Discover the Real Upper Austria With a Local Expert
When most people think of Austria, they think of rolling hills, skiing, Christmas markets, and The Sound of Music. And while the country does have all of this, it also has so much more!
For music lovers, it’s the home of Mozart. For foodies, it’s home to the Wienerschnitzel. For outdoor lovers, you can paraglide, raft, and hike. No matter what your love is, Austria likely has something just for you.
The minute you arrive, you the country’s charming villages will take you by surprise and have you feeling like you stepped into a Disney fairytale.
In a village in the Salzkammergut region of Upper Austria in Europe, known as "the most beautiful town in Europe", "the most beautiful lake in the world" and "a famous love check-in spot", this place is the town of Hallstatt.
Located by the lake in Hohenschwangau, fairy-tale-like and beautiful residences can be seen everywhere. The town is built with wood, including the pier and the station.
Here is the world's oldest salt mine, which stopped operating in 2010 and became a tourist area. You can climb the mountain or take a cable car to visit the salt mine. At the observation deck on the top of the salt mine, you can overlook the entire town. The scenery is absolutely not disappointing, but it often rains here. If the weather is good, you must go up the mountain.
The central square with the highest popularity in the town is a gathering place for restaurants and cafes.
The best scenery is a leisurely walk along the lakeside road.
The new Protestant church next to the pier is the most iconic building in Harburg.
Walking up the road from the church, at the best location overlooking the town, take some photos and you'll have a postcard-perfect view that you can't miss.
When traveling to Austria, Hallstatt is a must-visit place and also a good place worth visiting.
Austria is a country with a wide variety of weather, so deciding on when to visit all depends on the activities you want to partake in. Overall, the best time to visit Austria is between April and May and September and October.
During the spring, you might be met with a rain shower or two. But it’s still a great time to wander around Vienna or Hofburg since the tourist season is just beginning. Come fall, and the mountains become covered in red and golden hues as the leaves change, making it one of the best times to hike.
Summer (June through August) is high season meaning both crowds and prices have doubled since spring. The heat can be felt, especially near the lakes, so it’s a wonderful time to take a dip. This is also the season of the Salzburg Festival, Vienna Festival, and the Rainbow Parade!