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Abhishek asked

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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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: https://www.austria.info/uk/things-to-do/round-trips/romantic-road-of-austria


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Cathy
As usual, Claudia gives excellent advice. I would particularly agree on the Salzkammergut, which is absolutely exquisite. A visit to the world's oldest salt mine just outside Hallstatt might not sound like an attractive thing to do on honeymoon, but it's actually really interesting. Also just bear in mind that you will be travelling towards the peak of the European holiday season, so you would be well advised to pin down your bookings as soon as possible once you've decided on your itinerary.
 

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Claudia
Thank you Cathy! :) I love reading your answers too.
 
 
 

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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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Abhishek
Thank you for the lovely wishes & the suggestions...they are really helpful... so now we are staying in vienna for 2 nights, salzburg 2 nights & thinking of spending the last 3 days at either Innsbruck or Zillertal... what would you suggest? and where would you suggest we stay in the ziller region? How about making Innsbruck as the base & then travelling to & fro Zillertal?
 

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Cathy
Glad to be of help. What you decide really depends on your interests and how you intend to travel. Both public transport and self drive are practical options, but each have their own limitations. Public transport (in this case, by bus) is cheaper and means you don't have to drive yourself, but it takes longer and you are tied to public transport schedules, so staying over might be a better idea if you decide to do this. Car hire is much more flexible and the roads are fine (just a bit twisty), but that's more expensive, and many people may not feel comfortable driving in a foreign country. Innsbruck is a nice place, but personally, I would suggest that you stay over in the Zillertal to appreciate the glorious landscape at its best. If you are people who enjoy outdoor activities, there are heaps of things to do in addition to exploring the glacier, with gorgeous hikes for all levels of fitness in the mountains and valleys and idyllic picnic spots. It's also a nice counterpoint to the rest of our itinerary, which seems pretty city-based. If you are looking to stay over, I'd recommend Hintertux itself (which is at the base of the cable car) and is well served by the bus services that run up and down the valley. By virtue of the glacier and the lovely surroundings, it's a year round resort (not just a winter ski resort, as is the case with so many other mountain towns), so there is is a good range of accommodation, restaurants and shops that should suit most budgets.
 
 
 

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