander the cobbled streets and admire its magnificent architecture.
Explore both sides of the city and enjoy the city’s festivities by visiting the spectacular traditional Christmas market on Vörösmarty Square in the heart of Pest.
You can choose to stay for 4 days in Vienna at the three-star Senator Hotel and 4 days in Budapest the four-star Best Western Hotel Hungaria, a 5 minute walk from the main train station.
*Experience the festive celebration of two different cultures.
*The beauty of Vienna dressed in fairy lights candles and festive decorations.
*Experience New Year’s Eve in Budapest Hungarian style.
*Exploring both sides of the Danube in Buda and Pest.
From the Austrian city Kufstein to the stunning Königssee near Berchtesgaden in Germany you’ll be hiking more than 80 km through the spectacular Alpine mountain scenery.
This route wends its way through several mountain ranges, including the Wilder Kaiser, Zahmer Kaiser, Kitzbühler Alpen including the famous Hahnenkamm (of Franz Klammer fame), Leoganger Steinberge and Steinernes Meer. It culminates beneath the mighty Watzmann range, with many options for extra peaks, energy levels and time permitting.
This is an ideal tour for the seasoned hutter, comfortable with high grade alpine walking. There are fixed wires, exposed paths, steep climbs and descents, scree crossing, scenic traverses, ridges, forest paths… in fact everything that makes a great hutting holiday! On your way to Koenigssee you’ll see changing scenery: from meadows carpeted with flowers to sheer limestone rock with jagged ridges, deep blue lakes and the opportunity to see deer, Ibex and marmots amongst other wild animals.
Once you’ve left Kufstein there will be stays in alpine huts all the way until the last night. Many huts are located in spectacular places, with panoramic views across the Alps or nestling below high peaks.
*The views along the Wilder Kaiser Steig on the way to the Grutten Hut.
*The possibility to see wild animals
*A swim in deep blue lakes.