Austria Itinerary – Cross country
Day 1: Bregenz to Lech
50 miles /2 hours
Bregenz dates back 2,000 years to Celtic times, and still features gorgeous medieval streets. At the center is the great onion-domed Martinsturm (St. Martin’s Tower), a Baroque landmark.
Known around the globe as a leading winter resort, Lech has become a true two-season destination, offering summer fun for the whole family.
A place to stay: Lech Camping
Day 2: Lech to Innsbruck
70 miles / 2 hours
A renowned ski resort in winter, St. Anton beckons with beautiful hiking trails in summer. Have your camera ready for the next phase of your Alpine exploration: a cable car ride on the Galzig Bahn. Upon arriving in Innsbruck, you'll find the capital of Tirol a sizeable city with a vibrant history dating to the early middle ages. The old town's colorful facades contrast beautifully with the rugged peaks rising in the background.
A place to stay: Camping Kranebitterhof
Day 3: Innsbruck to Zell am See
90 miles / 3 hours
With numerous shops, boutique stores and outdoor cafes, Kitzbühel's picturesque historic section of town is regarded as Tirol’s most beautiful outdoor shopping centre.
From bluer-than-blue Lake Zell to the snow-white peaks of the Hohe Tauern mountains and then on to its charming village center, Zell am See is tailor-made for the active traveler.
A place to stay: Seecamp Zell am See
Day 4: Zell am See to Velden
110 miles / 3 hours
The Grossglockner High Alpine Road is perhaps the most famous Alpine road, leading you into the heart of the Hohe Tauern National Park. The 48-kilometer route continues on to the highest mountain in Austria, the Grossglockner (3,798 m / 12,460 ft), and its glacier, the Pasterze.
Villach, the second-largest city in Carinthia, connects Austria’s south with Italy and Slovenia, and is the gateway to Austria’s southern Lake District.
A place to stay: Campsite Hoversof
Day 5: Velden to Graz
120 miles / 4 hours
The roots of Graz extend back to the Roman age. Straddling both sides of the River Mur, it's well-known for its modern architectural highlights, southern flair and renaissance city center, designated a World Cultural Heritage. On both culinary and cultural fronts, Graz beckons visitors from around the world.
A place to stay: Camping Central
Day 6: Graz to Hallstatt
110 miles / 3 hours
Next you'll head straight across the Alps, from Graz to Hallstatt - one of Austria’s most picturesque villages and heart of the famed Salzkammergut region. Hallstatt is a pedestrian-only village, so leave your car at one of the nearby parking garages; a shuttle or short walk will take you to the center.
The town is known not only for its picturesque beauty and spectacular landscapes, but a remarkable 5,000-year history.
A place to stay: Campingplatz Klausner Holl
Day 7: Hallstatt to Salzburg
45 miles / 1 hour
Centuries-old traditions still remain in the Salzkammergut, or Salzburg Lake District. It’s not uncommon to see people in traditional costumes -- at the various celebrations and festivals held throughout the year, certainly, but also just in daily life. In Salzburg itself, a spectacular fortress towers over the baroque city center and the city's scattering of museums, palaces and grand churches, all demanding several days of exploration and discovery.
A place to stay: Camping Nord-Sam
Day 8: Salzburg – Wachau Valley
149 miles /4 hours
With its authentic villages, gently rolling hills and lush vineyards, the Wachau Valley is one of the most striking UNESCO world cultural heritage sites to be found. In spring, the riverbanks explode with blooming apricot trees, while fall lights the vineyards in gorgeous reds and yellows. Stop at a wine tavern or wine-tasting room to sample the local signature grapes, Grüner Veltliner and Riesling.
A place to stay: Campsite Rossatzbach
Day 9: Wachau Valley to Vienna
55 miles / 1 hour
Most historic sights of Vienna are located in the 1st district, including the Imperial Palace, the Spanish Riding School and the Mozarthaus Vienna. Getting to know Vienna from a local perspective means adopting the great Viennese tradition of taking your time to enjoy the finer things in life. Linger over coffee and pastries at a Viennese coffeehouse, spend an evening tasting local wines and food specialties at a Heuriger (wine tavern) or browse the stalls of fresh produce and local delicacies at the farmers markets, sampling a bite here and there as you go.
A place to stay: Campsite Wien Sud