For breathtaking landscapes and stunning lakeside views, travellers planning a holiday in the coming months couldn’t do better than booking a place on a tour around Austria.

The country is a firm favourite among holidaymakers looking for a unique experience away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life – and a trip around its lakes and mountains will certainly not disappoint.

Austria is not just the winter sports capital of Europe, it is also known for its many picturesque villages and towns and, of course, the fantastic scenery of the Alps.

Adventurers and culture vultures alike will delight in the mountains and lakes all over the nation – what’s more, as part of an escorted tour with Riviera Travel and Woman’s Weekly, you’ll see the very best Austria has to offer.

So what can you expect to experience during your time in the country? Read on to find out!

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Located in central Austria, Salzburg is home to spectacular Alpine views that you may recognise from classic film The Sound of Music. Not only was the family favourite filmed here, but it is also the birthplace of the composer Mozart!

There is much to behold in this beautiful city, including buildings dating right back to the medieval period and Hellbrunn Palace, which is most notable for its trick fountains and gorgeous gardens that make for perfect chillout spots.

As part of the escorted tour, your guide will spend a morning taking you around all the major landmarks that have been handpicked to provide you with an experience you’ll never forget. Then, in the afternoon, you’ll be free to explore the city as you wish.

In need of some ideas for where to go in your spare time? There are lots of museums dotted around Salzburg, or you could take a walk up to the Hohensalzburg Fortress, which is situated on top of a mountain and offers absolutely stunning views of the city below and the Alps in the distance.

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The Krimml Waterfalls

These magnificent waterfalls, which you will get to experience on day five of the Riviera Travel tour, are the highest in Europe and fifth highest in the world. Hundreds of thousands of tourists every year flock to view the spectacle – but don’t let this put you off, as a trip to see it is sure to leave you breathless.

You’ll feel as though you’re in a fairytale walking alongside the Krimml Waterfalls, with the clouds of spray creating a magical mist above the miles of green forestry. A photo opportunity if ever there was one, so remember to take your camera so you can capture the beauty of the waterfalls and share it with your loved ones back home.

There is a path that ensures tourists can get as close to the upper part of the waterfall as possible, plus you will get the chance to explore the nearby park. One major benefit of joining a tour is that your guide will be able to answer any questions you may have about the attraction and offer you some handy hints about where you can spend your free time.

The Grossglockner

A tour of Austria’s lakes and mountains wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Grossglockner, the highest mountain in the country. As you make your way up High Alpine Road, which is 30 miles long, you’ll notice the landscape dramatically changes from being green and fresh to snowy and white.

Upon arrival at the impressive Pasterze Glacier and the Emperor’s Viewpoint, you can enjoy amazing views of snowfields, waterfalls and mountains, while – if you’re lucky – you might even hear the cry of the marmots nearby.

There is also the option to take a railway around to the Pasterze glacier and actually walk on the surface, which is sure to be a life-changing experience.

Not only do you get to make the most of glorious sights such as the Grossglockner during your eight-day tour of Austrian lakes and mountains, you’ll also be able to relax at the end of the day in a luxury hotel and dine like a king or queen.

To book your place on this tour, or to find out more information visit The Woman’s Weekly Travel Shop today!