If you are there in winter, keep yourself warm with a mug of gluhwein or mulled wine. Sweet and fruity and it will definitely keep you warm and you may get a little tipsy like me. You can find in at a stall at the Christmas markets.
The Austrian National Tourist Office offers a holiday hotline staffed by friendly, English-speaking advisors.
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
austria.info is the official website of the Austrian National Tourist Office.
Joy riding by car and enjoy the inspiring Austrian houses on the mountain sides flooded with flowering plants are typical for Austria and the most awesome scenic views of chain of mountains behind them.
The Getreidegaße, which means "Corn Alley," is the most fashionable shopping street in Salzburg, if not in all of Austria. Great pains have been taken to preserve the old-town atmosphere, and substantial alterations to the buildings are prohibited. In fact, many of the buildings do not even have electric elevators. Neon signs are prohibited, and most shops have traditional and elegant wrough-iron signs above the door. The narrow street is lined with five- and six-story buildings built by the city's burghers from the fifteenth through eighteenth centuries.
This is not the place for those on a budget, as the shops and boutiques are rather expensive. Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss, Hermès, Bally, and Mango are just some of the exlusive retailers that are on the Getreidegaße. Shoppers can buy expensive jewelry, high-fashion clothing, rare perfumes, fine leather goods, Italian shoes, and gourmet food, among other things.
The street is not dedicated just to shopping, however. Number 9 Getreidegaße is the house where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born, and is now the Mozart Museum, one of the most popular attractions in Salzburg.
The Salzburg Cathedral is dedicated to Saint Rupert of Salzburg. Construction started in 1614 and ended in 1628. The cathedral was built of light-colored Salzburg marble in a late Italian Baroque-style of architecture. The present cathedral is actually the third to stand on this site. The first was completed in 744 A.D., but burned down. The second was completed in 1020, but was eventually demolished after it was severely damaged in a battle. The current building is 466 feet (142 meters) long and 109 feet (33 meters) high at the dome.
The cathedral was commissioned by Prince-Archbishop Wolf Dietrich, who wanted a magnificent cathedral in the Baroque style of architecture. However, construction did not begin until his successor, Archbishop Markus Sittikus, was in power. He hired Italian architect Santini Solari who designed the cathedral as we see it today.
The Salzburg Cathedral is known primarily for its 4,000-pipe organ, as well as the fact that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was baptized in the baptismal font in 1756.
Salzburg is Austria’s fourth largest city, and its second most visited after Vienna. It is an ideal destination for a cultural sightseeing tour and enjoys a dramatic setting of mountains, valleys and lakes - the backdrop for much of The Sound of Music - and some of the finest examples of baroque architecture in Europe. Today, Salzburg is not only known for being the hometown of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-91), but also offers his birth-house and his later residence house to see and a lot of Mozart-related souvenirs to buy.
During the winter months Salzburg is a snowy wonderland – where locals pack cosy bars or outdoor gluwein stands, when they’re not off on skiing trips to the nearby Alps.
In summer the pastel-coloured baroque buildings take on a brighter hue and thousands of culture tourists descend for the Salzburg festival of music and drama.
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Vötter's Fahrzeugmuseum Kaprun is an interesting vintage-carmuseum inside the hotel Sport-Kristall in Kaprun & that is just a few km from Zell am See. The museum shows about 150 cars and even the smallest space of the museum-halls are crammed with a car. You will find a lot of cars that you might remember from a long time ago, and most of them are are not "shining" like in other museums, but they rather look like to be in a private garage, waiting to be repaired or so.
I really enjoyed this place, it is just a pity that some of the most precious cars you almost cannot take a photo of, because they are hidden behind many other cars.
The museum is open daily
10.00am - 06.00pm
Kitzsteinhorn is one of very few places in Austria and even in Europe, where you can go skiing all year long ! There is a giant car-parking on the foot of the mountain, not far from the village of Kaprun and a funicular takes you up the mountain, directely to the glacier in a hight of 3.203 meters above sea-level. You can rent the skiing-equipment there or just take a walk in the show and enjoy the great view on a clear day from there !
Read more infos about it, when you click on this link here or below !
This is Burg Fischhorn / Fischorn Castle in Kaprun. Unfortunately I came out of the opening-times, but at least I could walk around the castle on a small path, there are a lot of carparking-spaces as well and there was also a place in the wall where I could take a sneak into the innercourt, (my 4th photo).
b.t.w.: when driving to the castle you will pass by the car-museum of the Sporthotel, just watch out for the train standing in the garden of the hotel !
Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse is a toll-road and at first sight it looks quite expensive, BUT with that fee you dont only pay for the toll of the road, but in fact also all of the parking-fees and entry-fees to all museums along the road to Heiligenblut.
Some of the hotels in that area will refund that toll, when you stay for a few days
The dayticket for cars is 28 euros / for motorbikes 18 euros the 15-day ticket for cars: 35 / 25 euros for motorbikes
the 30day ticket for cars: 45 / 35 euros for motorbikes
the round-ticket for cars: 32 / 24 euros for motorbikes
something special for motorbikers:
Motorradhimmel Großglockner / Biker's heaven is a new project in the aea in order to improove the facilities along Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse for motor-bikers.
