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Lake Wörthersee in Carinthia

Water

The principle of all things is water, for water is everything and everything returns to the water.

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We describe water as the “source of life”. And beyond doubt, it has an almost magical effect upon us that goes far beyond merely quenching our thirst. Since time immemorial, we humans have been drawn to the water. Settlements, villages, cities – where there was water, there were also people.

 

On the Danube in Mühlviertel

To this very day, nothing of this has changed. Whether created by man or occurring naturally, whether a small mountain lake or a landscaped pond, whether a rushing stream meandering through a valley or a river flowing sedately through a city – we are always pulled towards the water.

 

Heritage.Hotel Hallstatt, Salzkammergut
Hotel See-Villa in Millstatt, Millstätter See

The splashing of a fountain, the murmur of the ocean or the pitter-patter of rain on the roof – all very different sounds, yet all produced by water in its various forms. And often it is precisely these seemingly unspectacular sounds that have an enormously calming effect on us humans.

 

View from Villa Le Barone's infinity pool towards Tuscany

When it is cold, water doesn’t only invigorate the body, it also awakens the spirit. Warm water, on the other hand, conjures up a soothing sensation within a split second, relaxing and, in some cases, even consoling.

By the sea in Rovinj, Villa Tuttorotto, Croatia

Water is translucent and clear yet can simultaneously appear in the most magnificent of colors. Sometimes in a powerful blue, sometimes mixed with green, creating a color that is hard to describe in words. If you lie on the beach and gaze out at the sun as it sets, it appears to sink into a sea of red.
Water refreshes and invigorates, water soothes and relaxes, water draws us. Water is natural and straightforward. It is supposedly unspectacular and simultaneously of priceless value.