It’s almost spring and Mother’s Day is just around the corner, so we’re celebrating all things floral. When the weather warms up, the mountain meadows of Austria and Switzerland are blanketed with a kaleidoscope of blooms. See if you can spot these best-loved flowers from your favourite walking path.
This protected flower has become a symbol of the Alps for its rugged beauty, and represents love, dedication and purity.
Look for small, neat clusters of these pale purple flowers in the grasslands of Switzerland. They often bloom early, when the ground is still covered with snow.
Also called ‘bear’s ear’ for the shape of the petals, this flower grows in rocky ground and features on the Austrian 5-cent coin.
These flowers can be yellow, orange or red, but the white Salzburg subspecies is most common in Austria, and is a protected plant.
Widespread in the Swiss Alps, Alpine roses have adapted to a cold, dry environment – properties that make them useful in beauty and skincare products.
Used in medicine since the 12th century, arnica is still one of the most common homeopathic treatments for bruises and muscle pain.
Europe’s parks and gardens
See all of these flowers and more on a stroll through some of the prettiest nature parks and botanical gardens across Austria and Switzerland.
• Kitzbüheler Horn Alpine Flower Garden – Kitzbühel
• Hohe Tauern National Park – Kaprun, Zell am See and Mayrhofen
• Karwendel Naturpark – Achensee and Seefeld
• Zillertal Alps Nature Park – Mayrhofen
• Naturpark Ötztal – Obergurgl
• Schynige Platte Botanical Alpine Garden – Interlaken
• Krienseregg Nature Reserve – Lucerne
Discover blossoms and beauty on your next Lakes & Mountains holiday.