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Good itinerary for Austria (7 - 8 days)

Hi we are visiting Austria in mid july for our honeymoon...planning to stay in Vienna & Salzburg for 2-3 days each... Can you suggest the best things to do and what other place is a must visit in austria? Will we find snow in that season anywhere in Austria?

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answered by
Claudia from New York City

The itinerary will depend on your interests, mode of transportation (self-drive or train between cities) and arrival time in Vienna. Last year I had 4 days/3 nights in Austria. For 7-8 days, I would include the following:

  • 2 days in Vienna - including a city tour, Schönbrunn Palace guided tour, and an evening of a classical music performance and food at Schonbrunn Palace or Kursalon Vienna.
  • Rent a car and take the famous Austrian Romantic Road, to Salzkammergut (Austrian Lake District), Hallstatt (village and beautiful lake) and finally to Salzburg - a total of 5 days.
  • While in Salzburg visit Mirabell Castle and Gardens, Getreidegasse, and Hohensalzburg. Fly off from Salzburg.

For additional info on Austrian Romantic Road, go to Austrian official tourism site:

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  2. Salzburg (city)
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answered first by
Cathy from Brussels

Firstly, congratulations on your wedding, and may it be the source of joy that a good marriage brings.

If you want to experience snow in the (European) summer, then you'll have to go up onto one of the glaciers.  The one that we know best is in the Zillertal, which is within a day trip of Salzburg.

You can take a multi stage cable car up from the village of HintertuxHintertux to the top of the glacier.  From the top, you can visit the spectacular Hintertux Ice Palace, which is an ice cave at the head of the glacier, which has some lovely illuminations and weirdly creepy deformed icicles.  The feeling of being inside a glacier is awe inspiring, and the views from the cable car station over the surrounding mountains is spectacular.

To get best value out of your cable car ticket, if you stop off at the second level of the ski lift (Tuxer Fernerhaus), you can also visit the Alpengasthof Spannagelhaus, which are the highest caves in Europe.

I personally much prefer Salzburg to Vienna, but I'll let someone else who knows them better give you direction on this.


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  2. Salzburg (city)
  3. Hintertux (attraction)
  4. Alpengasthof Spannagelhaus (hotel)
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