Journalist Mark Rowe loved it and
we know you will too!
If you are yearning for pristine nature, incredible wildlife and pure Alpine tranquillity then have a read of journalist Mark Rowe’s feature in the Independent On Sunday today (25th August). Here’s the link: http://bit.ly/StMartinChalets
It was great fun showing Mark around and you too can experience what Mark did so we’ve introduced our dedicated ‘Austrian Biosphere Adventure’ package – an itinerary that will quite frankly blow your socks off if you love the big outdoors!
At the heart of the trip is the Austria’s largest and newest UNESCO Biosphere reserve – “Salzburger Lungau & Kärntner Nockberge Biosphere Park”. It’s hugely exciting for us all here in Lungau and UNESCO have only confirmed what we already knew…that we live in one of the best places in the world!
We were so excited that myself and Herby put our heads down and studied hard to become fully qualified and official UNESCO Biosphere Rangers, which is lucky as we’re based right in the middle of the action here at St Martin!!
So…grab your diary, call us with your dates and head over for a trip packed full of endless healthy goodness!
Travelling out now and up until 31st October 2013, here’s what you will experience:
Day 1: Arrive for your Lungau Biosphere Adventure
Depending on arrangements and arrival timings, collect your hire car or hop on your transfer and head to St Martin Chalets (see our Getting Here page). Once you’ve settled into your own beautifully crafted Austrian chalet, it’s off to the Zederhaus side valley with you! The highlight of this fantastic new walking trail is a succession of traditional old mills running along a mountain brook. For generations they have been used by farmers, blacksmiths and all manner of craftsmen to produce and process goods.
To get a real feel for the mill trail and Riedingtal, click here for a great image. We could arrange a Guide to accompany you if you choose or you could explore the area at your own pace before heading back for a stunning and authentic Austrian meal in your chalet prepared especially for you by a local chef.
Day 2: A head for (the) heights at Hochgolling
Your day will be spent in the Biosphere zone surrounding Hochgolling – the highest peak of the Eastern Tauern Alps (map here). This website gives you a very good idea of the panorama and features, including waterfalls, biosphere relevant highlights and extremely rare pre-historic mosses that were thought to be extinct but were recently re-discovered here. Jodi is the perfect sounding board for advice on the best parts of the mountain and filling you in on the biosphere and significance of the mountain and the ranges to the region. She and her team can also book you in for lunch at one of the many fantastic mountain Alms.
The evening can be spent enjoying the sauna/gym area of the Chalets and if you fancy a bite to eat, we will recommend and even arrange an evening meal at one of the surrounding restaurants.
Day 3: Mills, Muhr and Mur
Make your way to Muhr, the gateway town of the Hohe Tauern National Park, which is the largest national park in Central Europe. This is a Biosphere Core Zone with the highest mountain in the Lungau region – Hafner (3,076 m) – ‘guarding’ the village.
Today you’ll visit a mix of natural highlights including waterfalls and Karwassersee, reputed to be one of the most stunning mountain lakes in the region.
You can then head to the Sticklerhütte for lunch, near the source of the river Mur, which is Austria’s second-largest river originating in the rearmost corner of the Mur Valley at an elevation of 1,989m.
Day 4: Castles and Gradients
Depending on flights a visit to the village of Mauterndorf and it beautiful Castle is well worthwhile, or take in some of the lovely walking opportunities and peaks just behind the Chalets
For more info and to make a booking, contact Jodi on firstname.lastname@example.org / call 0043 664 4961502