I have made a booking at a small farm B&B near Kitzbühel for 4 nights. My itinerary will be as follows:
Touch down in Salzburg in morning. Recuperate and tour Salzburg
2 nights Holiday Inn in Salzburg
Pick up rental car in Freilassing, and then drive right back to Austria
1 night by Hallstatt lake. Tour town and lake
4 nights at farm B&B near Kitzbühel
Tour around Kitzbühel, including a mountain hut called "Hunde Paradise" (Dog Paradise) in Mullneralm
Spend a day at Alpbach, Achensee, and Tiefenbachklamm (and, if time allows, Kaiserklamm)
(Pending Covid situation) Watch cattle drive near Kirchdorf on 9/11
Kaprun area for the gondola to Gipfel Welt 3000
Attend some farm activities for half a day if we are too tired to drive
Day 8+ (for about 12-13 nights)
Drive to Italy via Lienz to see the Dolomites
Will see Tre Cime and Val Gardena -- itinerary and accommodation TBA
While in Austria, I would like to see things that are not available on the Italian side, such as river gorges. (When I was at Seefeld back in 2018, the walk along a nearby river gorge was one of the highlights.) There are Wolfsklamm slightly to the west of Achensee, Tiefenbachklamm to the east of Achensee, and then Kaiserklamm upstream from Tiefenbachklamm. Should I see them all? If not, which ones do you recommend?
What are other Austrian Alpine sights or experiences that are not found in Italy?
If I am going to Italy, is a visit to Alpbach necessary? I heard it's a quaint village with lots of well preserved wooden farmhouses, but I am not sure if it's nicer than small towns in the Dolomites.
What other items can I skip for days 4-7? Are Kaprun and the gondola to Gipfel Welt 3000 "skippable" (I know I am making up a word here)? On the other hand, the visit to Dog Paradise is a must to me.
Overall, I am just wondering if I should add another night for my stay in Kitzbühel, so that I can see more of Austria and also to budget some potential "down" days in case of bad weather. Three years ago, I saw Innsbruck and the Ötztal valley, and so I don't need to see the west side of Tirol that borders Switzerland.
Any ideas or suggestions are very welcome. Thank you!!