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Going Unplugged in Austria

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Climbing mountain ranges is just one way to embrace the outdoors in Austria. There are wildlife-rich wetlands laced with bike paths—just an hour’s train journey south from Vienna—and scenic vineyards spread beyond the Danube. Over the centuries, Austrians developed foods, activities, and customs that can vary from one Alpine valley to another. In other words, if you want to switch off, this Maine-sized nation promises countless ways to experience the transformative power of nature.
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7063 Oggau am Neusiedler See, Austria
The Burgenland province’s low-lying landscape around the 22-mile-long Lake Neusiedl is UNESCO-listed as one of Europe’s great wetland biospheres. All around the lake’s vast reed belts, and among the salt ponds in the Neusiedler See-Seewinkel...
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Innsbruck, Austria
You know your Edelweiss, but how about your Breitblättriges Hornkraut? You can get a hands-on course in the healing power of nature, including such wildflowers, while staying at one of the Wanderhotels (hiking hotels) located throughout the...
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Krems an der Donau, Austria
In the 12th century, Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned at Dürnstein Castle, and its ghostly ruins still stand sentinel above the Danube River in the Wachau Valley. Just an hour west of Vienna, this bucolic region has long been famous for wines—...
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Deutschlandsberg, Austria
If any Austrian province can be said to be up-and-coming, it’s Styria, or Steiermark in German, on the country’s southeast border with Slovenia. Of late, the organic fruits and pumpkin seed oil coming out of southern Styria’s charming hill country...
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Innsbruck, Austria
Tyrol and its cousin East Tyrol are not only ski country but also schnapps country. And it’s not the drink you may have known in college. These are fine fruit brandies produced in a truly artisanal manner. Along the Schnapps Route, dozens of...