If Dundee’s players are in need of inspiration this pre-season then they’ve come to the right place.
Manager Paul Hartley clearly did his homework before selecting the quaint Austrian town of Obertraun as his side’s training camp HQ.
Located among the Dachstein mountain range, 90 minutes drive from the city of Salzburg, there can be few places which offer views quite like the popular winter sports destination.
Scenery like the magical Lake Hallstatt resemble something straight out of a fairytale.
No disrespect to the City of Discovery, but the Dark Blue stars will unlikely train anywhere quite as magnificently picturesque again.
Tourists have been flocking to the retreat since Victorian times, but the town has relaunched itself as a base for football sides from throughout Europe in recent years.
The area’s complex has two high quality artificial pitches on offer and four pristine grass pitches as well as a range of other sporting facilities.
In the past few seasons city rivals Dundee United, Dunfermline as well as Everton and several other clubs from south of the border have started their season preparations here, and Owen Coyle’s Blackburn Rovers side are currently sharing the same facilities.
Dark Blues manager Paul Hartley is also a fan, saying: “It is a fantastic facility.
“This a place the players can enjoy but we are here to work, make no mistake about it.
“We are here to work hard. We want the passing and the movement sharpened up. And we will work on a few other things, also.”