The hills are definitely alive with the sound of music in Austria, as we found on our three visits here in our drive across Europe.
The first time was early October 2016, when we drove down the A10 autobahn with its spectacular bridges, long tunnels and great views of the Alps, on our way to Trieste to catch the ferry for some Greek sunshine.
We ended up in the small, southern town of Ferlach for a couple of days. Not much music here, as its speciality is shooting rifles. The Ferlach is much loved by hunters apparently.
We returned in mid-May 2017 to visit the great city of Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and scene of some of the Sound of Music’s best bits, before taking the A10 again to stop at Lake Millstatter in the south.
The hills are alive with the sound of music
With songs they have sung for a thousand years.
Finally, in mid-June, we visited the capital, Vienna, on our way from Slovakia to the Czech Republic. Once again Mozart was the focus of our time in this great city (and chocolate cake and cats, but more of that later).
Here, we offer some basic information about the places we stayed along the way, as well as a few more subjective opinions, with our usual disclaimers.
The listing represents the order in which we stayed at each place as we travelled, not any sort of ranking.
The prices are the ones we paid (using our ACSI discount where possible), and may not necessarily be available in the future.
‘All services included’ means you don’t have to pay any extra for electricity, wifi or showers – though almost everywhere charges extra for their washing machines.
N 46.52633, E 14.2975.
€4 per night for parking, including waste disposal services; €1 for water; €1 for 10 hours of electricity.
This is a large dedicated space for around 30 motorhomes, separate from the main car park, on the edge of the town.
The location is quiet, but the town centre is very close at hand, with a wide range of shops, restaurants and bars.
Camping Nord-Sam, Salzburg
N 47.826667, E 13.062778.
€32 per night – all services included (except wifi). This includes €4 per night for electricity. 10% discount for a stay of two nights.
This is a very good site to use as your base for a Salzburg visit. It has a great shower/toilet block, the reception room is well-stocked with local information and supplies, and the staff are extremely helpful.
The site’s location is also excellent – a bus stop 100m from the entrance takes you to the town centre in around 20 minutes.
It’s worth noting, though, that larger vans may find it hard to park in some of the pitches as the lanes are quite narrow.
Happy Camping Gosler, Dobriach
N 46.775833, E 13.641111.
€17 per night, plus a €3.50 charge for using waste services if you only stay one or two nights, plus €4 per couple per night tourist tax. Wifi extra.
This is perhaps one of the loveliest locations we have stayed in – on the edge of the beautiful Lake Millstatter, the site grounds perfectly maintained, with excellent shower/toilet facilities.
But our stay was spoiled by the rather mean attitude of the owners. On arrival we were guided – with no room for debate – to a pitch out of sight of the lake, when there were dozens of empty spaces round the corner with spectacular views.
The charge for emptying the grey water was the first (and last) time this happened in all the ACSI sites we have stayed in; it may reflect the small print of the ACSI Handbook, but definitely not the spirit of this great scheme.
And we paid €10 for 10 hours’ access to a pretty slow wifi link, incredibly poor value for money.
Reisemobil Stellplatz, Vienna
N 48.137, E 16.3161.
€21 per night – all services included. Wifi free at reception.
This is a huge city camperstop, purpose-built for around 180 vehicles, with excellent toilet/shower facilities and vast amounts of information about the city available at the reception. Charges vary according to the size of the pitch.
It is really well located, around 200m from the metro (or bus stop), which takes about 15 minutes to reach the city centre. There is also a supermarket and other shops nearby.
Pretty much the perfect big city camperstop really!
- Austria is famously beautiful according the The Lonely Planet. Find out more here.
- Hunting rifles have been made in Ferlach for 500 years and are coveted by hunters and collectors across the world. Here is why.
- You have to visit the yellow house where Mozart was born while in Salzburg.
- We went to a Mozart recital in Salzburg, but Vienna is a great place to hear the master’s work too.
- Two great films to watch time, and time again: Amadeus and The Sound of Music
- The ACSI scheme offers discounts at more than 3,000 campsites across the EU (except in July and August). It is well worth the initial investment of around £25 for the card, book and app. Check their website for latest offers.
- Enjoy some of the pictures from our trip on our Instagram feed.