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    #ShareYourAustria: Holiday Tips From Travellers Like You

    Tell us about your favourite experience and help others plan their holiday!

    Sometimes, when you think back to a holiday, there's one particular thing that sticks out in your memory. A magical hike, a breath-taking view, a scrumptious dish you tried for the first time - and those are the things that other travellers might also find especially interesting. So we've enlisted Anton, our new chatbot, to collect these special tips from you and share them with others. Simply chat with him below and #ShareYourAustria - we're looking forward to hearing about your memories!

    #ShareYourAustria: Tips from Travellers Like You

    Others have given Anton the chatbot the following tips for travelling to Austria - how about visiting their favourite spots?

    #ShareYourAustria: Annie - no 222

    Enjoy an Evening of Après-Ski in Zell am See, SalzburgerLand

    "Visit Villa Crazy Daisy for après-ski and visit SchnapsHansAlm on the top of the Schmittenhöhe."

    -- Annie, England

    • #ShareYourAustria: Graham - no 224

      A Peaceful Summer Holiday in St. Anton am Arlberg

      "Go in the summer - it’s peaceful, the walking is fantastic and the scenery is stunning." -- Graham, England

    • #ShareYourAustria: Magnus - no 228

      Indulge in the Luxurious Specialities of the Wachau Valley

      "Sit on the balcony of Hotel Schloss Dürnstein, have a great beef tartar, overlook the winding Donau, see the sun set and enjoy a perfect local Grüner Veltliner." -- Magnus, Sweden

    Experiencing the Thrill of Formula 1 in Spielberg, Styria

    "We were taught to drive racing cars at the Red Bull Ring by a retired Formula 1 star - it was an awesome day on the track!"

    -- Ben, Essex

    Ben - no 164

    A Magical Day in Vorarlberg

    "We loved the walk up the Hoher Freschen with our kids. We hiked up and had snacks at the Freschen Hütte right at the top. Even in June we walked over snow to reach the summit. The 360-degree view was amazing, as was the small chapel on the way down. We saw a farm on the way down and the farmer took our boys to show them newly born twin calves. It was the most magical experience for our sons aged 9 & 6. They have never forgotten it. Vorarlberg is so peaceful and scenically spectacular, we love it."

    -- Alison, Burley in Wharfedale

    Alison - no 108

    Pedal Boating in Kitzbühel, Tirol

    "Two years ago during summer, I visited friends in Tirol, not far away from Kitzbühel. As it was really hot, we decided to go for a swim instead of hiking, so we went to lake Schwarzsee. We rented a pedal boat and jumped into the water! It was so nice and refreshing and the scenery with the high mountains in the background covered with snow was just breathtaking. We couldn’t get enough of the nature around us, swimming and having a wonderful time on the pedal boat at the same time."

    -- Oscar, Manchester

     

    Learn more about Lake Schwarzsee in the Kitzbüheler Alps
    Schwarzsee in Tirol

    Lunch in the Clouds in Innsbruck

    "One of my earliest memories of Austria is going to the top of the Hungerburg on a cable car and eating Tiroler Knödel and Sauerkraut with a cold glass of buttermilk. Felt like I was eating in the clouds."

    -- Scott, Barnoldswick

    John - no 146

    A Family Holiday in the Tux Valley, Tirol

    "There were so many lovely family activities right along the Tux Valley."

    -- John, Coventry

    • Lesley - no 163

      Great Sports, Food & People in Mayrhofen, Tirol

      "I went on a glorious walking-week last year. Wonderful walks in the mountains, food, and people." -- Lesley, London

    • Sue - no 150

      Winter in Oberau & the Valley of Wildschönau, Tirol

      "Lovely ski trip, plenty of walking and great restaurants in the mountains." -- Sue, Somerset

    A Little Piece of Heaven in Hallstatt, Upper Austria

    "As we turned a corner and first caught sight of the incredibly beautiful village of Hallstatt, we knew we’d found our little piece of heaven on earth. There is nowhere more beautiful in all of Europe. The high peaks of the Alps, clear blue waters of the lakes and the magical way in which both meet, bring the most breathtaking scenery imaginable."

