Go Back  Fodor's Travel Talk Forums > Destinations > Europe
Reload this Page >

Where to spend a week in the Austrian countryside?

Where to spend a week in the Austrian countryside?

Old May 26th, 2009, 08:51 AM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 6,534
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Where to spend a week in the Austrian countryside?

We're spend ing a few days each in Munich and Vienna this September, that part is set.

We have about a week between that we're trying to figure out. Ideally, we'd like a very simple place in the countryside with mountain views, and walking trails. Close enough to a town with restaurant choices. We're considering the Carinthia area, but aren't set on that.. Loved the Hallstadt area, but would probably prefer to try somewhere else. We'll be renting a car for this portion of the trip. Any thoughts of places I should check out?

~Liz
elberko is online now  
Old May 26th, 2009, 09:47 AM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 792
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I think the Carinthia area is really something different....gorgeous, peaceful and really beautiful for nature walks. We have only been to Villach and Sankt Veit an der Glan but would like to explore the area more next time.

Another suggestion I can make is the Wachau Valley. There are enough villages and towns quite close to each other with excellent restaurant and accommodation choices. I'm not sure that you'll get your mountain views though, but the picturesque vineyards along the Danube River might make it up for you.
JoyC is offline  
Old May 26th, 2009, 10:55 AM
  #3  
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 25,962
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
You could also consider Achensee, or possibly Zell-am-See - that's a bigger place, but is a base for the Krimml waterall and the Grossglockner High Alpine road. I f you have transport you could stay somewhere nearby.
thursdaysd is offline  
Old May 26th, 2009, 11:03 AM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 3,277
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I also think the St. Veit area is nice. The center of town itself is almost car free with charming shops and hotels.

The countryside is lovely.
Sher is offline  
Old May 28th, 2009, 08:06 AM
  #5  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 6,534
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Thanks all!

You've helped convince me my plan is good. Now, I need to find a place to stay. I've found a couple of possibilities on the Millstatter See, any thoughts on that area for scenic and ease of travel to other parts of Carinthia?

~Liz
elberko is online now  
Old May 28th, 2009, 08:35 AM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 243
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
You could try a day in Baden, which is a nice, walkable little spa town about an hour from Vienna by train. In 2006 we spent an afternoon in Baden, followed by watching a delightful performance of the operetta die Zirkusprincessen at the Stadtheatre in Baden's Kurpark.
mohun is offline  
Old May 28th, 2009, 10:14 AM
  #7  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 16,525
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
No question in my mind---the Salzkammergut area--preferably St. Gilgen on the Wolfgangsee. Perfect location for day trips in 3 directions, including Salzburg and Hallstatt.
bobthenavigator is offline  
Old Jun 2nd, 2009, 10:35 AM
  #8  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 106
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Yes, Salzkammergut. I'd go with St. Wolfgang on the Wolfgangsee or Bad Ischl if you like window shopping.
robbydee is offline  
Old Jun 2nd, 2009, 11:34 AM
  #9  
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 17,257
Likes: 0
Received 2 Likes on 1 Post
Hi; A lot depends on where you intend to rent the car. So, if you are renting in Germany this would work. You could consider a country B&b in upper-Austria. It's in a very small town called Polling. An hour away is Passau or Linz. Two and a half hour trip is Cesky Krumlov and Cesky Budejovice. Hot spring baths nearby. Burghausen castle/town, on the Austrian/German bordor, is about one hour. Walking trails. This is our first stop for two nights in early September. Then we go to Germany. The town is a farming community, with one restaurant. Lovely people running the restaurant. A 94 year old woman and her daughter. We had a very nice meal. www.geinberg-suites.com/ I think perhaps two hours to the Munich airport. Last night you could consider staying in Lanshut, Germany, a very old town. Not too far from the aiport. Dick
iris1745 is offline  
Old Jun 2nd, 2009, 02:08 PM
  #10  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 12,009
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Achensee is a beautiful area not usually visited by Americans. We spent 4 days there in September 2007 and it would make a great place to hike.

We stayed in Maurach but Pertisau has more amenities IMO. We would have stayed at the Alpenrose but they were booked. It looked amazing:

http://www.tiscover.at/at/guide/5841...87at/home.html

http://tinyurl.com/pwmha2

We took the cable car up to the top of Rofan Mtn. The views from up there are amazing. There are lots of hiking trails and a restaurant. It's also a jumping off point for hang gliders and paragliders.

There's also the Achenseebahn Rack Railway. For over 120 years the oldest rack railway of the world has been running between Jenbach and Achensee lake.

I would highly recommend this area of Austria to anyone looking for great scenery, hiking, outdoor activities and few if any American tourists.
bettyk is offline  
Old Jun 3rd, 2009, 08:15 AM
  #11  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 2,124
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
We had a lovely stay at Seeboden on the Millstatter See. There are many other villages in that area, and it's good just for loafing or hiking. Also in the Salzkammergut, I enjoy Plomberg on the Mondsee, and Traunkirchen on the Traunsee.
Wayne is offline  
Old Jun 3rd, 2009, 08:27 AM
  #12  
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 9,017
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
The Achensee is a "suburb of Munich", so on week-ends you'll find those city folks everywhere. But it's not that bad at all.
logos999 is offline  
Old Jun 3rd, 2009, 08:44 AM
  #13  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 12,009
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
We were there for 4 nights in mid September (Thurs-Mon) and it did get a little crowded over the weekend but we never felt like there was a "crush" of people. We waited in line about 10 minutes to go up on the Rofan Mtn. cable car but once on top everybody went in different directions so it never seemed crowded.
bettyk is offline  
Old Jun 3rd, 2009, 08:54 AM
  #14  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 6,534
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Thanks, all.

As I said in my second post on this thread, we decided Carinthia was the best choice this time. We've found a place in Pörtschach am Wörthersee that suits our needs, and we'll explore a good chunck of Carinthia in the week we stay there.

~Liz
elberko is online now  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
sf7307
United States
26
Feb 6th, 2020 05:52 AM
Adelaidean
Europe
3
Jun 5th, 2018 09:07 PM
Daydreamer
Europe
14
Aug 25th, 2012 06:39 AM
cambe
Europe
9
Nov 8th, 2010 05:04 AM
oberost
Europe
9
Jun 25th, 2006 02:08 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Do Not Sell My Personal Information


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 01:00 PM.