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Feedback and advice required on June/ July trip

Hey Folks,

We've decided rather late to take a trip to Austria in mid June/ July. Travelling with my husband and me are my Mom (77 yrs - so light/ moderate walking), our toddler (will probably be celebrating her 5th bday on the trip) and hold on..our 8 month old (trip age). My sister, her husband and my nephew (18 yrs) will be flying in to join us. It will be a 8 day/ 9 night trip.

We are interested in the alpine views of Austria as we realised that on our many Europe vacations, everyone's favourite was the 3 days we had spent in Wengen in the Lauterbrunnen area of Switzerland. Since its our first time in Austria, we would of course be wanting to see some of the touristy stuff and the city but the main goal is to take in the breath taking scenery that we know Austria has to offer.

Initial idea was to do Vienna, Salzburg and Innsbruck but in 8 days that seems a little too much moving around with a baby and also since everyone does that its not far enough from the maddening crowd :)

Kindly advice:
1) Having only 2 base points. 5 days in Salzburg (with a day trip to Hallstatt) and 4 days in ..? Innsbruck? Any other recommendations more local and not touristy? Yes, we will have to let go of Vienna in this trip and concentrate only on the countryside I guess.
2) How stroller friendly/baby friendly is Austria. We won't be renting a car.

Ofcourse I would want others to have an option of doing stuff like ice caves etc which I know is not in the books for me. My toddler will be happy with the cable cars and having family together I think!

Thanks for staying and reading. Appreciate your time and advice!

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Do a Google search using österreich wandern mit kinderwagen as search term and you will get a large number of websites describing hiking with a stroller. You may use Google Translate (or a translation extension to your browser) for pages only in German. Check what is most appealing to you and decide then in which area you want to stay in the countryside.

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That's quite a group!

I think you are wise to limit your bases to two. I would suggest St. Gilgen on the Wolfgangsee. The town is lovely and walkable and there are regular buses which can take you to Hallstatt and Salzburg in a fairly quick timeline. The village itself has a lovely swimming area, a putt-putt course and nice walks. There is a ferry which goes across the very scenic lake to St. Wolfgang and Strobl. Very idyllic.

As for a second base, I can recommend Seefeld in Tirol. This village is smack in the mountains and just above Innsbruck by taking probably one of the most scenic train rides in Europe. In the village are hiking and a huge swimming complex great for families. Leutasch Gorge is exceptionally beautiful and family friendly. Nearby Mittenwald has the beautiful painted buildings famous in that area.

Both of these locations have great family accommodation options, but get to work on that now as they are popular places to visit in the summer.