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  • Hiking on Schneeberg in Austria

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    Schneeberg – Family-friendly mountain hiking

    The highest mountain of Lower Austria, Schneeberg (Snow Mountain), with its 2,076-metre (6.811 ft) high summit Klosterwappen, offers family friendly hiking and stunning views. Only about 80 kms (50 mi) from Vienna it’s a popular hiking destination for the Viennese, as well as for travellers. Hence, I boarded the yellow and green salamander train and headed up to Schneeberg. Arriving […]

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    The best boat trips in Austria

    We have been cruising the lakes in order to find the best boat trips in Austria. Passenger boats have been criss-crossing Austrian lakes for centuries. In the beginning to serve the communities on the lake shores, but since the 18th century also on tourist cruises. Some of the lakes still have historic cruises with steam […]

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  • Green Lake, Styria, Austria

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    Green Lake – The emerald of the Styrian Alps

    Surrounded by the Hochschwab Mountains and forests its setting is simply stunning. Consequently, the Green Lake (Grüner See) in Styria has become a very popular excursion destination. During the main central Europe holiday time it can become crowded. Nonetheless, if you manage to visit outside peak vacation times you will have the thrill of enjoying […]

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  • Vienna City Walks, Austria

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    Vienna City Walks – from Schwedenplatz to Stadtpark

    Innere Stadt, the Vienna historic city centre within Ringstrasse is a delightful place to discover on foot. Here you find everything from narrow alleys, picturesque houses and small idyllic squares to majestic palaces, sumptuous cathedrals and beautiful parks. The first of our Vienna city walks take us from Schwedenplatz to Stadtpark. We start at the […]

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  • Streetcar sightseeing in Vienna, Austria

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    Streetcar sightseeing in Vienna

    Vienna is perfect for streetcar sightseeing. I discovered that I could experience many of the city’s different facets within 2-3 hours, with the D-line. You can experience the imperial Vienna, busy shopping streets, workers housing estates, and the Nussberg wine district just to name a few. Taking you from the city’s main railway station (Hauptbahnhof) […]

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  • Achensee - 10 lakeside highlights in Austria

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    10 lakeside highlights in Austria

    With the mountains and lakes, castles and villages, historic towns and idyllic villages, Austria is bar none when it comes to variety of holiday features. While the mountains are the main attraction in Austria, summer or winter, we would like to put the spotlight on the country’s wonderful lakes. Swimming, bathing, boat trips, water sports or […]

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    Schafbergbahn steam train – Railway to heaven

    Already in the 19th century the tourists wanted to get up on mountain peaks, in a more comfortable manner than to hiking or climbing. Therefore, cog railway tracks were built several places in the Alps, where narrow track steam trains to this day ferry people up and down the mountains. The 5.8-kilometre-long trip up Schafberg […]

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  • Murauen, Styria, Austria

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    Hiking in the Murauen along the banks of the Mur

    We are not in the tropics but in southern Austria where the river Mur forms part of the border with Slovenia. This landscape, a combination of floodplains and forest is very unlike what we expect from mostly alpine Austria. Nonetheless, we were pleasantly surprised when we arrived. Austria’s second largest river landscape The river Mur […]

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  • Slow travel in Southern Burgenland, Austria

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    Slow travel in Southern Burgenland

    Southern Burgenland does not feature the same dramatic landscapes as the rest of Austria, where the Alps dominate. This in no way detracts from the region’s charm. Furthermore, the mixture of oak and beech forests, rolling hills and open cultural landscapes as well as a unique culture makes this part of Austria an interesting destination. […]

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  • Melk Abbey, Lower Austria

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    The captivating splendour of Melk Abbey

    The small-town of Melk by the Danube receives tens of thousands of visitors each year who come to see the huge Melk Abbey. Regardless of whether you arrive at Melk Abbey by land or water, you cannot avoid being mightily impressed by the grande splendour of the monestary. 1000-year history Melk was for the first […]

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  • Mauterndorf Castle, Salzburgerland, Austria

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    Medieval adventures at Mauterndorf Castle

    The castle in Mauterndorf is not to be overlooked as it is located on a mountain cliff at the edge of the village. There has been a fortification on the site since 326 A.D. guarding the Roman trade route crossing the Tauern mountain pass. However, the castle itself is first mentioned in written records from […]

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