While we were in Fuschl am See we mostly just relaxed, but we did do two fun things that I think should not be missed if you are in the area.
The first was a trip on Schafberg Railroad, which is a cog railroad that brings you up a beautiful mountain overlooking another lake called Wolfgangsee. The railroad lasts about 45 minutes and you are rewarded with a beautiful view at the top.
You can even see the Dachstein Glacier, second glacier of the trip!
There are a few things to know if you are going to do the Schafberg Railroad. First of all, there are two restaurant bars on the top of the mountain with beautiful views. But, despite being big restaurants, they don't take credit cards at all. So if you find yourself in a position like we did aka your ATM cards are shut off and you have only been in Austria one day so all you have is Icelandic krona… solve that before you get stuck on the top for multiple hours with no food. Also, kids on the train under 6 don't get a seat. I'm assuming they are free, but I don't know that for a fact. If the train is packed, which it will be in the summer, that means if you have a 5 year old they have to sit on your lap. I don't have kids (obviously) but I do teach five and six year olds and I can't imagine one of them sitting on my lap in a crowded warm train car for 45 minutes. Fortunately, we will crowded in a car with much smaller children who were all delights and prompted me to read about the secrets of European parenting.
We also checked out the city of Salzburg on the way out of Austria. We didn't really do anything there other than park and walk around, but it is definitely a beautiful and old European city.
And just like that, we were saying goodbye to Austria and headed off to Munich. If I had to choose, I'd say Austria was my favorite country of the three we visited. It might have been the relaxation talking though :)
Where is the most beautiful place you have ever visited?