7 of the best views in Europe

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  • 7 of the best views in Europe

    If finding glorious views is the highlight of your holiday, our TUI Lakes & Mountains destinations have heaps to offer. Take a look at our pick of the most beautiful places in Europe.

    Schafberg mountain, St Wolfgang, Austria

    Jump on the bright red cogwheel train in St Wolfgang and it’ll carry you up to 1,783m, the summit of the Schafberg mountain. Up here is one of the top views in Austria – a 360-degree panorama across the lakes, mountains and valleys of the Salzkammergut region – and even over the border into Germany. You can also go for coffee and cake in Austria’s oldest mountain inn, the Hotel Schafbergspitze.

    Mala Osojnica, Bled, Slovenia

    Follow the 45-minute walking route up through the forest to this viewpoint. You’ll be rewarded with an incredible panorama of the lake and island – Slovenia’s most photographed sight. Early birds can go first thing in the morning to watch the sunrise.

    View from Mala Osojnic, Bled

    Mala Osojnica

    Neuschwanstein Castle, Füssen, Germany

    This fairy tale palace starred in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and also inspired the design of the Disneyland castle in California. Visit from Füssen and follow the short walking trail from the entrance to Mary’s Bridge for this perfect view.

    Sunset view of Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany from Mary's Bridge

    Neuschwanstein Castle

    Sirmione, Italy

    The Sirmione peninsula stretches out from the southern shore of Lake Garda. Stroll to the very tip for views from Peschiera on one side of the lake to Desenzano on the other. Explore the ruins of the 1st-century Grottoes of Catullus, and see the turquoise waters and golden rocks of Jamaica beach, one of the top lake beaches in Europe.

    Grottoes of Catullus and Jamaica beach in Sirmione, Lake Garda, Italy

    Grottoes of Catullus

    Schwarzsee, Kitzbühel, Austria

    The scenery here is exactly how you might imagine Austria to look – a still, blue lake surrounded by green meadows and pine forests, with the Alps peeking out behind. It’s a gentle 35-minute walk from Kitzbühel, so pack up a picnic and head off to spend the day lounging on the grass and swimming in the cool water.

    Schwarzsee lake and mountains in Kitzbühel, Austria


    Mottarone mountain, Stresa, Italy

    Catch the Mottarone cable car from Stresa up to the peak and gaze out over seven lakes. This is one of the must-see views in the Italian lakes and, on a clear day, there’s no better view of Lake Maggiore’s islands. At the top, thrill seekers can have a go on the Alpyland mountain coaster, a 1.2km toboggan ride.

    View of Lake Maggiore and the Borromean Islands from Motterone mountain in Italy

    Lake Maggiore

    Two Lakes Bridge, Interlaken, Switzerland

    Take the funicular from Interlaken to the Harder Kulm peak to see some of the highlights of Swiss scenery. Lake Thun’s on your right, Lake Brienz is on your left, and straight ahead you’ll see three of the Alps’ most famous mountains – Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.

    Two Lakes Bridge in Interlaken, Switzerland

    Two Lakes Bridge

    Somewhere caught your eye? Start planning your Lakes & Mountains holiday and see it for yourself.

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Author: Courtney Sparham