3 days in Austria : Day 1

Last week, I’ve spent 3 days in Austria. I’ve decided to write a post per day spent there. So let’s start with the first day.

The reason why I’ve been to Austria is I’ve got a friend who’s an aupair there (and she also got a blog, if you would like to check it out!). When we realised, I’d be in Switzerland at the same time she would be in Austria, we immediately said we had to visit each other as those countries are next to each other. In January, she came to Switzerland to see me and celebrate her birthday. Now, it was my time to visit her in Austria.

Although, the journey is quite long and we’ve been struggling to find some time to organise that, as I usually ‘only’ got my weekends off. So, if it was to spend way more time on the road than actually with her in Austria, there was no point.

It was half term the past week though. And as an au pair, it means working more as the kids (just the 5yo girl in my case) don’t go to school during that week. As I worked more, my host family kindly gave me my Friday off. I could have used it to relax but as soon as I knew I had my friday off, I booked my tickets to visit Rosie in her austrian village.

Thanks to Goeuro, I found some really cheap tickets to Oberstdorf, which is in Germany but only a 45 minutes bus journey away from Baad, Austria. As I’ve already talked about in my post about tips for travelling, travelling overnight can be such a good alternative. You save money AND time. So instead of paying 350 euros the return to travel 7 hours during the day, I paid 85 euros the return to travel more than 11 hours, during the night. I had to change trains several times which didn’t help me to sleep at all. I think I managed to sleep 2 hours so I was knackered but it was so worth it. So please, stop saying travelling is expensive, just do it differently and it’ll become cheap.

Anyway, let’s get started about what I’ve done on Friday 1st March. I arrived around 1pm to my friend’s place. She works as an aupair for a family who runs a beautiful lodge in Baad. They’re adorable and I can’t thank them enough for their wonderful hospitality. I leave you the link to their website just here, if you’re ever going to Austria and look for a place to stay, you won’t regret it!

After taking a 30 minutes nap, I was ready to go exploring! It started to snow the morning I arrived and now it was snowing more and more. That didn’t stop us going for a walk. I was in Austria for the first time ever and it definitely felt like I was in a snow globe. Even though, it was so slippery due to the snow and I almost fell so many times (I swear, I didn’t fall!!), it was truly magical.

Yep, we couldn’t see a thing!
It was sooooo slippery. BUT I didn’t fall.
Rosie knows how to casually pose…

After our walk, it was around 5pm which means time to drink in Austria! As it’s quite a cold country, pubs/bars close early sooooo. After pre dinking, we went to the Umbrella bar. I wish I could share some pictures with you but I didn’t take any! Only videos which are way too embarrassing to share haha… I’ll leave you on those pictures I took ‘at night’ and stay tuned for Day 2 in Austria!

With love, Anaïs

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  1. This is a really pretty place!

    You were brave to risk losing sleep to go! It looks totally worth it though, looking forwards to seeing your next posts!

    Jess (coffee and corfu) xx

    1. Thank you Jess!!! Xx
      I can’t wait to write the other posts hahah

  2. Great post! And love the layout, well done on going self-hosted hehe.
    I’ve never travelled during the night by myself, I’d be a little scared to! But the place looks beautiful and I’m glad you were able to see your friend. Can’t wait to see what you did on the next day ! x

    1. Thank you!!
      Actually, I wasn’t scared at all as I never think of the possible dangers (I maybe should haha) but the people who knew I was travelling at night were so worried for me, oops hahaha

  3. Glad you didn’t fall in the snow. Austria looks beautiful.

    1. hahaha thanks! It is a beautiful country indeed Xx

  4. AHHH SO MUCH SNOW!!! Also I know this wasn’t the main focus on the post but I am at this very moment begging my boyfriend to go with me to that lodge, it is so beautiful!!!!!!!

    1. Yes, the snow was CRAZY!!!!
      Oh please go, go, go and tell them you went there because of my post hahaha The lodge is so nice and the people who work there as well xx

  5. I LOVE Austria so much! I used to go every year with my family and these pictures make me miss it so much <3 so beautiful!

    1. It is a wonderful country indeed, thanks for your lovely comment!! Xx

  6. Great post! And Austria looks beautiful. Especially the picture with the mountain!

    1. Thanks a lot!!!

  7. Wow it looks so magical! That’s nice that you got given time off so you could see your friend! Good advice on travelling at night too, such a good way to save money.

