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Salzkammergut Travel Guide

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Plan Your Salzkammergut Vacation

Remember the exquisite opening scenes of The Sound of Music? Castles reflected in water, mountains veiled by a scattering of downy clouds, flower-strewn valleys dotted with cool blue lakes: a view of Austria as dreamed up by a team of Hollywood's special-effects geniuses—so many thought. But, no, except for the bicycle ride along the Mondsee, those scenes were filmed right

here, in Austria's fabled Salzkammergut region.

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Updated 1/20/2014

Top Reasons To Go

  1. Fairy-tale landscape. The lakes and mountains resemble the pictures in a children's book.
  2. Bad Ischl This town, where the rich and famous have long come for the healing waters, was Emperor Franz Josef's summer retreat in the 19th century.
  3. Cradle of culture Vienna and Salzburg may get all the credit, but the composers who made those cities cultural capitals came to this part of Austria to hear the music in the air.
  4. Sports abound Everyone knows about the region's great ski resorts, but there is an endless array of summer sports as well.

When To Go

When to Go to Salzkammergut

Year-round, vacationers flock to the Lake District; however, late fall is not the best time to visit the region, for it could be rainy and cold, ...

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