Autumn holidays do you good

“Mountains make you happy”, they say. And they really do – all year long. They give us special moments. Such as a great bite to eat enjoyed on the terrace in front of a mountain hut during Alpine Summer. Or in springtime, when the first crocuses stick their white and purple heads up out of the last fields of snow. When, in winter, you clamp on your skis and know the best is yet to come: slicing back down the mountain through virgin powder. Or even in autumn, when the visibility is jaw-dropping and you have the mountain practically to yourself. What other arguments are there for a hiking holiday in autumn? Here are just a few!   


Before the colorful autumn leaves begin to play catch again, we can look forward to a glorious play of color during our hikes – of yellows, reds, browns and greens. Perhaps winter has already sent us its first greetings and the peaks are dusted in snow. The temperatures are pleasant, even quite cool early in morning, the air is dry. As a consequence, the visibility is even better than usual and the sight of the mountaintops is even more impressive. And that, in turn, is yet another reason for mind and spirit to rejoice, as you stand there on the summit, gazing out across all those mountains towards the distant horizon!


September is also rutting season for stags. The stags vie for the favors of the does, and you can hear them bellowing from far away. Driven by their raging hormones, battles for territory are not infrequent. During your autumn holiday in Austria, you have the chance of becoming a witness to this natural spectacle. For example, during a National Park excursion with a trained ranger, who personally knows the rutting grounds of the deer and will be happy to point out some of these magnificent game animals. In the Hohe Tauern National Park Holiday Region, such Ranger Tours are included with the Nationalpark Sommercard which guests of our ALPS RESORTS receive automatically. In the Gesäuse close to the Erzberg Alpin Resorts, guided tours are also offered.


A hiking holiday will make you twice as happy if something delicious awaits you upon conclusion of your mountaineering tour. How fortunate, then, that autumn in this part of the world is also the time when you will discover chanterelles shooting up everywhere from the forest floor. Chanterelle goulash with semolina dumplings and breaded penny-bun schnitzels are practically impossible to resist. So, where are the best places to hunt for mushrooms close to our apartments and chalets? Naturally, we won’t say! But if you do come across them, you will be able to prepare the natural treasures you have collected in the fully equipped kitchens of our holiday homes and apartments. Or simply stop by our reception and ask which restaurants or inns close to your holiday abode serve these exquisite delicacies.


It has been medically proven that exercise in the fresh air has positive effects on our brain and releases endorphins. The so-called “happiness hormones”. The immune system is strengthened, while our musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and respiratory systems are also improved. That feeling, after a hike, of having done something good for yourself and collected yet another unforgettable mountaineering experience: simply priceless. And since we happen to be on the topic of prices: Summer high season is now over, which means you will be able to take full advantage of our numerous holiday bargains. Why not have a quick look at the autumn offers for our holiday apartments and holiday homes in Salzburger Land, Styria, Carinthia and Tyrol! Mountains make you happy. You simply have to decide which is your favorite destination! 

Photo materials (c) The stag rut: Hohe Tauern National Park (Ferdinand Rieder)

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