The Romantic Road in Austria: A Journey of Discovery through the Regions
On a length of 380 km Austria's most romantic road connects 14 unique cities and towns off the motorway between Salzburg and Vienna. The route is lined with lake and mountain scenery, with castles, palaces, museums and monasteries offering exciting insights into the past as well as the cultural characteristics of the regions. The breath-taking mountain landscapes and lakes invite you to linger and discover. Austria's Romantic Road enchants its guests with culinary and cultural highlights and offers a relaxing journey through three UNESCO World Heritage regions.
Take your time and explore the surroundings
The Romantic Road has the path as its goal: the historical sites mark the so-called "Path of all the Senses" and offer cultural diversity and culinary specialities all year round. The Romantic Road is very well signposted thanks to clearly recognisable street signs and a specially created road map lists the entire route in detail. In addition, the Romantic Road travel guide provides detailed tips and background information on the country's most romantic road. Romantik has put together eight highlights of the Romantic Road for you, so that you are ideally prepared for your exploration of the Romantic Road.
Located in the magnificent Salzkammergut, Salzburg is the ideal starting point for the Romantic Road, as it is easy to reach geographically and already offers numerous cultural highlights. The city of Mozart has a special charm thanks to its urban appearance and the beauty of its landscape. Numerous events such as the Mozart Week in January, the Easter Festival and Pentecost concerts as well as the famous Summer Festival offer visitors a varied cultural programme throughout the year. The entire old town of Salzburg was declared a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 1997, along with Hellbrunn Palace and the world-famous fountains.
Hotel tips in Salzburg:
The Romantik Spa Hotel Elixhauser Wirt, Austria's oldest family hotel, welcomes you only 5 km from Salzburg city centre and offers you a relaxing stay on the green outskirts of Salzburg. The hotel's spacious wellness area offers its guests relaxing hours after an exciting discovery tour of the Mozart city. In the lovingly furnished rooms and in the romantic garden of the Romantik Hotel Gmachl, guests experience the village idyll.
In addition, the Romantik Hotel Die Gersberg Alm is located in the middle of beautiful nature only 7 km from the city centre of Salzburg. The hosts welcome you warmly in elegantly furnished rooms and offer excellent cuisine as well as exquisite wines. Enjoy a delicious dinner on the terrace with the best view of the beautiful Mozart city.
2. Lake Mondsee
The Mondsee is a fantastic bathing lake in the Salzkammergut and has drinking water quality. It offers its guests a pleasant bathing holiday on the numerous sandy and meadow beaches and convinces with a wide range of sports and leisure activities. Every year from May to September, around 600 events such as concerts and theatre provide entertainment at the lake. Special highlight: The beautiful village of See enchants nature lovers with its breath-taking mountain scenery and belongs to the UNSECO World Heritage.
3. St. Wolfgang
The municipality of St. Wolfgang welcomes its guests with a unique charm on the northern shore of Lake Wolfgang. Surrounded by picturesque mountains and directly at the lake, St. Wolfgang convinces with a wonderful variety of nature. Austria's steepest steam cog railway has been leading from St. Wolfgang to the Schafberg since 1893 and overcomes 1190 metres in altitude in just 35 minutes and a distance of 5.85 km. The lake invites you to swim and enjoy water activities and can be explored wonderfully by boat. In addition, the lake is ideal for diving fans. The Wolfgangsee offers ideal visibility under water all year round and gives divers access to a varied underwater world.
Hotel tip in St. Wolfgang:
Located directly on the lake, the Romantik Hotel Im Weissen Rössl is an ideal starting point for bathing fun and activities in the region. The hotel combines Austrian tradition with modern elements and spoils its guests with a large SPA area as well as culinary delicacies from the hotel's own restaurant and an exclusive selection of wines from the traditional Rössl rock cellar. Guests can also explore the exciting underwater world of Lake Wolfgang in the hotel diving school.
4. Bad Ischl
The historic town of Bad Ischl lies in the heart of the Salzkammergut region and offers a wide variety of culinary delights, sporting activities and cultural highlights. Emperor Franz Joseph resided in the Kaiservilla during the summer and enjoyed the charm of the city. In 2016, the city won the Entente Florale and was named the most flower-decorated and livable city in Europe. The Kaiserbummel offers its guests open-air shopping and traditional costumes, hat fashion and handmade jewellery for everyone. Bad Ischl is an ideal starting point for extensive hiking and mountain bike tours as well as about 70 Salzkammergut lakes in the surrounding area.
Hotel tip at the Altauseer See:
The Romantik Hotel Seevilla is only about half an hour away from Bad Ischl, directly on Lake Altausee. The hotel offers its guests a relaxing stay far away from mass tourism thanks to the hotel's own beach and wellness area and is an ideal starting point for the many activities in the surrounding area.
The small town of Steyr lies on the edge of a national park and is characterised by culture, industry, nature and architecture. In the centre of the town square is the landmark of the town, the Bummlerhaus, which is one of the best preserved Gothic buildings from the 13th century. The rivers Enns and Steyr have determined the development of the town for centuries, which is why it is equipped with 119 different bridges and footbridges. Whether music festivals in summer or a contemplative Advent season in the Christkindlstadt in winter, Steyr is a sought-after destination all year round.
8. Benedictine Monastery Göttweig
The Benedictine monastery Göttweig is located near Krems on the Danube on a mountain cone above the river plain. According to the foundation charter of the monastery, which was originally intended for Augustinian canons, it dates back to 1083. The ascent to the monastery is impressive and offers a magnificent view of the surroundings. In the heart of the Stifthof is the magnificent Stiftskirche Mariae Himmelfahrt. In the Kaisertrakt a museum shows the treasures of the monastery as well as a large private collection of graphic reproduction.
The Mörwald Romantik Hotel Schloss Grafenegg is only about 20 minutes away from the Benedictine monastery of Göttweig. The extensive castle park invites its guests to linger in idyllic surroundings. In addition to elegant rooms and the breath-taking location in Schloss Grafenegg, the hotel spoils you with true culinary highlights. The excellent top chef Toni Mörwald cooks here personally for his guests.
The capital Vienna enchants visitors with its incomparable charm and captivates with a wide range of historical and cultural highlights. The romantic city offers a great variety of activities with large parks, the famous Prater leisure park and numerous museums. Especially the Belvedere Palace and the Vienna Opera are worth a visit.