Must do stopovers in Austria
Austria is the land of Mozart. It is the land of alcazars, acropolises, royal residences, palaces, countryside, hamlets, cobbled streets, alleyways, lanes, carriageways, horse drawn carriages and cathedrals. While in Austria, add Vienna, Salzburg and Innsbruck to your itinerary.
Austria is about having the ultimate royal experiences in every individual attraction. Austrian schnapps and liqueurs are much talked about all over the world and are definitely must take away souvenirs.
Vienna has to be the first stopover at Austria. Vienna skyline is dotted with summer royal residences and royal houses of the Habsburg’s and stands for architectural, cultural and historic importance. Hofsburg Palace is like a city within the city is a 13th century palace. The Swiss Court is the oldest part after the guards who patrolled around the area of the royal residence. The Imperial Apartments have 2,000 odd rooms.
The Mozart House is a halcyon and dusty haven where the composer created his legendary music. Mozart House displays the works of Mozart’s life and his musical creations and compositions. The most sophisticated and aristocratic sections of the 18th century had reunions. Schonbrunn Palace is the home of Franz Josef who was the longest reigning monarch of the Austrian Capital, Vienna. It is a palace of great significance with Baroque Architecture with 1,441 rooms. Snow globes are a must buy souvenir in Austria.
Salzburg has an exquisite architecture setting and it enjoys special fame because it is the birthplace of Mozart, the eternal legend of the world of music. Salzburg Cathedral is famed for architecture completed in 1657 and is the location of baptism of Mozart. Salzburg Cathedral has bronze doors with the symbols of Faith, Love and Hope. The high altar is a special attraction with the Resurrection painted in 1628. Makartsteg Bridge is Austria’s famous pedestrian bridge also known as the Love Lock Bridge.
Innsbruck is the next stopover in Austria. Hohensalzburg Castle is on the summit of Mönchsberg Mountains with the original castle built in 1077 and most of the structures today date back to the 1500s. It is accessible from the Old Town Square at a short walking distance. Old Town is dotted with the Golden Roof which is a Gothic styled Window with gilded rose gold tile structures was built in 1496, served as the box in commemorating the Roman Emperor Maximilian I’s marriage to Bianca Maria Sforza with the entire royal court as the witnesses of the festivities from the square below. A cable car ride to the Mönchsberg Mountains is a must do at the altitude of 6,560 ft with the classic cuppa and home made schnapps.
Innsbruck Austria has a world class platform for advanced Bob sleigh sports. Vienna, Salzburg and Innsbruck are only a few hours apart from one another.
Being in Austria is synonymous to being on the sets of the classic hit The Sound of Music starting Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. Austria is the backdrop for the locales where the film was shot with shops and souvenirs of the Maria and the Von Trapp Family. Here are the exact locations where the Sound of Music was shot.
Mirabell Gardens is where Do-Re-Mi-Fa-So was filmed. Leopoldskron Palace has the set for the iconic boating scene from the Captain’s backyard. Nonnberg Abbey is the spot of the convent where Maria was a novice before joining the Von Trapp’s. Mondsee has the Wedding Chapel which was the spot where Maria and Baron Von Trapp got married was filmed. Hellbrunn Palace has the original gazebo rebuilt where the romantic scenes from the song 16 going on 17 was shot. Some of the other places around the area that were used in the shots were Salzburg Lake District Area, St. Gilgen Drive, Lake Wolfgang and Lake Fuschl.
Hallstatt is a market town on Lake Hallstatt. It is in the mountainous terrains of Salzkammergut with 16th century Alpine houses and alleyways. A funicular railway connects to Salzwelten Salt lake and the viewing platform of Skywalk Hallstatt.
A trail leads to the Echern Valley glacier garden with glacial potholes and Waldbachstrub waterfall.
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