Austria

Favourite Experiences:

  • The Sound of Music Tour from Salzburg
  • Eating the world’s best apple strudel at Café Braun in Mondsee
  • Hiking through the world’s largest ice cave at Eisriesenwelt
  • Wandering the gardens at Schonbrunn Palace 

The next stop on my journey turned out to be one of my favourites. From Prague, I took the train to Salzburg, Austria. Salzburg was a favourite spot of my Mom’s when she did her Europe trip at my age, so I had high hopes for this city (and it didn’t disappoint!) I made the most of my three days in Salzburg. I took two half-day tours with Panorama Tours: The Sound of Music Tour and the Ice Caves Tour. Both were excellent experiences and I would highly recommend Panorama Tours. I also visited the Hohensalzburg Fortress (amazing views!) and Augustinerbrau (amazing beer!). Below are my favourite photos from my time in Salzburg:

Leopoldskron Palace (From the Sound of Music!)

Leopoldskron Palace (From the Sound of Music!)

Mountain Lodges in the Salzburg Lake District

Mountain Lodges in the Salzburg Lake District

Fuschlsee Lake

Fuschlsee Lake

St. Gilgen on Wolfgangsee Lake

St. Gilgen on Wolfgangsee Lake

Mondsee Wedding Chapel

Mondsee Wedding Chapel

World's Best Award Winning Apple Strudel at Cafe Braun in Mondsee

World’s Best Award Winning Apple Strudel at Cafe Braun in Mondsee

Salzburg from the top of the Hohensalzburg Fortress

Salzburg from the top of the Hohensalzburg Fortress

Our Ascent to the Eisriesenwelt Ice Caves

Our Ascent to the Eisriesenwelt Ice Caves

At the Top of the World - the Entrance to the Eisriesenwelt Ice Caves

At the Top of the World – the Entrance to the Eisriesenwelt Ice Caves

From Salzburg, I said goodbye to The Alps and took a quick train into Vienna. My home base in Vienna was another Wombats hostel (at the Naschmarkt) which was fantastic.  On my first day, I oriented myself by taking the Ringstrasse Tram Tour around central Vienna. This was a great way to see the sites and decide where I wanted to visit over the course of my stay. I spent the next few days exploring Vienna, admiring all of the opulent architecture, statues and gardens – and eating a lot of schnitzel. I didn’t have the budget to visit the opera (I’ve heard it is amazing!) but one evening I stumbled upon an open air Music Film Festival at Rathausplatz. I watched a concert under the stars, and even though I didn’t understand a word of it, it was one of my favourite experiences in Vienna. I dedicated my last full day to visiting Schonbrunn Palace. Easily accessible by subway, this Baroque palace was the most impressive palace I saw on my trip. The interior was beautiful, but it was the massive gardens surrounding the palace that sealed the deal for me. Below are some of my photos from beautiful Vienna:

Mozart Statue in Burrgarten, Vienna

Mozart Statue in Burrgarten, Vienna

Fountains in the Volksgarten (With Little Bridges for the Ducks!)

Fountains in the Volksgarten (With Little Bridges for the Ducks!)

All Gold Everything in Peterskirche

All Gold Everything in Peterskirche

Stephansplatz

Strolling around Stephansplatz

A Great Evening at the Rathausplatz Film Festival

A Great Evening at the Rathausplatz Film Festival

Schönbrunn Palace

Schönbrunn Palace

Beautiful Gardens at Schönbrunn Palace

Beautiful Gardens at Schönbrunn Palace

I Loved the Grounds of Schönbrunn Palace!

I Loved the Grounds of Schönbrunn Palace!

Ich Liebe Österreich!

Ich Liebe Österreich!

Katie

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