    -- Sonia, Wales

    Sonia - no 159

    Skiing and Fun in Zell am See & Saalbach, SalzburgerLand

    "The skiing in Zell am See and Saalbach was amazing. I would recommend SchnapsHans-Alm at the top of Schmittenhöhe for its atmosphere outside. I would also recommend the hotel Lebzelter in Zell am See, they were so friendly and helpful. The hotel itself has so much history and is in just the right location in Zell am See. Villa Crazy Daisy in Zell am See is very good for relaxed atmosphere and possibly the best beer in Zell am See."

    -- Annie, England

    Annie - no 45

    Travelling from Vienna to Innsbruck with the ÖBB

    "There are few, if any, places in the world which can beat my homeland, Scotland. Austria is the exception. The people are friendly, the food is great, the scenery out of this world and the public transport is simply envious. I cannot recommend highly enough ÖBB for getting from city to city or town to town. We have travelled with them from Germany to Tirol and back on several occasions and it is one of the highlights of the holiday."

    -- Ranald, South Scotland

    Ranald - no 201
    Rowland - no 74

    Mountains and Culture in Galtür & Salzburg

    "The lovely views and freedom of the mountains combined with the culture and sights of Salzburg!"

    -- Rowland, Oxfordshire

    • Diane - no 55

      Visiting the Glacier in Zell am See, SalzburgerLand

      "We did some hiking while there and visited the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier. It was the most beautiful place I've ever been to. The air is so crisp and clean." -- Diane, Connecticut

    • Caroline - no 52

      The Sound of Music Tour in Salzburg

      "The Sound of Music tour was fabulous. Also loved the architecture in both Salzburg and Vienna. Absolutely stunning!" -- Caroline, Keith

    Hiking, Cake, and Beer in Tirol

    "Staying at the wonderful Hotel Zentral in Kirchberg in Tirol, you can walk in the valleys or on the mountain tops. Kitzbühel is only 6 km away. Catch the local bus up to the little village of Aschau; from there you can walk towards the Grosser Rettenstein and either go up the left valley to Klooalm for wonderful homemade cake or go right up to Labalm for excellent food and beer."

    -- Steve, Yorkshire

    Steve - no 191

    Hiking Bärenschütz Gorge, Styria

    "As we started travelling without a particular plan, we got the recommendation of hiking up the Bärenschütz gorge from our host. We started the hike and were absolutely fascinated by the change of nature, as it was our first hike in a gorge. This trip was 3 ½ years ago and that’s always the first memory that pops up when I think back."

    -- Lisa, Brussels

    Learn more about the Bärenschütz Gorge
    Bärenschütz-gorge, Styria

    Ropeways and Austria's Best Cocktails in Zell am Ziller, Tirol

    "Zell is in a lovely sunny wide part of the Ziller valley, where 3 different mountain ranges meet so lots of variety in walking - but our favourite is to head for the most eye-catching rock face above the village - the Gerlosstein. Take a cable car up to its foot and then its a fairly easy walk up to the 2,100 m high point for views that stretch from the Inn valley to the high ridge along the Italian border; or alternately be brave and take the direct route up the face, via the 380 m long fixed ropeway of the Klettersteig. Then back to the hospitality of Zell - our favourites are the Hofer's Wirtshäusl for its great food and service, and the Englhof for its official 'best cocktail bar in Austria' award. Looking forward to our next visit already."

    -- Cath, Manchester

    Cath - no 209
    Maria Almrast

    Sledging in Maria Waldrast, Tirol

    We went sledging at Maria Waldrast. It is a beautiful, but not too difficult hike up and a fun way down on the sledge which you can rent there. It was a very nice fun day out with the family.

