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What are some of the best lake towns in Austria?

I'm wondering what people recommend for beautiful lake towns around Salzburg? We are struggling with our itinerary right now. We were thinking Prague, Salzburg, then some smaller towns, and then Vienna. We have two and a half weeks. Are there any beautiful train rides perhaps?

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We only went by it on the bus, didn't stay there, but many people recommend the Wolfgangsee east of Salzburg. You might do a search on this forum for more information. (It looked beautiful from what we could see.)

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I would also suggest spending a couple of nights in Hallstatt. While there you could visit the famous Salt Mine and have a fine meal at Rudolfsturm which is a castle on the mountain above town (it's on the way to the Salt Mine).

It's an easy rail trip from Salzburg (one change at Attnang-Puchheim), and then a short boat trip across the lake which provides a beautiful view of the town. There are some nice hotels along the lake front. At times the town can be quite busy with day trippers, but the evenings are usually quieter.

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We stayed a few nights in St. Wolfgang after our last trip to Salzburg, and it was very relaxing & beautiful. We took the bus from Salzburg to St. Gilgen, and the boat over to St. Wolfgang. Such a wonderful, relaxing location on the lake at Hotel Cortisen am See on the edge of the village which only has adults at their hotel - neither of us wanted to leave! The town experiences the day-trippers from Salzburg, but we were out hiking each day and were back for the quiet town in the evening.