The hills are alive with the sound of cow bells. We are now in the beautiful country of Austria, just a few miles outside of Salzburg in the lakeside town of Fuschl am See. During the drive to our destination, we encountered a traffic jam of sorts…cows being lead down the middle of the road. They were being brought down from the high mountain meadows before the start of winter.
Standing on our balcony at our hotel, Ebner’s Waldhof, we can see cows grazing in the field next door. Yes, the hills are definitely alive with the sound of cowbells.
Ebner’s Waldhof is a family owned hotel that started out in 1958 as a small pension with 30 beds. Over the years the hotel has been renovated and expanded to a lovely complex of old and new buildings with a very large spa with indoor and outdoor pools. Throughout the day, you see the owner and his son constantly greeting guests.
Meals are included when you stay at the Waldhof. Breakfast is a hearty beginning to the day in Germanic countries and my husband always looks forward to the homemade whole grain rolls, meats and cheeses.
Dinner can be taken at any of the three restaurants. We decided to try the Vital Restaurant for one of our dinners. By Vital, they mean healthy but believe me it was great.
There was nothing about the meal that would make you think that you were giving up delicious flavors for healthy eating. At the end of the meal we were full and completely happy with our decision.
The next morning we went for a ride to several of the other lakes in the immediate area. This is a lovely area of mountains, lakes, waterfalls, castles, and small villages. The villages line the shorelines and up the slopes of the mountains. They offer an insight into the simple pleasures of the life in this beautiful region.
What a difference a day makes. When we first arrived, we had glorious sunshine as we have had so far on our journey. Sitting in the sunroom of the spa, one moment there was sunshine and then all of a sudden the skies changed and then there was snow. An elderly gentleman walked past and said “Happy New Year”. Everyone from the area told me that October wanted to be December. I love their expressions. I hurried upstairs and took some photos…this is the same shot as our first day at the resort.
What do you do when the weather turns rainy, snowy, etc.? Go to a museum. My husband is a Formula One race fan and the Red Bull Team has their headquarters at the Salzburg airport. The Red Bull Museum is a totally amazing place to visit. Not only is there a display of their race cars but a wonderful collection of antique and collector planes.
The building itself is worth the visit. The museum has two bars and restaurants. One of the bars hangs from the ceiling and you reach it by a catwalk. The Icarus Restaurant has a different famous chef from Europe each month and if you wish to eat there you have to make a reservation weeks in advance. If you go to Salzburg, make sure you go to Red Bull even if the sun is shining brightly.