Vienna Woods, Lake Neusiedler, and the Danube River Hotels

Although there are some luxury hotels in Linz and a few castle-hotels along the Danube, in general accommodations in the countryside are no frills. That said, the region has become much more heavily traveled than it was a generation ago, and many lodgings have been upgraded and restyled to attract the growing number of guests. Establishments are family-run, and there is usually somebody on staff

who speaks English. You'll probably have to carry your own bags, and sometimes climb stairs in older buildings. Booking ahead is a good idea, as most places have relatively few rooms, particularly rooms with private baths. The standard country pillows and bed coverings are down-filled, so if you're allergic to feathers ask for blankets. Accommodations in private homes are cheaper still, and these bargains are usually identified by signs reading "zimmer frei" (room available) or "frühstückspension" (bed-and-breakfast).

Some hotels offer half-board, with dinner in addition to buffet breakfast. The half-board room rate is usually an extra €15–€30 per person. Occasionally, quoted room rates for hotels already include half-board accommodations, though a discounted rate is generally offered if you prefer not to take the evening meal. Inquire when booking. Room rates include taxes and service, and usually breakfast—although this is likely to be little more than bread or rolls with slices of ham and cheese. In summer, nights are generally cool, but days can get uncomfortably hot. Most older hotels don't have air-conditioning, and rooms can get stuffy; whenever possible, see the room before checking in.

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