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Tauren Spa is an oasis of water and wood,
nestled among the Austrian Alps. Although the spa is a little out of the way,
this is a choice location for any hotel, let alone such a luxury retreat. You
can absorb the breath-taking views not only from the warm salt-water pool or
the outdoor bar, but also from your room. Most of the rooms at Tauern Spa have
a view to die for, but make sure you specify if you want the best panoramic
views and book well in advance if you plan to visit over the weekend.
Tauern Spa from outside
The simple, modern, and luxuriantly
comfortable bathrooms and bedrooms are the perfect place to kickback after a
day in the mountains. If the hiking trails, bike routes, ski trips, or shopping
sprees leave you a little achy, the range of treatments and chill out areas will
melt away any tension you arrived with. The relax room with a library, and the
sauna are the most peaceful corners of the retreat; soak in the heat while you
gaze up at emerald pastures and snow-capped mountains. There are plenty of
deckchairs, and to the relief of parents and tranquillity-seekers alike, there
are even separate kids pools, family expeditions, and a play room.
Relaxing in Tauern Spa
When you wake up to the bright Austrian
sunlight, next on the list is breakfast, and it doesn’t disappoint. Don’t be
put off by the buffet style assortment, they say it’s the most important meal
of the day and Tauern Spa certainly seems to agree; the food is great quality
and thoughtfully prepared, easily one of the better hotel breakfasts you will
have on your travels. The Hotel dinner gets five stars,
too, one for each course! You will sit down to 5 courses of modern Austrian
food, and international cuisine, beautifully presented in a contemporary
restaurant accented with traditional Austrian spirit.
You will find DonauauenNational Park situated in a lush ‘green ribbon’ that lies in between the two
closest capital cities in Europe; Bratislava and Vienna. Established in 1996,
The park spans over 40 square miles and is a highly important conservation
area; as well as a centre for science and research.
The second largest river on
the continent, The Danube, flows through Donauauen untamed, feeding and
watering the plentiful wildlife, and sustaining what is the last large wetland
ecosystem in Central Europe. The park is full of things to do, and is an
excellent place for explorers of all ages.
Danube river banks
Spot rare and endangered
species such as the Beaver and the Kingfisher; take one of the many walking
tours; or rest up and sail the Danube. The neighbouring town of Orth also holds
the tourist and information centre for the park, where you can learn about the
environment in much more detail, get yourself some maps and check out the day’s
tours and activities. Additionally the National Park House was opened in 2007
and was built beautifully in order to reflect and complement its surroundings.
Shops, exhibitions, cafés, and events can all be found within.
National Park is one of 6 protected parks in Austria, and locals use the
well-established hiking and cycling routes to see the most of the vast forests
and bodies of water that make the park so special. The most popular route is 11
km long and is aptly named the Napoleon Loop, as it passes a memorial to the
1809 Battle of Aspern-Essling, as well as some battlefield sites, and the
headquarters of Napoleon himself.
As well as these
main activities, there are places you can go for a swim, or take part in water
sports. For a whistle-stop tour of the park, you can even board the Admiral
Tegetthoff in Vienna and sail right through the park, arriving in the medieval
town of Hainburg.
The Augarten Palace or ‘Palais Augarten’ is a striking Baroque palace
nestled in an old Jewish district of Vienna. It now serves as a boarding school
for the Boys’ Choir of Vienna, and had retained its original sweeping
appearance, decoration, and furnishings despite extensive damage caused by the
Second World War.
palace was designed and built in Austria’s popular Baroque period, nestled in a
beautifully landscaped park that exists to this day. The Palace was a well-used
place, and even featured a salon where some big names in music such as Wagner
and Liszt came to hang out. Great balls for 18thand 19th century aristocrats
to dance the night away at were commonplace, and the largest party ever to be
held Augarten Palace was the 1873 Viennese World Fair.
