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Pures Leben

Pures Leben
Pures Leben
 

Here is a little update from me! At the beginning of December, on a Monday morning, I took the train from Vienna with direction to Leibnitz Train Station. Where is this, you may ask yourself right now. I am not familiar with Styria (Steiermark) region either. But that doesn’t really matter at the moment! It was one more wonderful adventure and that is what matters! I was invited to visit one of the holiday houses of Pures Leben. Here are two photos, but if you want to see more, please go to my Instagram account, and check the Pures Leben stories on the Highlights section. Alternatively, check their official website. We spent three unforgettable days in one of the premium holiday houses of Pures Leben and I thought I should share this experience on The Viennese Girl blog, because you may want to visit too : ) We would go back again!

I guess this is also the last blog post for 2019! One more year is gone! Cheers to the one that is coming!

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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.

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Visit Hallstatt with Vienna Sightseeing

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).

Visit Hallstatt with Vienna Sightseeing
Visit Hallstatt with Vienna Sightseeing
 

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.

Visit Hallstatt with Vienna Sightseeing

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Visit Hallstatt with Vienna Sightseeing

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.

Visit Hallstatt with Vienna Sightseeing

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.

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Best day trip from Vienna

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.

Best day trip from Vienna

The program

Hallstatt is a place I have already visited once in the past. However this little town managed to amaze me once again. This time, apart from the guided city walk, we went on a boat tour in the lake and afterwards we took the funicular. The funicular 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 activities or not.

If you wish 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!

Best day trip from Vienna
Best day trip from Vienna
 
This excursion is 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). Any one who don’t own a car and want to escape the city, do something different and discover more from the spectacular Austrian countryside.

-Any one who want to take a break from the city and is not in the mood for driving or organising a trip for themselves.

Best day trip from Vienna

As you can tell from the photos, the day I did the tour was a sunny summer day. That made the whole experience a little bit more enjoyable. Highlight of the excursion was the scenery on route. We passed by beautiful lakes and stunning mountain ranges. We encountered lakeside villages and all this was very interesting, from a photography point of view as well.

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A guide to Bad Gastein

A guide to Bad Gastein

A guide to Bad Gastein

When I got the invitation to visit Bad Gastein, it felt like that was going to be an exciting weekend in the Alps.

A guide to Bad Gastein

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 may have already seen on my Instagram that I have been to Bad Gastein. In this blog post I am happy to share with you my photos and my best Bad Gastein travel tips.

A guide to Bad Gastein

That weekend in the Alps was extraordinary and magical. As you can tell from the photos, everything was covered by snow. Although I was freezing, I was happy to be there, taking pictures of that dreamy landscape!

A guide to Bad Gastein

My favourite moments from the weekend in the Alps

Together with a group of like minded people we roamed around Bad Gastein and we took plenty of photos. We enjoyed breakfast at Haus Hirt, dinner at Regina Hotel, took the one-person aerial lift to reach the Bellevue Alm restaurant, rode horse sleigh, and had a cup of warm tea at Hansi Hansi (seems to be close now). Those were my favourite moments from the weekend in the Alps.

A guide to Bad Gastein

A guide to Bad Gastein

A guide to Bad Gastein
A guide to Bad Gastein
 

A guide to Bad Gastein

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On my way back home 

During my return trip to Vienna I was thinking of two things. First, Bad Gastein must be beautiful throughout the whole year. Green during spring and summer, and all covered in white during wintertime. The second thing I couldn’t stop thinking of was my hotel room called Tessa. I spent one night here and I couldn’t believe in my eyes. I had the most beautiful view. Mountains and a valley fully covered by snow. Oh, my…

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Skiing the Austrian Alps

Where to go skiing in Austria
Where to go skiing in Austria

 

Skiing the Austrian Alps

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.

Après-Ski

Under that adventurous state of mind, after the Uni lesson on Friday, I hopped on the train from Vienna to Salzburg. From there, 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…

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Skiing the Austrian Alps
 

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 below.

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Skiing the Austrian Alps

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Skiing the Austrian Alps
Skiing the Austrian Alps
 

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.

Skiing the Austrian Alps
Skiing the Austrian Alps
 

Skiing the Austrian Alps

The biggest challenge of the weekend: 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 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.

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Skiing the Austrian Alps

To all the nature, mountains, ski and hiking lovers out there

The region Hochkönig has hands down a lot to offer. If you happen go to Ski Amade at Hochkönig, say “Hi” to my ski instructor Alex from The Viennese Girl

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Most beautiful places in Austria

Most beautiful places in Austria

Most beautiful places in Austria

Last weekend I was invited to spend two nights at Suite 17, a beautiful maisonette spread out over two floors connected by an indoor staircase at the G’Schloessl Murtal in Knittelfeld Austria.

Most beautiful places in Austria
Most beautiful places in 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….

Most beautiful places in Austria

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Most beautiful places in Austria
Most beautiful places in Austria
 
Most beautiful places in Austria
Most beautiful places in Austria
 

Most beautiful places in Austria

Most beautiful places in Austria
Most beautiful places in Austria
 

Most beautiful places in Austria

The Viennese Girl blog Top photography and best travel tips

The Viennese Girl blog Top photography and best travel tips
 

The Viennese Girl blog Top photography and best travel tips

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Most beautiful places in Austria
Most beautiful places in Austria
 

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When I visit a place for the first time, I usually do a lot of sightseeing. However, 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.

The Viennese Girl blog Top photography and best travel tips
The Viennese Girl blog Top photography and best travel tips
 

Most beautiful places in Austria

EUGENDORF

SALZBURG

STEIERMARK

HALLSTATT

BAD GASTEIN

HOCHKÖNIG

 

The Viennese Girl blog Top photography and best travel tips
The Viennese Girl blog Top photography and best travel tips
 

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 G’Schloessl Murtal in Knittelfeld

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