Austria Journals

The Salzkammergut

A June 1999 trip to Austria by Wasatch

Quote: The Salzkammergut has some of the finest in Europe, perhaps the finest.

Where to Stay

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Hotel

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We have done 13 driving vacations in Austria. After the first one, we threw away all the guidebooks that gave hotel and restaurant recommendations, because, striking out on our own, and going by no more than whether or not we liked the looks of a place, we have never been disappointed with a hotel or restaurant in Austria. We don’t make advanced reservations. On a very rare occasion, we have stopped at a hotel we liked the looks of and found it full. The worst case ever was having to try three pales before finding a room. When you are driving around, a room reservation only serves to constrict the freedom of travel. On the other hand, I wouldn’t try it in high summer, but we never go to Europe in ...Read More

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Pre-Alps Sights

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Attraction | "The High Alps of the Salzkammergut"

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For a complete tour of the Salzkammergut, continue on to Bad Aussee, another pleasant spa resort. Visit the Grundelsee, Toplitzsee, and Kammersee, accessible only by a boat trip across the Toplitzsee. Nearby is the pretty Althousersee (if you haven’t caught on yet, –see is the name of a lake) and the road to the summit of the Loser, with panoramic views, as always, including the Dachstein. From Bad Aussee, go west along the Traun river to the Trippenstein cable car for a ride to the top of the mighty Dachstein itself and vast panoramic views of mountains, glaciers, and the Hallstattersee. Now to one of the most famous picturesque villages in the world. Everybody knows Hallstatt, even before going ...Read More

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Pre-Alps Sights
Salzkammergut
Salzkammergut, Austria

Pre-Alps Sights

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Attraction | "The Pre-Alps"

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Covering an area about 50x60km (30x36 miles), few places on Earth pack so much great scenery into such a small area as does the Salzkammergut (Zalts-kammer-goot). Although it can be visited by local bus, by car is really the only way to fully appreciate the scenic variety found here, in the heart of the Alps. It is best to enter the Salzkammergut from the north so that the scenery builds from the rolling hills of the pre-Alps to a crescendo in the high mountains and glaciers of the mighty Dachstein and the Totes Gebirge. North of the Hallstattersee, a certain amount of driving in circles is needed to see all that is worth seeing. The most scenic of these roads is going from Bad Ischl to Gmunden bu...Read More

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Pre-Alps Sights
Salzkammergut
Salzkammergut, Austria

Salzkammergut Directions & Driving

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Attraction | "How to Get There"

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From the west (Frankfurt, Munich, Geneva, and Zurich), there are three alternative routes approaching the Salzkammergut. From Switzerland, follow the expressway through the scenic heart of Austria to Kufstein or Munich (see below). From other points west, head for Munich, from which there are three choices: (1) Munich to Passau, to Scharding, then across the pre-Alpine highlands via Ried to Gmunden and the Salzkammergut. This is the route off the beaten path. Remarkably free of tourists, especially American and Japanese visitors, Passau and Scharding are well worth going out of the way to visit. (2) Munich to Salzburg via Herrenchiemsee. Only partially completed, Herrenchiemsee is th...Read More

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Salzkammergut Directions & Driving
Salzkammergut
Salzkammergut, Austria

Driving Tips

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By car is by far the best way to see the Salzkammergut. Europe has fast roads and slow roads. The expressways are the fast way to travel, and getting from here to there on the expressway is quick. It’s a day and half from Luxemburg airport to the Salzkammergut if you make some stops along the way. There two drawbacks to expressway driving: you don’t get to go through any quaint little towns and some are toll roads, very expensive toll roads, especially in France. In Germany, the Autobahn is rarely a toll road, so the best fast approach to the Salzkammergut is by using the German expressways. Austria and Switzerland have sneaky tolls--you have to buy a special sticker for your windshield to ...Read More

Weather

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It rains a lot in the Alps. That’s why the mountain slopes below the tree line are such a pretty emerald green--lots of rain, lots of trees. Unfortunately, rain is not conducive to mountain sightseeing, but all is not lost, at least not necessarily. Let me tell you the story of two trips in the Alps. We were on a driving vacation through Austria and met up with my mother and some of her friends, who were taking a bus tour through Europe, for dinner and an evening visit in Innsbruck. The next day it was raining cats and dogs, but the bus tour left on its scheduled drive through some of the most scenic parts of Alps, from Innsbruck to Bern, Switzerland. My Mother later reported that all they ...Read More
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Radio Blue Danube, one of the State Broadcasting System’s stations, used to broadcast only inEnglish. Lately its been mostly in English, This is a treat when driving in Europe. Like the statenetworks, it covers the whole country and parts of neighboring nations as well. We reallyenjoyed the English-language quiz show for schoolchildren. The host would read a definition andthe contestants would lace to push the buzzer to pronounce the intended word in English. We didhave a major quibble with the show when the host read “what you wear to bed” and the winninganswer was “a nightshirt.”The other stations of the state broadcasting network provide an entertainin...Read More