There are plenty of ways to start your journey in Austria. Here’s what we got in case you get to start your trip from Mozart’s hometown, Salzburg.
Start out at Salzburg and have a day exploring the magnificent city. Start at Mirabell Square, where you’ll pass Mirabell Palace and its magnificent Baroque gardens.
Discover some sites related to Salzburg’s most famous resident, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. First up is the Mozarteum, one of the best music schools in the world and one which attracts thousands of students each year. Then head to the house where Mozart was born in 1756 and where he lived with his family.
Continue your tour into Salzburg’s Baroque Old Town, with its beautiful Salzburg Cathedral and the festival quarter, where two festival halls become home to thousands of opera fans during the Salzburg Festival every summer.
From Salzburg, pass through Fuschl, St. Gilgen, along Lake Wolfgangsee, from Bad Ischl and Bad Goisern on to Hallstatt.
Hallstatt and the surrounding area was honored with a position on the World Cultural Heritage List with UNESCO. The Gothic church with its winged altar and the famous “Charnel-House” are among the numerous attractive sites waiting to be explored. A particularly remarkable exhibit is the Museum of Pre-historic Finds, highlighting the Celtic Period. High above the nearby Gossau Valley is the picturesque Lake Gossausee, at the foot of the Dachstein Mountain. The return trip leads over the Gschütt Pass and through the Lammer Valley, along the Tennengebirge Mountain Range to Golling, and along the Salzach River back to Salzburg.
The World’s largest Ice Caves and one of the true wonders on earth, the caves are a wondrous underground world of natural ice sculptures and formations.
High above the village of Werfen, amid the magnificent mountain world of the Tennengebirge, we find the entrance to the world’s biggest explored labyrinth of ice caves with a length of almost 30 miles.
Before you head into the caves for your 1 ¼ hour tour, lamps are handed out to the visitors. The first stop is the Poselt Hall, with the magnificent Posselt Tower stalagmite. Marvel at the greatest area of ice growth, the Great Ice Embankment, a massive formation rising up to over 75 feet. Stalactites in Hymir’s Castle created the so called ice organ. For an even more stunning effect, the ice formations are sometimes highlighted with magnesium lighting.
You can drive up the highest mountain of Austria by car and enjoy the beautiful landscape of the Alps there. When staying at Sporthotel Kitz you will get the Nationalpark Card for free. With this guest card the ride up to Großglockner Hochalpenstraße is free. Visit Wildlife Park Ferleiten and Nationalpark museum in Mittersill. The wildlife park and museum is perfect for a family trip.
Day 5 – Krimml falls
The Krimml Waterfalls are the highest waterfalls in Europe. It begins at the end of the Krimml River Valley and flows through gentle pastures before it plunges down the mighty steps as a subglacial stream. It is a 10-minute walk on the paved path installed by the Austrian Alpine Association from the WaterWonderWorld to the lowest waterfall. The waterfall path takes you to the highest waterfall (approx. 1-hour walk) and offers spectacular views of the thundering water masses.
Day 6 – return hire car, train to Vienna
Day 7 – Vienna
Discover Viennese vino
The seven square kilometres of vineyards that lie within its boundaries make Vienna the world’s largest wine-growing capital city. The highest quality vines lie over the Danube in the 21st district.
No trip to Vienna is complete without a ride on the 19th-century Riesenrad or giant ferris wheel that features in ‘The Third Man’. It’s the only remaining work of British engineer Walter Basset who also built wheels for Blackpool, London and Paris. It was completed in 1897 to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Franz Josef.
Visit the oldest zoo in the world
Built on the site of Franz Stephan’s royal menagerie (1752), the Tiergarten is the world’s oldest zoo. The cages are laid out radially around the 18th-century central octagonal pavilion (once the imperial family’s breakfast room), alongside more modern enclosures. Attractions include a polarium and rainforest house, but the Giant Pandas are the stars of the show.