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Scenic home base within an hour or two of Salzburg?

We are planning a two-week trip to Germany and Austria with extended family, including two small children. We will spend two days in Munich and have booked a house for a week in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, which we'll use as our home base for day trips in that region. Then we will spend 3 nights in Salzburg. I am looking for suggestions for a scenic home base for the last 2-3 days of the trip. I have looked at Berchtesgaden, St. Wolfgang, and Hallstatt so far. I'd welcome suggestions for other towns to consider, or specific family-friendly hotels/guest houses in that region. We can't go too far afield because we'll need to drive back to Munich for our flight, but an hour or two beyond Salzburg would be fine. Thank you!

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If you go over the Grossglockner High Alpine Highway south of Zell-am-See, you'll end up in a forgotten corner of Austria. The land north of Lienz, Austria is simply the most beautiful place I've ever seen. You will have crossed the second highest point in Europe.

And I've seen some really nice resort type properties there to stay on

If you go west to A-22 from Lienz, you can go north and easily get back into Innsbruck and Munich.

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Hi Lavra,

Consider the Berchtesgaden area. Beautiful area and just so much to see and do. We've stayed 3 times in Ramsau bei Berchtesgaden ('06, '07, '09) at the Pension Mayringerlehen. We stayed twice in Schonau am Knoigsee at the Guesthouse Friedwiese ('10, '13, as the Mayringerlehen was closed in late Nov. during our stays at the Friedwiese). Either way you can't go wrong, although the kids would probably love the cows, goats, guinea pigs, chickens, rabid it's, etc. at the Mayringerlehen. We're adults and love seeing them.

Just a few things around here:
Berchtesgaden itself
The village of Ramsau bei Berchtesgaden
Jennerbahn cable car
Sommerrodelbahn a (luge rides)
Salt Mine Tours
Rossfeld Panorama Road
Eagle's Nest
Dokumentaion Center
We even visited "Mad" King Ludwig's amazing Herrenchiemsee Palace as a day trip. It's one hour away.

Although we never stayed here, freinds loved their stay in Ramsau bei Berchtesgaden at the Pension Gubenlehen.

We have plenty of pic's, 3 pages worth, at: