I’ve talked a lot about the epic roadtrip through the Austrian mountains Vivi and I went on in July these past few weeks. In order to wrap it all up, though, I decided to summarize the entire week and provide you with a quick summary of where we’ve been, talk you through the roadtrip per se and tell you a bit about the fabulous Opel Mokka X * we got to drive during the week.
Coming up with a roadtrip route – our Destinations
The most difficult thing about planning our roadtrip most definitely was to come up with a roadmap including destinations we both want to visit and places we’d like to spend the night at. We started this process with a huge list of places to see in Austria and then tried to condense it down to those that would enable us to drive as little as possible without having to step back on adventure. And I think we did that quiet well. So here’s what we visited during our one-week roadtrip through the Austrian mountains.
Rax | Lower Austria
Our first stop after getting the car in Vienna was Lower Austria, more specifically Kirchberg am Wechsel. We booked two nights at the Molzbachhof and departed to our first adventures from there. Particularly we decided to hike up the Rax and have a look at the beautiful, picturesque village of Reichenau at the foot of the mountains.
Gesäuse National Park | Styria
From Lower Austria we departed towards Styria to explore the Gesäuse national park. I’ve been living in Graz for four years now and funnily enough have never heard of that place. After a scenic drive through the national park we hiked up to the Mödlingerhütte and enjoyed the evening up there, watching the sun set behind the mountains. The Gesäuse is absolutely gorgeous and definitely worth a visit – next time I desperately want to check out the stunning library in Admont!
Hochkönig | Salzburg
Having seen that gem of a destination in Styria, we decided to head towards Salzburg for some more hiking. Salzburg is gorgeous and provided us with plenty of opportunities for hiking and adventure. We opted for the Hochkönig with its hundreds of outdoor activities first and didn’t regret it at all. After that, we made a quick pit stop in Zell am See – a city that is remarkable on its own.
Asitz | Salzburg
Last but not least, we stopped in Leogang at the Salzburgerhof directly at the foot of the Asitz. There we went for a bike ride to Saalfelden am Steinernen Meer (a gorgeous town amidst the mountains) and drove up the Asitz for one last hike.
The Opel Mokka X aka the perfect Roadtrip Companion
Opel kindly provided us with the perfect roadtrip companion for our week of adventure – the Mokka X. I already drove that car in Scotland at its presentation last year and was positive it’d be the ideal car for a trip like this. And right I was. The spacious car offered enough place to put our suitcases, hiking gear and everything else we needed. Its seats were so comfortable we didn’t even mind the long drives. I’m not a very practiced driver (as I do not own a car myself) – however, the automatic Opel Mokka X made driving such a treat. I enjoyed speeding through the countryside and stopping wherever we felt like. Due to its 4×4 drive, hill-start technology, and descent control system, going up and down the mountains was no problem at all and we felt super comfortable driving any road.
Let’s go on a roadtrip, baby!
Furthermore, we found the Opel OnStar to be such a cool widget. The on board wifi was a super cool gimmick and actually very helpful for us bloggers. Also, the fact that whenever something should happen, we’d only have to push a button reassured us and made us feel way safer. Another thing that we loved about the car was how fuel-efficient it actually is. When traveling such long distances gas is always an issue and we managed to get along with as little fuelling up as possible. Thumbs up! As we didn’t sleep that much during the nights, we took shifts napping in the passenger seat, which was surprisingly comfortable. All in all, it’s a really great car for exactly these purposes.
I have to admit, I’d be way too anxious to drive the huge Opel Mokka X in the city myself. Luckily, Vivi took up that part ;)
Have you ever been on a roadtrip through the Austrian mountains? And what do you think the perfect roadtrip car must be like? Let’s chat in the comments below J
*Big thank you goes out to Opel for partnering up with Miss Getaway and Vanillaholica on this trip and supplying us with the Opel Mokka X for the week. We absolutely adored the car and always appreciate working with you.