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The Austrian alps are just the ticket for a summer holiday

Better known as a skiing hub, the area around Salzburg is also a glorious sun spot 

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Taking a hike in Bad Gastein

Taking a hike in Bad Gastein

Expect to encounter stunning views

Expect to encounter stunning views

Dónal Lynch at Sommer Alm ceremony

Dónal Lynch at Sommer Alm ceremony

Paddleboarding on Lake Fuschl

Paddleboarding on Lake Fuschl

Taking a dip in Alpine lake

Taking a dip in Alpine lake

Going for a wander in the Alps

Going for a wander in the Alps

The spectacular Gastein Valley

The spectacular Gastein Valley

Haus Hirt

Haus Hirt

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Taking a hike in Bad Gastein

Through the long dark months of the lockdowns, one thought sustained me: returning to Austria.

Cooped up in a silent and grey Dublin city centre, with the pubs shuttered and garbage blowing down the streets in lieu of tumbleweed, nothing represented light at the end of the Covid tunnel more than the prospect of the operatically expansive mountains of SalzburgerLand and its stunning glacier lakes.


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