Salzburg Day Trips
A Salzkammergut lakeside view © Ncsakany
The Salzkammergut is a lake area spanning
Upper Austria, Salzburg and Styria, formerly home to the salt mines
of the Habsburg Empire. The many lakes and mountains in the region
lend themselves to a variety of activities such as water sports,
golf, cycling and hiking, as well as relaxing at the beautiful
shore and hillside retreats. Take some time out to enjoy the local
kaiserschmarrn (sugared pancakes with raisins), lebkuchen
(gingerbread) and krapfen (doughnuts), and the spectacular scenery
in one of Austria's most lovely regions. Parts of the region have
been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the towns of
Hallstatt, Obertraun, Gosau and Bad Goisern.
Schloss Klessheim Palace © Andreas Weigel
Schloss Klessheim PalaceDating as far back as the 17th century, Schloss Klessheim Palace was used by Adolf Hitler during World War II and today serves as a casino with an elegant atmosphere and beautiful gardens. The palace also featured in the 1965 film The Great Race starring Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Peter Falk. The casino holds some historical interest because of the association with Hitler during the war, and the eagles displayed at the palace entrance are reminiscent of the Third Reich. However, the main appeal is the chance to gamble and party the night away in style!
Swarovski Crystal World © MatthiasKabel
Swarovski Crystal World
Guarded by a water-spouting giant, Swarovski Crystal World is one of the most popular attractions in Tirol. The museum is underground, featuring 14 interconnected rooms with an eclectic multimedia gallery showcasing dazzling work by Picasso, Andy Warhol, Dali and Marc Chagall, all featuring the distinctive glint of the famous Austrian crystals. Another popular sight is the largest crystal in the world, located in the first room. Just a 15-minute drive from Innsbruck and less than two hours drive from Salzburg, Swarovski is a popular excursion from both cities. The Swarovski Crystal World gift shop has an equally sparkling array of souvenirs available at lower prices than in town, with the opportunity for a tax rebate for foreign visitors.
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