See more of Austria with a summer card

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  • See more of Austria with a summer card

    There’s so much to explore in Austria, and summer cards make it easier for you to see it all. They give you perks like free travel on local buses or cheaper entry to attractions in the area. And in lots of resorts, the card itself is free too. Here’s what you could be doing with yours…

    Hippach Guest Card

    Available in: Mayrhofen

    How to get it: Free from your hotel when you stay in Mayrhofen

    This handy little card gives you great discounts in local shops and hotel bars. You’ll also get cheaper entry to the Erlebnisbad swimming pool, with its giant slides and crazy river, and the Glacier Worlds exhibition in the Zillertal Alps Nature Park – a fun, interactive display where you can learn about climate change and glaciers.

    Kitzbüheler Alpen Summer Card

    Available in: Ellmau, Kitzbühel, Scheffau, Söll, St Johann and Westendorf

    How to get it: Buy it from tourist offices and shops in the resorts

    You can use this card to hop on over 30 cable cars in the Tyrol area. The gondola in Waidring is one of the highlights – it takes you up to the Steinplatte viewing platform, where you can look for hidden fossils in the Triassic Park. Near St Johann, you can take the Astbergbahn chairlift to see the crystal-clear Lake Astberg up at 1,200m high. And at the top of the Buchensteinwand peak, follow the flora and fauna trail to learn about local mountain flowers.

    Lake Astberg in Austria

    Lake Astberg

    Wörthersee Plus Card

    Available in: Wörthersee and Klagenfurt

    How to get it: Free from your hotel when you stay in either resort

    With its turquoise water and green mountains, you’ll see why Lake Wörthersee is called the Caribbean of the Alps. For 360-degree views, use your Plus Card to get discounted entry to the Pyramidenkogel observation deck, the highest wooden viewing tower in the world. And to get back to the bottom, whizz down Europe’s tallest indoor slide. Art fans can also use the card to get cheaper tickets for the Carinthia Museum of Modern Art, and animal lovers can spend the day at the Happ Reptile Zoo.

    Zell am See-Kaprun Card

    Available in: Kaprun and Zell am See

    How to get it: Free from selected hotels in either resort

    Carved by a melting glacier 14,000 years ago, the Sigmund Thun gorge is a must-see. Get discounted access with your summer card and walk along wooden walkways, stairs and bridges to see the gorge’s whirlpools and waterfalls. You can also use the card to get unlimited rides on some summer lifts and ferries, as well as entry to lake beaches and museums like the National Park Centre.

    Sigmund Thun gorge in Austria

    Sigmund Thun gorge

    Seefeld Guest Card

    Available in: Seefeld

    How to get it: Free from your hotel when you stay in Seefeld

    Use this card to see more of the area with a cheaper regional bus ticket, and enjoy free entry to all of the cultural events in the area. You can also join a guided sunrise hike to the Gschwandtkopf summit, go for a leisurely walk with a herd of friendly alpacas, or try a rock climbing taster session. And you’ll get a discount on facilities like swimming pools and tennis courts too.

    Salzkammergut Card

    Available in: Fuschl, St Gilgen and St Wolfgang

    How to get it: Buy it from tourist offices and shops in the resorts

    Get discounts on local buses, cable cars and ferries, and cheaper entry to places like the Alpine Beach Park Mondsee – it’s the biggest lake beach in the region and has slides, inflatable obstacle courses and watersports like kayaking and paddle-boarding. Or venture underground to the historic Altaussee Salt Mine to tour the abandoned tunnels, which were used to hide national treasures during World War II.

    Alpbachtal Seenland Card

    Available in: Alpbach

    How to get it: Free from your hotel when you stay in Alpbach

    You can soak up some traditional culture with this card. Visit the Tyrolean Farmhouse Museum to step back in time and explore the 37 authentic farmhouses, chapels and blacksmith workshops. The card will also nab you free rides on mountain lifts, entry to bathing lakes and swimming pools, and visits to places like the Rosi Fellner beehives and Augustinian Museum – an old monastery that’s now home to nine centuries’ worth of Tyrolean art.

    Tyrolean Farmhouse Museum in Alpbach

    Tyrolean Farmhouse Museum

    Salzburg Card

    Available in: Salzburg

    How to get it: Free from your hotel when you stay in Salzburg

    Squeeze lots into your city break with a Salzburg Card, which gives you a free city cruise and entry to popular sites like Hellbrunn Palace – a 17th-century mansion famous for its beautiful grounds and trick fountains. There are loads of museums included too, like Mozart’s Birthplace, the Museum of Natural History and The Sound of Music World. And of course you can’t miss out on a trip to the Stiegl Brauwelt brewery.

    Wilder Kaiser Guest Card

    Available in: Ellmau, Söll

    How to get it: Free from your hotel when you stay in either resort

    This card gets you cheaper entry to local events and attractions, discounts on buses and mountain lifts, and added perks like free Wi-Fi hotspots across the region. You can also join guided hikes, and families will love visiting the seven Mountain Adventure Worlds – a range of theme parks with rides, playgrounds and waterparks. In the evenings, you can hop on buses to nearby villages to listen to concerts or join in the fun at summer festivals.

    Snap up a summer card and make the most of your time in Austria on a Lakes & Mountains holiday.

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Author: Courtney Sparham