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Villages in November

Hello All:

I hope to be hiking in the Summer based in villages so I am all set there. Looking for recommendations for small towns or villages that are nice in November. For example I am wondering what Dürnstein or Hallstatt would be like at that time of year for a few days? But would be interested in villages too.

Thanks in advance,

Gerry

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Should add that I am looking for recommendations east of the Tyrol.

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Where exactly east of Tirol? Early or late November?

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Could be any time in November. Also any of the provinces other than Vorarlberg and Tirol (Osttirol is good). Thanks.

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Thought I would try again. I have plans all set for Summer in the Alps but will be in Austria in November also, which is new to me. Want to stay away from the big cities that month so wondering about villages you might have stayed in and liked in November? What would Dürnstein or Hallstatt be like in those months for example?

Could be anytime in November, I don't ski anymore, and I would prefer Salzburgerland, Osttirol, Kaernten, or east of these.

Thanks in advance,

Gerry

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Taking a stab here as I see Murau - Kreischberg on Austrian TV webcams but have never been there. Wolfsberg - Klippitztörl too. Murau is on my list to visit one day...

http://www.murau-kreischberg.at/en/sommer/

http://www.bergfex.at/kreischberg/webcams/c7877/

http://www.feratel.com/webcams-wetter/oesterreich/kaernten/wolfsberg-klippitztoerl.html

How much winter are you looking for?

Pertisau am Achensee is one of my favorite. No old town though and in November maybe a dead village waiting of ski season. Could be many of these places in the mountains are not at high season with most hotels and restaurants, shops closed.

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Not really looking for Winter but I will be there so trying to make the most of it. Just wondering if people have experiences of November travel outside Vienna, etc.

Thanks for your help.

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In the mountains not quite ski season, ski towns will be like dead villages. Maybe stick to larger cities Innsbruck and Lienz. I would think the Kärnten, lakes Region would be similar. This is the off season between Summer/Fall and Ski, but you knew that.

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I enjoyed a winter holiday in the PillerseeTal region of Kitzbüheler Alpen. The area offered both winter walking (packed in snow) trails and cross country ski trails. Tourist literature for the region stresses summer activities and winter activities. November being late autumn will be an in-between season and I suspect that you can get low season lodging rates.

http://www.kitzbueheler-alpen.com/en/pillerseetal/summer/hiking-holidays.html

PillerseeTal leaves hikers wanting for nothing: those who imagine that
the mountains in Tirol are only rugged three-thousand metre affairs,
are very much mistaken. Whether it is the Steinplatte, the
Buchensteinwand or the Wildseeloder – in Fieberbrunn, Hochfilzen, St.
Jakob in Haus, St. Ulrich am Pillersee and Waidring you will find an
inspiring hiking landscape.

In Fieberbrunn, Hochfilzen, St. Jakob in Haus, St. Ulrich am Pillersee
and Waidring you don't necessarily have to tackle high alpine routes,
you can also hike on the short routes, which still offer plenty of
variety. Challenging summit tours for ambitious mountain climbers and
hikers are also available.

http://www.kitzbueheler-alpen.com/en/pillerseetal/winter/winter-hiking-snow-shoe-hiking.html

On around 100 km of prepared winter hiking trails non-skiers and
occasional hikers are very well catered for. Countless routes take you
to the loveliest nooks in PillerseeTal through woodlands and across
fields, past farms, hamlets and streams. At the end of many of the
routes a warm snug in a cosy alpine inn, or snack station awaits.

http://www.kitzbueheler-alpen.com/en/pillerseetal/service/bus-time-tables-regiobus.html

The Regiobus runs all year round between Hochfilzen and Waidring and
back. So your car gets a holiday too! Your guest card for the region,
a valid ski pass or the PillerseeTal-Card is your ticket for free bus
journeys.

Use for free... guest with a valid guest card of the PillerseeTal
(Fieberbrunn, Hochfilzen, St. Jakob in Haus, St. Ulrich am Pillersee
and Waidring) guest with a valid PillerseeTal-Card

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Thanks. Funny you mention Lienz as I know it and will be in that area in Summer a few times but it is a possibility. Thanks for the Pillersee tip.

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Hi Gerry,

If you can go in late Nobember, the Christmas Markets range from spectacular to charming, depending on the town or village. We enjoyed our very early Dec. stay in Ramsau am Dachstein, by the town of Schladming.

Paul

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Thanks again. I have got the Bad Ischl covered already (staying between St. Wolfgang and Bad Ischl). And Cafe Zauner is also one of the my favorite cafes!!

Have a booklet on little historic towns in Austria so I am now thinking of Mariatazell. Anyone been to Hallstatt in November (I do realize it is close to Bad Ischl)? I assume lots of places are closed then but it seems a picturesque place to walk around. I assume some restaurants and cafes are open throughout November?

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During November, I would stay at a lower altitude. Up in the mountains, it is a weird transition time. Ski season isn't really in full swing and Christmas markets haven't started.

You initially mentioned villages along the Wachau. I'd go with that, or maybe check out the wine route in Styria. At these lower altitudes, you are more likely to have pleasant weather still and maybe will stumble into some pumpkin festivals.

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Many Christmas and Advent markets start mid November, around the 18th this year.

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November does not look to me the best time for villages. Smaller hotels may even be closed, as it is the best time for owners to take their holidays - the summer season has ended and the winter season is still to begin.

As a local living in Igls, near Innsbruck, once told me, "winter is SOOOO long here"; in November you are likely to have short days, damp and rainy climate, maybe some snow but not so much to be suitable for winter sports.

Christmas markets will begin at the end of November.