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Top-Rated Lodgings and Hotels in Austria to Plan Your Itinerary

Sep 9, 2008
Austria is a nation known for its scenic beauty, as well as its old-fashioned hospitality. It is a place where travelers are often greeted as old friends, not just tourists. Whether you choose to stay at a country inn or in a city hotel, Austria offers some of the finest lodging options in the world. Karen Brown, a prolific travel writer as well as host of a detailed travel website, compiles a yearly list of her readers' favorite lodgings. Here are some of Austria's most recommended hotels and inns.

With sweeping vistas of vineyards and the hills beyond, it's little wonder that Schloss Kapfenstein has been rated as Austria's Most Romantic lodging by readers at Karen Brown's World of Travel. The castle hotel is decorated with antiques and full of old-world charm. The restored gatekeeper's quarters and tower room are especially romantic suites, perfect for honeymooners or anyone in search of romance. Dinners at the hotel feature regional cuisine prepared by the owner's son, who serves as executive chef. In the summer months, guests can relax and enjoy the view while sipping a glass of the inn's own award-winning wine.

Landhaus Zu Appesbach in Saint Wolfgang is truly a lodging fit for a king, or at least a former king. Great Britain's King George VIII sought refuge at the hotel after abdicating his throne, and guests can stay in the same suite as the former monarch. The hotel's impressive guest list is just one of its many attributes. The grounds of woods and expansive lawns are impressive, as is the manor's ivy-covered exterior. Many guest rooms feature decks or balconies with views of the lake, which has its own pier and swimming dock. Landhaus has been rated by Karen Brown readers as Austria's Warmest Welcome and much of this is due the untiring kindness of the host, Maximilian.

If you want to pack all the Austrian charm possible into a more affordable hotel, try the Hotel Wolf. This Salzburg gem won the 2007 Readers' Choice Award as Austria's Greatest Value. The hotel is located in the center of Old Salzburg, and the family-owned lodging offers a variety of charming and comfortable rooms. An expansive breakfast buffet is served each morning. Best of all, the hotel's location can't be beat. Many of Salzburg's most popular attractions are just minutes away.

If its luxury and romance you crave, Salzburg's Hotel Goldener Hirsch is sure to fit the bill. Rated by Karen Brown readers as Austria's best Splendid Splurge, the hotel features a variety of individually decorated guest rooms. Many of the furnishings are antiques. Within the hotel, you'll find a bar and a restaurant that serves traditional Austrian cuisine.

Perhaps you'll spend your Austrian vacation in one of the nation's mountain or lake regions, taking in the scenery and enjoy the fresh air. Another option is to begin in Salzburg and work your way to Vienna, with plenty of interesting stops along the way. Check out the Karen Brown site for more information on itineraries and Austria travel planning. Austria is full of interesting options, and no matter what you choose, you'll be glad you traveled to this fairy-tale land.
About the Author
Tess Kirkpatrick loves boutique hotels and traveling. For more information on these Austria hotels and inns or for comprehensive Austria itinerary details, check out the Karen Brown website today.
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