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Südbahnhotel Kurhaus
Sommerfrische in the Südbahnhotel, © Wiener Alpen/Franz Zwickl

Timelessly beautiful: The new Sommerfrische in Lower Austria.

A Sommerfrische in Lower Austria is the best way to escape from the heat, everyday life, and stress.

Go where inspiration leads you. In the late nineteenth century, the countryside of Lower Austria inspired many artists, and let high society heave a sigh of relief. Even today, it is there that your mind is able to wander in a unique way. See and experience nature for yourself, and taste it with a good glass of wine. Let yourself be inspired by art and culture, and become immersed in a world full of unimagined possibilities. Even if you have only just arrived, you will want to come back again and again.

Sommerfrische in the mountains.

The area around the Rax and Semmering mountains was especially popular. Excursions to take in the wild and mild landscape, and convivial soirées in grand hotels such as the Südbahnhotel, the Panhans or the Kurhaus, or in the spacious villas, invigorated body and mind. New thoughts and ideas, which would take them far away from their desks and familiarity, were the holy grail of the rich and famous. Today, the outstanding cultural offers of the region – such as the Kultur.Sommer.Semmering (Semmering Summer of Culture) festival, or the Wartholz SummerSalon musical recitals – continue to inspire these fresh ideas. They are also a perfect accompaniment to the numerous opportunities to explore the great outdoors.

Dive in and “bottoms up!” – a world of water and wine.

The Vienna Woods area is also ideal for a relaxed and inspiring holiday. It was here that Ludwig van Beethoven wrote his 9th Symphony. This year, the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth will be marked with a packed programme of concerts and exhibitions, which you will only want to interrupt for a visit to the vineyards. Wind down in style and in the traditional way, in the Kamptal baths between Gars and Langenlois, with their picturesque red-white-red design. And be amazed at the stately villas of Kamptal, before taking in a concert in the gardens of Grafenegg Castle. If you want to explore a completely new Sommerfrische for yourself, hike around the Lunzer See Lake and see a World Heritage Site, as well as the picturesque hunting lodges of the Rothschild family, before listening to the sounds of the wellenklaenge Festival on the lake stage.

Just as in days gone by, this wonderful lightness of being and freshness can only be experienced in Lower Austria in the summer.