Beautiful day in the Austrian Lakes District

On Monday night we found a very pleasant Italian restaurant for a relaxing dinner which was followed by an early night

Yesterday, Tuesday, we set off on a bus tour and our first stop was the summer hunting lodge of Franz Josef and his wife Elizabeth aka Sissi. It was by palace standards quite restrained but on the walls were hundreds of trophies of his 75000 kills. Not pleasant at all. We were not allowed to take pictures inside. The lodge is surrounded by 14 ha of gardens.

Magnificent scenery as we drove through the Austrian Lakes District.
Everything is so green and lush.
A lovely lunch spot at St Gilgen beside Wolfgangsee.
St Gilgen – a really pretty place.
Views as we cruised across the lake. The boat was fully loaded.
Beautiful chalets and little villages were scattered beside the lake.
The church where the wedding of Maria & Captain Avon Trapp was filmed for The Sound of Music.
Inside that church in the town of Mondee

It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed it very much. We arrived back at the hotel at 6:35 and left again at 7:30 to Walk to an included dinner at some huge hotel where there seemed to be hundreds eating. It was about a 20 minute walk and many of us found it difficult after a full day. Dinner didn’t impress either. The only good part was the dessert. We caught a taxi back to the hotel as we weren’t going to walk at 10pm.

The included dinners have been a disappointment. Perhaps they should reduce the price and let us find our own!

It was a lovely day though. Such stunning scenery!