When your travels take you to breathtaking Austria, you can’t go wrong with a visit to three of the most delightful villages in Europe. These charming Austrian towns are so close together you could visit them all in a day, but we’re convinced that if you take a little more time to wander the streets of these quaint lakeside towns, you definitely won’t regret it! We rented a car with AVIS in Munich for our time in Germany, then made our way over the border into Austria to explore these beautiful towns in the stunning Salzkammergut region!
Fuschl am See
A quick 25-minute drive (or bus ride) east of Salzburg brings you to the adorable lakeside village of Fuschl am See. The vibrant turquoise waters of Lake Fuschl caught our eye while driving past and we just had to check it out. After an impromptu picnic and boat rental, we added this charming town to the list of places we need to revisit ASAP!
Just 5 miles from Fuschl am See is St. Gilgen, another quaint Austrian town you don’t want to miss. Lake Wolfgang provides the scenic backdrop for the 4,000 locals who call St. Gilgen home. With nearby cable cars, bike rentals, and plenty of restaurants, this is the perfect place to relax on your next visit to the Alps.
Drive (or ride) another 40 minutes down the road and you’ll come to one of the cutest little towns in the Alps. Hallstatt has less than 1,000 residents and is considered to be the oldest still-inhabited village in all of Europe!