Apartment Ausstellungsstrasse

The Joint

Ausstellungsstraße 31
1020 Wien
Phone: +43-1-728 66 98


This was a fantastic apartment in a great location. My only complaint: the listing says it has an oven; if it did, we couldn’t find it. Generous fridge, beautiful interiors, and most of all, a very helpful, friendly, and informative landlord. I’d love to come back to Vienna and stay there again.

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We are vocal advocates of vacation apartments over hotels when you’re staying for a few days in a certain area and when you’ve got 4 people (or more) all traveling together. It usually ends up being significantly cheaper (due to kitchen facilites and no housekeeping) than a hotel. Still, this place was a shock upon arrival. The apartment is HUGE! Not just in area, but volume, with gorgeous high ceilings. The landlord, from whom we picked up the keys, gave us a very thorough tour, several maps of the area and lots of great tips for the area (where’s the ATM, closest grocery store, etc.). Plus, it was on the European 3rd (American 4th) floor of a walkup building – great to work off those Viennese pastries!

Sound of Music Tour

The Joint

PANORAMA TOURS & TRAVEL Gesellschaft m.b.H.
Schrannengasse 2/2
A-5020 Salzburg
Phone: +43 662 / 88 32 11 0


St. Gilgan
St. Gilgan, on the

This is a great 4-hour tour.

SoM house - or was it?
November 2006

It was much better in November 2004 (although the weather was better this time around), owing to a much smaller vehicle and tour group size. Note to prospective participants: find out before you book whether you’ll be doing the tour on a giant tour bus (seating about 100) or perhaps in a minivan. The minivan is in my opinion, a much better deal. Both times I have taken the tour, we had Sue as our guide, who is very informative and enthusiastic.

Gabe and Cliff
and Brian in
November 2004

But I liked it better when it was just her and me and Brian and Gabe and the Vietnamese Family from Canada and Team Malaysia* piled into the minivan.


Despite the number of people on the tour bus, this was a really good time. Sue, our guide, was so knowledgeable and personable. And even though she must be sick to death of this movie, she’s able to infuse her commentary with enthusiasm. Plus, given the variety of locations, you get a great opportunity to see much of Salzburg and the surrounding area.


The Joint

Griesgasse 23
5020 Salzburg


Started off this trip through Austria correctly; that is, with a nice Schnitzel. This place had great big portions of traditional Austrian cuisine in what looked to me like traditional Austrian decor. Nothing fancy or high-falootin. And we were all happy with our stuff. I’d come back here again. The neon sign, nearly visible across the river, gave me doubts as we approached, but they were unfounded. Our waitress was friendlier than most, so that was nice too.


This place was outstanding! We found it in the Frommer’s Austria that Carolyn brought us and we were not disappointed. It’s in the old city area, about a three-minute walk from the house in which Mozart was born. There might be more than one dining room, as the one we were in looked sort of small. The place was decorated with lots of murals depicting the history of the area and old dark wood and brass around the booths. The service was wonderful and the beer was worth writing home about.

But the best part was the food! Big portions for small prices and the quality of the ingredients and preparation was outstanding. I had the Schweinebraten (pork roast) with Semmelknödel (bread dumpling), a dish I’ve had several times since moving to Germany and I can easily say this is the best permutation I’ve had yet. Don’t miss the Sternbräu if you’re ever in Salzburg!

K & K

The Joint

Waagplatz 2
Salzburg, Salzburg


Started the trip off with…goose, since I’m a Michi…gander!

This place was nice and quiet on a Sunday afternoon, if a bit smoky despite there being only one other party in the downstairs luncheon room. The smoked breast of goose was very good, if a bit pricey. But hey – it was goose, so what was I to expect? The plum strudel and walnut ice cream afterwards was delightful.


This is one of the restaurant offerings in the hotel K & K. I had the small sauerkraut and bratwurst, and for the price I expected something a little more impressive than what I got. The kraut kind of lacked seasoning and the brats tasted like the ones I just buy from the grocery store here. But the dessert was wonderful and the location of this place is pretty unbeatable.

NH Salzburg

The Joint

Franz-Josef-Strasse 26
A-5020 Salzburg, Salzburg
Phone: +43 662 8820410 Fax: +43 662 874240



Sarah scoped a great price. Too bad it didn’t include breakfast. We found out only after chowing on it that it was €14 per person. Yowch.


The price was pretty unbeatable (59€/night!) for the location, but finding out that breakfast wasn’t included was a nasty shock. But it was an awfully tasty and varied breakfast.

The hotel has a very sleek, modern lobby – somewhat japanese in style. This was kind of misleading when it actually came to the rooms themselves. They were plenty comfortable and the bathrooms (my personal obsession) were very clean with good water pressure. But there was nothing of the style from the lobby.

A big bonus here is that they have a fitness and sauna facility for all guests to use. Make sure you go down to the sauna already in a robe and carrying your towel – there’s no private changing room down there!

Gasthof Humler Hof

The Joint

Fam. Kirchmair
Nößlach 483
A – 6156 Gries am Brenner
Phone: +43 – (0)5274 / 87 500 Fax: +43 – (0)5274 / 87 500-22



Austria Alps I thought it was really nice of them to serve us lunch at an obviously weird hour — we were the only ones making use of the restaurant (must have been smack in the middle of the big break between normal lunch and dinner hours). The Schnitzel with mushroom cream sauce was nice, and though I would have preferred fresh mushrooms to the canned ones, it was still pretty good. And the home-made Spätzle was excellent. We discovered some very nice views of the area on our little stroll after lunch:

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We stopped here for lunch on the way home from Italy. It was close to two o’clock and most restaurants in these parts (especially in small towns like this one) close between lunch hours and dinner hours. So we were pretty surprised that this place was open. They had a salad bar set-up, which is really unusual. Unfortunately, many of the offerings were kind of wet – drippy lettuce, asparagus swimming in marinade, etc. Cliff and I had the same thing and as he mentioned above, the homemade Spätzle was really good, Schnitzel and sauce were nice, too bad about the canned mushrooms. I personally think the most impressive thing about this place was the view!

Vital-Family-Landgasthof Stadt Wien

The Joint

Schmittenstraße 41
A-5700 Zell am See
Phone: +43-6542 / 7620 Fax: +43-6542 / 762-51
web: http://www.hotel-stadtwien.at/


Stadt WienWhat a great place. We traveled here with Kim and Oscar (our pals from Regensburg). It was about 3.5 or 4 hours by car from Regensburg. Since the trip was organized through Oscar’s work, there was a great discount. But even without it, we had a great time (see our pictures for proof).

The best parts, for me, were the proximity to the slopes (skiing down the hill into the hotel parking lot is a nice perk) and the included breakfasts, dinners, and apres ski snacks. I would love to go back there again.


Wow. What a fantastic place! So fabulous, we’ve been raving about it to friends ever since we went. The rooms are lovely and extremely Alpine in style. The service and amenities are extraordinary! As I wasn’t a skier when we went (neither was Kim), I got a facial and a massage while the guys were off on the slopes. The rate we paid was inclusive of breakfast and dinner, and both were exceptional. For breakfast, there’s a large buffet with fruits, yogurts, cereals, breads and eggs with several different kinds of juice, coffee and tea. Dinner replaces the buffet with a large salad bar, breads, cheese and spreads. The main meal is a choice of two or three main entrées. Everything was outstanding. Can’t recommend this place highly enough.