Wilkommen in Osterreich!
Welcome to Austria!
The first in a series of Pack-n-Go Girls travel adventure books, Mystery of the Ballerina Ghost, takes girls to the beautiful country of Austria. Mystery of the Secret Room and Mystery of the Christmas Market also take place in Austria. If you’ve read “What to Know Before You Go” in the back of the book, you already know a little about Austria. Here are a few more interesting photos Brooke captured on her recent trip to Kitzbuhel. And scroll down for more interesting information about Austria!
Isn’t it just gorgeous? Everywhere you look it’s pretty enough to be a postcard.
See what I mean about all the beautiful flowers in the windows? I especially love this photo because it’s of Konditore, my favorite dessert place in Kitzbuhel!
I haven’t gotten to ride in the horse drawn carriage yet, but Mom says we’ll do it at Christmas when my dad and brothers come back to Austria with us.
These are three members of the brass quintet that played in the church. It was fun because for the concert they were dressed in their lederhosen and hats.
Austria has so many beautiful old churches. Sometimes we go to concerts at the churches.
Isn’t it beautiful? I love that they’ve closed the street off to cars.
These benches are a great place to people watch on a busy day–especially if I’m eating an ice cream cone!
Here are a few of my friends at their school.
Can you see what they are reading? We read fairy tales, just like Americans do.
One of my favorite things to do is go to the old castle in Salzburg.
During Christmas, we love to visit the Christmas Markets. We call them Christkindlmarkt.
Here's one of my friends - she read the story about Brooke and I at the Christmas Market.
- FREE German language podcast: German is spoken not only in Germany, but also in Austria!
- Kitzbuhel Tourism: Plan a trip to Kitzbuhel or at least check out what there is to do there.
- Kitzbuhel on TripAdvisor: See what others have said about traveling in Kitzbuhel.
- Kitzbuhel Snow Report: If you are like Brooke from Colorado, you may like to ski. Check out the snow conditions in Kitzbuhel – in winter, of course!
- Weather in Kitzbuhel: If you are planning on traveling to Kitzbuhel, check the weather first so you know what to pack!
- Austria Facts: Want to know more about Austria in general? Check out this link.
- The Vienna Boys Choir: Check out this world-famous Austrian choir in a commercial for the European Football Championship (which is called soccer in the US!)
- Yodeling: Okay this guy is, in fact, German, not Austrian. But he is one of the most famous yodeler. The yodel is a song which is sung with an extended note which rapidly and repeatedly changes in pitch and makes a high-low-high-low sound. Developed in the Central Alps as a method of communication between alpine mountaineers or between alpine villages, the yodel later became part of the region’s traditional lore and musical expression. The technique is used in many cultures throughout the world and Austria is one of the countries where it is most popular.
- More Yodeling in Austria: Since this is such a fun topic, here is another one with Franzl Lang yodeling on an Austrian hiking path. And, as a bonus, there is a video to learn how to yodel. Your parents will appreciate this new skill!
- One More Yodeling Video: I guess we are on a roll with this yodeling thing – check out this 12 year old girl on New Zealand’s Got Talent singing He Taught Me to Yodel. And if you want to sing this song, you can find the words here.
- The Sound of Music: If you haven’t already watched this classic movie, now is the time. It is set in Salzburg, Austria.
Travel to Austria Today – in a Book!
Mystery of the Ballerina Ghost (Austria 1)
Mystery of the Secret Room (Austria 2)
Mystery at the Christmas Market (Austria 3)
Austria Country Exploration Kit
What People Are Saying About Pack-n-Go Girls Austria Adventures
This is a perfect book for young readers who want to learn more about different countries and cultures. I learned several new things about the country of Austria while I was reading. This is the first in a series that follows Brooke and her new friend Eva. The mystery in this story is perfect for beginning readers . . . the illustrations are well drawn and bring the details of the story to life. At the end of the book there is a section of facts about the country of Austria. I loved the recipe and the German words that readers could learn. Overall, I will be highly recommending this book to readers.
Teachers interested in using this series in their classroom will want to sign up for free teaching resources. These books are ideal for students reading at an end-of-year second grade/early third grade level. In the back of the books there is extra nonfiction information that could be utilized in the classroom.
Great Minds Don't Think Alike
The book is set in the wonderful setting of Schloss Mueller (Castle Mueller) and Malika loved imagining what it would be like to live in the Castle with Brooke and Eva and of course the mysterious Ballerina Ghost. We loved the effortless way the book compared the differences between buildings in Colorado and Austria, the amazing Austrian foods and cafe life in Austria.
Family in Finland
“The Mystery of the Ballerina Ghost” offers an appealing invitation to celebrate and explore diverse cultures and countries with just a tantalizing touch of mysterious spice, the unknown horizon to entice further exploration and growth.
Midwest Book Review