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This summer, choose your own adventure in the Austrian Alps.

While it may be the epitome of a wonderland in the winter months, to overlook Austria for your summer escape to the sun is to miss out on a holiday that is nothing short of magical — especially with such fabulous alpine accommodation to choose from. As charming     in summer as it is snowcapped in winter, CLC Alpine Centre is a class apart when it comes to discovering the Austrian Alps in July and August, just look at  the reviews of this CLC World resort. Great facilities, breathtaking mountain scenery, a variety of outdoor activities for all the family to enjoy … here are just some of the sunny highlights to expect.

The hills are alive…


If you ever find yourself in the Austrian alpine countryside on a warm, bright summer’s day, then you may just start to understand what Maria von Trapp was singing about in The Sound of Music. An adventure in the hills is certainly a must for film fans, but anyone who enjoys getting out in the great outdoors would struggle not to be impressed by the view of the landscape from CLC Alpine Centre. Chocolate-box houses, rolling hills, grazing animals and pretty wild flowers – it really is like something straight from the big screen. For those who enjoy an energetic break, there’s no better holiday than days spent in the fresh Austrian air.  Resort staff are on hand to ensure you make the most of the season with mountain bike rentals and activities such as archery and organised quad-biking excursions.  For more relaxed adventures, take a walk through the magical woods that border the  resort.

Salzburg Festival


Although CLC’s Austrian resort is nestled in the heart of the countryside, the city of Salzburg is less than an hour away and transfers can be arranged by the hotel. While Austria’s fourth largest city – and birthplace of Mozart – overflows with wonderful attractions, one in particular lights up the annual calendar: the Salzburg Festival. This celebration of music and theatre has been going since 1920 and over five weeks during July and August an incredible line-up of directors, writers and actors entertain an audience of visitors who flock to the city from around the world. The city itself provides an utterly stunning backdrop for the festival, making it the ideal day-trip on your Austrian vacation.

Lakes and waterfalls


While winter here is all about warming up, summer is all about cooling off and away from the swimming pool at CLC Alpine Centre, Austria’s pretty lakes are made for sports such as sailing and windsurfing. The inviting waters of Lake Zell are within easy reach of the centre and there is plenty to entertain all ages; including fishing, boating and stand-up paddle boarding. Numerous lidos, with comfortable sunbathing lawns, also dot the shores. If you prefer chutes and rapids, the extraordinary Krimml waterfalls are  just over an hour from the centre and  the highest in central Europe. Follow the trail for the best vantage points as it leads towards the majestic upper falls.

Fun in the alpine sun


A fitness centre, games room, and  kids’ club – the facilities at CLC Alpine Centre are guaranteed to entertain guests of all ages. The team are also more than happy to organise horse riding adventures or to point you in the direction of the closest fairway for a round of golf. Or course, there’s nothing stopping you from simply relaxing in the comfort of your accommodation, basking under the sun on your private terrace or balcony. It’s your summer holiday, so the choice is entirely up to you!

Chrissie McClatchie

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