A friend recently returned from a wonderful overseas trip but only managed to spend a few hours in Salzburg and that was it for visiting Austria! What a shame!
It made me think of all the wonderful places I have visited there, mainly because the relations have been kind enough to take us touring around each time we visited.
Here are a few great places to visit that you might not get to see on a tour.
Absolute must are the lakes and mountains of the Salzkammergut. Visit the town of Gmunden and see the beautiful ceramics that it is famous for. St Gilgen, one of my favourites, provides a fabulous cable car ride up to Zwolferhorn and the views are spectacular, often there are paragliders flying around the mountain top.
You can’t go past stunning Attersee, holiday destination for Gustav Klimt, and you will understand why he loved staying there. Attersee will provide a great opportunity for a relaxed cruise and perhaps catch a glimpse of Villa Paulick where Klimt visited with friends. I would quite like to stay there too!
Two beautiful old towns are Hallstatt, known for its ancient civilisation and salt mines and the medieval town of Hall in Tirol. And while you are in Tirol stay in Igls, just a few minutes out of Innsbruck in the mountains. It is small, gorgeous and the perfect place to go walking in the mountains. I also particularly enjoy Bad Ischl, holiday town of the Emperor Franz Josef and the hunting lodge is delightful especially learning about the royal family on holidays.
Steyr and Kremsmunster are fantastic places to visit, the architecture is superb in both and if you are in this area Enns is well worth a visit as it was an old Roman township.
Of course a trip up a mountain is a must and Krippenstein/Dachstein and the ice caves is great and the views from the five fingers over Hallstattersee are incredible.
Hopefully this will give you some good ideas for places to see in Austria.