If you want to look down on Vienna from the crests of the Vienna Woods include the Kahlenberg and Cobenzl in your sightseeing.
From Vienna there is good train service to the other fascinating tourist spots. Innsbruck can be reached in about \0V2 hours on a route that takes you to Linz, Salzburg, Kitzbuehel described below. Styria in the south is reached in. about 4 hours.
Innsbruck: The ancient and impressive city of Innsbruck in Tyrol is known as the capital of ‚Å“The Land of the Mountains.‚ The best way to see Innsbruck is to walk around the city either in the early morning or early evening. In the blocks between the station and the Maria Theresienstrasse is the so-called new town, a section rich in sights, cafes and hotels. If you would get to know Innsbruck, take a tram to the point where the M aria Theresienstrasse becomes the Herzog Friedrichstrasse, a thoroughfare which bisects the old city, the part which was within the walls. There you will find the city moat used long ago, narrow Gothic houses, pointed arcades and wrought-iron signs. The Herzog Friedrichstrasse leads directly to a little cobbled square, the Stadtplatz, which contains the world-famous Goldenes Dachl. The Dachl, a small Gothic balcony three stories high with a steeply pitched gilded roof, is a rich, gleaming wonder. The entire neighborhood of the Dachl, containing several of those fountains for which Innsbruck is famous, is a must for sightseers. Try to visit the rococo parish church of Wilten, and be sure to make a journey on one of the two cable ascents from Innsbruck. One cable railway takes you to the Patscherkofel, the other to the Hafelekar. The entire Tyrol can be seen from there, outspread like a great relief map. Good hotels include the Maria Theresia, and the Kaiser-hof, the new modern Europa and the Tyrol, and ancient inns such as the Goldener Adler, the Goldene Rose and the Stiftskeller. You should visit some of the night places where you will hear native singing and see native dancing. Tyroleans love life and celebrations and music.
Salzburg is the great festival city. Here the world-famous musical event takes place from the last week in July through the month of August. It‚„s the world‚„s leading summer musical festival. The city is jammed with musicians and music lovers. The works of the great musical masters, particularly Mozart, are to be heard day and night, played by several orchestras and chamber groups. But Salzburg does not offer music alone. It is one of Austria‚„s most beautiful cities. Minor, but impressive, mountains surround the town. Riding in fiacres (one-horse open carriages) is a popular and charming feature of Salzburg life.
There are several organized sightseeing tours you can take such as the city-sightseeing and Salzkammergut tour, ones to Gaisbergspitze via Gaisbergstrasse (4,218 feet), Grossglockner and Untersberg where Zeppezauer house is located at 5,471 feet.
Places of interest to the visitor are the famous Salzburg Cathedral which is the finest Italianate edifice in Austria. Attending the Everyman performance in front of the cathedral in the late afternoon is one of the most stirring experiences Europe can offer. It is theater at its most intense. You must see a performance of the Aicher marionettes, which have long toured Europe and won great acclaim. One of their best performances is Faust but their most outstanding is Casperl, the story of the gay befuddled peasant who drinks and has all sorts of improbable adventures. An interesting place is
Mozart‚„s house which is near the Mozarteum, Europe‚„s most c guished summer music school, attended by many Americans. Si Salzburg accommodations are limited, be sure to arrange your reser vations well in advance. You can stay at the famous, charming Gold-ener Hirsch, the Hotel Stein, Mitenchner Hof, Hotel Winkler or Park-hotel Mirahell, Oesterreichischer Hof, Bristol’, or nearby at the Salzburg Cobenzl, the Kaiserhof, or the Sc h loss Hotel on the Fuschl lake. While in Salzburg, be sure to visit the charming Til Eidenspiegel restaurant, and the Cafe Bazar, where celebrities, tourists and natives mingle. Don‚„t miss Schloss Hellbrunn with its water tricks.
Zell-am-See The best route at present from Salzburg is via Saalfelden. Just south of this town is the famous lake resort of Zell-am-See, an Alpine lake about 2V* miles long, a mile wide and about 225 feet deep. The town, once a rather grand place, is now rather shabby, but there are still good and rather inexpensive hotels. So it is a good place to make your headquarters for trips to the places the High Tauern include. Castle Rosenberg in Zell-am-See on the main square is worth seeing, as is the thousand-year-old church tower. There is an excellent bathing beach, tennis courts and good shops. The main thing is to take a trip by,? cable railway up the Schmittenhoehe. It takes only fifteen minutes to reach the top of this mountain. Here there is a small chapel and a meteorological station. Zell-am-See is a winter resort, too. There are excellent accommodations and a good sparkling climate.
Bad Gastein High in the Alps, 47 miles south of Salzburg, is this famous old cure resort. In addition to being a summer place, it is also developing into one of Austria s excellent winter resorts. There are good shops, theaters, cinemas and, of course, the casino. Beautiful mountain walks abound. Go via cable car up to the tops of the Stubnerkogel for a breath-taking view of the Tauern. The radioactive springs of Bad Gastein are famous for their rejuvenating powers. The Bellevue Hotel and the Hotel Europe are excellent; the bar and orchestra of the Bellevue make the wintertime particularly gay. Above Bad Gastein, reached by chair-lift, is the Bellevue Aim and if you have a longing to stay in a small Tyrolean lodge high
up in the mountains with the world outside your balcony, make your reservations for the Aim early. It has a small swimming pool for summer and in winter a roaring open fireplace in the bar.
Kitzbuehel Situated between Zurich and Vienna on the main railway line is Kitzbuehel, one of the best-known Austrian towns among tourists. In winter it is an outstanding skiing resort, considered second only to the Arlberg resorts by expert skiers. The town has every kind of a ski slope, a cable railway up the Hahnen-kamm, ski lifts, any number of ski runs, including, of course, the famous Hahnenkamm run. There are excellent ski schools, with expert instructors and guides. For skaters there is an ice rink. First-class hockey matches are staged there frequently. Kitzbuehel is the scene of many important international winter sport competitions.
There are a great many good hotels. The Grand is luxurious. Inns Castle Orth at Gmunden, Traun Lake, in Salzkammer-gut lake region southeast of Salzburg. Traunstein Mountain is at left.
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