In a nutshell, Austria can be best defined by mountains and lakes. And schnitzel and many dialects. 🙂
Living in Salzburg comes with a couple of advantages. One of them is the very developed touristic offer. No surprise it is such an expensive city, but if your time allows you and you are flexible enough, there are three lakes to visit/reach by car/bus in a couple of hours:
- Fuschl am See
It takes less than 20 minutes to drive there, the lake is very nice and there is a very cosy coffee place I would warmly recommend – Coffee Schlick. During summer time you can also stay by the river and get tanned or just go by boat over the lake, as the waters are calm.
If you are a sporty person and like to do spend some time in the middle of the nature while burning some calories, then for sure at Fuschl am See you can give yourself such a treat.
You can walk along the lake and do a complete circle – the so-called Wanderung – there are peaks and lows indeed, but it is doable for everyone.
If you are curious to find out something new, then please be informed that the Redbull Headquarters are located there and if you want to immerse yourself in the brand´s world, you are free to walk around the office buildings – you can even get free WIFI.
- Wolfgang See
I like this lake the most because of the artificial fountain and because of the perfect combination of lake and mountains. It is quite popular, there is a cable car driving on top of the mountain if you want to see a panoramic view and there are a couple of restaurants and shops that are worth visiting. The houses in the city center are nicely painted, according to the traditional culture of course and some of the messages remain in your head for some time… this is how you learn some more German.
The place itself has a good vibe, you can walk in the park behind the lake or go on a cruise – I did not have the chance to try the cruise yet, but I am confident that it will come soon…
Mondsee is not as sophisticated as the previous two lakes, in the sense that it doesn´t look too much like a resort to stay overnight and have some services included, but it´s nice for the view (again mountains and lakes), for its two-towers church and the promenade along the lake. As it is close to the other three lakes, it makes sense to walk the extra-mile. During summer time it is a nice place to consider for a hike as well, but I might tell you about it in a different post.
How often do you go away from your town?