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Beautiful day trip from Salzburg to visit Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt is a small town in the Austrian Alps that puts The Sound of Music to shame! The best way to enjoy a full-day trip from Salzburg to visit Hallstatt is to start your journey by rail. The train goes straight up into the Austrian Alps and drops you off by the edge of the mountain. Once there, you sit in a little hut and wait for the Halstatt ferry to turn up and carry you across the lake to the Alpine town of Hallstatt. There, you don’t see any cars, and it’s just like a trip into the past. …

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3 best travel destinations in Austria off the beaten path

Say Austria and everybody talks of Vienna and Salzburg. However, besides these fantastic travel destinations, I want to tell you a bit about visiting Austria off the beaten path. Come with me to Zell am See, Bad Gastein, and Innsbruck! 1. Zell am See Zell am See is a name that rolls off the tongue, but that pleasure pails in contrast to the location. Sometimes characterized as paradise on earth, Zell am See is a fantastic spot in the Austrian Alps. With mountains on one side and a lake on the other, the city looks like something out of a …

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The lovely Schloss Kapfenstein on my last day in Austria

Our tour through Eastern Styria continued with a visit to Schloss Kapfenstein, another medieval fortress that has been converted into a castle and is now home to a fine restaurant and hotel. So, on my last day in Austria, I had a delicious lunch on the outdoor terrace of the castle while admiring the distant Carinthian and Slovene mountains. Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links. This means that at no extra cost to you, The Travel Bunny will earn a small commission if you click through and make a purchase. Thank you! About Schloss Kapfenstein Schloss Kapfenstein …

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A fascinating visit to Riegersburg castle

My final day in Austria had arrived but it was going to be an exciting one! My brother Tobias and my sister-in-law Anna planned a trip to two castles. The first was one of Styria’s true medieval treasures: the Riegersburg castle, a majestic fortress that was built in the 11th century in the strategically important border region of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. This formidable fortification has withstood numerous assaults from the east and has never been defeated! Some useful information about Styria Styria is one of the less known provinces of Austria, most travelers being more familiar with the regions around …

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Fun summer tobogganing in Austria on Schöckl Mountain

After an evening with classical music in Austria, a more physical and nutritional schedule was on the menu the coming day, since the sunshine had returned. I went on a second photo-safari around Weiz, my hometown, and met with friends that I haven’t seen for more than 20 years. Together, we went hiking in the nearby Schöckl Mountain, where we tried summer tobogganing in Austria. Another photo-safari in Weiz On my second photo safari in my hometown, I visited the Taborkirche, which is devoted to St. Thomas of Canterbury. The Romanesque church was first mentioned in a document in 1188 …

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Classical music in Austria: attending a live concert in Weiz

After a beautiful day traveling from Austria to Italy and Slovenia and back, the weather took a turn for the worse. It rained and drizzled pretty much the whole day, so I spent some time in my hometown. And, in the evening, my sister-in-law Anna and I were set for an evening of classical music in Austria. We were going to a live concert at the Kunsthaus Weiz to enjoy the works by composers Mozart, Strauss, and Verdi. Just before 19.30, we stepped into the concert hall and were barely able to find our seats in the crowded room. There …

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From Austria to Italy and Slovenia in 1 day: Dreiländerecke

After a thrilling visit to Graz the day before, we were preparing an even bigger adventure today: a day trip to the so-called Dreiländerecke. There, one can get from Austria to Italy and Slovenia in just a couple of hours! And you don’t even need to look for cheap flights, you can just go by car. The charm of Central Europe is its variety of scenery and its short distances, and within a few hours of traveling through the Austrian province of Carinthia, we arrived in Val Canale, a place where the three countries meet. (By the way, this is …

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