20th century, the palace was occupied by the Austrian chancellor
before being badly damaged in the war. Since 1948, however, the world famous
Vienna Boys’ Choir has lived, practiced, and performed here, although the
building itself is state owned.
grounds contain a lively market, restaurant, and beautiful gardens as well as
the palace and concert hall that was opened in 2012 especially for the choir. You
will also find a porcelain museum and studio of contemporary art. The porcelain
manufactory holds morning tours that many deem to be a hidden delight of their
visit to the Palais Augarten. You can see the whole porcelain making process,
and watch artists hard at work with their tiny brushes. Saturdays are an
especially busy time in this area of Vienna, as the markets swell and tourists
and locals gather to eat, drink and enjoy the landscape. An experience you will
definitely find hard to beat on your wonderful trip to the Austrian capital.
The Radisson Hotels are a well know
international chain of hotels known to offer high quality service and comfort.
The Radisson Blu is a contemporary hotel right in the heart of the Austrian
capital, Vienna. You can walk from the Radisson to many Viennese hotspots
including the Opera House, The Hofburg Palace, and St. Stephens’s
Cathedral.The hotel, of course,
includes a gym, sauna and treatment rooms, and all of the rooms include the
modern comforts we have come to expect from a five star place like the
This hotel is as central as you can get, in
Vienna’s shopping district, and on the same block as two U-Bahn stations. Despite
the centrality you will notice the hotel itself is very quiet, so you can be
well rested for your Viennese adventures. In terms of adventures, you can be
sure the Radisson concierge will have a good knowledge of the area, restaurant
recommendations, and speak great English if you aren’t up to scratch with your
Vienna boasts dozens of fantastic
restaurants, but if you want to stay closer to home for dinner, try the hotel’s
award-winning restaurant, ‘Sapori’. The Radisson offers an international menu
but Sapori offers authentic Austrian dishes, too. You can
enjoy a continental breakfast at the Radisson, but at an extra charge. Perhaps
it would be better to step out and enjoy a traditional Austrian breakfast, and
watch local life go by from one of the many nearby cafés.
The rooms at the Radisson are chic,
luxuriant and comfortable with all the amenities you will need, including room
service and high speed Wi-Fi. The bathrooms are also very spacious and a great place to enjoy
a hot bubble bath before your night out on the twinkling streets of Vienna. If
you don’t want to gamble with your accommodation and are looking for
international, high-standard service, look no further than the Radisson Blu.
If you ask
any traveller who has been through Salzburg what the best Austrian chocolate
is, they are likely to say ‘Mozartkugeln’. Although Mozartkugeln means ‘Mozart Balls’ I can assure you
that they taste much better! This traditional Austrian delicacy is made by
coating marzipan marbles in praline, and then adding a chocolate coating to
form a seductive three-layer sweet that simply melts in your mouth.
size delights were created in 1890 and coined by Salzburg’s master
confectioner, Paul Furst. Mirabell chocolate has now expanded to meet
insatiable demand; however, you can still visit their birthplace in Salzburg,
learn about Furst and Mozart, and pick up some chocolaty souvenirs while you’re
there. It’s pretty hard to get Mozartkugeln outside of Austria, there are a few
Deli websites that will export them but people say that Salzburg city is only
the place you can pick up an authentic Mozart Ball, so if you’re passing
through the source, try to grab a handmade version.
popular and widely distributed Mozartkugeln are the ones made by Mirabell in
Salzburg. They are an established Austrian brand, and follow Furst’s original
recipe. They are also incidentally the only perfectly round versions of the
sweet! The company have longstanding links with the International Mozarteum
Foundation in the city, preserving Austrian heritage and educating people about
the life and music of W. A. Mozart.
boast that they have created 1.5 billion Mozart Balls, which would cover the
earth circumference if laid side by side! I, however, recommend laying them
side by side in your stomach, or taking them home for friends and family as
something a little different, and quintessentially Austrian. If you want to rival
Furst, and try making them at home, Mirabell have been kind enough to put some
recipes up online for you to download. Mozartkugeln now
come in several delicious flavours so do yourself a favour and get an