Get to Know Austria…
Austria is a German-speaking country in Central Europe, characterized by mountain villages, baroque architecture, Imperial history and rugged Alpine terrain. Vienna, its Danube River capital, is home to the Schönbrunn and Hofburg palaces.
It has counted Mozart, Strauss and Freud among its residents. The country’s other notable regions include the northern Bohemian Forest, Traunsee Lake and eastern hillside vineyards.
Go to Vienna
Austria’s capital is famous for its cultural events, imperial sights, coffee houses, cosy wine taverns, and the very special Viennese charm.
Vienna’s prime landmarks are the gothic Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral), the giant big wheel in the Prater (Vienna’s old recreational park), and the Spanish Riding School with its famous Lipizzaner horses.
In the heart of Vienna, 200m from the State Opera, you’ll find a unique, tropical oasis – the Imperial Butterfly House. In one of the world’s most beautiful Art Noveau palm houses, you can admire around 400 live, free-flying butterflies all year round. Absorb the colours and grace with which they float through the air, past waterfalls and exotic plants, in an environment as true to nature as possible.
Climb Grossglockner High Alpine Road
The Grossglockner High Alpine Road is like an ornament of ribbons located between green mountain pastures, colourful flower meadows, rocky rubble, ice and show. It nestles up against hills, follows the course of the natural ground and fits the mountains like a glove.
Whooshing waterfalls, the shrill whistling of marmots and the howling wind in the summit regions create an unforgettable high alpine soundscape.
The joke ‘If it’s baroque, don’t fix it’ is a perfect maxim for Salzburg: the story-book Altstadt (old town) burrowed below steep hills looks much as it did when Mozart lived here, 250 years ago.
Standing beside the fast-flowing Salzach River, your gaze is raised inch by inch to graceful domes and spires, the formidable clifftop fortress and the mountains beyond. It’s a backdrop that did the lordly prince-archbishops and Maria proud.
Have a Romantic Weekend in Hallstatt
Nestled between the edge of Hallstätter See and the towering Dachstein mountains, Austria’s oldest and possibly most photographed village is something like a mirage in the Salzkammergut Lake Region.
Take a short walk from the market square to take your very own snapshot of one of the most photographed points in the world. Capture the delightful houses built into the mountain, the glass-like lake, and the amazing mountains in the background.
For more beautiful shots, take a nature walk through the Echerntal trail and discover landscapes that have attracted mountain climbers, explorers, romantic poets, and painters.
View Schlegeis Lake
Schlegeis Lake, Tyrol, Austria. The Zillertal valley is a striking place, full of lakes. Schlegeis and other four are artificial lakes that are surrounded with mountains, thus creating a wonderful landscape. Climbing and hiking in these amazing surroundings are the most popular activities.
Ski in Arlberg
The Arlberg is an Alpine paradise in Austria’s western-most mountains. Breathtaking nature and a unique local culture in the villages make the region ideal for visitors who want an elegant Alpine experience.
Go Winter Hiking in Eisriesenwelt
The World of Ice Giants brings you into the largest ice caves in the world. One of the true wonders on earth, the caves are a wondrous underground world of natural ice sculptures and formations. Discover a world of natural beauty.
Go to Admont Abbey Library
A jewel of Baroque meets contemporary art. 70,000 restored books, ceiling frescoes and sculptures in the magnificent library hall face works by Erwin Wurm, Rudi Molacek and Lois Renner.
Tirol’s capital Innsbruck impresses with a beautiful medieval Old Town paired with stunning contemporary architecture, all surrounded by the majestic Alps.
Have fun at Snowbombing in Mayrhofen
Mayrhofen has the chameleon quality that is the forte of so many Austrian resorts – it will be whatever you want it to be, and very successfully too. It can rock, it can rap, it can be the king of cool where even the gnarliest of boarders are happy to hang out and rub shoulders with skiers – all wrapped up in a heavily-timbered, picturesque, rustic village that has strictly maintained traditional Tyrolean architecture as it has grown.
Credits: Lonely Planet, Wikipedia, Austria Info, Pando Trip, Snow Addiction, The Telegraph UK.