Mondsee on the lake
For those of you who have seen the Sound of Music this is the wedding church.
The inside is beautiful, and well worth a visit. Unfortunately on this particular day tour, we only had 30 miniutes for a rest stop, and the lake was one way, and the church the other, so there are no photographs of Mondsee lake.
While we were there, there were several old classic cars parked in the forecourt, see pi ctures.
this picture shows some of the classic cars parked in front of the church, and it also shows the lovely Austrian houses as a backdrop.
Mondsee - worth a visit for its pastries and cakes
"Mondsee - worth a visit for its pastries and cakes"
This is my 3rd visit to Mondsee and all for the sake of its famous apple strudel, although this time round I went with its highly recommended Opera instead. I was not disappointed.
The tiny main square is lined on both sides with colourfully painted buildings housing hotels, restaurants, cafes and specialty shops.
"Sound of Music"
Looking down the street is a picture perfect view of its church, scene of the wedding from 'The Sound of Music'.
MONDSEE ~ The Moon Lake
"One of the Beautiful Lakes in Salzkammergut"
I was travelling around the Salzkammergut area in May 2004, and I stayed in the Mondsee village for 3 nights, using it as a base to explore Salzburg city and other towns/villages within the Salzkammergut Lake areas.
Mondsee (Moon Lake) is a lake in the Upper Austrian part of the Salzkammergut and neighbour to the larger Attersee. Mondsee is one of the beautiful lakes in Salzkammergut which contains over 40 lakes and mountains. It is only 25km from Salzburg city and it's a good starting point to several mountains e.g. Schafberg, which you can visit via cable car or hiking upwards.
Mondsee's southwestern shore marks the border between the states of Upper Austria and Salzburg, and also between the Northern Limestone Alps in the South and the Sandstone zone of the Northern Alps. The Drachenwand (Dragonwall) at the southern shore of the lake is an impressive sight.
Mondsee is very nice for family or romantic holidays especially during the summer time. You can enjoy outdoor activities like swimming, hiking, sailing, boating, etc. So, you can imagine that during Summer, this place will be packed.
I believe the best time to visit Mondsee is in May-June and Sept-October because the weather is still nice and warm, the days are still long, it is not very crowded, and the prices of the hotels/gastehaus/pensions are lower.
Mondsee also has nice summer festivals in the beginning of August with several performances from local bands.
"Mondsee town, next to the Mondsee Lake"
The village/small town next to the Mondsee Lake is called Mondsee (off course, what else would it be called?). It is a village/small town, whereby the length from north to south is 9.5 km, and width from east to west is 7.7 km. It is a simple village catering mainly to the summer visitors and holidaymakers to the Lake.
There is however one interesting place to visit, that is, the church near the town centre; it was the site used for the wedding in the musical film "The Sound of Music".
"The Inn next to the Lake"
I stayed in a bed-and-breakfast place called Gastehaus Hemetsberger. I got a double room next to the Lake, with a balcony over the waters. The boat-docking area* was under the house, and ducks and swans would swim close to the building - hoping for bread crumbs from guests.
*Hemetsberger seemed to also operate a sight-seeing boat along the Lake; hence, the boat docking under the building.
I enjoyed staying at this place as I could see and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the Lake from the privacy of my balcony.