We continued our AmaWaterways river cruise up the Danube passing through Austria. The theme of our river cruise was the Christmas markets. By the time we landed in Vienna, the markets were in full throttle. Both Vienna and Salzburg are filled with music. We went to a concert in Vienna and Salzburg is the home of Mozart.
The hills are alive, with the sound of music . . .
For more details on our travels along the Danube, click on the links below:
- Poland Travel Photo Gallery
- Hungary Travel Photo Gallery
- Germany Travel Photo Gallery
- The Czech Republic Travel Photo Gallery
- AMAWaterways Travel Photo Gallery
- Christmas Markets
Traveling during the holidays is chilly but beautifully festive. All of the streets were decorated with beautiful lights and colorful trinkets. Vendors in rustic wooden booths or stalls sold decorations, roasted chestnuts, pastries, sweets, gluhwein (mulled wine) and every type of sausage available. It was a food fest and party all day and into the night.
I was stunned by the palatial beauty of this sterling city of music and wish we could have stayed longer to fully explore it. During the holidays, it is especially beautiful. Vienna has world-class dining, galleries, and concert venues. It has some of the most amazing Christmas Markets in Europe. We visited the Rathausplatz (City Hall) and the Schonbrunn Palace while we were there. During January and February, you can partake in over 450 balls that take place in imperial palaces and venues. Did you know that the waltz was once considered to be scandalous? Now it’s the very definition of all things Vienna. If you go, you can learn to waltz here.
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Vienna, Austria Travel Photo Gallery
Salzburg, known as “Rome of the North,” is the birthplace of Mozart (we passed by his house) and is best known as where “The Sound of Music” was filmed. It’s a place of Baroque architecture, serene lakes, “hills are alive” mountains and quaint Alpine villages. If you like beer, the village has a 600-year tradition of beer brewing with over 19 craft beer breweries. Its water that comes from the Untersberg Mountains is said to have healing properties.
Many of the locals enjoy wearing traditional dress like Dirndl skirts and lederhosen. In 2020 the Salzburg Festival will celebrate its 100th anniversary with music, opera, plays, and glamour. It attracts over 250,000 visitors a year.
Salzburg, Austria Travel Photo Gallery
Planning a Trip to Austria?
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Take a fun bus tour in Vienna
- Big Bus Tours – Take an amazing tour of Vienna and get around the city.
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