Actively Relaxing in Austria

If there's one thing you need after almost two years organising your wedding day then it's a nice relaxing break. Where better to take that break than a luxurious chalet on the southern slopes of one the snow capped mountains in the Styria region of Austria.

As luck would have it, as part of the Travel Bloggers Unite Conference in Innsbruck in late August, airbnb are giving away a four day trip to the chalet.

The Who and the Why

As we only plan to take our honeymoon next year in order to save up for something extra special, a mini-break would be an ideal way for Angela and I to celebrate our marriage and to finally relax after months of preparation.

Joining us on the trip would be my sister, Suzie and her fiance Iain who are currently in the process of organising their own wedding so a break from their preparations would be very rewarding.

As Iain and Suzie run their own photography business, as well as full time jobs, they would love the opportunity to try their hand at photographing stunning landscapes, something Austria is full of.

Their photography would be the perfect companion to my writing and would add content to my blog to help promote that region of Austria.

Ski or Massage, lets do both

Spa at Luxury Chalet, Styria Region, AustriaAngela loves to ski and has been desperate to try the ski resorts of Europe, whereas I've been reluctant due to my inabilty to stay on my feet rather than glide gracefully over the snow.

Our previous skiing excursion was in Queenstown, New Zealand where I got my first taste of the sport. One regret was that I didn't get to try my hand at snowboarding, something I feel I would take to more than trying to control two skis.

With four days available we'd use two to take to one of Styria's 85 ski resorts, enough time to get a taste of how good or how bad we are.

With two days full of exercise we would need a day to cure our bumps and bruises. It would be time to make use of the facilities provided at the chalet.

Following a lazy lie-in and a leisurely breakfast it would be nice to take a refreshing dip in the pool.

A masseuse would ease the pain we would all feel in our muscles after two days of activities.

The perfect ending to the day would be in the spa on the terrace overlooking the surrounding area with a glass of Stiegl beer.

Exploring the old town of Graz

I love exploring new places so our final day would involve a trip to the nearby town of Graz.

Amongst the list of things to see are Grazer Schloßberg, the hill overlooking the old town and the clocktower at it's peak. To get to the top we'd take the Schloßbergbahn funicular railway.

Wandering through the streets of the UNESCO World Heritage site we'd also find our way to the stunning town hall and to the Gemaltes House, a painted house covered with frescos by Johann Mayer.

With this our final day it would call for a special meal. Finding a nice restaurant would be a priority and as I enjoy eating local delicacies I would aim to try some of dishes that can be found in the Styria region.

A starter of pumpkin soup followed by Weiz mountain lamb and rounded off with apple strudel would be my ideal Austrian meal.

Have you been to Graz, Austria? What did you do whilst you were visiting?