When I found out my wedding photography job would take me to Austria, I was super excited. Only issue was that it happened to be on Serbian Orthodox Christmas and I didn’t want to be apart from my family (my husband is Serbian Orthodox). Solution? Take the whole family to Austria and make a holiday out of it!

We decided to fly this time which wasn’t actually too bad except for the packing situation! We had booked one large bag and hand luggage times 5 but it became quite clear that we would need two large bags. As I’m a last minute packer, we were scrambling to purchase more luggage allowance online the night before - New Years Eve. I think this was only because its winter though, travelling in summer would, in theory, be much lighter! Another tip - for those going for a few days, driving and parking turned out cheaper than getting a taxi to/ from the airport.

British Airways and Heathrow was amazing with the children. They have their own check-in area for those with children, the kids received an activity pack and Carluccio’s had a “children eat free” deal.

The flight itself was pretty painless (and that means a lot as I’m not a great flyer) and after just 90 minutes, we arrived in Salzburg.

Usually hotels don’t really suit us - rooms are small or they simply don’t accommodate a family of 5 but The Crowne Plaza Salzburg,  ‘The Pitter’ was an exception. Room 520 was amazing!! The space, the view, the complimentary mini-bar and the included breakfasts in their beautiful roof-top restaurant, IMLAUER, was impeccable. The location is right in the centre of the new town and only a short 10 minute walk (20 with children) to the old town.

As usual, we tried to mix things for the children with things for us. Salzburg was a great city for little people. Its small enough to get around on foot and there are an abundance of activities. We tried out the Natural History and Science Museum as well as The Toy Museum. Both were fantastic and we spend almost a day in each with the kids asking to go back again!

Activities for us included walking around, exploring the Hohensalzburg Castle (which we got to by riding a funicular - a very steep railway. Tip: within the castle is a beautiful little puppetry museum that the kids thorogoughly enjoyed), Mirabell Palace, Salzburg Cathedral and Untersberg Mountains. Untersberg mountains are like everything you see in pictures of Austria - huge, snow capped mountains. They’re about a 30 minute bus trip out of the city but so worth it. We caught a cable car to the top (super scary for me but everyone else was fine) and found loads of snow, hiking trails and even a cute traditional restaurant. The views were incredible but the children faces as they played in the snow were the best part! One word of warning though - the trails are deep in snow, can be slippery and there are no rails, with the mountain beneath you. We found a spot away from the edge and just let the children play.

Final tip for Salzburg: buy the Salzburg Card. It gives you entry into most of the tourist destinations as well as all public transportation. Definitely worth it.

Day 5 came around way too quickly. We packed up our things, picked up our rental car (an Alfa Romeo sports car that we really had to squish into!) and headed to Ebensee, a little Austrian village on the Traunsee Lake.

Our Airbnb (there was only 1 hotel but it didn’t have rooms big enough for us) was perfect. A beautiful balance of modern necessities and old world charm.

On our first evening, we were in awe of a local lights festival called Glöcklerlauf. The streets were filled with crowds as lines of people walked the streets dressed in white with large colourful hats and cow bells on. A beautiful sight.

My job took me away for the days but my husband took our children to a nearby playground, forrest hikes and to the top of Feuerkogel Mountain for a bit of tobogganing.

Our last two nights were spent trying out the local cuisine whilst celebrating Serbian Christmas. The food was a bit heavy and salty for my taste but the children loved having soup and schnitzel every night!

Sadly our Austrian getaway came to an end way too quickly and we were heading home before we knew it but not before a quick stop to Langbathseen to feed the ducks!

Please keep a look out for some of my wedding work - I will be blogging about it in the next few weeks.
 

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