It’s almost impossible to tear yourself away from Austria’s magnificent cities.
You can spend days roaming around Vienna and Salzburg’s architectural wonders, marveling at Schonbrunn and Mirabell, getting lost in mazes of manicured gardens and abundant artwork. There’s much to see and do in Austria’s majestic cities, and plenty of glorious history and culture to discover.
But to get to the heart of Austria’s rustic charm, you must venture to its small countryside villages. You’ll find that there’s more to Austria than operas and schnitzels and all-out opulence. There are also stunning natural landscapes, breathtaking vistas, picture-perfect storybook towns, and plenty of outdoor adventures to be had.
If you only make it to one town, make it Hallstatt. Nestled in Salzkammergut’s mountainous region, Hallstatt is a small town sandwiched between a mountain and a lake, lined with pastel houses decked with flower boxes. The swans and ducks gracefully plying the coastline complete the picture, making it the perfect storybook town to take a break from the cities. It’s a great stopover on a drive from Vienna to Salzburg, and an excellent base for exploring the rest of the gorgeous Salzkammergut.
If you’re thinking of venturing to Austria’s beautiful Lake District soon, here’s where to stay in Hallstatt. [Read more…] about Where to stay in Hallstatt – the best hotels for a holiday in Austria’s Lake District