The Dolomites are a mountain range located where Italy and Austria collide, in South Tyrol. Through much persistence on my part, I convinced the husband last year on a way to an event that we should go here on our way home. Needless to say when he saw the views laid out before us, he knew why I had been so relentless in my insisting we visit…this is one of the most beautiful places I had ever been.
Even though I have lived at the foot of the Alps for about 4 years now, I have (embarrassingly) just discovered overnight Alpine hiking. Although I have been on many trips around Munich for day hikes…ie- here, here, and here… I had yet to experience the true joy of spending the night in the mountains. And let me tell you right now, it. is. amazing.
There is no doubt that I am utterly in love with Austria. I have done quite a few posts on different cities and villages that are wonderful to visit even if your not an avid skier or mountain biker. (Although if you are, that is definitely an added bonus!) Leogang is another one of those very special places which are well worth visiting if you are planning a trip to this amazing country.
While I am a bit partial to Christmastime in Munich, there are definitely many great places to see this time of year in the German/Austrian area which will most certainly get you into the holiday spirit, Salzburg being one of them. Last week a friend and I went to explore the Salzburg Christmas markets and it was no disappointment. The streets are filled with lights and decorations, amazing smells fill the air, and there is an overall holiday vibe everywhere.
Last winter I came to the realization that I could have a great time in a ski town, even if I’m not a skier. The same goes for visiting the mountains in the summer. About this same time last year we traveled to Wildkogel in Neukirchen for a Mountainbike event, the Trail Masters, and I was pleasantly surprised at what a great weekend I had, even though downhill mountain biking was completely foreign to me.