    1. Austria looks magical indeed!!!
      Thanks for your lovely comment xx

  8. Wow! Completely beautiful. I have been to Austria but it was in May and much of the snow had melted. Loved it then but trading your post makes me want to return.

    1. Thank you so much for a lovely comment!!
      You definitely need to go back but in winter this time so you’ll see the snow xx

  9. Gotta love having international friends; it gives you places to visit! The snow looks so nice! I really must make it to Austria one of these days.

    1. It is amazing to have international friends indeed! She is actually from New Zealand but is currently living in Austria. I met her in UK 2 years ago haha
      Austria is beautiful, you should visit if you have the opportunity! Xx

  10. So much snow! Forever envious of your life, although the lack of sleep not so much, haha! Also such a great tip about travelling over night, I can’t believe how much you managed to save! Can’t wait to read about day 2 and 3! x

    1. Oh please don’t be envious of my life hahaha Xx
      Yeah, it’s crazy how much cheaper it was!!
      Thanks a lot for your lovely comment Hannah!

  11. Great that the two of you could meet up! Austria looks so beautiful. I love snow so this is basically the dream for me. You saved a fortune on your travel, you’re so good at finding the cheaper ways. It sounds like an amazing day, I can’t wait to read about the other days x


    1. Asutria is paradise for you then if you love snow haha!
      I’m trying to save as much as I can to travel as much as I can as well so yeah, i’m always looking for bargains hahaha

  12. Wow! Such an exciting trip. The photos are amazing and I know you enjoyed your time there! Thanks for sharing with us❤️

    1. It was exciting indeed! Thanks so much for your lovely comment ❤

  13. Stunning post and scenery! I love your photography, I can tell it has been done by the hand of a true artist.
    Great work!

    1. Oh wow, thanks so much for this adorable comment!!! It means a lot to me xx

      1. Your very welcome! Keep up the great work! 👍🏻 ♥️

        1. ❤❤❤

  14. Looks beautiful. You have taken some great photographs! I have never been before. Sounds like you have had a great trip, thank you for sharing xx

    1. Thanks a lot Lauren!!
      It was such a nice trip indeed, I had a wonderful time exploring with my friend xx

  15. These photos are so beautiful!! I’ve been meaning to head over to Austria for forever now. There’s something about snow that just makes me so happy 😍😍 looks like it was a bit crazy during your stay but looks like you made the best of it!

    1. Thanks a lot Ashley!
      You should definitely go to Austria if you ever got the opportunity! Especially if you love snow, the country is basically made for you then hahah

  16. Wow! We never get snow like that in the UK (hardly ever anyway!) I would have definitely fallen 😂. Love the tip about travelling through the night. Also, a great tip is travelling on ‘off-peak’ days so like a Sunday or other days in the week rather than the weekend. It sounds like you got a bargain though!
    Looks like you had a first great day in Austria….looking forward to hearing about your other days of your trip! Love your photos too 😍

    Aimsy xoxo

    1. haha yeah the snow in Austria is absolutely CRAZY.
      Yeah true about travelling ‘off-peak’ days, I haven’t thought of it so thanks for sharing!
      Thank you for your lovely comment ❤❤

  17. I adore Austria! When I was younger, we would have our yearly family holidays in Austria most of the time. This was always in Summer, but I’ve always wanted to see the country during Winter… your pictures make me want it even more! Looks like you had such a fab time ❤

    1. Seems like a great holiday memory!!
      You defo need to visit Austria with the snow, it is beautiful ❤

  18. I’m desperate to visit Austria! This post and your pictures have made me want to go even more. 😍

    1. You need to go if you have the opportunity! This is such a stunning country!!!
      Thanks for your lovely comment 💖

  19. Look at this lovely snow filled wonderland! So pretty! Definitely agree about travelling over night when really short on time off! X

  20. Lellalee says:

    I’ve never been to Austria, but it’s now only my travel list! It looks amazing … and your pictures are fabulous!!! xxx


    1. It is such an amazing place!! Thank you lovely xx

  21. melisliving says:

    Wow this looks like a magical place! Also love your point ‘stop saying travelling is expensive, just do it differently and it’ll become cheap.’ I totally agree with this. Thanks for sharing, Melis

    1. It was magical indeed!!! Loved it x
      Thank you Melis!

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