Category: Austria

Vienna Choir Boys Performance
Austria

A Vienna Choir Boys Performance at the Imperial Chapel

I grew up listening to the Vienna Choir Boys Christmas album.  Yes, album, not cassette, tape or CD.  Although vinyl albums have been surging in popularity lately, this memory makes me feel really old.  But what’s Christmas with a little nostalgia, right?  Along the same lines of thought, when we were in Vienna for Christmas,

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demel bakery in vienna
Austria

Imperial Luxury at The Demel Cafe in Vienna

On a sunny day, we considered getting an outside table at Demel, the famous cake and chocolate shop in Vienna, a stroke of immense luck.  Viennese tend to hang out at Demel sipping their coffee and reading the paper with no real inclination to leave. It’s old school cafe life with no pressure on the

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things to do with kids in Salzburg
Austria

7 Fun Things to Do In and Near Salzburg With Kids

Undoubtedly when you visit Salzburg Austria, you will be doing something related to the Sound of Music.  What about when you have exhausted all the Sound of Music related activities?  There is so much more to Salzburg travel! Although a small city, there are plenty of things to do in Salzburg with kids (and kids

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The building for display and practice of the Lipizzaners at the Spanish Riding School Vienna
Austria

Play It Again Flicka: The Vienna Horse Show Redux

When we were in Vienna in December, we went to see the famous Viennese Lipazzaner stallions do their morning exercises. It was a bit of disappointment because the horses just trotted around the ring. You really need to have a deep appreciation for horses to spend two hours admiring them walking in circles. Neither the

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Schloss Leopoldskron lake
Austria

Falling Asleep to The Sound of Music

Salzburg is known by many as the setting for one of the most famous films of all time, The Sound of Music.  In fact, every year about 300,000 visitors flock to the city to recreate the songs and story from the film.  Do you want to stay in a hotel associated with The Sound of

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Prater Amusement Park Vienna
Austria

Visiting the Prater in Vienna For Theme Park Thrills

I might have gotten out of going to an amusement park in the Costa Brava in Spain but it was another story in Vienna. Having heard that the rides were a bit on the scary side I went to the oldest amusement park in the world, the Prater in Vienna, with a little hesitation. My kids were thrilled,

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crystal cloud swarovski crystal worlds
Austria

Swarovski Crystal Worlds Sparkles and Shines

I’m not entirely sure how to describe Swarovski Crystal Worlds which is located near Innsbruck in Austria.  Calling it a museum doesn’t acknowledge that there’s a lot of contemporary art, great dining, modern architecture, gardens and children’s activities.  Frankly, although there are some interesting pieces created historically by Swarovski, there isn’t much on the history

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Hallstatt flower in the rain
Austria

The Picture Perfect Village of Hallstatt

The little town of Hallstatt in Austria seems to defy gravity perched on the edge of a mountain dipping into the lake below.  There is one main road and everything else is little back alleys with pretty pastel-coloured buildings. It is so pretty that photos of Hallstatt don’t actually do this town justice. It was

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entrance to St. Peter stiftskeller
Austria

Visiting the Oldest Restaurant in Europe 

When I was told about St. Peter Stiftskeller in Salzburg, the oldest restaurant in Europe, I was expecting some Ye Olde Worlde place. Instead, I was greeted with an entrance of stone arches and tall planters leading to a courtyard which was strikingly modern with traditional touches. The restaurant envelopes a courtyard on three sides

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Sound of Music pavilion
Austria

7 Little Known Facts About The Sound of Music Family

Do you think you know everything there is to know about the von Trapp family from the cult classic movie, The Sound of Music?  As Hollywood is bound to do, the film took some liberties with the actual story of the von Trapps. Surprisingly many Austrians haven’t even seen the The Sound of Music.  Shocking!!

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