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Hallstatt & Salzkammergut

O.k you wonderful folks have helped me plan the first ten days of my Germany/Austria trip, after two days in Salzburg i am planning to hire a car and drive to Hallstatt leaving early 28/07 from Salzburg, i have booked a guesthouse in Hallstatt (but could still change the date on this). I really fancy stopping at the hotel on top of Schafberg Cog Railway on the 29/07 but plan to drive there and see what weather is like on the day. On the 30/07 my plan is to drive to Melk to see the Abbey and then to Durnstein where i have booked a hotel, dropping the car off in Vienna the morning of 31/07.

Does that look a reasonable way of doing things ? In Hallstatt i really want to get to view from the Five Fingers and see the ice caves, where else should i be looking to see a little of on the drive from Salzburg to Hallstatt. If visibility is no good on my second day will i be able to get a room somewhere for one night at short notice ?

What are peoples favourite places in the area ? Hallstatt/Melk/Durnstein and possibly Schafberg Cog Railway that would be a good variety.

Once i have seen Melk Abbey, how should i travel to Durnstein, i have heard the boat ride is beautiful, but that would mean leaving the car in Melk, could i do this then go back to get it by bus/train ?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated (i've always used trains, never hired a car before abroad)

Thanks

Paul

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If you ride the Schafberg Cog Rwy you can take the boat on Lake Wolfgang,it stops at St Gilgen and Strobl and the town of St Wolfgang is nice.Bad Ischl has the hunting lodge of Franz Joseph,very nice.All of your other choices are good.
Mike

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If you have never been to a salt mine, then a tour of the one in Hallstatt would be an interesting few hours well spent.

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Mike

Thanks for that suggestion, i will look into that and plan it.

T.C. Thanks, i have been to the salt mine in Krakow (twice as it happens), i will see what how much time i get in Hallstatt.

Cheers

Paul