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First trip to Austria Oct 2nd to 3rd week

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First trip to Austria Oct 2nd to 3rd week

Hi,

We are planning for our first trip for Austria in 2nd/3rd week of October.I understand that it is a very beautiful country and challenge to explore in few days time.

Need help to plan our itinerary for spending around 8 days in Austria.

We are a couple in mid thirties and our interests are to explore beautiful landscapes,mountains,lakes,churches.

Which are the must see places in Austria (we have read about Voralberg,dachstein,zell am see kaprun,wildschonau,St.Anton,alpbachtal,salzburg,innsbruck).

We would be landing at Zurich airport and then start our journey to voralberg:

-What are Rail/Bus options to reach voralberg from zurich airport?

-How to travel further from voralberg to St Anton,Innsbruck onwards to alpbachtal,wildschonau?-Are these places all connected by trains?

-Which are the best places to stay at out of these all locations?

-Is mid October a peak season and needs hotel reservation in too advance?

Thanks for your valuable inputs.

Maddy S

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1. Re: First trip to Austria Oct 2nd to 3rd week

There are a few daily trains linking Zurich and Innsbruck (continuing to Salzburg and Vienna) which use the Arlberg railway line. These trains pass through Vorarlberg (Feldkirch, Bludenz, Langen am Arlberg). Alpbach cannot be reached by train, for the last miles you need to take the bus. Here is the trip planner of Austrian Railways ÖBB (www.oebb.at) which also displays buses and other means of transport. So you can use this trip planner in order to plan a complete trip on public transport. Fare display though is only available for the train parts ÖBB is in charge of.

Mid-october is not peak season! Weather at this time can be nice and sunny but also rainy and cool.

St. Anton am Arlberg is a famous (and very expensive) ski resort but it is not a real hotspot during the off-ski season. Don't get me wrong, the area is also nice in summer but not a must in my opinion. If you like lakes, then it would makse sense to stay a few days in Austria's southernmost state Carinthia. The lakes there are gorgeous. Another great area is the Salzkammergut (Lake) district where you find many clear lakes, mountains (e.g. Dachstein) and also cute towns such as Hallstatt, Bad Ischl (former summer residence of the emperor), St. Wolfgang, St. Gilgen, Gmunden.

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2. Re: First trip to Austria Oct 2nd to 3rd week

Just be aware that for a lot of the alpine villages and towns, such as St Anton am Arlberg, the second and third week of October is an inter-season period between the summer and winter. As a result there will be less open, for example the lifts in St Anton close after the summer season at the end of September, not reopening until the first week in December for the Winter.

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3. Re: First trip to Austria Oct 2nd to 3rd week

Thanks for your valuable inputs.Very much appreciate it!!

Need help to design itinerary.

We would be arriving from zurich by train and would like to make base in voralberg region to visit sites in voralberg region.

Which city do you recommend to stay (Bregenz/Feldkirch/any other) which can be central and we can travel to explore other sites in voralberg region?

Then we would like proceed ahead to visit zell am see kaprun,dachstein,wildschonau,alpbachtal,Innsbruck,salzberg.

Which two /three places can we select to accommodate out of these places to cover the sites mentioned.Our choice would be quiet and beautiful scenic places which are convenient with availability of public transport.

We also read about city cards like salzberg card or zell am see kaprun card.We would to like to understand what are these cards about and where you can buy and does it save any money?Are these cards for accommodation or transport?

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4. Re: First trip to Austria Oct 2nd to 3rd week

so many questions that it is difficult to give you a direct answer. basically you can get a train from Innsbruck to Salzburg, and you should check the routing. kitzbuhel is a good place to visit, but around Salzburg, the salzkammergut area is great. this includes dachstein, hallstatt (a must see) etc.

October is a pretty dead season and a lot of features could be closed, so you need to do your homework. sometimes there is early snow at end of October, and at other times there could be an indian summer. better be prepared for cold though.

Salzburg card can be a little pricey with little return, unless you are really using high cost facilities such as cable cars etc. and some of these could well be closed.

I don't know if you have already booked, but if you delayed your holiday till end of November, you could get the Christmas markets.

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