    -- Hannah, London

    • Bad Gastein - Sara

      Pizza at Angelo's in Bad Gastein, SalzburgerLand

      "Endless days on the slopes and so much fun for both adults and kids. Favourite Restaurant: Angelo – best pizza in town (and in the world!) and the view of the city."-- Sara, Sweden

    • Ischgl - Tiroler Gröstl

      Having a "Tiroler Gröstl" in Ischgl, Tirol

      "Skiing on fabulous slopes and a huge Tiroler Gröstl with coleslaw."-- Paul, Brussels

    Icezeit's Terrace on Fuschlsee Lake, SalzburgerLand

    "I recommend treating yourself to some delicious ice cream from Icezeit and sitting out on the terrace, taking in the stunning views. There’s nothing better than the clean, refreshing air in Fuschl!"

    -- Finn, Hastings

    Finn - no 97

    Experiencing Tirol in Summer and in Winter

    "I've been to Zell am Ziller in both summer and winter, and loved it in both. In winter, the local 'Zell Arena' ski area is one big playground; spreading over 4 mountains, with over 50 fast and modern lifts, good snow and snow making, fun parks, jumps and video runs, plus great cafes and après-ski stops. You have the options of easy transport and combined tickets with Mayrhofen and the Hintertux glacier, or you can go to smaller, quieter areas where locals ski alongside tourists. Plus lots of choices for quieter winter walks, and off-slope activities (skating, spas and pools). Then in summer, lifts back in action for walking high on the ridges and to mountain huts; or just exploring the sheer variety of the area. Friendly, fun and relaxed."

    -- Mike, Wagan

    Mike - no 211

    Driving Through the Tirolean Alps

    "My favourite part of Austria and in fact my whole road trip was driving through the Alps. I drove through a 6,000-metre tunnel and then a 5,000-metre tunnel and afterwards looked back on the whole road I had just driven and it was the most amazing sight."

    -- Amy, Scotland

    Amy - no 144
    Chris - no 188

    Wood Fire & Ponies in Grins in Tirol

    "Stay in a forest lodge - eat, drink and relax by a wood fire, snow shoe in the forests around Grins, spend an evening on the Rodelbahn for some floodlit action on the slopes, eat locally with new friends, walk with Haflinger ponies in the wide open places..."

    -- Chris, Scotland

    • Thomas - no 182

      Walking in the Footsteps of the Famous Von Trapp Family, Salzburg

      "The Sound of Music tour - not only for the history of the film, but also the beautiful scenery of Salzburg and the good humoured professionalism of the tour guides." -- Thomas, London

    • Anwen - no 196

      Explore the City of Vienna by Bike or Boat

      "We always love visiting Vienna and have good friends there. Our recommendation would be hiring bikes and cycling along the river to Bratislava! If you aren’t up for a cycle, go for the day by boat - both are lovely options." -- Anwen, United Kingdom

    Skiing in Tirol

    "I have always skied in Austria. It is where I learned to ski over 10 years ago and I cannot imagine skiing anywhere else. It is not only the beautiful scenery, great snow and tasty food, but the friendly people and wonderful après-ski that I always experience. The smaller resorts always have such a history and authenticity to them, every year that I'm not there in the ski season I get incredibly jealous! Hopefully I will return soon!"

    -- Laurie, Leeds

    Laurie - no 13

    A Walk Through Salzburg

    "The entire vibe of the whole city and the view of its surroundings, such as the view from the rose garden to the castle is just divine... the walk by the Salzach river and the view into the city centre from far is another beauty spot, and not to mention the old town, the people dressed up all traditional, just amazing."

    -- Peter, England

    Peter - no 17

    Käsespätzle and Skiing in Lech

    "I would definitely recommend other travellers to try the Austrian cuisine and dishes like Käsespätzle or Kaiserschmarren. In Lech, I would also recommend to walk from Lech to Zug along the river... the landscape is just stunning! I would also recommend to ski the so-called Weisse Ring which takes you round Lech and Zürs."

    -- Alexandra, England

    Alexandra - no 195
    Diana - no 89

    Vienna

    "Lipizzaners - absolutely amazing. You can book to see them practising, which is basically like a real show."

