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Vienna Woods, Lake Neusiedler, and the Danube River Travel Guide

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Vienna Woods, Lake Neusiedler, and the Danube River Hotels

While there are some luxury hotels in Linz and a few castle-hotels along the Danube, in general accommodations in villages in the countryside are pretty basic. Although this is a lightly traveled region, many hotels have received complete makeovers, so they are far more stylish than they were a generation ago. Most establishments are family-run, and somebody on staff usually 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. 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 usually offered if you prefer not to take the evening meal. Inquire when booking. Room rates include taxes and service, and usually breakfast—although you should always ask about the latter. 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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