We had a continental breakfast on offer each morning, and ate out at various restaurants in the evenings, sampling the local cuisine and joining in with Austrian customs. One evening we went to ‘Schafflinger Schialm’, a very traditional Austrian restaurant. Here we watched a local dancing show and after dinner we were all out on the dance floor, joining in.
We saw many of the local sights. We visited the largest ice-caves on the planet at Werfen, though we decided against taking the steps 134m down into the cave. In Bad Gestien we saw the beautiful waterfall that flowed through the centre of the village.
One day, feeling adventurous, we took a cable car up the mountain to 2033m above sea level, from where we took a walk down to the ‘middle station’. We were all quite glad to rest in the cable car on the way down again! We also visited the Krimmler Waterfalls, the largest waterfalls in Europe and the fifth largest in the world. We had lunch at the bottom of the cascade and enjoyed another day of good weather.
The highlight of the trip was of course the Sound of Music Tour. On our 4 hour tour we saw all the sights from the film, guided all the way by the informative tour guides. We saw the von Trapp home, the church and the original gazebo, all looking just as they did in the film.