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Small Towns in Austria

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Small Towns in Austria

Hi folks

We were looking for suggestions for some pleasant and scenic small towns in Austria for a visit in August/September. We have stayed previously in Hall in Tirol and thought that was great. Are there similar or better places that people could recommend?

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I should add, we aren't looking to do serious hiking or watersports, and ideally they'd be reachable by public transport.

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Bad Ischl :-)

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Hi,

We love Hall in Tirol also. Stayed here on 5 trips since 2001. Zell am See may interest you. Very nice old town, lake front promenade to stroll and a backdrop of stunning alpine peaks.

zellamsee-kaprun.com/en/region/zell-am-see

worldisround.com/articles/355540/index.html

Others we recently visited were Schladming and Ramsau am Dachstein. Gorgeous alpine scenery.

schladming-dachstein.at/en/…summer

www.ramsau.com/en/summerholidays/

worldisround.com/articles/379994/index.html

Paul

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Salzkammergut Area: Bad Ischl, Hallstatt, St. Wolfgang, Gmunden

East of Austria: Steyr, Waidhofen an der Ybbs, Krems

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My favorite "very little" village is Altaussee in Salzkammergut. It is surrounded by a lake and mountains and has about 1800 people in the whole area.

You reach it by taking a train (or bus) to Bad Aussee and taking a short bus ride to Altaussee.

www.altaussee.at/system/web/default.aspx

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To me, Hall is not a small town and certainly not an attractive village when compared to many other better places in Austria.

Some examples

Ginzling- about 10 kilometers from the town of Mayrhofen. For many years this small village at about 1000 meters elevation was very isolated. It retains the small village charm, atmosphere and architecture. Perhaps 300-350 people.

Fine local Church and next to it the graveyard telling a story itself. The door most normally open for a quiet visit. Note traditional color steeple .

www.mayrhofen.at

www.ginzling-dornauberg.at

numerous nice pensions from former farm houses

like

Gasthof Alt-Ginzling

www.altginzling.at

close by mountain huts for all levels of mountain walks. Schlegeis Lake / reservoir- a short drive or bus service to this mountain wonder.

Easy connection to Mayrhofen but in another world to itself.

Brandberg - just above Mayrhofen but in " another world " great to sit on a bench there and view the changing mountains as the sun moves along.

Obernberg-

this valley area little known to north americans.

The end of the short valley from the Brenner with a beautiful natural lake , Obernberger See The water clean enough to drink . Nice mountain walks

Below it, the stream home to good fish . The trout excellent.

Nice old village Church.

Accomodations most in local home pensions. The Gasthof Sporr or the Egg - nice places.

www.obernberg.tirol.gv.at

Alpbach-

www.alpbach.at

this village often voted the most beautiful in Austria.

Just 10 kilometers in a narrow valley from the Inntal Autobahn between Innsbruck and Kufstein.

Achensee- on biggest lake in Tirol - several villages for relaxation and fine mountain activities

easy access vis Jenbach train or bus.

Not extra small area but very scenic.

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So many great looking places, so little time. Thanks to everyone for their contributions.

When would be the latest you'd want to be in some of these mountain villages before the colder /rainy weather sets in-early or mid September?

It's been great looking at pictures of snow when the last three weeks here has had many days over 40 degrees centigrade, with destructive bushfires in many areas of the state!

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Hi,

We've done most of our "alpine" trips to Bavaria, Austria and the Italian Dolomites in mid October. What we typically experienced at this time of year was cool to warm days and chilly to cold nights. On our 4 trips in October (maybe 45 to 50 nights) was very little rain. Some trips none at all.

I'd go mid to late September. The fall colors can be beautiful.

Paul

Edited: 09 February 2014, 23:43
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I loved gosausee a lot, in the Salzkammergut area, not sure if it's exactly a town,more a slightly bigger village,but very very pretty and beautiful. The church, the pastures,the brook,all are great. The Gosausee lake is closeby, Halstatt too isn't far away.

You can have a look at my page on Gosausee: …wordpress.com/my-travels-2/…

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