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Visit Hallstatt with Vienna Sightseeing

Visit Hallstatt with Vienna Sightseeing
Visit Hallstatt with Vienna Sightseeing
 

Visit Hallstatt with Vienna Sightseeing

Visit Hallstatt with Vienna Sightseeing
Visit Hallstatt with Vienna Sightseeing
 

Visit Hallstatt with Vienna Sightseeing

Visit Hallstatt with Vienna Sightseeing

Visit Hallstatt with Vienna Sightseeing

Visit Hallstatt with Vienna Sightseeing

Visit Hallstatt with Vienna Sightseeing

Visit Hallstatt with Vienna Sightseeing
Visit Hallstatt with Vienna Sightseeing
 

Visit Hallstatt with Vienna Sightseeing

I visited Hallstatt for the very first time some years ago with two friends of mine. It was actually a very short visit, as our final destination back then was another little village in Austria, where one of my friends had a country house.

Since then, I have always wanted to get back to Hallstatt, but I couldn’t figure out how. Firstly, there is no direct train connection from Vienna to Hallstatt and secondly, I don’t own a car in Vienna (and don’t think I actually need it at the moment).

One week ago, after I came back from Karpathos, I got to visit Hallstatt with Vienna Sightseeing. Let me tell you a few things about my personal experience and hopefully you will  find a few useful tips over here.

The day trip began at 07:00am in front of the Vienna State Opera but Vienna Sightseeing can also arrange a free pick-up from your hotel. All the night owls (including myself plus many others that I know) might think that this is too early. But believe me: what you will see and experience during the day is worth the early morning wake up call. Just in case you stayed up late the previous night, you can always have a nap on the coach because it’s quite spacious and comfortable and the route from Vienna to the first stop lasts about two hours and a half (depending always on traffic). I personally preferred to keep my eyes open, admire the green scenery and landscape I was surrounded by, and listen to the stories of the English speaking guide who accompanied the group.

First stop was the Orth castle which is located on a tiny island in Traunsee lake. It was quite a short yet pleasant visit for photos and I took it as a hint of what would follow after.

As I mentioned before, Hallstatt is a place I have already visited once in the past but it managed to amaze me this time again. This time I did a few more things. Apart from the guided city walk, we went on a boat tour in the lake and afterwards we took the funicular which took us up to the “Skywalk” viewing platform to see Hallstat from the above and enjoy the panorama. All the activities were organized by Vienna Sightseeing. Of course you are free to choose whether you want to join the group and the activitites or not. Just in case, if you want to discover Hallstatt on your own, the guide will let you know the exact departure time and meeting point where you have to meet for the ride back to Vienna. I am just telling this, because some people are a little more independent travelers than others.

Overall, there was plenty of free time for photos, lunch and ice cream!

As you can see from the photos, the day I did the tour was a sunny summer day, which made the whole experience a little bit more enjoyable. But if you would ask me what impressed me just a little more during that day trip was the scenery on route. We passed by beautiful lakes and stunning mountain ranges, we encountered lakeside villages and all this of course turned out to be very interesting, from a photography point of view as well.

I believe that such an excursion would be ideal for:

-Tourists in Austria, who mainly visit Vienna and want to swap Vienna for the Austrian countryside for one day.

-Expats in Vienna (couples, students etc), just like me, who don’t own a car and want to escape the city, do something different and discover more from the spectacular Austrian countryside.

-All those who want to take a break from the city and are not in the mood for driving or organizing a trip for themselves and would gladly hop on a tour bus for a day of excursion.

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Schloss Leopoldskron

Schloss Leopoldskron

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Schloss Leopoldskron

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Schloss Leopoldskron

There are three films that I grew up with and marked my childhood in a very significant way: the french film “La Boum”, and the American musicals “Annie” and “The sound of music”.

The first weekend of April I had the great opportunity to stay and take photos in the premises of Schloss Leopoldskron where the “The sound of music” was filmed.

Who would have said that such a day would come? I was thrilled to be in the location where scenes of the musical were filmed and see the garden, the lake and the mountains with my own eyes. On top of that, it was also very exciting to see the place where a CHANEL fashion show was held on December 2014. CHANEL is known to always select only the best venues for their shows. Plus, we had the chance to take photos in the suite where Karl Lagerfeld stayed during the show. I still remember the moment I stepped into the beautiful suite and how it made me feel. The windows were open, the sunlight was coming in, the classical music was playing in the radio, a breathtaking view to the lake and mountains in front of me, and some kind of magic spread in the air.

