The region of Upper Austria lies, quite obviously, in the northern part of Austria, bordering Germany to the north. This is a beautifully natural and un-spoilt region, from the snow dusted slopes of the Austrian Alps to the vast pine forests of Muhlviertel, and there is almost nowhere which can compare to the outdoor activity possibilities and wellness and spa facilities available from an Upper Austria holiday apartment, chalet or home. Upper Austria is the true winter wonderland, and no one can fail to be endeared to the simply magical scenery afforded by a holiday apartment in Upper Austria; it truly is a stunningly beautiful mountain region.
There are no less than seven world class ski resorts in Upper Austria, catering for everyone from seasoned experts to unsure children; with fearsome downhill possibilities, endless cross-country skiing trails, unforgiving moguls and dramatic back-country. If you take a self catering Upper Austria holiday apartment to try Alpine or Nordic sports of any variety, you will never be far away from some excellent terrain. There is an incredible list of winter sporting activities available in Upper Austria, including curling, ice skating, Nordic walking, cross-country skiing, tobogganing, ice climbing, ice driving and snowboarding, or you could always take a peaceful and highly romantic horse-drawn sleigh ride through the woods.
In summer, the activity doesn’t end. The mountain and lake filled landscape is a haven for walkers, hikers, mountain bikers and rock climbers, and there are an astonishing number of other activities that you can organise and enjoy in Upper Austria, from fishing to golf, from mountain biking to horse riding and from windsurfing to scuba diving.
Aside from the sporting prowess of the region, Upper Austria wellness holidays are hugely popular. There are over 30 top class spa resorts throughout the scenic landscape of Upper Austria, from the thermal baths of locations like Bad Wimsbach to the spa centres of Gesundheitshotel Gugerbauer and Bad Zell. There are so many world class spas throughout the region that wherever you decide to take a holiday apartment in Upper Austria, wellness and pampering centres can never be far away.
The Salzammergut region of Upper Austria is a magnificent place to take an Upper Austria holiday apartment to take advantage of the wide downhill pistes and testing backcountry skiing the region is famous for. There are a range of wonderful ski resorts in Salzammergut, offering plenty of challenges and terrains for both skiers and snowboarders.
The Pyhrn Priel region is a delightful mountainous region, which cannot fail to inspire. There are a huge range of activities on offer from an Upper Austria holiday apartment or chalet in Pyhrn Priel, including wellness centres and a handful of magnificent golf courses.
Due to the varied geology of Upper Austria, climatic conditions are quite unique. Conditions change from region to region, but on the whole, the climate is far milder than you might imagine. In winter, temperatures are of course low, with temperatures in December and January averaging around 1˚C. However, as soon as spring arrives, temperatures rise sharply, reaching around 26˚C during the heat of the day.
Located just outside the regional capital, Linz, is the Linz Blue Danube Airport (LNZ). There is currently only one direct flight to Upper Austria from the UK, provided by Ryanair. Leaving fromLondonStansted (STN), the flight is a real asset for anyone wishing to rent a holiday apartment in Upper Austria.