If you're looking for a relaxing lakeside retreat, a holiday to Fuschl in Austria is the perfect choice. Surrounded by pine-clad mountains with a picturesque lake right on its doorstep, this idyllic resort offers a wide range of outdoor pursuits, including walking, cycling and leisurely boat rides.
Popular walking and cycling trails
There's an impressive 150 kilometres of marked paths and nature trails in and around Fuschl. It's a pleasant seven mile walk around the shores of Fuschl Lake, with spectacular views and quaint villages to explore along the way. There's also a woodland nature trail with information boards, where you can learn about the local plants and wildlife.
A walk to the 150-year Ruming Mill – located just outside of Fuschl – is also a must and can be reached by the Ellmau Stein route. At the mill, you can watch traditional flour grinding demonstrations, enjoy the idyllic woodland gardens and grab a bite to eat in the pretty cafe.
If you fancy a more demanding hike, follow the route over the Mozartblick viewpoint to St Gilgen. Here, the Zwolferhorn mountain lift offers passengers fantastic views of Lake Wolfgang and beyond.
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Exciting day trips
Fuschl is also just a 30-minute drive to the nearby town St Wolfgang – home to the famous Schafberg mountain railway. As the steepest cog railway in Austria, this spectacular train journey is well worth it for the panoramic views of the lake and mountains.
Also just a 30-minute drive away is the village of Bad Ischl, which hosts a weekly farmer's market where you can pick up a bargain and sample delicious local produce. It's also home to several spa and wellness centres as well as a good share of historic sights, such as the Kaiservilla villa.
For those who want to explore the hustle and bustle of city life during a holiday to Austria, you can catch a bus from Fuschl to Salzburg in under half an hour, or head to Bad Ischl and take the train to Vienna in just over three hours.
Where to eat and drink
There's a selection of friendly bars and restaurants that line the streets of Fuschl, with the chance to tuck into fresh seafood and the area's famous elderberry-infused delicacies.
For dinner with a view, explore the options along the promenade, including the popular Restaurant Brunnwirt, which offers a traditional Austrian dining experience. If you want more choice or you fancy a change of scenery one evening, head to the neighbouring town of St Gilgen.
Evenings in Fuschl are fairly low-key, with most tourists choosing to enjoy a quiet after-dinner drink in the hotel bar or stroll along the shoreline. Some of the town's larger hotels occasionally host live music evenings too.