• Courtney Barella

    It’s almost spring and Mother’s Day is just around the corner, so we’re celebrating all things floral. When the weather warms up, the mountain meadows of Austria and Switzerland are blanketed with a kaleidoscope of blooms. See if you can spot these best-loved flowers from your favourite walking path.

    Alpine flora


    This protected flower has become a symbol of the Alps for its rugged beauty, and represents love, dedication and purity.

    Edelweiss flower


    Alpine crocus

    Look for small, neat clusters of these pale purple flowers in the grasslands of Switzerland. They often bloom early, when the ground is still covered with snow.

    Primula auricular

    Also called ‘bear’s ear’ for the shape of the petals, this flower grows in rocky ground and features on the Austrian 5-cent coin.

    Primula auricular flower

    Primula auricular

    Alpine poppy

    These flowers can be yellow, orange or red, but the white Salzburg subspecies is most common in Austria, and is a protected plant.

    Alpine rose

    Widespread in the Swiss Alps, Alpine roses have adapted to a cold, dry environment – properties that make them useful in beauty and skincare products.

    Arnica montana

    Used in medicine since the 12th century, arnica is still one of the most common homeopathic treatments for bruises and muscle pain.

    Arnica montana flower

    Arnica montana

    Europe’s parks and gardens

    See all of these flowers and more on a stroll through some of the prettiest nature parks and botanical gardens across Austria and Switzerland.

    • Kitzbüheler Horn Alpine Flower Garden – Kitzbühel
    • Hohe Tauern National Park – Kaprun, Zell am See and Mayrhofen
    • Karwendel Naturpark – Achensee and Seefeld
    • Zillertal Alps Nature Park – Mayrhofen
    • Naturpark Ötztal – Obergurgl
    • Schynige Platte Botanical Alpine Garden – Interlaken
    • Krienseregg Nature Reserve – Lucerne

    Discover blossoms and beauty on your next Lakes & Mountains holiday.