Austria is full of breath-taking landscapes, stunning architecture, culinary delights and so much more. From the Alps in the west to the vineyards in the east, mighty river valleys to gorgeous cities. There is so much to do but no matter what you decide, it will be a trip to remember.
This depends on what you want to do! The best time for hiking and walking tours or visiting cities is from April to October with the peak summer season being in July and August, however if you are looking to explore the magic of winter, then you should go between December and March.
It would have been impossible for me to not fall in love with Vienna. Culture has always been a vital point for me and with Vienna being home to some of the greatest composers and masters in the history of classical music, that feeling of veneration was simply beautiful. I was lucky enough to experience a live classical music performance and it was perfectly soul stirring and captivating, especially with the acoustics of the palaces’ high ceilings. Being a big fan of Baroque and neo-Gothic architecture, the Ringstrasse for me truly lived up to its reputation as the most beautiful boulevard in the world. The biggest highlight for me was walking through the beautiful gardens at Schonbrunn Palace in winter-time while nibbling on warm chestnuts roasted fresh from a street vendor. Exploring Vienna was like stepping into scenes from my childhood imagination – full of royal palaces, sweeping waltzes across grand ballrooms to the theme of classical music. I can only expect it would be just as magical for anyone else who goes to visit.
Why we love it Austria is a combination of pristine landscapes, historic towns and inspiring tradition. You can find stunning mountain ranges, glimmering lakes and amazing wine regions here. It’s the perfect destination for walking, hiking and exploring. Paired with their diverse culture, you’re sure to feel “Gemuetlichkeit”.
Weather Austria can be visited year round. In summer temperatures get up to 35 degrees Celsius, averaging at 20 degrees Celsius and winter temperatures can drop to -20 degrees Celsius but average at 0 degrees Celsius.
Social customs and quirks Family is very important to Austrians and weekends are generally devoted to family activities. Greetings are formal, usually with a firm handshake and males from another country should not kiss an Austrians woman’s hand. Austrians take much pride in their homes and if you are invited to an Austrian’s house its important you arrive on time and it’s a sign of respect.
Festivals & events Austria has over 200 festivals each year, celebrating the culture, music, cuisine and incredible landscapes. Every year the variety of festivals and concerts between Bregenz and Vienna invites you on a journey for all senses. Some highlight festivals are the Bregenzer Festspiele, Salzburger Eestspiele, Schubertiade and Musikfestival Grafenegg.