by Chloe Hay
The route: Innsbruck – Salzburg – Hallstatt – Vienna
Duration: 7 days
Day 1 – In the beautiful and culture-packed Austria your first stop has to be Innsbruck, world-famous for its winter sports centre and multiple hostings of the Winter Olympics. Head to the main square in the Altstadt to photograph the iconic Goldenes Dachl on the Rathaus and
climb up the Stadtturm to enjoy stunning views over the city and the wonderful mountains beyond.
Day 2 & 3 – A short train journey from Innsbruck will bring you to the musical capital of Austria: Salzburg. Here you can get more than your
cultural fill by taking part in the Sound of Music tour or visiting the house in which Mozart was born or the one where he lived later on in life. By evening kick back and relax at Camping Nord Sam with a barbeque before getting the bus back into the city centre to enjoy a free classical or big band concert in the park.
Day 4 & 5 – As the train pulls in to Hallstatt station the view that
awaits you guarantees to take your breath away. A passenger ferry will meet your train and transport you across the lake to – quite possibly – the most beautiful village on earth. An UNESCO world heritage site, Hallstatt boasts beauty like no other lakeside wonder. Neighboured by Dachstein Ice Caves to one side and Salt Mines to the other there is no shortage of possible daytrips from this town if you can bare to tear yourself away from Hallstatt itself. Camping Klausner-Höll is based at the foot of a monstrous mountain and just 100 metres away from the lake front – the perfect spot to enjoy breakfast out the front of your tent. Spend the day rowing around the lake to gain mesmerising views before enjoying a supper of spit roast chicken and chips on the shore. And be sure to take a late night dip in the cool waters for the perfect end to the day.
Day 6 & 7 – It’s time to take in the capital city: Vienna. With an exquisitely designed Dom, an astonishingly beautiful palace and gardens, two zoos and a butterfly farm you definitely won’t run out of ways to entertain yourself here. To escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and it’s dozens of tacky tourist shops, spend the night at Camping Klosterneuburg a short bus ride from the city centre.
After a week of touring Austria it’s time to bid farewell to the magnificent lakes and mountains and hop on the train to the most beautiful coastline in Europe – next stop: Croatia.