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Location: Vienna

Day 1 - 30 Jun 2019

wombats city hostel

Vienna, wombats city hostel

Content: Your trip to Austria starts here in the city of Vienna and with a good hostel. I usually use Hostelworld to book my accommodation as I can see reviews, maps, and budget. All of my travels are done on a budget so I rarely ever book hotels. Give a hostel a go if you’ve never tried it!

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Day 1 - 30 Jun 2019

St. Stephen's Cathedral

, St. Stephen's Cathedral
, St. Stephen's Cathedral

Content: Start the day off by getting a bit familiar with the city. St. Stephen’s Cathedral is right at the heart of it all and is magnificent inside and out. It gets very crowded so if you want a more peaceful experience try and get there before 10am.

Karlskirche

, Karlskirche

Content: Another beautiful piece of architecture to take note of while you’re wandering the city, is the Karlskirche - a Baroque church located on the south side of Karlsplatz.

Demel

, Demel

Content: I heard that I had to go to the Demel pastry shop in Vienna, as it’s been around since the 1700s. You can get small sandwiches and any kind of cake treat your heart desires. So I splashed out and took myself here on a little date. It’s a very fast and efficient service and I didn’t have to wait long, even without a reservation. It may be different now with COVID, so just look it up before you go.

The Hofburg

, The Hofburg
, The Hofburg

Content: Now if royal palaces and opulent museums and interiors are your thing, you must visit the Hofburg Palace! It’s a large museum with different sections so it will take you the rest of the afternoon. Or if this doesn’t take your fancy, I’d suggest just having a look at the beautiful building from the outside and spending the rest of the day wandering around the beautiful city of Vienna.

Location: Vienna

Day 2 - 1 Jul 2019

Belvedere Palace

Vienna, Belvedere Palace
Vienna, Belvedere Palace

Content: Start your morning with a visit to the Belvedere. Inside there are beautiful art galleries. Outside the grounds are stunning. Optional: If you have more time in Vienna I’d highly suggest adding on the Schönbrunn Palace to your itinerary. But seeing as we saw the Hofburg Palace yesterday, I left it off.

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Day 2 - 1 Jul 2019

Hundertwasser House

, Hundertwasser House

Content: Now let’s go to another part of Vienna to see some unusual architecture. This is actually a bunch of apartments so you can’t go in but just across the road, you can visit - Kunst Haus Wien. Museum Hundertwasser, to find learn more.

Figlmüller – Restaurant Bäckerstraße

, Figlmüller – Restaurant Bäckerstraße
, Figlmüller – Restaurant Bäckerstraße

Content: Have a bit of free time and just wander around the city at your leisure before dinner. You can’t beat the original schnitzel from Figlmuller for an early dinner! Vegetarians might not appreciate this restaurant too much, as it’s heavy focus is schnitzels. I had to wait quite a while for a table as I didn’t make a reservation, so plan ahead.

Palais Auersperg

, Palais Auersperg
, Palais Auersperg

Content: If you want to get a bit of Austrian culture in this trip, why not see a live performance of ballet, orchestra or opera. There are many people selling various tickets to these events in all the touristy places, so just see which suits you best. Get some sleep, tomorrow we head to Salzburg.

Location: Vienna

Day 3 - 2 Jul 2019

Hauptbahnhof Wien

Vienna, Hauptbahnhof Wien

Content: Get the train to Salzburg. The train is a lovely way to travel, although I believe the Flix Bus goes to all major cities around Europe and can be super cheap.

Location: Salzburg

Day 3 - 2 Jul 2019

Salzburg

Salzburg, Salzburg
Salzburg, Salzburg
Salzburg, Salzburg

Content: I stayed with a friend but you’ll be able to find many great hostels in Salzburg. Once you’ve checked in go for a walk around the city. You’ll find lots of delicious pretzels, bratwurst sausages and all kinds of food to pick on. You could use this day to go inside Mozart’s house which has been turned into a museum about his life. And just generally mosey around.

Location: Salzburg

Day 4 - 3 Jul 2019

Schloss Hellbrunn

Salzburg, Schloss Hellbrunn
Salzburg, Schloss Hellbrunn

Content: Shloss Hellbrunn is a bit out of the city so take the bus there. There’s a beautiful small palace turned museum. The main attraction is the trick fountains which you will get to see with a guided tour. They have been entertaining aristocracy since the 1700s! Prepare to get wet!

Fortress Hohensalzburg

Salzburg, Fortress Hohensalzburg
Salzburg, Fortress Hohensalzburg
Salzburg, Fortress Hohensalzburg

Content: Come back into town and treat your eyes to some astounding views across Salzburg from atop the Fortress Hohensalzburg. You can’t miss this big castle above the city. It also has some interesting rooms inside to explore.

Mirabellgarten

Salzburg, Mirabellgarten
Salzburg, Mirabellgarten

Content: This is a beautiful garden and one of the locations used in the Sound of Music! Optional: Seriously love Sound of Music? Why not do a tour which takes you to the filming locations. I did it and loved it!

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Day 4 - 3 Jul 2019

Salzach

, Salzach
, Salzach

Content: Spend the rest of your afternoon relaxing and walking along the river, maybe with a pretzel in hand. The river gives beautiful views of the city skyline. Get some rest because tomorrow we’re headed to the mountains!

Location: Salzburg

Day 5 - 4 Jul 2019

Salzburg Main Station

Salzburg, Salzburg Main Station

Content: Get ready to head to the mountains of Innsbruck. If you have more time up your sleeve, I would spend more time here.

Location: Innsbruck

Day 5 - 4 Jul 2019

Youth Hostel Innsbruck

Innsbruck, Youth Hostel Innsbruck

Content: Check into your hostel. Get something to eat and run out the door again because the mountains are calling, and we must go…ASAP!

Nordkette Cable Car

Innsbruck, Nordkette Cable Car
Innsbruck, Nordkette Cable Car

Content: Now, the cable car is pretty pricey and you definitely have the option of hiking up the mountain. I was on a time crunch (and honestly couldn’t be bothered) so for me the cable car was worth it for the views.

Golden Roof

Innsbruck, Golden Roof
Innsbruck, Golden Roof
Innsbruck, Golden Roof
Innsbruck, Golden Roof
Innsbruck, Golden Roof

Content: For the rest of the day, just wander around the beautiful town of Innsbruck. You can go up the Clock Tower for views above the city, look at the beautiful Golden Roof building, see views of the mountains from across the river and get some tasty food.

Location: Wattens

Day 6 - 5 Jul 2019

Swarovski Kristallwelten

Wattens, Swarovski Kristallwelten
Wattens, Swarovski Kristallwelten

Content: For a fun half day out, why not check out the Swarovski Crystal World. It’s about an hour outside of Innsbruck by bus or train. It has all sorts of cool immersive experiences, all based around crystals. For the rest of the day, just hang out in the lovely Innsbruck and get ready to say goodbye!