First things first, I gotta find out what there is to do in Austria. Alpine skiing? Not in September. Sound of Music tour? Already on the itinerary…and I’m out. What else does Austria have to offer? When I politely asked Jon for some input and what he’d like to see, he spurted out ‘Vienna’, but I feel like Vienna is just a knee jerk reaction. When I politely followed up with the question of, “and what do you want to do in Vienna, exactly?”, he was stunned into silence. Neither of us had a clue as to what Vienna, or Austria as a whole, had in store for us.
After some scatter brained research, I came up with the following four options, all of which are readily accessible by train.
1. Vienna (so cliché!)
My friend Nary pointed me towards CN Traveller’s City Guides for an in depth orientation. It seems like the main attractions are similar to most large European cities: museums, cafes, beautiful cityscapes, large parks and promenades, and some quirky parts of town as well. Oh, and of course, Mozart! If you go to Vienna you just have to go to a Mozart dinner concert! Apparently.
|Mozart Statue (source)|
Oh Innsbruck, I don’t know anything about you, but you sure are photogenic. I’m a sucker for mountain scenery, so it makes sense that I’m drawn to this capital of the Alps. Similar, to Vienna, I don’t know much about this city other than it is so purdy!
I’d love to do some alpine hiking and just soak in the scenery and fresh air in this heavenly setting. It’s more of a winter destination, but so is Colorado; doesn’t mean it isn’t worth visiting in summertime.
3. Bad Gastien.
4. Staying in Salzburg.
Another option for our extra two days is just to stay in Salzburg. We arrive in Salzburg late Wednesday afternoon, and Jonathan will be in a conference all day Thursday and half a day Friday. So while I’m out participating in Sound of Music bicycle tours, he’ll be improving his professional knowledge. Is it fair to whisk him away to another locale as soon as his conference is over, so that he doesn’t get ample time to explore Salzburg? I mean, is it fair that he should have to miss out on the Sound of Music bicycle tour? Can I really live with myself if I'm responsible for him missing out on a photo op in the gazebo where Maria and Leisle sang "16 going on 17"?
I guess it all comes down to what we want to see and do while we’re there. All I can think about is mountains, which is probably why I’m shying away from the whole mandatory Vienna stopover itinerary. Have any of you been to the land of doe, a deer, a female deer? If so, I’d loooooooove your insight! Is Vienna really worth the hype?