    -- Diana, Sheffield

    • Jill - no 96

      Seefeld, Tirol

      "Loved coming across a Kneipp spring when out walking. Wonderful to get the boots off and soak the tired feet in the icy water." -- Jill, Plymouth

    • Carolyn - no 140

      Lofer & Ehrwald

      "We took the Lofer Almbahn and then hiked to the top of Grubhörndl and then down into Lofer. The views were amazing. We then had beer and ice cream in the village square." -- Carolyn, Lincolnshire

    New Year's Eve in a Mountain Hut in Ehrwald, Tirol

    "There are so many great memories, the skiing in the area, the cosy nights by the fireplace in our apartment after having a nice dinner together, and celebrating New Year’s Eve on a mountain hut!"

    -- Marjolein, Haarlem

     

    Snowboarding and Adults-Only Wellness in Innsbruck, Tirol

    "A must is a visit to the Stubai Glacier. Snowboarding is awesome here and you will find great restaurants and an awesome bar at the bottom of the glacier. The Sport Hotel's staff is fabulous and the wellness area is brilliant after a day up on the mountain. It’s split to adults only which is lovely and peaceful if on a couples break. Love this place very much!"

    -- Sharon, United Kingdom

    Sharon - no 198

    A Hike Up Damülser Mittagsspitze in Mellau, Vorarlberg

    "We went for a hike from Mellau to Damüls. Just before ascending for the peak we decided to have a lunch break on a bench and got some curious cows that visited us on our break. The hike to the Damülser Mittagsspitze peak is challenging but has such an amazing view as a reward."

    -- Jelka, Brussels

    Mellau, Vorarlberg
    View over Obertauern

    A Ski Day in Obertauern, Salzburg

    "A quick rest to enjoy the view over the Alps, before it goes downhill again – in fresh powder."

    -- Martina, London

    Learn more about skiing in Obertauern
    • Schönbrunn Castle - Eleanor

      Sunset at Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna

      "I loved visiting the Schönbrunn Palace and watching the sun set over the city." -- Eleanor, London

    • Kitzsteinhorn - Salzburg

      Winter Holidays on Kitzsteinhorn, SalzburgerLand

      "The alpine panorama was breathtaking, the snow was perfect, as well as were food, drinks and the hotel accommodation." -- Sandra, London

    "Krapfen" at a Wine Tavern in Stainz, Styria

    "Last summer, I went to Styria (to the area of Stainz) for a wedding. After the celebration we had some time to explore the surroundings of the wedding location so we walked up and down these wonderful hills, had great views over the vineyards of the region and then had local food in a very nice “Heurigen”. I can recommend the huge styrian Krapfen (pastry)!"

    -- Sophie, Brighton

    Stainz in Styria

    Hiking and Swimming in Salzkammergut, Upper Austria

    "Do a short hike on Schober in the morning and jump into the fresh water of one of the five nearby lakes in the afternoon! I'd go for Wolfgangsee or Traunsee lakes, as there you got a beautiful mountain panorama too! Also I'd totally go kayaking, it's so much fun!"

    -- Magdalena, Copenhagen

    Salzkammergut - Schober

    A Winter Walk in Mondsee, Upper Austria

    "It was winter and we were travelling to Salzburg by car. Because it had snowed a lot and the scenery looked very beautiful, we decided to stop at lake Mondsee. We enjoyed a walk in this winter wonderland during sunset, before continuing our ride to Salzburg."

    -- Alessandra, London

    Mondsee in Winter
    St. Johann in Salzburg

    Hochgründeck Hike in St. Johann in Salzburg

    "I hiked up to the top of Hochgründeck from where you have the most amazing view. I have never seen so many mountaintops and such a beautiful view."

