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Around Austria By Car - Part 6: Relaxing and Enjoying the Landscapes...

ksenia  ·  Dec 15, 2011  ·  No Comments

On the sixth day of our Austrian trip, we chose to go to Hallstadt first – a very beautiful town situated near Bad Ischl at the bank of Hallstadtsee. All parking places in the town are taken, and the town is really small – maximum 500 meters in length. It is located on top of a mountain, and at the exit of it there is a sign that there’s a Park&Drive place close to the town, with a free of charge bus going there every 15 minutes.Hallstadt turns out to be a very pretty town, and with the rain having stopped and the sun shining it looks very picturesque. The wharf is all drowned and the floors of the cafés at the shore have about 3 inches layer of water on them. We beat the whole town for the nice places and the local sights – and find a church with famous people’s graves. And now it’s lunchtime!

This is the first time in Austria that we have a problem finding a place where schnitzel is served. Most restaurants offer seafood, and only one offers this traditional Austrian dish. Amazing!

After that we get to the parking where we left our car and decide to go and see some wonderful mountain lakes close to Hallstadt that we heard of. But because the rain starts again, we have to go back to Bad Ischl where we have our hotel booked. It takes us not more than half an hour to go around the whole town, but we spend about 2 hours looking at the fast running river. After that we go to Sankt Gilgen that is only 9,35 miles from Bad Ischl and enjoy the view on the lake. That is how our day ends.

On the next day, we also just rest and relax and enjoy ourselves and the Austrian landscapes full of mountains and lakes. Finally the sunny weather – and we go to Sankt Wolfgang again so that to take a train to Schafberg – a mountain 5570 feet high from which there is an excellent view on all the lakes in Salzkammergut! Excited at this perspective we drive there, park our car (incredible but the parking is completely empty!) and prepare to take the train to Shafberg. However when we get to the train station, we change our minds – first of all, the price of the ticket (40 euro) seems a bit too high, taking into account that we have already seen plenty of Austrian views from the height; secondly the tourists are supposed to stay on top of that mountain for an hour, and it is a bit too cold there (41F).

So we go back to our car and decide to explore Sankt Wolfgang again. It looks so much better on a sunny day! The mountains are seen clearly (before they were covered in fog), the lakes are tremendously beautiful with their clear sparking water… So we are happy. It seems that Sankt Wolfgang is a place to relax and enjoy the views, however this trip of ours turns out to be completely different.

The matter is that on our way to Sankt Wolfgang we see the plan of Wolfgangsee lake, and there is some mountain lake called Schwarzsee (‘black lake’) nearby, so surely we decide to go there. This turns out to be a private lake so we pay for entering this territory, but… it is certainly worth it! In this paradise, we decide that these views are the best of whatever we have already seen in Austria! Idyllic pictures of the lake, mountains and glimpses of nature – the ones of the kind that one would normally see in advertising booklets or magazines.

After this fairy-tale place we decide to see Traunkirche – the church that has been standing on the edge of a mountain for 200 years. There is a nice village there so we walk a bit and enjoy the views. After coming back to Bad Ischl, we have cakes in a small restaurant, watch the Bad Ischl river for about an hour, and go back to our hotel to get prepared to tomorrow’s trip to Vienna!

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