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.
Austria’s capital is a city in the alps surrounded by mountains making it a great spot for the outdoors in both summer and winter. It is also home to a delightful historic old town centre with famous landmarks including ‘The Little Golden Roof’, the Imperial Palace, and the City Tower,
Salzburg Salzburg is a unique Austrian City, bordering Germany – it is the famous birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It has a wonderful combination of landscape, architecture, art and culture as well as a beautiful contrast and combination of tradition and modernity.
Vienna Vienna has built itself an artistic and intellectual legacy, with its baroque streetscapes, classical history and enchanting Imperial palaces. Lose yourself in the influential and graceful history of Austria’s capital and explore Vienna’s cultural past.
Klagenfurt The capital of the rugged yet beautiful Catinthia region Klagenfurt is set on Lake Worthersee, one of Europe’s largest and warmest alpine lakes This 800 year old town is known for its beautifully restored courtyards now home to pretty boutiques and cafes.
Graz Known for its historic city centre which is a UNESCO world cultural heritage site, the cobbled alleys and pretty squares make it a beautiful city to explore on foot. Graz is also a great foodie city to enjoy with small independent restaurants, farmers markets, bakeries, regional cheeses and even vegan ice cream.
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.
Vienna is just one of those beautiful, historical, cultural gems that can’t fail to draw you in and capture your heart. On the banks of the Danube River, this city is full of grand palaces, mind-blowing art collections and extraordinary musical heritage. Even just strolling the streets I was amazed by the architecture, ranging from Gothic to Renaissance and Baroque to over-the-top Rococo and of course the extraordinary Hundertwasserhaus.
A great example is the 18th century Schonbrunn Palace (Schloss Schonbrunn) – a glimpse into a bygone era, with lavishly furnished rooms and vast park-like gardens, beautiful at any time of year, complete with a maze.
Everywhere you go there are art treasures galore! My favourite painting in the world, Gustav Klimt’s ‘The Kiss’, is housed at Belvedere Palace. Music lovers should pack a posh frock and get tickets to a performance (any performance!) at the Vienna State Opera House. Just the experience of being in this wonderful building with its grand staircase and magical décor is something you’ll never forget.
Of course, a sure-fire way to my heart is also via my stomach, and Vienna did not disappoint! Legendary cafes offer delectable Viennese pastries and cakes, such as Demel which was founded in 1786 and still manages to retain its sense of tradition. After all that, if you have spare capacity, do not miss the opportunity to indulge in Wiener Schnitzel – it is simply the best in the world, and a great way to fuel the next day’s explorations.
Caroline Clegg, Marketing Manager
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.