Archive for the ‘Austria’ Category


Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

One of the most beautiful countries in the world, Austria is certainly a very special place whose scenic beauty was best highlighted in the movie ‘Sound of Music’. There are many wonderful cities as well including Vienna, Salzburg and the towns in the alpine parts of the country like Hallstatt that are worth visiting. However, when visiting this lovely country make sure that you have enough money to spend as it is a very expensive place, which is why some people abstain from making it their holiday destination.

Hallstatt, Austria

Nevertheless, Austrian cities, especially Vienna have a lot of history behind them and of course, as everyone knows, the country is the home of the waltz and its musical past is perhaps without a peer anywhere else in the world. You would also be impressed by the Habsburg Palaces or the Schoenbrunn Palace Gardens and walking the cobblestone streets of Vienna will be a special experience, and you can almost feel and hear many a music composer hard at his or her work. You will notice that many walking areas too have small orchestras playing their music in the evenings.

For all the impressive attractions that a city such as Vienna has for the tourist, the only drawback is the high cost of visiting Austria as it does pinch the pocket to come and visit this outstanding city. You may also like to pay a visit to the home of Mozart, which is Salzburg that is much like Vienna though it does allow you some quietude as opposed to the hustle and bustle of the capital. Here, you can enjoy a glass of beer and enjoy the operas and even take pleasure in walking the unique rose gardens.

If you are the skiing type, then you must head down to the little Alpine town of Halsatt that is about an hour’s drive from Salzburg and is best reached using the train services. What’s so unique about Halsatt you may ask? Well, for starters, the scenery is uniquely splendid and it also is an Alpine town that does not have any cars. When you come to Halsatt, you will feel like you have stepped into a time machine and been transported into the past. For a change, the prices are reasonable and you will be met by the friendly peoples of Halsatt and everywhere you will feel an atmosphere most conducive to romancing. There are swans swimming in the lakes and for the incorrigible romantic, Halstatt is certainly the place to be.

No doubt, Austria is expensive; but, it is so beautiful and appealing that you should make the effort and save enough to at least visit it once in your lifetime as you will surely find great pleasure and feel that your money has been well spent given the many attractions that are on offer.