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The Best Places to Reconnect With Yourself

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At its finest, travel spurs you to shake off the everyday; to open yourself to new experiences; and to reexamine the world around and within you. Certainly that’s the potential of a trip to Austria. It’s a nation with an outsize presence on the world stage, in terms of its influential culture, cuisine, and varied landscapes. From mountain-fed lakes that inspire contemplation to the catharsis of volunteer work, it’s easy to tap into whatever you fancy to nourish your mind, body, and spirit.
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8962 Gröbming, Austria
The national park known as Hohe Tauern (High Tauern) doesn’t come by that name for nothing. Its stark karst range features Austria’s paramount peak, the 12,500-foot-high Grossglockner. That means you may find yourself high above the cloud line, up...
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4273 Unterweißenbach, Austria
Up north near the Czech border, Mühlviertl is so off the charts that it’s entirely possible you won’t encounter another outsider as you explore its woods, rolling hills, and pastureland. In recent years, hundreds of miles of bridal paths have also...
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8962 Gröbming, Austria
At the very end of a valley, tucked below super-steep, spruce-filled mountain slopes, the Schwarzensee (Black Lake) offers the ultimate in meditative possibilities. It’s the largest of several waterfall-fed lakes in Styria’s Sölktäler Nature Park,...
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Dorf 199, 6764 Lech, Austria
Wedged between Germany, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein, the tiny but prosperous province of Vorarlberg is booming in winter, when skiers and fans of other snow sports descend. In summer, the fun centers on the Green Ring, a three-day trail that...
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Zillertal Str., Austria
For centuries, Alpine pastoralists, farmers, and lumberjacks have tweaked their landscape, which benefits from proper human intervention. Whether that means planting trees or clearing brush, few activities reconnect us to the land quite like...