Hallstatt is one of those towns that will leave an impression on you for the rest of your life. It is absolutely beautiful...even just going for a stroll is delightful. It is a very, very photogenic village. Actually I went with a group of people and I stayed behind because I could not stop taking photos. It wasn't declared a World Heritage Site as "The most beautiful lakeside town in the world" for nothing!
It's a good example of how man and nature can coexist.
Hallstatt is a beautiful town located on the lake which has the same name. Both the culture and the landscape are very interesting here, as the necropolis of Hallstatt was found here, which gives the name to the Culture of transition between the Bronze Age and the Iron Age.
The parish, just like Hallstatt, is situated on one of the mountains surrounding Hallstatter See. Here, a beautiful altarpiece is displayed, and there are several Gothic frescoes and three altars. It has a small cemetery located next to it, offering incredible views of the lake. There is no doubt that the church is located in a peculiar and beautiful spot.
You can not leave without visiting Hallstatt salt mine. This requires taking the funicular or walking. Although burial itself can not visit (in fact, after being excavated were again buried), we can go from the cable car station to the entrance to the mines a path in which we provide information on the excavations , findings, etc.. Visiting is pretty entertaining Mines before entering because we will have to place a monkey and a hat with a lantern, and throughout the visit will be a couple of surprises that desvelaré. For this reason, children can have a good time. The guided tour is complemented with videos inside the mines. If we already had the lunch, we enjoy the restaurant located upstairs and from which you can admire spectacular views of Lake Hallstatt. For those who like hiking, I think there are guided tours.
Mauthausen concentration camp was established shortly after Germany had annexed Austria in March 1938. It was built near an abandoned quarry on the Danube River, about 5 km from the town of Mauthausen in northern Austria, 20 km SE of Linz. Approximately an hour by train from Vienna we went to O, always with the Danube near. This visit was included in the trip I took with my family to the Bridge of the Constitution of 2007. This time it was bitterly cold. Upon arrival in Mauthausen we had to get a taxi back up to the resort, a few miles up the hill. Fog covered the fields creating a gloomy picture. Upon arrival, the first thing you see are the garages of the SS prior to this better-known crossing gate. Then you deviate to the right next to the wall where prisoners were shot. In this wall you start to see plates in memory of the fallen: Jews, Spanish, French, American - up to 15 different nationalities. Throughout the different pavilions you can see different ovens, the gas chamber and the "showers". I remember the same empty boats at the infamous Zyklon B. Just outside the courtyard, in the center of the square, an eternal flame burns. On the way out, you can see a lot of monuments dedicated by countries whose citizens were interned here: Spain, Luxembourg, the Jewish people, Holland. I had spent many years trying to visit a concentration camp, not morbid or anything. I came here looking for something and I found it.
St. Wolfgang is a village that can be found in the Salzkammergut region. Situated on the banks of Wolfgangsee where you can reach by boat to get to the village of St. Gilgen (also known as the town where Mozart's mother was born). In this lake there is also the Kaiservilla, which was the summer residence of Francis Joseph I, and his mistress, Katharina Schratt, who lived in a house that was nearby. (This meant that St. Wolfgang become the preferred destination for the Austro-Hungarian court) This town is also known by the White Horse Inn (Weisses Rössl) and it is also know by it's Parish Church.
In this walk around the lakes, we can admire mountains on board an 'Austrian' boat, the Rudolf. We can even choose the lake we want to go to, as there are 3 nearby, you just add a couple of euros to the ticket price. We can see tourist summer houses amidst the tranquil waters of Lake Grundlsee. If we continue to the next lake (Tauplitzsee), this time there are wooden barges linked by chains. The journey ends on Lake Kammersee, which is too small to navigate, but it is the most charming of the 3. This placid journey through the lakes is one of the top attractions for holidaymakers in the area, with little chance of being tourists than Austria. As a recommendation, use sunscreen, because although the air is cool at altitude, if you go in summer you'll burn without noticing.
If you cover all of Austria from west to east, coming from Munich to Austria, it is almost inevitable to go through Linz. However, the fact is this small city doesn't have much to offer unless you want to rest or sleep. It is a fairly quiet town, with little movement. The walk along the main street that leads to the shopping plaza is nice as it is right next to the river. As I said, the place is nice and not bad, but from my point of view you should not make it a basic point of passage for a route.