Austrian Summer

To inspire you, Austria has produced a definitive video collection of insider tips on Austria’s Hidden Treasures and must-do activities, presented by travel broadcaster and Austrian adventure enthusiast Matt Carroll.

Matt Carroll’s Hidden Austria:
Episode 6 – Zillertal

For foodies, Zillertal is a veritable ‘Promised Land’ – where spring water is made from purified snowmelt, and the hillsides are awash with delicious herbs and coffee-coloured cows. Matt meets Siggi, a local farmer at his alpine hut, where they prepare “Melchermuas”. But first they have to get the main ingredient – milk…

Matt Carroll’s Hidden Austria:
Episode 1 – Burgenland

Lake Neusiedl in Burgenland offers spectacular birdlife and great places where you can escape from everyday’s life. Matt is a bit of a bird nerd, so when local guide Harry takes him out to Lake Neusiedl and they spot some birds he has not seen before it instantly makes his day. The ideal way to finish off the day? A delicious glass of locally made wine at winery Feiler-Artinger in Rust and dinner at Mole West.

Matt Carroll’s Hidden Austria:
Episode 2 – Cities

For food, history and culture, you can’t beat the Austrian cities of Graz, Innsbruck and Salzburg – as travel writer Matt Carroll finds out. In Graz he meets ‘slow food’ pioneer Andi, who takes him shopping; in Salzburg he soaks up some culture at a classical concert; and in Innsbruck a local guide walks him through the ancient streets. Three different cities – each with their own fascinating stories to tell…

Matt Carroll’s Hidden Austria:
Episode 3 – Saalbach Hinterglemm

Contrary to what you might read in the newspapers, kids do still love to play outdoors. If you need proof of this then come to Saalbach-Hinterglemm – a giant outdoor adventure park where kids of all ages get to let off steam. Matt Carroll takes a trip around the high rope course, a stroll across the ‘Golden Gate Bridge of the Alps’ — and even tries his hand at wood-carving (it doesn’t go well).

Matt Carroll’s Hidden Austria:
Episode 4 – Eagle Walk in Tirol

One of the simplest ways to enjoy the mountains is to just walk. This is something that Matt finds out, as he heads out onto the Eagle Walk with local guide, Georg.
Stunning landscape, the sun setting over the peaks surrounding a hut, as Matt and Georg sit back with a cold beer. Just another day on the Eagle Walk…

Matt Carroll’s Hidden Austria: Episode 5 – Alpbachtal
In a world where we’re constantly bombarded by bleeping mobile phones, urgent emails and never-ending deadlines, it’s good to know that there’s a place like Alpbachtal – just a few hours from home.

Join Matt Carroll exploring the beautiful Alpbach valley – a refreshing antidote to modern life stress.



Matt Carroll’s Hidden Austria: Episode 7 – Montafon in Vorarlberg
If you’re the kind of person who shudders at the prospect of ‘doing’ exercise –and you believe that keeping fit should come naturally – then you will love the Montafon in Vorarlberg. As Matt finds out, being fit here is part of everyday life – just another way to enjoy the amazing landscape. Whatever you’re into (Hiking, mountain biking or something else), it’s all right on your doorstep when you’re in Montafon. Matt meets Monika who takes him hiking. Along the way they climb the ‘Stairway to Heaven’…

Matt Carroll’s Hidden Austria:
Episode 9 – Zell am See-Kaprun

There’s much more to Zell am See-Kaprun than the gorgeous lake and pretty town. Take the cable car up to Gipfelwelt 3000 (and beyond), to the Hohe Tauern National Park, and you’re in for a real treat – as Matt finds out. National Park ranger Andrea gives him an insights into the mystic world inside the mountain.


Matt Carroll’s Hidden Austria: Episode 10 – Lake Constance in Vorarlberg
If you’re looking for a dose of culture – both classical and cutting edge – then the region of Lake Constance in Vorarlberg – or Bodensee in Vorarlberg like the Austrian’s call it “” – is the place to get it. The exciting region is home to a variety of renowned music festivals throughout the summer. Matt hires a bike for a cruise round the city, to find out what it’s all about. He checks out some art, sample some music and takes a tour in a Rolls-Royce in Dornbirn, part of the Lake Constance region in Vorarlberg.

   Bettina Greiner on 28.06.2010