Austria – a word that conjures up images of vast snowy mountains, amazing architecture, classical music and famous composers, charming alpine cottages and quaint coffee houses with tremendous sweet treats.
The country itself doesn’t disappoint, offering all of this and more, but here we have managed to narrow things down to a few of the top things we recommend any tourist should do and see when they visit Austria.
Take a spa break in the town of Bad Gastein
Situated in a national park, this spa town, which sits a thousand meters above sea level, boasts beautiful buildings surrounded by mountains and fresh, crisp air.
Check out Lake Worthersee
This venue offers various activities, perfect for groups with varied interests. There are canoes available to hire to use in the lake, and visits to ancient caves with their fascinating stalactites, There’s also a 12th century cathedral to look around and lots of vintage cars in a themed museum.
Ski at the St Anton am Arlberg resort, Tyrol
Many people believe this is the leading ski resort in all of Austria, with ski slopes suitable for all levels of ability and a very busy post-ski party scene! Many people return year after year to ski each winter, just like some others come to climb the mountain each summer.
Step into a fairytale when visiting the medieval Hochosterwitz Castle
The rumours are that Sleeping Beauty’s castle was modeled on this imposing gothic building, which boasts an incredible 14 gates for the ultimate level of protection. Visitors arrive these days by an inclined railway.
Take a tourist train to the Vienna Woods
This vast wooded area used to be a favourite spot of the Austrian royals when hunting, and the fields and woodlands have been officially protected from development for over thirty years now.
Visit the impressive Melk Abbey, Wachau Valley
In the 18th century many Austrians were incredibly wealthy, and evidence of this is easy to see in this Benedictine monastery. The abbey is one of the best remaining examples of High Baroque architectural design – with a dome stacked 20 stories! The ceiling paintings are a must see, as is the library.
Recreate the Sound of Music in glorious Salzburg
You don’t need to be a recording studio level singer to enjoy singing (or perhaps humming) the big tunes from the Sound of Music, as there are so many places in Salzburg which will remind you of that famous movie. It was the backdrop for it to be fair, and much loved by millions around the world.
There’s an entire medieval quarter, a romantic castle, and loads of lovely quirky little shops. This could actually be the most perfect place in all of Austria. Austria has lots to offer and this experience is definitely special.
Sample the goodies at Café Schwarzenberg, Vienna
This is said to be the oldest café on the ring road, and it has a huge fan club audience of businessmen who choose to relax there after work with a coffee and sweet treat. The menu is not huge but offers varied traditional Austrian dishes such as boiled beef and apple strudel.