On reaching Vienna , the temperature was 8 degrees and the slight drizzle , it was a wonderful welcome by the rain Gods and our tour guide Ronnie Palia was an upfront person who briefed us as soon as we got into the tour bus .We were told about the do's and dont'sand were taken to an Indian restaurant for dinner and then Hotel Trend Pyramid which i would say is a bit off the city , but since we had the tour bus which stayed with us all along the tour , there was'nt much a problem .It was a group of 35 people and we were lodged comfortably in our rooms . Since we reached late evening , there wasnt much to do that evening , so we called it a day.
Known primarily for the shooting of " Sound of Music " and the song " Do re mi" , this quaint town is nothing less than a dream . The beauty is just overwhelming . We were first taken to the Mirabel gardens where the movie was shot and then led to the Salzburg castle which presented us a wonderful panoramic view of Salzburg . The lock bridge over the Salzach river presented with another mesmerising view of the place . We just immersed ourselves in the beauty of the place . Followed by that we were led back to Vienna by evening after dinner .
Where to Stay: I wanted to visit The Floating Walkway, Dornbirn the next day so I took a train from Innsbruck to Dornbirn where I had booked a room via Airbnb for my first night's stay. The train to Dornbirn is around 2 hours. The journey is mind-blowing while you can settle back and watch the snow capped mighty alps.
Alpbach occupies a beautiful location on a sunny plateau at approx. 1000m above sea level. Thanks to its homogenous architectural style and lovely floral decorations which ensures Alpbach is "Austria´s most beautiful village".
How to reach Rattenberg: The best part about Alpbach is that you get to tour around the village free of cost. You can ask the hotel staff/host for a tourist card and there you go, transport is for free. OBB App is handy for the bus timings. One can catch a bus which directly goes to Rattenberg. I would suggest you to stop at Brixlegg and walk to Rattenberg alongside river INN. The walk next to the river is prodigious.With just 400 inhabitants Rattenberg is Austria´s smallest historical town. The medieval pedestrian zone with colorful box shaped buildings is dominated by the unique displays of glass craft. Also, the whole pedestrian zone has free WiFi. Yay!
Waking up early next morning, I went out for a walk. And to my surprise, Bad Goisern turned out to be a stunningly beautiful town.
Nestled in between the majestic Austrian alps, this gorgeous lake town would probably steal your heart away. Hallstatt is gorgeous through out the year, but winters are probably perfect. We visited this tiny lake town in spring and still couldn't get enough of the place. It's a perfect place to let your spirits loose, relax and unwind. A picnic next to the lake wouldn't be bad as well!We are sharing some of the photos from our recent trip if you would like to see...
Go to the church where the Von Trapps got marriedThe Sound of Music is a much-loved film. Remember the wedding scene at the church where Maria, the governess with the voice of an angel, gets married to Captain Von Trapp, the father of seven children she had come to look after? The scene was shot at St Michael's church in Mondsee, about an hour away from Salzburg. Local buses ply so transportation is not a problem. The church is beautiful and the images of Maria in her big floating white wedding dress keeps coming back when you go inside.
St Wolfgang im Salzkammergut
I dont think Hallstatt needs any definition. The beautiful small village by the lake Hallstatt has already become instagram famous for its beautiful cottages and pictures. I booked myself a tour on Viator which covered Hallstatt, St. Wolfgang and Admont Abbey. The biggest surprise highlight was Admont Abbey. Like, I earlier mentioned about how Austria is breathtaking beautiful, this place does major justice. Located in between hills, this place is library goals. Considered among the most beautiful libraries in the world Admont Abbey, is straight out of a fairtytale. The place is covered with German literature and books on Karma and God and Evil. Another alluring detail is the architecture. The white and golden work details only add to more grandeur. They charge you 5 euros to take pictures, and its absolutely worth it.The next stop was Hallstatt. All my Instagram goals just squealed as we got down the bus. There is not much to sight see here, other than a boat ride around the lake. There is apparently a church which is house to human skulls, but I did not make it there. Dont want the spooky in the beauty. This village is pretty much a photostop or lunch with a view. Our final stop for the day was St. Wolfgang, another location straight out of a fairytale. This was a major discovery on my Austrian trip, considering I had no idea about this location and not to mention, I was greatly surprised by it. Considered as location great for summer, because of its beaches, this location is pretty much what you would imagine, when talking about fairytales. Colourful cottages, small shops selling beautiful decorative items, cafes with views, town square with well maintained monuments. Overall, I totally recommend this tour on Viator. Its called "Hallstatt with the panoromic view of the Alps."
The last day of the trip before boarding our flights . The trip from Prague to Vienna was the longest and our tour guide decided to send us back home as happy souls . We were taken to one of the few and one of the largest shopping destinations of entire Europe , Pandorf , located at about an hour from Vienna International Airport , this is one of the biggest shopping villages in the world which houses the most exclusive fashion brands of the world at throwaway prices . According to our tour guide , actors from all over the world come down to buy their apparel from there . It was a few hours of shopping spree until we said goodbye to Europe till next time . My trip review would be incomplete if I forget to mention the wonderful people I met on this trip . It was a wonderful group but some people just stay friends for a lifetime , Ajit uncle , Shoba aunty , Dr Gowda's ( Couple), their lovely children Bhargavi and Pranav, Ajinckya, Radhika , Swapnil , Dhara , Nitin , Rahul , Himanshu and their families , Kansiwala uncle , Jagdeep Soin uncle .
Then in one fine morning, we headed from our University towards Bartholomaeberg in Vorarlberg, Austria which is adjacent to Konstanz. It's a small village situated up in the mountain, from where spectacular views of Mt. Zimba and drei Tuerme (three sisters) were clearly visible, as well as the city that lie down in the valley. We stayed in a chalet for a few nights and enjoyed the landscape with, off course, an extensive conference session. Then on the hike-day (yaaay!!), six of us headed towards a challenging trek lead by two professors, while the rest of the students group decided only to go-around uphill for a small untiring walk.