In the weekend we spent at Schloss Leopoldskron, we were so lucky with the weather. It was the first days, after a very long time, that I could finally wear a summer dress without coat and tights. Hard to believe it while we were there, but Salzburg treated us to its best way. We stayed at the hotel Schloss Leopoldskron the whole day, and only went out for dinner, as the hotel doesn’t have a restaurant but you can find one right at the opposite side of the lake, a few minutes away on foot. The hotel offers breakfast though, served in the elegant halls of the palace. To be honest, there was not really a need to go out. I could easily spend hours taking photos of the palace or sunbathing in the garden and looking at the lake and mountains without thinking absolutely anything. The swing that was hanging from a big tree in front of the palace and the bicycles that the hotel offers for a ride were an extra highlight of our stay at the Schloss Leopoldskron.

A place like this shouldn’t be missed on The Viennese Girl blog. I recommend you to check out hotel Schloss Leopolodskron for many reasons. Not only for its historical background, but also because I think it’s a nice option for those who are seeking for an accommodation in Salzburg and for those who are looking for venues to host a wedding or events. I personally would love to come back. More on Instagram ♥

In the Alps

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When I got the invitation to visit Bad Gastein, I somehow felt like that it was going to be an exciting weekend, and although I had to study for the upcoming exams, I bought a train ticket, packed my luggage with warm clothes and left for the mountains without giving it a second thought. You have probably seen it on my Instagram that I have been to Bad Gastein but on The Viennese Girl blog I publish photos that you cannot find on Instagram.

That weekend in the Alps was extraordinary and magical. As you can tell from the photos, everything was covered by snow and although I was freezing, I was happy to be there, taking pictures of that dreamy landscape! Together with a group of like minded people we roamed around Bad Gastein, took photos, had breakfast at Haus Hirt, dinner at Regina Hotel, took the one-person aerial lift to reach the Bellevue Alm restaurant, rode horse sleigh, and visited the cutest hotel in the world Hansi Hansi. Those were my favourite moments from that weekend in the Alps.

During my return trip to Vienna I was thinking that Bad Gastein must be beautiful throughout the whole year. All green during spring and summer and all white during winter. I was also thinking of that room in the corner, where I spent one night, that had view of the snow covered mountains and the valley….that loft room in “Tessa”…♥

Après-Ski

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Last weekend I had the chance to visit one more part of Austria: the region Hochkönig. I am not a country, mountain type of girl but traveling means being open to various destinations, discovering places, diving into new cultures and venturing out of the city.

Under that adventurous state of mind, after the Uni lesson on Friday, I hopped on the train from Vienna to Salzburg. Then I had to change and take one more train to Bischofshofen (it doesn’t really matter that I still don’t know how to pronounce this word, right?). I arrived just on time for dinner, while everybody else caught an earlier train and was already there…

That weekend I felt like that little girl called Laura in the American TV series “Little House on the Prairie” that I was watching maniacally when I was a little child. I spent 2 nights on those wooden houses that are pictured above and every morning, on my way to breakfast, I was caressing horses, pigs, cats, dogs and sheep. I guess, this is how life in the Austrian countryside should be: peaceful and surrounded by big mountains.

The biggest challenge of the weekend: to go skiing for the very first time in my life. Don’t rush to judge me; I grew up by the sea…it wasn’t very easy but I had the best ski instructor (so, Alex if you are reading this thank you very much) who taught me the technique and encouraged me to ski alone.

For all the nature, mountains, ski and hiking lovers out there, the region Hochkönig has hands down a lot to offer and if you go to Ski Amade at Hochkönig, say “Hi” to Alex from The Viennese Girl…♥

Suite 17

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Suite 17 was the place I spent 2 days last weekend, a beautiful maisonette spread out over two floors connected by an indoor staircase at the Hotel G’Schlössl Murtal in Knittelfeld, Austria.

