5 Best Day Trips in Austria

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Wachu Valley Day Trip from Vienna

Austria is home to a wide range of natural beauty. One of the best ways to truly to enjoy all of it is to take a day trip from Vienna. With a few hours, you can make your way to the Wachu Valley in the Salzkammergut region.

This is a great place for everyone, from the people who are new to hiking to the seasoned outdoorsman. The valley is inhabited by both Red Deer and Wild Boar, and a visit here is a unique experience you won’t experience anywhere else.

Wachu Valley is conveniently located near to Vienna, and many of the largest attractions within the area are within short driving distance.

As you make your way through Wachu Valley, you’ll see several iconic natural landmarks such as Last Chance Mountain and the Rottenbuchl. The hiking trails are level and strategically placed, making it a great place for beginner to intermediate hikers looking to work on their fitness.

Another great thing about Wachu Valley is the fact that the Wachu Valley Travel Office offers guided hikes. If you go out on your own, you’re completely responsible for ensuring your own safety and emergency measures in case of emergency or injury. Guided hikes allow you to have more control over your trip.

Sound of Music Tour in Salzburg

Salzburg is like a magnet for travelers wanting to get away from the big cities. It is the capital city of the second largest national park in the world and is famous for having the most impressive Hohensalzburg Fortress, which can be seen nowhere else in the world.

The Sound of Music tour is a must for those looking to explore this beautiful city. The town’s main street is lined with historic buildings and facades, and if you want to check them all out, there are two different itineraries.

Enjoy Music in the Evening

If you don’t really like being inside of a museum, we recommend taking the “Singing in the Hills” tour. It gives you a taste of what it would have been like to attend a production of The Sound of Music in Salzburg.

This involves going to the small village in the park called Ober sings. Salzburg’s summer theater is located there and you will be among the first to be given a set of English lines to practice. Unfortunately, the tour does not give you the chance to perform on stage.

It is still a very nice way to have a night out without spending a lot of money. This tour also gives you the opportunity to take pictures of the Sound of Music town that have been left untouched since the movie was made.

Berchtesgaden Day Trips from Salzburg

Budapest Day Trip From Vienna

Budapest is considered to be one of the greatest cities in the world. People flock to Budapest to experience the beauty that lies within its somewhat dingy downtown. There are also many places to visit in the surrounding area, just outside of town.

The surrounding area has many day trips, hiking spots, and points of interest en route to Budapest. The following are some of the best day trips and shopping spots that the surrounding area has to offer.


The largest abbey in Austria was founded in the 12th century and it stands only a short distance from Vienna. This means that it is close enough for anyone to be able to visit, even if the abbey is complete with spectacular architecture and high stained glass windows. The abbey is home to both shrines and the monastery for both women and men.

Inside the monastery, the cloisters are also spectacular, as are the surrounding grounds. Another big draw in this area is the Arnold House, which was built by an Austrian aristocracy family in the 19th century. People flock here to learn about the family that lived and worked at the estate.

Lower Austria

Vienna Historical City Tour

Go back in time. This city where Mozart, Strauss and Salieri lived made a comeback to modern life. Grab a Viennese Coffee and explore the city’s hidden corners. (Vienna, Austria)

The Austrian capital is one of the most beautiful cities. Walking through the old town, the streets and lanes are narrow, cobblestoned and full of the sounds of warmblooded horses. There are a lot of familiar buildings among the squares and streets. Vienna is surely the city of Mozart, a fact which helped it become a must-visit destination. (Vienna, Austria)

Salzburg, even for those who have not seen any of the Mozart films, is one of the great cities of Europe. The town has managed to preserve all the buildings and streets of the 17th Century town. The houses are all very interesting, and the old town wall is open to visitors who can walk around it. (Salzburg, Austria)

Melk Abbey looked abandoned until the last remaining monk decided to leave it. Now tourists from around the world visit the monastery. The church itself is beautiful, but the gardens are even more incredible with 100s of different flowers you’ve never heard of before. (Vienna, Austria)