5 locations you may expertise Summer time Solstice within the Austrian Alps

This yr, on Saturday June 18th 1000’s of bonfires throughout the peaks of SalzburgerLand and Tirol will set the mountains aglow to feed the solar and welcome the summer season.  Most villages have their very own explicit customs courting again in some instances to the Center Ages.  Under are 5 of probably the most fascinating to go to.

Summer time Solstice at Innsbruck’s Nordkette

Nordkette, Innsbruck Jagdhof

Nordkette, Innsbruck

The mountains to north and south of Innsbruck, together with the Hafelekar (2334m) and Patscherkofel (2250m), seem like on fireplace.  Bonfires huge and small mild up the sky bringing the entire neighborhood on to the streets to rejoice.  Views are breathtaking from under or above: the Nordkettenbahnen cable automotive, will run as much as midnight from the center of Innsbruck, with music and culinary treats at each cease. Extra: www.innsbruckmarketing.at

STAY: Relais & Châteaux Spa Lodge Jagdhof. This 70-room lodge is positioned within the stunning Stubai Valley, 20 minutes’ drive from Innsbruck and the Nordkettenbahnen. Providing basic Tyrolean-style decor, a heat welcome, spectacular views, gourmand delicacies and a prestigious wine cellar. It affords rest within the sprawling SPA with its intensive saunas, in/outside swimming pools and personal SPA suite and SPA chalet.

Summer time Solstice within the Steinernes Meer, Saalfelden

Sonnwendfeier Ritzensee

Sonnwendfeier Ritzensee

One of the vital spectacular bonfire traditions is that of the gorgeous mountain villages of SalzburgerLand’s Pinzgau area round Saalfelden, Leogang and Maria Alm.  Fuelled by logs, wooden chips and 1000's of candle stubs collected over the yr, the pièce de resistance is on the peaks of the Steinernes Meer chain within the Berchtesgaden Alps, which straddles the Austro-German border.  800 fires within the form of an Edelweiss over 100m x 180m within the snow, are lit to thrilling impact.  Catch one of the best views from Leogang’s Asitzbahn cable automotive, which runs by way of the night, and be part of the Sonnwendfeuerfest bonfire social gathering on the shores of Lake Ritzensee.  Extra: www.saalfelden-leogang.com

Ritzensee Hotel & lake, Saalfelden Leogang fires behind
Ritzensee Lodge & lake, Saalfelden Leogang fires behind
Mountain fires + eidelweiss, Saalfelden-Leogang Ritzensee
Mountain fires + eidelweiss, Saalfelden

STAY: Ritzenhof Lodge & Spa am See. This 72-room lodge is positioned on the shores of the Ritzensee lake with wonderful views.  It has direct entry to the swimming space and is equally well-situated for biking, strolling or golf in breathtaking countryside. Décor all through is up to date in fashion with elegant overtones.  Gourmand delicacies specialising in seasonal and sustainable menus is created with locally-sourced produce.  The lodge is just an hour from the sights and procuring sights of Salzburg.

Ritzenhof, Exterior Summer


Summer time Solstice within the Kitzbühel Alps

Kitzbuhel, Austria

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Based on the traditional traditions of Kitzbühel’s neighbouring villages – Oberndorf, Kirchdorf, Erpfendorf and St Johann in Tirol –  bonfires throughout the Wilder Kaiser, Kalkstein, Kitzbüheler Horn and Leogang Mountains are believed to fortify the early summer season solar and chase away evil spirits.  Take the cable automotive as much as Harschbichl after darkish for a panoramic view from the summit at 1700m.  Extra: www.kitzbuehler-alpen.com

STAY: Simon Taxacher’s Relais & Châteaux Rosengarten. Located in Kirchberg within the Kitzbühel Alps, a pure atmosphere as harmonious as it's idyllic.  4-toque chef Simon Taxacher has poured ardour and delight into 26 lavish rooms and suites adorned with pure timbers, luxurious materials and natural colors.  Delicacies is on the coronary heart of the expertise: RestaurantSimon Taxacher, amongst Austria’s most interesting, is ranked 75 in La Liste (an authoritative French record of the world’s 1000 finest eating places), Bistro Rosengarten Gentle serves contemporary every day menus and cookery courses are additionally out there.  Extra amenities embody a bar, library, smoking lounge the Rosengarten SPA and an out of doors swimming pool.

Rosengarten, Exterior Summer


Summer time Solstice within the Grossarl Valley

Grossarl, Austria

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On the coronary heart of the bucolic meadows and excessive pastures of the Grossarl valley, lower than an hour from Salzburg, the Sonnwendfeier Bonfire Social gathering on the Laireiteralm, on the prime of the Panoramabahn, is to not be missed.  This celebration of sunshine, fireplace, music, foods and drinks is the hub of the world’s summer season solstice celebrations; for a really spectacular view throughout the valley, proceed on foot (45 minutes) to the summit of the Kreuzkogel (2027m). Extra: www.grossarltal.data

STAY: Grossarlerhof Hof. A member of Small Luxurious Lodges of the World, this subtle chalet-style lodge surrounded by meadows, mountains and forests on the sting of Europe’s largest nationwide park, the Hohe Tauern.  A heat atmosphere, 49 rooms and suites, stunning décor sensitively blends custom and the present-day, glorious delicacies (al fresco eating climate allowing) and the excellent Erlenreich Loosen up & SPA. A visit to the lodge’s romantic Mooslehenalm Alpine lodge – providing in a single day lodging – is a should.

Grossarler Hof, al fresco dining - evening, Summer

Grossarler Hof, al fresco eating

Summer time Solstice in Zugspitz Area

Zugspitze, Austria

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The midsummer bonfires above Ehrwald, Lermoos and Biberwier are so spectacular and well-known that in 2010 they have been declared a part of Austria’s Intangible Cultural Heritage. This yr 8000 fires might be lit at 10 pm, creating an enormous 360° panorama of bonfire artwork: flaming symbolic figures embody representations of Christ, crucifixes and deer. Extra: www.zugspitzarena.com

STAY: Relais & Châteaux Singer Sporthotel & Spa. This household lodge is located in Berwang, on the coronary heart of the Zugspitz Area. It has a three-storey Spa a la Singer supplies 1800m² devoted to rest and rejuvenation:  saunas, steam rooms, glacier ice fountain, in and outside swimming pools, sunbathing terrace and a wide ranging 10,000m² Alpine Rest Backyard.

Singer Sporthotel, outdoor pool summer

Singer Sporthotel

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