From South West France to the heart of Austria, the Alps play host to a range of interesting and tranquil resorts, but most of them are at their best to visit during the winter when the peaks are coated in snow. However, the small lakeside town of St Anton in Austria is more impressive during the summer, but why?
One of the main reasons why St Anton is seen by many visitors to the Alps as one of its gems is that it’s seen as a focal point for many famous walking routes after the snow has melted. According to Inghams Austrian travel representative Krissy Sinclair, the nearby Verwall See is perhaps the most visually alluring part of the entire St Anton region. She said:
“The highlight of the Verwall Valley walk is the beautiful jade green lake, The Verwall See, which since 2006, has hydro-powered the whole of St Anton, the resort is now totally self-sufficient!
“You can watch the fish in the clear waters or take a bite to eat in the Verwall Hutte. If you don’t feel like the walk back after lunch, then just hop on the bus, which runs the entire route, perfect if there is the odd afternoon shower!”, she added.
Bordering on excitement
The Verwall Valley route isn’t the only thing that makes St Anton and the surrounding area appealing to visitors. The fact that St Anton itself is close to the borders with Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Germany mean that hikers can explore nearby attractions in different countries by foot! Also, St Anton is on the train line towards the regional capital of Innsbruck, a charming historical city.
Lake Constance in neighbouring Switzerland is every bit as majestic as the Verwall See, but has its own unique atmosphere which sets it apart – it’s also Europe’s third largest lake. Meanwhile the island of Lindau in Southern Germany isn’t too far away should your feet take you there.
The Lakes and Mountains holiday specialists Inghams also suggest travelling along the Bregenzerwald Valley and to Bregenz itself if you have the time, especially if you’re on your way to visit Lindau.