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Wanderlust in AUSTRIA: Hiking the Hills in Salzburg + Getting Completely LOST in Hallstatt

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So again, where to start. We debate telling you about Germany’s Romantic Road or Austria first… for simplicity, let’s go in time order. AUSTRIA IT IS.

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HALLSTATT MAP, austria best hikes, must do austria, hikes in hallstatt, best hikes in hallstatt, salzberkwerk, bike hallstattTune into Vlog #10 below for details on our Hallstatt adventures + keep scrolling down for some stunning photos + an even better video at the end of this post!

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HALLSTATT MAP, austria best hikes, must do austria, hikes in hallstatt, best hikes in hallstatt, salzbergwerk, bike hallstattWe biked around the entire lake (18.5 miles), hiked up to the viewing deck + salt caves of Salzwelten (great cafe for lunch at the top), explored the incredibly picturesque cemeteries (be sure to find the skulls!) and got COMPLETELY LOST trying to summit Dachstein! Here’s me gratefully, and miraculously, using wifi on the trail via tep to see if we could catch the last cable car to the bottom… IF we were able to race to the top in time…

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HALLSTATT MAP, austria best hikes, must do austria, hikes in hallstatt, best hikes in hallstatt, salzbergwerk, bike hallstatt, tep, teponCurious about our experience trying to hike up the mighty Dachstein? Drew put together our GoPro footage which captures everything from the incredible scenery, the herd of hungry goats we met, us skiing (?!?) and the answer you’ve all been waiting for… did we ever make it to the top?! Watch below for all that and MORE:

We spent much more time than anticipated in Austria (though we easily could have spent more). Something about its storybook villages, Imperial history and rugged alpine terrain seemed to grab our hearts, keeping us from ever wanting to leave it’s lush embrace.

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    Paddy

    July 18, 2016

    Looks amazing! You have such an awesome lifestyle, please may I swap lives with you???

    I’m off to Slovenia and the eastern-most part of the Alps in October which looks awesome then to Ljubliana for a couple of days. You guys should go there if you get a chance its an awesome country.

    Nice to see you enjoying Europe despite all of the awful things going on there at the moment.

    Love visiting this site, keep it up!

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      mrandmrsadventure

      July 22, 2016

      Thanks for the positive vibes! Travel is a great antidote to fear <3 One of our best friends was just in Slovenia and she LOVED it!! Especially Piran, she actually told us to look into biking from Bled to Piran because it's well set up for such an adventure 🙂 Hoping to be able to visit and write about it one of these days! Have an incredible time on your trip!

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