TRAVEL: a weekend in the mountains.
Before moving to Vienna, I never really appreciated the place my family calls “Home” as much as it deserves. My parents live in the mountains near Zell am See and Kaprun, which for many others is a holiday destination. As I am getting older, I have started appreciating the incredible surroundings more and more, taking full advantage of all the activities the region has to offer. This past weekend, a much overdue visit at home was on the agenda and I decided to bring my camera along to share a few impressions here on the blog with you.
We took off from Vienna on Friday in the ultimate mountain machine, the Audi Q7. Not only does the Q7 have lots of room in every aspect, but it is also perfect for snowy or mountainous terrain – aka the Audi Home of Quattro Zell am See – Kaprun. On Saturday, our first stop was the Tauern Spa, a thermal resort just at the foot of the glacier in Kaprun. The perfect spot to unwind after a day on the slopes or on a snowy day that’s rather spent inside than outdoors. We’ve actually been to the Tauern Spa a few times when visiting my parents, sometimes just for a massage, other times to enjoy their breakfast and sauna world. My personal highlight is the panorama pool, which only hotel guests have access to with a stunning 360° view of the region and the huge breakfast buffet. After a bit of R and R we wanted to take advantage of the Audi and explored the area a bit, on the hunt for windy mountain roads to test the quattro 4-wheel drive.
Of course, a trip to Zell am See and Kaprun wouldn’t be complete without a visit on the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier, which I happen to have a clear view of from my old room. My Sunday started with an early morning hike up the mountain with my Mom, a lazy breakfast at home and then some ice camp action on the Kitzsteinhorn. Even though the weather didn’t show it’s best side (-12°C and snowfall), we had such a perfect day! We took the cable car up to the middle station and hiked the rest of the way to the Ice Camp by Audi quattro. I worked on the glacier for 8 months while Mike was in the military, so obviously I’ve been to the famous Ice Camp before, but that doesn’t mean it gets any less impressive. Just like you’d imagine a real igloo, there are huge blocks of ice, just in a way more stylish way with a bar, colored lighting, reindeer skin to get cozy on and a car. All at more than 2.400m elevation. No big deal, right? Actually, it is a big deal and if you ever happen to be in the area, you have to stop by for a drink! Next stop was the “Top of Salzburg” with more than 3.000m of elevations. Usually this is where the view will literally blow you away, but thanks to the weather we were in the middle of the clouds. Before heading back down the mountain, we had the obligatory “Kasnockn” and Kaiserschmarrn at Gletschermühle, which has always been my favorite restaurant up on the mountain. It tasted better than ever and I basically rolled home afterwards.
*in friendly collaboration with Audi.