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Food

  • All continental breakfasts and 6 evening meals are included Austria is renowned for wholesome, robust food. The cuisine is a reflection of the culinary exchange that went on during the time of empires - French, Spanish, Dutch, German and Croatian cuisine have all contributed to the flavours, to name just a few. You will be set up for the day with a breakfast of cold meats and cheeses, traditional bread, jam and coffee. Austrians tend to eat heartily at lunch time and less in the evenings, but you will be well catered for at dinner. Local specialities include the ever present 'Wiener Schnitzel' (breaded veal cutlet) and various stews of beef and pork. Dumplings, potatoes or noodles are all regular accompaniments along with vegetables. Of course the fresh fish found in the lakes like rainbow trout, brown trout and whitefish will be a feature of many menus, often grilled with butter and herbs, or stuffed with local mushrooms.

Activities

  • Self-guided
  • Accom: hotel/lodge
  • Cycling
  • 1

    Arrive in Weissenbach

    Arrive at your lakeside hotel in Weissenbach. There's time for a drink on the shores of Austria's biggest lake, Attersee, before dinner.

  • 2

    Weissenbach to Gmunden

    You can choose from one of two options today, following a route on either the east or west side of the lake. The western route is slightly longer and passes through the town that the lake is named after, Attersee, then Seewalchen. The eastern route leads through Steinbach and the scenic Weyregg. On both routes you'll cycle through Schorfling where you can visit the Gustav Klimt museum. Either way, the backdrop of 1,000m peaks loom over the lake and are mirrored in the water - a great sight! As you head towards Gmunden and Traunsee you will admire fields of wheat fringed by poppies and cornflowers.

  • 3

    At Gmunden

    Today, take a trip on Gisela, the last coal-fired paddle steamer, once used by Archduke Franz Ferdinand. The cable car at the top of the Grunberg (944m) offers wonderful views at the summit, where you look down on Gmunden's esplanade and the romantic Seeschloss Ort, a 'floating' castle on the lake dating from C17.

  • 4

    Gmunden to Bad Ischl

    Taking the boat across to Ebensee, you'll stop off at Traunkirchen to visit the church with its famous fisherman's pulpit. Alternatively, you could cycle from Gmunden along the western shore of Traunsee to Ebensee, and enjoy the spectacular fjord-type scenery. From Ebensee, cycling a beautiful riverside route, you'll criss-cross the River Traun to Bad Ischl.

  • 5

    At Bad Ischl

    You're spoilt for choice for things to see and do in Bad Ischl: the imperial spa, the salt mines, the ice cave in Obertraun, thermal salt baths, the Katrin cable car, the Siriuskogl viewing platform, museums and villas. Perhaps take a horse-drawn carriage ride, people-watch on the riverside esplanade, or enjoy coffee and cake in the famous Zauner restaurant.

  • 6

    Bad Ischl to Mondsee

    Today's route takes you west along the river through country villages and meadows, with the opportunity to stop at the waterfront in Strobl before heading past the shimmering Wolfgangsee. Going either north or south of the lake, you'll pass beautiful St Gilgen at the top of the lake before heading onto Mondsee, your home for the next for two nights.

  • 7

    At Mondsee

    Spend a day relaxing in the pretty village of Mondsee, perhaps visiting its famous Baroque basilica, head out on the bike to pretty Irrsee, or the beautiful city of Salzburg is just a short regular bus ride away (55mins).

  • 8

    Mondsee to Weissenbach

    There's a long or short option today. The shorter option follows the shore of Mondsee before joining Attersee at the pretty lakeside town of Unterach and following the lakeside back to the hotel. The longer route climbs a little for great views of both lakes, before you follow the Attersee shoreline back to Weissenbach for your last night.

  • 9

    Leave Weissenbach

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