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Top Choice Waterfall in Krimml

Krimmler Wasserfälle

Enshrouded in mist, arched by a rainbow, frozen solid – this waterfall always looks extraordinary, no matter the time of year. The Wasserfallweg (Waterfall Trail), which starts at the ticket office and weaves gently…
Top Choice Waterfall in Bad Gastein

Gasteiner Wasserfall

Bad Gastein’s star attraction is this 341m waterfall, which rages over rugged cliff faces and through thick forest to tumble into three turquoise pools. The waterfall’s wispy, ethereal beauty captured the imaginatio…
Top Choice Asian in Bad Gastein

Ginger & Gin

This swank new addition to Bad Gastein's dining scene puts a funky modern spin on the baroque opulence of the Grand Hotel de l'Europe. It pulls it off, with its chandeliers and clever backlighting, occasional live m…
Top Choice Austrian in Zell am See

Steinerwirt

Whether you dine in the contemporary bistro or in the old-world ambience of the wood-panelled Salzburger Stube, you get the same great food and service at Steinerwirt. The Austrian menu emphasises locally sourced me…
Church in Heiligenblut

Wallfahrtskirche St Vinzenz

As though cupped in celestial hands and held up to the mighty Alps, this 15th-century pilgrimage church lifts gazes, and spirits. Inside is a tabernacle which purportedly contains a tiny phial of Christ’s blood, hen…
Gastronomy in Zell am See

Mayer’s

Andreas Mayer heads the stove at Schloss Prielau’s refined restaurant, holder of two Michelin stars. Freshness is key, with home-grown vegetables and organic produce shining through in French-infused specialities su…
Burgers in Zell am See

Bio Burger Factory

This is a burger joint but not as you know it. Slick, contemporary and streamlined, this one has fabulous lake views and does a brisk trade in organic burgers with a gourmet touch – everything from the fries down to…
Fusion in Zell am See

Deins & Meins

Floor-to-ceiling glass, red velvet chairs and rotating exhibitions of modern art define this slinky lounge-restaurant. Local chef and confectioner David Fischböck has put his stamp on the Slow-Food menu: herby Medit…
Bar in Zell am See

Ginhouse

Move over Europop and shots – 'après chilling' is what the Ginhouse offers. It delivers, with 500 different varieties of gin, expertly mixed cocktails and mellow post-ski tunes, all in a kind of modern alpine pub.
Museum in Hohe Tauern National Park

National Park Worlds

For the inside scoop on all things Hohe Tauern National Park, factor in a stop at this terrific visitor centre. The museum side of it showcases the park in a nutshell, with exhibits on glaciers, avalanches, wild wat…