Austrian Alps: Getting to Hallstatt from Prague

Living in Europe has taught me that I was SPOILED with being so close to the mountains back in Washington State. After almost two months of city-living in Paris and Prague, Don and I were craving the outdoors, and a road trip from Prague to Austria and Germany was exactly what we needed. 

We planned this five day road trip based on this lust-worthy spot we've seen from other adventurers. 

The Town of Halstatt.

Hallstatt is a little town of breathtaking views located between Salzburg and Graz, in the Salzkammergut Lake District of Austria. Considered to be one of the oldest still inhabited settlement in Europe, Hallstatt is a UNESCO heritage site and an important Austrian tourist attraction.
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We picked up our car in Prague and drove through Austria and Germany. We originally booked a pick-up/drop-off to and from the PRG Airport, but then realized we were staying super close to the Train Station and Budget allowed us to change our location without any extra charge a day prior. Score! One important thing about the Prague Train Station, (and this also goes for a large part of the city) is that they don't like idling Ubers. Our driver got pulled over and ticketed for stopping where the app told us to meet him. Luckily, It was our first and last time interacting with the police on this Euro trip.

 Download our road trip itinerary  here .

Download our road trip itinerary here.

Day 1: Prague - Hluboka Castle - SALZBURG

My friend (and client!) Jasmine came along with us and it was also her first time to Europe! We loved our little Skoda and put some serious miles on it. Here are some of our favorite memories!

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Der Holznerwirt
Der Holznerwirt

We stayed at Der Holznerwirt - which have the COMFIEST beds ever. I felt like a German princess sleeping here. We ate some shnitzel in Salzburg that night and got up before the sun the next morning to catch sunrise at Hallstatt!

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Sidenote: Driving around Salzburg is a pain in the ass. Don't waste your time trying to find street parking and head towards the parking lots that are a short walk out of the city center.

Day 2: Driving through Austria to Hallstatt

FINALLY this girl saw some mountains. We we're thouroughly frozen, but had a great time walking through the quiet streets, and got a beauiful sunrise all to ourselves.

Hallstatt in Winter
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Is this not the most peaceful and beautiful cemetery you've ever laid eyes on? I would die to be buried here.

Day 3-5: German (mis)adventures and Rothenburg ob der Tauber

I'll say it again that when you travel in Winter you should expect somethings to go wrong. We had no issues driving (which Don was really happy about) through the roads until the second to last day. We booked a hotel in Fussen, Germany to lay eyes on the most picturesque castle in Germany, maybe in all of Europe– Neushwanstein Castle.

So picturesque that it actually was the inspiration behind Cinderella's castle at Disney. Can you see the resemblance? 

Neushwanstein Castle

Sadly, this photo spot is a beautiful bridge that is closed during winter conditions. They also we're renovating the exterior gate, so we had to admire from afar. Just another reason to visit again!

Neushwanstein Castle photo by Don Henson
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Even though we didn't get the view we wanted at Neushwanstein, we did find another epic unplanned spot. We were drawn to Tyrol, an area for skiiers and mountain lovers alike. Along our drive through Germany and back to Austria we found Highline179 which is this thing PRACTICALLY FLOATING IN THE SKY. The views were unreal. 

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It may just look like a suspension bridge, but this bad boy was COLOSSAL. Here's a crappy iPhone picture from below:

Highline 179 Bridge
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The last leg of our roadtrip before we headed back to Prague– Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Safe to say we had a very colorful trip! I am so thankful that Jasmine got to come along with us and experience all of these memories. I'm curious– What's your favorite part about driving in Europe? Leave it in a comment below!

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