So they will find lots of garages and changing rooms or shelter-rooms for bad weather conditions. At Kaiser Franz-Josefs-Hoehe they will even find special lockers (see my 2nd picture), big enough to store their leather-overalls, the helmet and luggage etc. while taking a walk in the mountains. these lockers are free of charge, you need a 1-euro-coin that you will get back at the end.
The bikers-day-ticket for the toll-road is 18 euros !
25 euros for the 15-day-ticket
35 euros for the 30-day-ticket
By Public transport to Grossglockner :
Take Postbus 610 from Zell am See
Exploring Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse without your own car makes sense as well and it is a lot cheaper as well, as you totally save the fee for the toll-road. There is 1-2 buses daily and all of them will have a stop of 30 minutes at Kaiser-Franz-Josef-Hoehe, so you dont see that area only by bus, but will have the chance to walk around a bit, watch the marmots, get some food etc.
Bus 651 will take you within 2 hours and 15 minutes to F.J.Hoehe, in case that you like to take a wheel-chair or a bike with you you have to reserve for them at least 1 day in advance : Tel.+43 6542 5444-10
*Rollstuhl-/Fahrradmitnahme 1 Werktag vorher anm., Tel.+43 6542 5444-10 (Gültig vom Mai bis Oktober); Fahrradmitnahme begrenzt möglich
Very close to Kaprun you will find the airport of Zell am See. And so I took a flight from there in a small airplane over the austrian alps including the Grossglockner (that is the highest mountain of Austria with 3798m ) and even over the Koenigssee in Bavaria, that was a really great adventure. I also was lucky that I was able to join 2 young couples who had booked that flight in advance and had a seat free, and as they wanted to sit togeather I was even able to get the seat in front, next to the pilot.
I payed something like 100 euros for a long flight of about 90 minutes
Go to the airport and ask for a flight ! Or even better : click on the link below and make a reservation !
As we drove along the many roads of Austria, we saw quite a few road-side Chapels.
Eventually, I said to my husband, pull up, and I will have a look.
Well, I was glad I did, because I thought this one was really beautiful!
So, have a look at one on your travels and see what you think.
After viewing one, then I looked at several more, all were different, but all were nice.
From Schladming you can visit Salzburg (by train, changing in Bischofshofen = fastest connection) it is 1h38m and the ticket price is € 17.60 per person and per way.
There is a direct train connection from Schladming to Munich but it takes 3h30m. The fare is ranging from €19 per person per way (booked well in advance and online) to € 54 - A day trip only for dedicated train travelers ;-) The same applies for Vienna. The only difference is that there is no direct train connection; you would have to go to Salzburg first. The the travel times at www.oebb.at
Ideal day trips would be: Hallstatt (wonderful town and breathtaking train trip), Bad Aussee (very picturesque), Bad Ischl (river, mountains and royal flair). All these destinations are more or less within a 100 km range but due to the Alpine area there are not direct roads / train- / bus connections. Train-/bus connections will take you around 2h to 2h30m per way.
A more ideal location to explore this region as well as big cities like Vienna, Salzburg and Munich would be Bad Ischl. From there, you can make day trips to all these cities as well as to the towns and villages I recommended above.
Burg Rappottenstein is an interesting castle just about 5km from Roiten and maybe you can take a look there as well. There is a carparking close to the castle, then you have to walk about 5 minutes to get to the castle and to the Burgschenke, a small restaurant, but both were closed already when I came unfortunately.
Visits are possible only by guided tours at fixed hours like here:
Easter till end of April: Sat, Sun & Holdays only :
11 + 12 + 02 + 03 + 04pm
May, June & September: Tuesdays till Sundays :
11 + 12 + 02 + 03 + 04pm
July & August also tours at 10am and 05pm
In October only SAT, SUN & Holiday (=26.10. austrian national holiday):
11 + 12 + 02 + 03 + 04pm
"Die gerade Linie ist Gottlos" is one of the mottos of Friedensreich Hundertwasser and you might translate it like "a straight line was made by the devil"
And this motto is also printed / painted on the facade of the Hahnsäge, where Hundertwasser had lived for some years under really substandart conditions. I doubt very much that these decorations in my photos were made by Hundertwasser, as you cannot see them on any of the photos shown in the Hundertwasser museum in Roiten.
Hundertwasser died in 2000, on a cruise from New Zealand back to Europe onboard the cruise-ship QE II. and obviously some of his fans have painted the hut later that way.
The hut had been a donation to Hundertwasser and fell back to the former owner, who did not think of renovating it, there is a saw next to it (thats where the name HahnSÄGE comes from)and the workers in the woods used it to take a rest there in the rain etc.
I saw it in 2011 and I could imaging it might fall apart some day soon, it would be a pity !
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