I want to discover magical places
You're walking through a cool, shady forest of evergreens, sun spots dancing on the needle-covered ground. Up and up you go. And then, suddenly, the giant trees recede, giving way to an icy blue lake embedded between high peaks. It looks heavily filtered Instagram photo - and yet, it's real and you're in the middle of it all. Find out where other travellers experienced magical places in Austria:
A Story of Kindness, Consideration, and Love in the City of Salzburg
"My favourite travel experiences in Austria are many from my first visit to Salzburg in September 2000 - so good we returned in December. After that, we visited Vienna the following December and then back to Salzburg in '03, which is my most memorable holiday - not necessarily for the right reasons. After suffering a serious injury in an accident on an excursion, I found myself being operated on and having to spend a few days in the main A&E hospital in Salzburg.
It was the kindness, consideration and help given by everyone from the paramedics to all the hospital staff, along with the help given by the hotel to my uninjured companion in ensuring that they were well looked after. Then there was the start of the journey back to Edinburgh on 24th December 2003. The two paramedics taking us up to Munich were truly amazing and so helpful, even giving both of us small bags of Christmas biscuit type treats.
But what topped everything was the sunrise over Salzburg that morning. I have never ever seen one like it since, one of nature's true wonders. It reminded me of how my mum described a rainbow when I asked her when I was a wee boy: Rather than go into the scientific explanation she simply said "it's magical". That sunrise was the same.
So, thank you, Austria and your people.
I have been back a couple of times since, most recently to Vienna in January."
-- Roddie, Edinburgh
Cycling and Deep Gorges in Carinthia
"Kärnten seems to be off the tourist trail, which is a shame because the scenery, lakes and mountains are fantastic. The food is excellent, wherever you go. Activities are brilliant, being able to cycle beside the river Drau and its nature park. The Tscheppaschlucht is an amazing adventure into this deep gorge - before you come out to a beautiful 'fairy land' and enjoy a well-earned Bier."
-- John, Harrow