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In BIG pictures: summer views of the beautiful Austrian Alps

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As part of the Captivate #12hotels campaign with Visit Austria we were invited to experience some of the finest hotels the country has to offer. Last month we stayed the weekend in the stylish eco-retreat Gartenhotel Theresia located in Saalbach-Hinterglemm in the Austrian state of Salzburg.

The summer months are officially the quietest time for tourism in the village with many only thinking of the Alps as a snowy winter sports playground and not much else. More fool them. Those in the know swap their skies for hiking boots and make the most of the fresh mountain air, clear blue skies and comfortably warm temperatures. Hiking isn’t the only activity on offer, mountain biking down the steep peaks or along meandering roads to explore isolated mountain meadows is another popular pastime and the mountain cable cars offer a more sedate way to make the most of the Alpine scenery.

The scenery in this region is truly spectacular – a place where you easily imagine Maria Von Trapp skipping and singing her way over the lush green mountain meadows. Streams trickle through deeply carved valleys, rolling emerald green pastures are dotted with bell-adorned cows and impossibly picturesque chalets. In all directions the towering peaks of the majestic Alps envelope the whole area. Here is our favourite summer views of the beautiful Austrian Alps in BIG pictures…

Mountains

Mountain Chalets

Town

Hills

Chalets and Bridge

Mountain green

Hotel Front FB

Mountain Restaurant

Chalet garden

Where to Stay

We stayed in the Gartenhotel Theresia located in Saalbach-Hinterglemm. From the outside the hotel looks like a typical picturesque wooden chalet inn but in fact it’s a very impressive eco-retreat a place which admirably has a strict philosophy of sustainability and welfare and only serves locally produced, animal welfare friendly organic food. With a green, progressive ethos flowing through the hotel, the retreat is also home to a Green spa (where only organic products are used) and a natural swimming area filled with mountain spring water. Interiors are a striking mix of the contemporary and traditional and the weekly activity programme is aimed to help you get back in touch with nature. A very unique and exceptional place to stay!

All words and images by Becky Padmore, all my opinions are my own.

With roots in Bavaria, a home in England and a heart in Scandinavia I've always been a restless soul. My first true adventure began as a six month voyage around South East Asia as a fresh faced backpacker and ever since I've lived a semi nomadic existence, clocking up over 35 countries on trips and living in both Dublin and Australia. I'm a lover of US Road Trips, deserted beaches bathed in warm glow of a sunset, Cuban mojitos, easy-on-the-eye travel destinations away from the crowds and all things Scandinavian - from cloudberry liquors to Scandi Noirs. When not travelling, you'll find me walking my rescue dog in leafy South West London, wandering the Brighton Laines on random day trips, hunting around for photogenic landscapes or daydreaming about returning to my all time favourite places in the world - Havana, Copenhagen, Italy, Thailand and the frozen landscapes of a wintry Iceland. Follow Becky on Twitter and Google+.

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