Touring around Austria, there are a number of models and characters built out of straw. They sit against fences, on benches and along roadsides put there as an element of fun. These two relaxed fellows in Zell am See (between Salzburg and the Tyrol) particularly caught my attention near a pub while some straw donkeys marked the entrance to the scenic wonderland of Grossglockner cut striking figures. ....Continue Reading >>
Ludwig von Beethoven is undoubtedly one of the finest musicians and composers who has ever lived. He is rightfully remembered with a grand white obelisk and grave. Ironically, his close friend and fine composer Franz Schubert was an attendant at his funeral and died a year later, being buried next to Beethoven. Also buried among this music royalty in Musician's Corner of Vienna's peaceful and leafy ....Continue Reading >>
guest post by Nick LewisMayrhofen in Austria sits at the base of the Zillertal Valley skiing area and has built up a great reputation for being one of the top ski resorts in Austria. It sits between the Penken and Horn mountains and is near the Hitertux glacier, which means that skiing is available all year round in the region.The local skiing takes place on the Penken and Horn plateaux. Both are superbly ....Continue Reading >>
The Eisriesenwelt (World of the Ice Giant) is a wintry wonderland of naturally produced dazzling ice formations. Hidden in the Austrian Alps south of Salzburg, thawing ice drips into a labyrinthine cave and re-freezes into beautiful formations. Evocative names like the Ice Organ, Odin’s Hall and the Frozen Falls offers a glimpse of the remarkable ice patterns nature sculpts through the cave’s corridors.The ....Continue Reading >>
Every month, Travel Wonders look sat an unusual or notable drink tasted in his travels. This month offers Almdudler,a non-alcoholic soda or soft drink considered the national drink of Austria.Almdudler has both a carbonated and still form and is produced by adding secret herbs found in the alpine areas of Austria with water. It tastes a little like ginger ale but is more bitter with a hint of citrus ....Continue Reading >>
The travel wonders of the Austrian Alps including Austria’s highest mountain is undoubtedly one of Europe’s finest drives. The Grossglockner High Alpine Road (Hochalpenstrasse) was one of the first roads purpose built for tourism, constructed as a government employment project during the harsh economic years between the two world wars. This 48 kilometre road with its 36 hairpin bends traverses ....Continue Reading >>
I boarded the train for a restful afternoon of travel, moving from Salzburg, the city of Mozart and The Sound of Music , to the elegant Austrian capital of Vienna. Being early afternoon, the train was devoid of business people and was almost deserted. Indeed, I only had to share the carriage with a Mum and her two children. The journey promised some beautiful alpine scenery of snow-capped mountains ....Continue Reading >>
Though invaded by tourists in summer but with a permanent population of less than a thousand, Hallstatt is an idyllic and picturesque Austrian village sandwiched on a small wedge of land between towering mountains and a chilly, peaceful lake – a typical Austrian travel wonder. The nearby salt mines have bought people to this area for over 4,500 years including Iron Age folks and the Romans.Only one ....Continue Reading >>

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My name is Mark and I’m a keen traveller. In fact, over the last 25 years, I’ve travelled to every continent and over 80 countries. This blog is about the most memorable destinations – the places I regard as the travel wonders of the world. I’m also a keen photographer, and have taken nearly all the photos you’ll see. During my travels, I’ve met some incredible people, seen inspiring places, viewed extraordinary wildlife and scenery and had some amazing experiences, and I’m writing these stories not only to entertain but primarily to inspire others to discover their own travel wonders.

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