It is that time of the year for our family when it is an annual ritual of discussing our trip for the summers. After reviewing various brochures, we zeroed down to Austria. This trip turns out to be a very unique one as we visit places we had not even planned for. Also for the first time we hire a 7 seat car in Europe to see this beautiful country at our own pace and time. We witness the old world charm of Hallstatt, the ecstatic feel when we travel deep below the ground level for the salt mines, the mesmerizing ferry ride in Konigsee to the historical city of Vienna with its huge palaces, museums and parks. These and many more exotic places to see and experience. Yes, Austria is that engaging and a must visit place for families and individuals alike. Read on.
Salzburg is visited by thousands of tourists from all over the world to get a glimpse of the life of famed composer Mozart and for the Mirabell palace and garden where the shooting of the famous hollywood musical ‘The Sound of Music’ took place. The old town area called ‘Allstadt’ has an old world charm. This place still looks much as it did 250 years ago when Mozart lived here. Another major attraction here is the Hohensalzburg Fortress. We spend a good half day at this place which again transports you in an era long gone.
Read more about Salzburg at Birth place of Mozart
- Schönau am Konigsee
Though lake Konigsee is located in Bavaria region of Germany, it can be reached by bus from Salzburg, Austria.
The boat ride gives us a chance to view captivating scenery of the surrounding Alps and the lake. When we go deeper we experience magical silence with breathtaking view which touch our inner being. When we reach the middle of the lake the captain of the boat blows a blast on a trumpet, the sound of which echoes a few times in the mountains.
Read more about Konigsee at The Emerald Lake Konigssee
Vienna, capital city of Austria, is located on the banks of the Danube-it is a city of imperial palaces that housed the Habsburg Dynasty, museums, beautiful baroque complexes, huge gardens and parks. The trick is to take a walking tour of this city where you can enjoy at your own pace. The parliament building, the council hall and the numerous fountains, statues and coffee houses can best be enjoyed on foot. Vienna offers a unique blend of imperial traditions and modern architecture.
Thus Vienna has heaps of fantastic things to do and see, and if you get tired there are beautiful parks to rest with alluring views. The city is dotted with a wide variety of restaurants and coffee houses serving to every ones taste to satiate your hunger after a good long walk.
Here is a list of places that have set apart Vienna on the world map.
Read more about Vienna at The Land Of The Habsburgs Dynasty
The Hallstatt village can be toured best on foot. The century old houses of the Hallstatt will come alive and it seems they are conversing to you about its rich heritage, culture and life then. The small pathways, the houses , narrow steps leading to individual houses, the church, all are the core fascination points of this unique Unesco World Heritage village. They give you a peek into the world gone by centuries ago. The fjord like lake can engage you with its charm and beauty. Hallstatt has one of the oldest salt mines discovered in this world. One more unique attraction in this picturesque lake village is the Charnel or the bone house.
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There are a few more places you should see like Lake Wolfgangsee, Sankt Gilgen, Fuschlsee, Zell am see, and Kaprun. Thus Austria takes you in old world charm as well as lift our souls with its mesmerising beauty. It has culture, heritage, history, and loads of beautiful places to feast on.
read more 3 Most Beautiful Villages in Austria
The sculptures all over Austria, specially Vienna, is a photographers dream. There are so many stunning monuments which are awesome to look at.
The best part is the convenience in travelling around this country specially with kids. The climate is suitable for travel in the summer season that is April, May and June. Though it might rain too, thus we need to carry rain wear or an umbrella.
Being vegetarians, we were a bit worried about the food, but we did find pastas and pizzas made to order the way we wanted. So food never was a problem for us in Austria.
The people here are very warm and welcoming, which I feel is very important for tourists from other countries. Would definitely love to go back to Austria and visit the places mentioned in this blog once more as I feel going once to this country is just not enough.