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