We made it to Vienna, once we arrived at the train station we took a cab to our condo, the condo was located a couple of blocks to the core district. The core district is where parliament, Opera house, Lipizzaner performances and many other tourist sites are located.
We took a horse drawn buggy around Vienna Ring Blvd, the ride was about 2.5 miles long all on a cobble stone lane. On the tour we saw old beautiful buildings like the Hofburg, Austrian Parliament, State Opera House and Museum of Fine Arts.
One thing that we were disappointed by was not being able to see the Lipizzan horses, no children under 3 are allowed into a performance and they didn’t allow you into the stables. I guess we will have to go to Vienna again when Piper is a bit older.
Hundreds of sales booths are at the traditional Christmas Market offering Christmas gifts, Christmas tree decorations, handicrafts, culinary treats, confectionery and warming drinks. You can skate through the park over two large ice rinks and along numerous paths.
While in Vienna you have to try Wiener Schnitzel which is traditionally made of veal. Sachertorte, a chocolate cake with apricot jam filling, traditionally eaten with whipped cream. Among the cakes with the longest tradition is the Linzer torte. We also had to try a apple strudel and a danish pastry, to wash it all down we went to a traditional Viennese café had a Verlängerter which means lengthened. It’s a Viennese coffee with extra water and some milk.
We had three wonderful days in Vienna, now it’s off to Hallstatt on a train. The train ride was about 3.5 hours long. We had lots of sticker books, coloring pages, snacks, little toys and a Kindle to keep Piper entertained.
The country side in Austria is breathtaking, rolling hills and adorable chalets.
Hallstatt where we walked through a town on the side of the mountain We hiked up and down the roads through the city to see the local houses and churches. Hallstatt and the surrounding area offer a ton of things to do, from Ice caves, salt mines (be sure to pick up a couple of gewurz SALZ) hiking, skiing, entertainment and amazing food. We took the tram or the Skywalk to an extended balcony over the cliff which offers you an excellent view of the lake and the village! The whole area can be observed, it really is breathtaking!
We really enjoyed our short stay in a Chalet at Resort Obertraun, and wish we could have stayed longer. We wanted to stay in nearby Hallstatt, but it was booked out and stayed here instead, and we have no regrets.
It is easy to get to Hallstatt, either by train/ferry or take a bus. We chose the bus, which was a much cheaper option.
The surroundings are lovely and it is just amazing to be in this location, near Hallstatt Lake.
We hope to make it back to the area some day!