Austria may be one of the smallest countries in Europe, but that doesn’t mean it’s short of big holiday destinations. In fact, many discerning travellers flock to Wolfgang Mozart’s motherland to breathe in the fresh alpine air, do a bit of skiing or soak up the vibrant arts and culture scene.
A land of majestic cities, picture postcard mountain towns and rugged natural landscapes, Austria is an idyllic holiday spot all year round. Visit Tyrol or SalzburgerLand in winter and you’ll find a much more affordable and equally charming alternative to the frequented ski resorts of the French Alps.
The summer months are perfect for a trip to Worthersee, Carinthia’s biggest lake. Families and nature lovers will especially enjoy the picturesque spot, where you can spend leisurely mornings canoeing across the lake or explore the surrounding caves.
Culture vultures and trendy urbanites won’t want to miss the likes of Vienna and Salzburg, home to some of Europe’s most stunning historic landmarks – and setting for the iconic movie The Sound of Music. Self-confessed foodies should take a trip to the student city of Graz to sample the region’s delicious cuisine – don’t forget your trousers with elastic waistbands!
Like Germany, Austria’s approach to partying is of the ‘work hard, play hard’ variety, and you’ll find most spots offer a good blend of old-fashioned pubs, chic cocktail bars and vibrant clubs.
Whether you’re looking for a chocolate box ski resort, a peaceful summer holiday or a romantic escape, Austria has something for holidaymakers from all walks of life.
Austria’s capital has been rated as the world’s most “liveable” city for the eighth consecutive year. One visit to Vienna, and you’ll definitely want to move there. Despite its beautiful Baroque architectural feats, bustling arts and culture scene and picturesque Old Town, Vienna doesn’t attract crowds like Paris or London. And that definitely adds to its charm. Loose yourself in the cobbled streets of the Old Town and revisit the city’s tumultuous past, try some Palatschinken – Viennese crepes – in one of the many colourful cafés or find a street market for some artisan delights. Whatever you do, it will be a city break to remember.
Salzburgerland and Tyrol
Salzburg and Tyrol are perfect destinations for skiing. Whether you’re looking for a family holiday hitting the slopes, a beginner-friendly resort or a spot where your abilities are challenged, you’ll definitely find the perfect place in one of the many resorts sprinkled in these beautiful alpine regions. Novices should head to Alpbach in Tyrol, where the British regimental ski team still trains. For something a little wilder, head to St Anton, where you can hit the bar as hard as you do the slopes.
Austria may not boast the beach resorts of Spain, Italy or Greece, but you can still have a holiday soaking up the sun. Travel to Worthersee in summer and you won’t only find beautiful surrounding nature, but families sunbathing by the lake, plenty of water sports and even a heaven for vintage car enthusiasts in the shape of the Villach Automotive Museum. An idyllic destination for families from all shapes and sizes and lovers of the outdoors.
Skiing in the Alps
Skiing in the Alps is usually associated with lavish resorts in France and Switzerland, but Austria’s winter sports scene has experienced a bit of a renaissance in recent years. The lower cost, better service and warmer welcome are restoring Tirol and Salzburg to their former status as favourite skiing spots for Brits. Whatever your level, there’s a beautiful resort surrounded by fairy tale worthy landscapes waiting for you.
Discover cultural and historic landmarks
No self-confessed urbanite is a real cosmopolitan until he’s travelled to Vienna and Salzburg. The world is yet to catch on to their quiet grandeur and romantic atmosphere. In Vienna, the Spanish Riding School is a must visit, while stepping into Schonbrunn and Hofburg palaces will make you break into a waltz. Salzburg, home to the 11th century Hohensalzburg Castle and the ancient St Peter’s Abbey, also has plenty to offer by way of stunning architecture.
Go to a concert
Though Austria has left behind the famous opulence of its Baroque area, over 200 balls are still held in Vienna every year. The country has birthed many of history’s greatest musical minds, so it’s no surprise concerts are so popular amongst locals and tourists alike. Whether you take a trip to Vienna State Opera House or the Salzburg Mozarteum, it will be an unforgettable musical experience.
Foodie trip to Graz
The student city of Graz is a must visit for foodies. The Old Town is one of the best preserved in central Europe, but it’s Graz’s reputation as a City of Culinary Delights that draws visitors to its restaurant, café and farmers market-rich streets.
Austrian cuisine is a delicious blend of Eastern European and Germanic fare. Tuck into a warm and spicy plate of Alpine goulash, wash down a Wiener Schnitzel and potato salad with a pint of Austrian beer and finish your meal off with fluffy apple strudel or delightful Sacher Torte – your taste buds will definitely thank you.
Sample some local fare, including famous pumpkin seed oil in Graz’s street markets. Try a fusion restaurant in Vienna, or indulge in a hearty meal in Salzburg. Even the fussiest of eaters will find something to suit them in Austria’s vibrant foodie scene.
Visit Austria and experience one of Europe’s most charming countries. Go skiing in the Alps, fall in love with the lush natural scenery or take that special someone on a romantic city break. Whatever your holiday needs, Austria has something for everyone.
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If Austria isn’t your thing, have a look at more European city break destinations for further inspiration.