    -- Kathrin, London

    Learn more about hiking in St. Johann in Salzburg
    • Käsespätzle in Tirol

      Käsespätzle in Pass Thurn, Tirol

      "We went skiing in Tirol and I had this wonderful Käsespätzle for lunch. I can’t wait to go back and eat this tasty dish again – I already feel hungry while thinking about them."-- Olivia, London

    • "Brettljause" - Wildschönau

      Brettljause in Wildschönau, Tirol

      After a day of hiking, I definitely have earned this ‘Brettljause’, a traditional ham & cheese platter.-- Martina, London

    A Brunch With a View in Innsbruck, Tirol

    "We spent a weekend in Innsbruck, the capital of Tirol, and had a great brunch at Restaurant Seegrube on Nordkette. The amazing view over the city of Innsbruck combined with a delicious glass of prosecco (in combination with the rest of a great brunch selection) on the terrace was simply remarkable."

    -- Katrin, Brussels

    Learn more about Innsbruck's restaurant and bar scene
    Innsbruck - Katrin

    Rooftop Bar in Salzburg

    "The view over the old town and the castle from the roof-top bar in Hotel Stein, also called Stein-Terrace. Also a culinary highlight in Austrian snacks: the Bosna sausages from the Balkan grill next to the Getreidegasse, not far from Mozart's birthplace. "

    -- Paul, Brussels

    Learn more about Salzburg's culinary highlights
    View over Salzburg

    Cycling and Deep Gorges in Carinthia

    "Kärnten seems to be off the tourist trail, which is a shame because the scenery, lakes and mountains are fantastic. The food is excellent, wherever you go. Activities are brilliant, being able to cycle beside the river Drau and its nature park. The Tscheppaschlucht is an amazing adventure into this deep gorge - before you come out to a beautiful 'fairy land' and enjoy a well-earned Bier."

    -- John, Harrow

    Hot Chocolate in Hallstatt & a Lakeside Walk in Gosau, Upper Austria

    "Once we arrived in Hallstatt on a quiet October morning, we just walked the charming streets of Hallstatt and enjoyed some hot chocolate near the market square. Later, around noon, we stopped for lunch at the ‘World heritage inn’ – Steegwirt. A restaurant I can highly recommend for its cosy and traditional ambience, its very friendly hospitality and its delicious dishes for a good value.
    Since neither my boyfriend nor me are very sporty people, we decided to finish off the day by walking leisurely around the beautiful, dark green ‘Vorderer Gosausee’ lake."

    -- Michaela, Austria

    Hallstatt - Michaela

    A Story of Kindness, Consideration, and Love in the City of Salzburg

    "My favourite travel experiences in Austria are many from my first visit to Salzburg in September 2000 - so good we returned in December. After that, we visited Vienna the following December and then back to Salzburg in '03, which is my most memorable holiday - not necessarily for the right reasons. After suffering a serious injury in an accident on an excursion, I found myself being operated on and having to spend a few days in the main A&E hospital in Salzburg. 
    It was the kindness, consideration and help given by everyone from the paramedics to all the hospital staff, along with the help given by the hotel to my uninjured companion in ensuring that they were well looked after. Then there was the start of the journey back to Edinburgh on 24th December 2003. The two paramedics taking us up to Munich were truly amazing and so helpful, even giving both of us small bags of Christmas biscuit type treats.
    But what topped everything was the sunrise over Salzburg that morning. I have never ever seen one like it since, one of nature's true wonders. It reminded me of how my mum described a rainbow when I asked her when I was a wee boy: Rather than go into the scientific explanation she simply said "it's magical". That sunrise was the same. 
    So, thank you, Austria and your people. 
    I have been back a couple of times since, most recently to Vienna in January."

    -- Roddie, Edinburgh

    Alan - no 153

    Family Feel in Faak am See, Carinthia

    "Difficult to name only one thing or place but if it must be one then, the Karawanken Lodge. The family and owners make you feel as though you’re visiting family."

    -- Alan, Inchture

    • Helle - no 217

      Relax and Enjoy the View over Wolfgangsee Lake, Salzburg

      "Take the train up the mountain near Wolfgangsee and have a great view." -- Helle, Havdrup (Denmark)

    • Joakim - no 221

      Enjoy One of Austria's Best Wines at a Local Buschenschank in Styria

      "Visit a vineyard with a Buschenschank. In my opinion, Austria's best wines come from that region." -- Joakim, Uppsala (Sweden)