Best of the Best 2018 - 390
Lake views in Hallstatt, pleasing bike paths and rock stars of art nouveau.
Day at the Lake
Read the names painted amid the
crosses, roses and other details
on some 600 skulls in the Charnel
House (or "bone house") in the
otherwise perfectly picturesque
town of Hallstatt. Sandwiched
between soaring mountains and
a tranquil blue lake, the town also
has a museum of early Iron Age
civilization. Other options for this
day trip include visiting ancient
salt mines, a cruise on the lake, and
thrilling alpine adventures.
Cycling the Danube
Clockwise from top:
Lakeside village of Hallstatt;
biking through the Austrian
Cruise through Austria's gently
rolling Waldviertel, a landscape of
wildflower-dappled hills and tidy
forests, to the stately Schloss
Rosenburg, owned by the Hoyos
family since 1681. Take in a falconry
demonstration and enjoy a
schnitzel lunch before pedaling
on to the Kamptal wine region.
This six-day, two-country, familyfriendly biking tour is active yet
relaxed, with plenty of time to
explore. In the Czech Republic,
stay two nights in the city of Ceský
Krumlov before arriving in Prague.
Study the golden sheen of Gustav
Klimt's masterwork, The Kiss, up
close and without crowds in
Vienna's Belvedere Museum.
The museum's two baroque
palaces are themselves a
UNESCO World Heritage site;
within, browse a collection of
24 Klimts, plus works by Egon
Schiele, Oskar Kokoschka and
other Austrian artists. This afterhours tour is exclusive to your
tour group and includes a
catered welcome reception.
Your Virtuoso travel advisor
can arrange these exceptional
experiences and more.