On Friday evening I took the train from Vienna to Knittelfeld, a small city in the Austrian countryside about 2 hours away by train from Vienna. It’s a place I have never been to before….When I visit a place for the first time, I usually do a lot of sightseeing but this time I decided to have a more relaxed program. So, on Saturday I devoted my time to photography and on Sunday to wellness&spa.

If you ever find yourself in that part of Austria, don’t miss the experience of having dinner at Hotel Steirerschlössl and visit the most magical Christmas market which is next to the Hotel G’Schlössl Murtal. ♥

Bad Waltersdorf

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Bad Waltersdorf is a thermal region located in the south-east of Styria in Austria. As we had three days to spend in the Falkensteiner Therme & Golf Hotel in Bad Waltersdorf, we were given the chance to do several things and discover the surroundings.

Hiking with Erich, organized by the hotel, was exactly what we needed after the breakfast to help with digestion before diving again into the swimming pool. He showed us around, told us nice stories, and was very patient with us while we were taking hundred of photos between the trees in the forest. The morning light combined with the fog was the perfect scenery for some magical shots, and as always, we didn’t miss the chance.

E-Bikes were available for guests in the hotel to explore the surroundings, so we grabbed two of them and went to visit the dairy farm Hofmolkerei Thaller. The owners of the dairy farm gave us a warm welcome and treated us with a fine selection of some of their products such as cheese and milk. They showed us around the stall and told us about their business and farm life. Another day, we visited Weinhof Pichler for wine tasting. The owner of the winery showed us the wine cellars and offered different wines to taste while he was explaining the winemaking process.

Visiting Bad Waltersdorf, exploring the countryside around the Falkensteiner Therme & Golf Hotel, and engaging with local people was a nice escape from the hustle and bustle of our everyday life and a good way to recharge.

Falkensteiner Therme & Golf Hotel Bad Waltersdorf

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Photos by: V-Light Photography

It was my first stay in a Falkensteiner Hotel and I can say I was pleasantly surprised. The hotel is about two hours and a half from Vienna by train, which makes it the perfect idea for a weekend getaway.

If you visit Falkensteiner Therme & Golf Hotel Bad Waltersdorf, one thing is for certain: you will not get bored. There are so many activities to choose from, both indoors and outdoors. Yoga, pilates, aerobics and water gymnastics are just a sample of the wide range of activities on offer but what we especially enjoyed was the spa and wellness facilities.

The thermal spa water was a boon for our body and soul and the wellness treatments helped us find our biorhythm: we opted for the Aromatherapy with fragrant oils, which was so relaxing that you can hardly keep yourself from not falling asleep. The shockwave therapy was the ideal treatment to say goodbye to cellulite. Who doesn’t need to pamper herself like this now and then?

By the time we set foot in the hotel till the time we had to leave, we enjoyed not only the water world but also the five course dinner and the smashing breakfast every morning. It was both wonderfully cooked and served, and as you can see from the photos above, the choux pastry in the shape of two swans kissing each other was picture perfect.

Overall, three things were highly appreciated. First, the hotel accommodated our special dietary preferences. Second it was possible to do a late check out so we could enjoy the day and depart with the last train to Vienna. Generally the staff made efforts to make our stay special. They made us feel right at home and as we started to get used to this entire pampering treat, however, it was time for us to say goodbye. We left with two bottles of wine, cheese, fresh juices, one honey jar, rose lavender bath salts, but above all we left with good memories from our stay at Falkensteiner Therme & Golf Hotel in Bad Waltersdorf and a wish to come back soon.

Thermal Spa in Austria

Thermal Spa in Austria
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Thermal Spa in Austria
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Thermal Spa in Austria
Thermal Spa in Austria
 
Thermal Spa in Austria
Thermal Spa in Austria
 
Thermal Spa in Austria
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Can you imagine yourself relaxing in an outdoor swimming pool looking at the Alps covered in snow? This is what I did in the Tauern Spa and it lasted one whole day! I was going from the sauna area to the indoor swimming pool and from the indoor swimming pool to the outdoor swimming pool! In other words, it was like heaven on earth, from which you don’t want to escape.

“But how? It is zero degrees outside!” he said.
“So what? All I have to do is relax, enjoy and forget the routine of everyday life.” I replied!

Oh, God of the Water World and sauna, are you listening to me? If only every Sunday could be like that…. 

Tauern Spa Platz 1, 5710 Kaprun, AUSTRIA