In the 1950’s, travel agents coined a phrase to describe the scenic byway that stretches from southern Germany into northern Austria – the Romantic Road (Austrian: Romantikstraße / German: Romantische Straße).
It is rich in culture and history and is a must-see destination when traveling in these regions. Meandering through a spectacular landscape filled with historical architecture and natural beauty, you will encounter such memorable attractions such as the renowned Neuschwanstein Castle along this route.
The portion of the Romantic Road that lies within Austria’s boundaries travels between two major tourist destinations – Salzburg and Vienna – including all the culture and scenery that you encounter along your adventure. As you journey down this historic route, you will be able to experience castles, lakes, monasteries, museums, palaces, and the phenomenal landscapes that can only be experienced in Austria and Germany.
There are three methods of transportation that you can avail yourself of in order to travel along this storied route. You can travel by auto whether in a rented car or by hiring a private driver, you can make reservations on one of the many bus tour lines (such as Europabus), and you can even bike along the route as well. One way or the other, this is a part of vacationing in Austria (or Germany) that you won’t want to miss.
The Austrian portion of the Romantic Road enables you to experience numerous culinary and cultural pleasures along the route between Salzburg and Vienna. Decelerated traveling is the norm as you venture through some of the most picturesque countryside in all of Austria. There are nearly 20 historical villages along the route. Combine this with all of the culinary and cultural aspects and you have a vacation that you will never forget.
Here is a brief list of some of these attractions to encounter along the way based on the cities that they are in or close to. You will also discover that there are signposts along the entire route that will alert you to the numerous points of interest while traveling.
Top 3 sights in Salzburg
• Hellbrunn Palace and Trick Fountains
• Hohensalzburg Fortress – The Landmark
• Mozart’s Birthplace
Top 3 sights in Mondsee
• St. Michael’s Basilica
• MondSeeLand Museums – includes the Austrian Lake Dwelling Museum, the Mondseer Rauchhaus Outdoor Museum, and the Irrsee Heritage Museum
• Salzkammergut Local Train Museum
Top 3 sights in Bad Ischl
• Emperor’s Villa
• Lehar Villa
• Municipal Museum of Bad Ischl
Top 3 sights in Hallstatt
• Bone House & Church
• Hallstatt Museum
• Salt Worlds
Top 3 sights in Obertraun
• Dachstein Giant Ice Cave
• Koppenbrüller Cave
• Mammoth Cave
Enjoy the pristine beauty of tiny townships reverberating with the music of Mozart, lush landscapes in the backdrop of the massive snow capped Alps.
Photo of Obertraun by thisisbossi