After spending 3 nights in Munich for Oktoberfest we decided to head to Austria. Sept 28- Oct 5. Plans so far;
Depart Munich by train for Salzburg. I have reserved a car for pick up near the train station. We would like to to do the Grossglockner High Alpine Road. Looking for suggestions of a great cable car and/or cog railway. An additional driving route? We are hoping for great scenery, moderate hiking and some r&r along with the High Alpine Road. Where else should we go? I'm not sure where to stay. I would prefer aplace for 2 nights and if there were spa facilities that would be a bonus. I can either return the car after 2 days or return at the end of our trip to VIE. This is the part of the trip I am having the most difficulty trying to figure out. We could spend 3 nights, I really don't like 1 night stays.
We would then like to spend either 3 or 2 nights in the Wachau Valley. There are train connections from Salzburg, but Im not sure if its just easier to keep the car. I have found a great place in Spitz to stay. We would like to cycle, visit wineries and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the area along with Melk Abbey and a river cruise. Looking for any cycling or hiking suggestions any other places to see?
Finally either 2 or 3 nights in Vienna. Looking for any great restaurant, lounge/bar recommendations. I haven't booked a hotel yet but lots seems to be available. Our flight back to Toronto is a mid day flight. I had considered going to Vienna first and then the Wachau Valley and from there straight to VIE. Would this make sense? This trip we would like to spend more time outside, in smaller centers and enjoying the beautiful late September, early October weather.
TIA for all suggestions.