We’re just back from 3 weeks in Europe and our favorite place was Landhaus Armstorfer near Hallein, just south of Salzburg. It’s up in the hills above Hallein, so a car is necessary. The views are spectacular. The apartment is on the first floor of the house. Two bedrooms (each with 2 twin beds put together), 2 amazing bathrooms, full kitchen, washing machine, lovely terrace. There are park & ride lots within a five minute drive if you don’t want to drive in Salzburg. Bus or train takes 20 min to Mirabel. The hosts are lovely and provide everything you could need. Priced at 140€/nt including all fees in late June, through booking.com.
I was excited to find this today. I was actually just looking at this apartment on VRBO about three days ago. Did you stay as week there? I noticed it had a minimum stay if a week. We too are looking to be traveling for about three weeks and thought that this location might be a good base for that area. What all did you do from there? Would love to hear all about your trip!
I think the location is excellent - 5 minutes off the freeway near Hallein, but you feel so secluded up in the hills. There’s no ac and it was in the 80s but the breeze cooled the apt. There’s a washer but no dryer (drying rack in the terrace dried things overnight). Common area is a dining table in the kitchen, no sofa. But lots of seating on the terrace and in the yard. It was nice to have a kitchen. There were times when my kids just wanted a sandwich or cereal, so we had those available.
This was our kids first trip to Europe, but my husband and I had spent a week in Salzburg years ago. We were not focused on “seeing everything” and took lots of breaks/down time. I
This was how we spent our time:
Day 1: drove from Rothenburg, stopped at the sommerrodelbahn near the Hallein salt mine. Picked up groceries at the Spar a block from the turn off for the house at the bottom of the hill (very convenient!). Checked in around 5:00, spent the evening enjoying the amazing view from the terrace. My son loved the trampoline.
Day 2: drove to the Salzburg Sud parking lot, got Salzburg Cards, took the bus to Mirabelplatz (20 min), walked through the gardens to the old town, went to Mozart’s house, took the funicular to the fortress, had lunch. Returned to the apartment for the afternoon. Drove into town to go to the beer hall for dinner. It was warm and the garden was packed but the halls were empty around 7:30.
Day 3: paragliding at Mt. Gaisburg with FlyTandom. Absolutely the highlight of the trip (husband got nauseous, but still loved it). Back to apt. Drove to Berchtesgaden (30 min via Hallein) and went up to Eagles Nest. Had late lunch, returned to apt. Dinner in Oberalm at Tratoria Gabriela. Good pizza, huge “small” salads.
Day 4: Drove to Hallstatt (1 hr 15 min via B162/B166). Wandered the town, funicular up, lunch at the restaurant, salt mine tour, wandered town, drove home. Picked up pizza from Tratoria Gabriela for dinner at apt.
Day 5: drove into Salzburg. Lunch at Burgerista (good,cheap, free refills on soda!). Got bread from the bakery near the waterwheel by St. Peter’s cemetery. Fabulous! Started to rain so we went back to apt. Later we went to the Air Bull hanger. My boys (11 and 14) loved it.
On previous trip to Salzburg we went to the castle at Wefen and ice cave nearby. The apt is about 30 min from Werfen. I think the location is an ideal base for the area.
Hi Travel4Fun- Thank you so much for your detailed information. This is pretty much what I was thinking of doing. Sorry for the late response. For some reason I never got the notification that had responded. From the sound of it this would be great for our party of three. Thanks again!
I have also booked this apartment for 4 nights in mid november 2018.
Would like to know if there is a bus facility to travel upto salzburg from the apartment
I just checked the listing on booking.com and it says it is not serviced by public transportation. The house is set up in the hills, surrounded by farms. It would be a long uphill walk from the main road, and probably not one you want to do in snow/ice. Not one I would have wanted to do in the summer, either!