As you can probably tell, Carchellany has been somewhat off the map lately…literally. From Europe to the Caribbean and everything in between, Carchellany has had the travel bug and can’t wait to spill about it! Between all of the research done and experiences had, when it comes to planning your next vacation, we have already done the leg work for you. So, sit back and read up on how you can have your cake and eat it too with vacations around the world! In the next few blog posts Carchellany will have new tips, tricks, and places you just can’t miss!
This post in particular will highlight my favorite spot in this past summer’s adventure to Europe: Austria. Before the trip, I had no idea what Austria would hold-I had done some research, but had no idea what to expect. However, as we traveled day by day through the amazing country, I was blown away by everything it had to offer.
Our first stop was Salzburg, and this city was teaming with rich history and so many things to do. Much of “The Sound of Music” was filmed here, so we went to the Leopoldskron Palace which was the Von Trapp family house in the movie. A fun fact about the palace is that the word for palace or castle in German is schloss, so the palace is actually called Schloss Leopoldskron. As we arrived we saw that the real Von Trapp family’s house was next door to the palace, so we explored the grounds and took in the views. There was a wedding happening at the palace, so it was decorated beautifully with flowers and tulle. If I ever decided to have a wedding in Austria, THIS would be the place to have it. The ceremony site views and the ballroom are unbeatable, truly a fairy tale.
After that we headed to the Salzburg legendary, local mountain called Untersberg. At the base of the mountain there is a cable car you can take to the top, and this is a must do! Even if you are afraid of heights like myself, the view at the top is well worth the ride. With a stunning 360 degree view from the top of the mountain, you can see all of Salzburg and the surrounding mountains. There’s even a little restaurant at the top to grab lunch at while you take in the views!
Salzburg’s food was all I ever wanted Austrian/German food to be. They had schnitzel, strudel, sauerkraut, and bratwurst, as well as tons of fun street foods dotting the river side. Finding dinner was super easy, since Salzburg had a beer garden or traditional restaurant on every corner. Be sure to come with an open mind, so you can try what the locals eat, because I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!
At the top of the mountain, there are endless activities for the whole family. A water activity park and man made lake complete with a moving raft would keep kids busy for hours. Beyond the reservoirs of fresh mountain water are a few hiking trail options, one leading to a historical church and the other to a quaint restaurant seated in the middle of all of the mountains. The forests at the top of the mountain have biking trails, walking trails, and scenic rest areas with a gorgeous view no matter where you look. Back by the top of the coaster is an amazing restaurant with some of the best food we had all trip. Take your time at the top of the mountain as you breath in the fresh air and check out the mountains in every direction!
Finally, our last stop was Innsbruck where we had the best luck with souvenir shopping. The prices were fairly low and there were tons of store options to choose from. Innsbruck has a river flowing right through the middle of it, so be sure to look the water coming straight off the mountains. The locals told us to come back in the winter, because the skiing around Innsbruck is amazing, so that just might be excuse enough to bring me back to the beautiful country.
The people of Austria were notably friendlier than all of the other places we had been, and the scenery more impressive than I had ever imagined. Austria left me dreaming of apple strudels and alpine coasters after I left, and I always will want to go back! So add Austria to your travel bucket list, you won’t regret it!