Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes,
snowflakes that stay on my nose and eye lashes,
silver white winters that melt into Spring,
these are a few of my favourite things… and AUSTRIA, my favourite part of Europe.
Servus! That’s what you say instead of “Hi” in Austria. Such a beautiful country with so much to see and do. The scenery is spectacular, beautiful snow capped mountains, green rolling valleys, quaint little villages, incredible crystal clear lakes, beautiful towns and cities such as Innsbruck, Graz, Linz, Vienna and my favourite Salzburg.
Salzburg with it’s beautiful baroque architecture was where Mozart was born, it was also where The Sound of Music was filmed! You just can’t help letting out your inner Von Trapp whilst there. Yes, I sang Edelweiss while strolling along the lake in front of the “Von Trapp family home”. A visit to one of the Salt Mines is also a must. Berchtesgaden is a 500 year old salt mine. You slip on traditional miners clother and slide way way down into the mine on a timber slippery dip.
One trip to Austria was spent skiing in Westendorf, a beautiful ski resort village not far from Kitzbuehel. After a big day on the slopes the Apres part wasn’t too bad either…very cosy in front of a fire with a Gluhwein (pronounced Glue-Vine). Gluhwein is a spicy mulled wine you drink warm! Known as an after-ski drink, you come in out of the snow and it is supposed to make you glow with warmth again.
Rodelling (like on a sled) down a snow covered mountain road at night was so much fun although a tad dangerous. My rodel driver surprisingly handled the bends after a bottle of Apfel Schnapps but others weren’t so lucky.
On another visit to Austria my husband and I were invited to stay at a friends house in Graz, a fabulous city with one of the best-preserved historic town centres in Europe and a number of universities.
We drove into the city looking for the given address and were very surprised to arrive and find our friends house was actually like a mini Buckingham Palace complete with drive through entrance and 54 bedrooms!
A trip to Austria would certainly be a highlight to any European itinerary or a destination on its own.