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Early morning cycle ride to Hallstatt …

Totally inspired by one of our lovely guest's amazing pictures - there followed a VERY early (ūüėĪūü§©) pre-sunrise cycle ride to Hallstatt, the very next day!!

Here are ‚Äča ‚Äčcouple of pictures from this wonderful early morning adventure

‚ÄčIt can be pretty busy in Hallstatt - but, pre-dawn, the crowds have not yet arrived - and you can 'almost' have Hallstatt to yourself.  

‚ÄčThere were a few other dedicated / early photographers (including a professional photographer with a bride in her white gown, and her groom in front of the famous Hallstatt church view) - but it was peaceful, relaxing and altogether a worthwhile trip!

Getting to Hallstatt from Landhaus Lilly

There are a number of options to reach Hallstatt (5 km away) from Landhaus Lilly
(all timings are approximate)

Car 5 minutes drive to Hallstatt.¬† There is no direct vehicle access to the village centre, so use the local car parks, which are all payable.¬† P2 is the closest to the village (not open in the winter months).¬† Parking in P1 and P3 are also available.¬† In the summer, with many tourist visiting Hallstatt, you may wish to go earlier or later in the day if you want to get a parking space … or try out one of the options below …

Bus (7 minutes walk to bus stop + 6 minutes bus journey) *

Walking option 1  (1 hour) walking on the pavements at the side of the road

Walking option 2 (50 minutes) walk to Hallstatt train station, plus ferry (10 minutes) from Hallstatt train station to Hallstatt village

Walking option 3 (20 minutes) walk to Obertraun train station, plus train (3 minutes) to Hallstatt train station, plus ferry (10 minutes) from Hallstatt train station to Hallstatt village

Bike (25 minutes) on the bike pathway at the side of the road (we also rent bikes during the summer and autumn months)

Taxi approx 15 Euros one way for a taxi (up to 9 people)

* NB there are no buses late in the evening and during the summer months, the later buses bring you back to Obertraun Traunbrucke (20 minutes walk from Landhaus Lilly)

Krippenstein cable car ride (or walk!) to the first station Рthe Schönbergalm

The Krippenstein mountain, which rises up to over 2,000m behind Landhaus Lilly, is one of the big attractions when people visit our area. From our front door, you can arrive at the valley cable car station in just three minutes by car, or in 15 minutes if you are walking.  The cable car does not operate all year round, but is great for spring, summer and autumn hiking and for winter skiing and snow shoeing Рclick here for opening times.

There are actually three sections of the cable car … and the first cable car takes 60 people at a time up from the valley station to the first station, called the Sch√∂nbergalm.¬† This has amazing views of Lake Hallstatt, Obertraun and the surrounding area.¬† From here you can either continue your journey to the top of the mountains, or stay at this level enjoy guided tours of the Ice Cave and/or the Mammoth Cave.

Staying at this level to visit the caves, you need to book your place and register for the next guided tour, and then make your way to the cave entrance: the Ice Cave has 15 minute walk up hill to the cave entrance, and has approx 500 steps inside the cave; whereas the Mammoth Cave has a level walk to the cave entrance and is easier to walk around.

Information to help plan for the tours and answer some questions can be found here: Visiting the Ice Cave and Visiting the Mammoth Cave

For keen walkers, it is also possible to have a lovely walk to the Sch√∂nbergalm from Landhaus Lilly (or from the cable car station car park).¬† The pathway takes you on a zig-zag path beneath the cable car itself. (If you take the cable car and look out underneath, you can hardly think it would be possible to follow a path up this route!) But take a couple of walking poles with you, some water and after perhpas a couple of hours, you can happily reach the first cable car station on foot ūüėČ

Most people will opt for the cable car ride … and here’s an idea of the view as you ascend to the first cable car station …

And here are a few photos I took on my walk from Landhaus Lilly up to the Sch√∂nbergalm …

20 Photos to inspire you to travel to Austria!


Photo Opportunities in Austria

Guests and visitors to our region are overwhelmed with stunning photo opportunities.¬† And of particular interest is nearby Hallstatt.¬† Many guests from the UK have not heard of this ancient, picturesque village clinging to the hillside – and yet for guests from further afield, it’s a ‘must see’ location, along with Vienna and Salzburg.

Click below and take a quick look at the following photos / article – showing what’s photographically possible during the month of October!

