Mondsee, Austria is a charming lakeside village and a popular place for both native Austrians and tourists to visit. Situated about 30 minutes outside the city of Salzburg, Mondsee makes for a great weekend lake escape for locals. It’s also a favorite stop on “The Sound of Music” tour.
The town of Mondsee
With brightly colored buildings and outdoor cafes that line the street, the minute you arrive in Mondsee you will be taken aback by its charm. It’s hard not to relax and just be in the moment when you are in Mondsee. Sit and have lunch, an afternoon cup of tea, a glass of wine or a beer, or some delicious, refreshing ice cream. We completely forgot about our day’s itinerary and everything else we planned to see, and just got lost in the delightful atmosphere of this small town. Sometimes you just have to do that on a trip, and it was wonderful. There are also little shops selling everything from Edelweiss trinkets to lederhosen. The Edelweiss is a popular white flower in Austria found in the alps, and perhaps more notably, the name of one of the songs in “The Sound of Music” movie.
At the heart of the town is the prominent Mondsee Abbey. The beautiful church is a must-visit for guests to the town. It’s free to enter, and is just as pretty on the inside as it is on the outside.
You may actually recognize the interior of the church from “The Sound of Music”. It was the setting for Maria and Baron von Trapps’ wedding. Although the famous scene was filmed inside the church, the outside of the abbey never appeared in the movie. It was awesome to finally lay eyes on the exterior of the church featured in one of my favorite movies of all time.
Just a short walk down a shady tree-lined road is a lovely lake where kids and adults alike pass time splashing in the water. We didn’t want to walk back to the car and change into our swimsuits, so we sat at the edge of the lake and dangled our feet in instead. It was fun to watch the ducks and swans swimming nearby. They seemed to be enjoying the perfect summer weather just as much as we were.
Along the shoreline of the lake, people can sit at tables and have a drink or a light lunch. There are also grassy areas and a splash fountain for kids to play. It would be the perfect place for a picnic or even a relaxing afternoon siesta in the grass.
While Vienna was one of the highlights of Austria for me, my husband, Damon, particularly liked Mondsee. If you are looking to escape the larger cities and the crowds, it is definitely a great Austrian alternative to Vienna or Salzburg. Even if you only decide to spend an hour or so, it is worth the slight detour to see this charming town!
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