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:
- Hallstätter 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 🙂 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 🙁
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
I had about ten minutes of SUN and blue skies!
Time for breakfast/lunch…
I had dumplings in a creamy chanterelle sauce. SO GOOD. When I was finished the guy even asked me if I wanted a spoon 😉 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 🙂
Hallstätter 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…
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!?!?
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