My German GPS: Three beautiful lakes in Austria, Germany

When planning this trip, I knew I wanted to see some of the lakes in the area surrounding Salzburg. There were three lakes I had in mind:

  • Mondsee
  • Wolfgangsee
  • HallstΓ€tter See

It is possible to see all these lake via public transportation, but I felt like I would be spending most of my day on buses/trains rather than sightseeing.

So, I decided to rent a car, and man did I get an AWESOME CAR!

 

 

Oh, and it was essentially brand new with only ~1000 km on it πŸ™‚ Β The GPS is part of the car, but for the LIFE OF ME, I could not figure out how to get her to talk in English. Lets just say the GPS and I did not get along, and I might have gotten turned around a few times…

 

Mondsee Lake, Town of Mondsee

 

As you can see, the weather was quite gloomy πŸ™

 

 

Also, FUN FACT, the church in Mondsee is the church used for the wedding scene in the Sound of Music film.

 

Wolfgangsee, Town of St. Gilgen

 

Still gloomy..

 

 

I had about ten minutes of SUN and blue skies!

 

 

Time for breakfast/lunch…

Wirt am Gries

 

 

I had dumplings in a creamy chanterelle sauce. SO GOOD. When I was finished the guy even asked me if I wanted a spoon πŸ˜‰ Β But I had already picked out all the yummy chanterelles!

I highly recommend Wirt am Gries! It is family-run and clearly loved by locals as the restaurant was filled to the brim with local residents in their Sunday best πŸ™‚

 

HallstΓ€tter See, Town of Hallstatt

 

Ugh. Still so freaking gloomy. I would have killed for blue skies at this point.

 

 

Hallstatt was stunning. The pictures don’t do it justice, but I’m talking jaw-dropping, “how does this place exist”, stunning. However, when the town is that freaking gorgeous, AND a World Heritage Site, it is going to be FULL of tourists. So, as pretty as Hallstatt was, I would recommend a quick stop and tour of the town, but spend your time exploring other towns like Mondsee, St. Gilgen, Bad Ischl, etc.

After walking through the entire town of Hallstatt, I realized I was about 3 hours ahead of schedule. Hmmmmmmmm

What to do….

I have a car…

There were two places that were on my B-List, simply because it would have been a long walk/I would need to use public transit, so, since I had a car I decided to check them off my list!

 

Some views while driving back…

 

 

Schloß Hellbrunn

 

I probably did not do this place justice. Parking was free for the first 30 mins so I rushed through just trying to get a few shots to say “I was there”.

 

 

If I had had more time or even more energy I would have loved to really explore this beautiful park!

 

 

I mean how many parks have a beautiful Dahlia garden!?!?

 

 

 

Schloß Leopoldskron

 

Unfortunately, this palace you can only look at from afar since it is a hotel (I think), but it is still pretty! Also, if you walk to the front you can get some great shots of Hohensalzburg Fortress!

 

 

 

 

 

I had quite the day, but I don’t think any trip to Austria is complete unless you get to experience the countryside and beautiful lakes!

 

 

 


Love always, Arianna the Wandering Pipette

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My German GPS: Three beautiful lakes in Austria, Germany
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Visiting some Austrian Lakes; Mondsee, Wolfgangsee, HallstΓ€tter see.
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