I have happily lived in the United States for 29 years now, but I will always be a proud Austrian, and I consider myself extremely lucky to have grown up in one of the most beautiful places in the world. For someone as visual as me to have been surrounded by the amazing scenery of gorgeously detailed buildings enveloped by rolling green meadows, soft-flowing rivers and soaring waterfalls, stunning lakes, and breathtaking snow-topped mountains was an incredible treat, and it continues to be a source of inspiration for me.
Whether you are in the middle of the big city of Vienna or towns like Salzburg and Innsbruck and all the small villages that dot the countryside, the captivating architecture of various centuries always has a close connection to its gorgeous natural backdrop.
Chinese real estate developers were so captivated by the small village of Hallstatt at the Hallstätter See (Hallstatt Lake) in the Salzkammergut region, the lake district near Salzburg, that they attempted to replicate the picturesque hamlet in an area 60 miles northeast of Hongkong. They did a decent job recreating the façades of the buildings, but how could anyone achieve anything close to the original with its ancient history dating back to the 2nd century BC, natural lakeside charm, and the majestic mountains surrounding it?
I have the most wonderful childhood memories of the Austrian countryside, I was part of a hiking group and got to experience some of the most wonderful places around Salzburg. But every time I visit now I can’t get enough, wanting to explore all the other beautiful places Austria has to offer.
I cannot wait to visit in April and revisit all my favorite places! Have you been to Austria? I would love to hear your impressions. And if you are planning of going Salzburg any time soon check out my insider guide to Salzburg on THE ADRESS on tips for hotels, restaurants, shopping etc.