Byrne Photography – Austria – Resource Travel

Flower Power – a nature walk on the doorstep

IMG_3690Various flowers have been emerging recently – in the undergrowth, around the trees, alongside the river and pathways near our house and around Lake Hallstatt. ¬†As we take Leo on his (at least) twice daily walks, it’s been interesting to notice the subtle changes in the surrounding woods and pathways from one walk to the next. ¬†Now, I’m sorry to admit that I do not know much about flowers – especially the Austrian varieties that could be emerging at this time of year in the Salzkammergut area. ¬†So – how fortunate we were to have a lovely guest who happened to mention that she saw an abundance of flowers on her walk at the weekend. ¬†We chatted for a while about her walk and then she kindly volunteered to write down the names of the flowers … and as a bonus, she added a little picture and description too, so I would know what to look for …


So armed with this knowledge I felt a bit like a mini-adventurer on our next walk … ¬†I had a purpose of not just walking the dog and moving a bit – but to see if I could track down some of the flowers as well. ¬†Admittedly we did not go on exactly the same route as our guest – but we did come across some of the flowers and I started to photograph them. ¬†As time when on, however, it was not only the looking for flowers that made the walk so special…


We are pretty familiar now with the route that we took … and the scenery is absolutely spectacular (we have to pinch ourselves regularly to remind ourselves how incredibly fortunate we are to have such dramatic scenery on our doorstep!) ¬†But during this walk I was looking both at the stunning scenery, appreciating the warm sunshine – and also keeping an eye out for things I could capture in a picture. ¬†I started just looking for the flowers that we had spoken about – but there were so many other interesting things that I wanted to capture as well! ¬†So … our nature walk started with a search for flowers – and ended up being about just noticing (and often capturing on camera) anything that seemed potentially interesting.

IMG_3768I’m still on the hunt for the other varieties of flowers and look forward to exploring again soon on future walks. ¬†But a big thank you to our lovely guest for this gift of knowledge about flowers … it’s amazing what a little chat over breakfast can lead to!
























Skiing with a VIEW! at Gosau

ValentinesSkiingWe spent Valentines’s Day together on the slopes at Gosau … and what a¬†brilliant day! great snow – and some delightful sunshine too.

We did manage to do our chores beforehand – and of course – we were just here checking the snow conditions for our guests who arrive for half term next week ūüôā

It’s our first winter season living here and the weather has been rather ‘random’ this year (as it seems to have been in many other parts of the world!) ¬†Last season we visited Obertraun and went skiing in Gosau in January and again in March and the snow was plentiful and there was a massive amount of fabulous snow on the slopes.

It’s not quite the same this year as there has not been the same level of general snowfall in our village of Obertraun and around Lake Hallstatt – however, we’ve been fortunate enough to have had good skiing conditions on the slopes at Gosau. The snow has been cared for and moved around and groomed and this makes for happy skiers ūüôā

This year, when we have had a big snow fall – then Paul will enthusiastically get out the snow blower (his new ‘toy’) and clear the pathways and parking spaces. ¬†Then the Fohn wind (think of the winds of a giant hairdryer, coming from the south) has arrived and melted the snow around our house – sometimes literally overnight! ¬†We hadn’t expected to see quite so little snow in our immediate vicinity … but it is fortunately still great on the pistes. ¬†Today we had beautiful sunshine and the occasional flakes of snow to keep things topped up.

Half term is traditionally a busy time and are looking forward to welcoming our guests next week … We hope they have great snow, sunshine, fun and have time to appreciate the stunning views that we’ve enjoyed today!


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Balloon Week – in Gosau

BalloonEve_Gosau6This week has been ‘Balloon Week’ in Gosau, a village located in the neighbouring valley, where we go to enjoy the skiing of the Dachstein West ski region. ¬†Hot air balloons have been floating around Gosau during the day … ¬†and we have even seen the balloons come over the tops of the mountains and float into our valley and on towards Lake Hallstatt. ¬†They have had a good week weather-wise too … mostly beautiful clear blue skies, not too many clouds – and some sunshine as well!

This evening, at the end of Balloon Week, Gosau hosted an evening display of the bright and multi-coloured hot air balloons again … as balloons of various shapes and sizes stood out against the night sky. ¬†At one point they even ‘waltzed’ (or perhaps more accurately gently ‘twirled around’) to music from Strauss – fabulous!

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