If you’re after more breathtaking scenery than you can shake a stick at, the alpine valley of Ötztal in Tirol, Austria, should be at the top of your must-visit list.
As you’d expect from such landscapes, the area is home to biking, hiking and walking routes aplenty. One of the most popular is the Stuibenfall water walk, which takes you along a new set of trails, past the rushing waters of Horlachbach Creek. Those looking for extra adventure can climb right by the water on a special fixed-rope climbing route.
Once you’ve worn yourself out exploring the local landscapes, check into the superlative SPA 3000 at the AQUA DOME hotel in Langenfeld. The thermal spa is regarded to be one of the best in the Alps, with twelve stunning indoor and outdoor pools overlooking the mountains, and a wellness area measuring 20,000 square metres. After kicking back in the spa, hunker down on the leather sofas in the cosy wine bar.
Take the gondola journey all the way up to the 007 Elements Plaza, where you’ll find views to kill for
When you’re done soaking up all that natural beauty, head for a thrill-filled day out at the James Bond Cinematic Installation, where you can spend the day immersing yourself in the glamorous, secretive world of 007 – including sipping on a classic martini (shaken, not stirred) at the ice Q gourmet restaurant and taking the epic gondola journey all the way up to the 007 ELEMENTS Plaza, where you’ll find views to kill for.
If you want an authentic taste of Austrian country life, visit one of Ötztal’s mountain huts. TOP Mountain Star is a particular favourite – the building is an architectural masterpiece perched on the ridge of the Wurmkogel, with phenomenal views over the valley. Throw in tradtional Austrian hospitality, and you’ll have a truly unforgettable experience.
For more information, see oetztal.com