I am going to be in Vienna for a few days at the beginning of May. I am planning a day trip, by train, through the Austrian alps during this time. I've been in Denmark the past 8 months, and originally being from the Rockies, I am in dire need of beautiful scenery and MOUNTAINS!
My first idea was to train to Salzburg, spend the day there, then train back. Does anybody know if this is a nice scenic route (ie lots of mountains)?
My other idea was to go to a smaller town if the scenery would be significantly better (mountains more breathtaking). Other places I've heard about are Zell am See, Kaprun, and Graz. How is the scenery (mountains) here compared to Salzburg? Are there other small towns, or hidden gems, that you would recommend?
I guess my main question is: if you were in Vienna, where would you go for a day trip, by train, to see some gorgeous mountains? Mind you, I don't want to be in a train all day, and would like to have a lovely destination town to explore and eat lunch in.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!!