History, culture, tradition, amazing places to see and a lot of things to do, a holiday in Austria is all this, and much more. A capital of winter sports, this country offers a most stunning landscape dominated by the Alps and dotted with wonderful cities, as well as picturesque villages. Ready to explore a land of infinite beauty?
Vienna, the capital of the country, is a city portraying numerous historical attractions among others, and it is crossed by the Danube River. Follow in the footsteps of the great Schubert, Strauss, Mozart, Beethoven, and others. The Vienna Hofburg, the Imperial Palace of the country, is an amazing attraction, as well as the Spanish Riding School, where you simply must see the equestrian displays when on holiday in Austria. If you find yourself in Innsbruck for example, then the Hofkirche is a must, with the impressive Tomb of Emperor Maximilian I, while if your holiday villa in Austria is in Graz, the Landeszeughaus, the Styrian Arsenal with 17th century arms and armors, and the Landhaus will make an impression on you.
If your holiday home in Austria is found in Salzburg, don't miss the house where Mozart was born, and the Mozart Square, as well as the festivals dedicated to him, such as the Salzburg Festival. In matters of abbeys and cathedrals in Austria, the Melk Abbey is one of the most famous ones in the world. The pilgrimage church in Maria Saal, on a hill above the Zollfeld, is also an important landmark, and the Klosterneuburg Abbey and the Verdun Altar complete the country's cultural and historical scene. From a holiday apartment in Austria don't miss the Dachstein Salzkammergut region, and to this effect Hallstatt is a great place to start. You can explore the Dachstein Caves from here, some of the most amazing ones on the Old Continent, where you get the chance to see also the Giant Ice Cave, and the Mammoth Cave. In speaking of caves, the Eisriesenwelt, the World of the Ice Giants, is the largest system of ice caves in the world.
There are various regions and cities in Austria that portray an infinite beauty. Vienna is a most impressive city to begin with, and Lower Austria is the largest province in the country, known for its plains and famous vineyards. Burgenland is in the south, known for its lakes and rich bird life, the main city here being Eisenstadt, the birthplace of Franz Josef Haydn. Salzburg is a city of great culture and impressive sites, Land Salzburg is a mountainous region perfect for outdoor activities, with the Grossglockner Road and the Zell am See resort. Upper Austria hosts the city of Linz, and the famous Linze torte. Tyrol hosts the city of Innsbruck, both a summer and a winter ski resort, and in Vorarlberg, some of the country's most sophisticated ski resorts are to be found. Carinthia has forests and rolling hills, lakes, the city of Klagenfurt, the Hochosterwitz Castle, and the Velden resort, "the heart of the Austrian Riviera". Styria is the most heavily forested area in the country, with the city of Graz, medieval traditions, a scenery of mountains and valleys alike.
Brine baths as well as geothermal waters from the Alps, the vine leaves and also the herbs from the Alpine pastures, make Austria a place with a specific knowledge of de-stressing. Bad Gleichenberg is the most important summer spa in Styria, and the Bad Aussee in this area is also amazing. There are Alpine spas in Salzburg, as well as in Tyrol, Vorarlberg, and Carinthia. There are thermals spas as well, in Upper Austria, such as the Kneipp spas, while the Alpentherme Gastei is an Alpine thermal spa offering a spectacular panorama, geysers, even an adventure dome. Enjoy the Austrian pampering!
Austria has a continental climate, with cold winters and hot summers, offering thus ideal weather for sampling the Austrian lifestyle in any season. In winter, skiing and winter sports in the Austrian Alps is an incontestably unique experience, while sightseeing in spring and in autumn is just perfect as well. A summer holiday in Austria is never a bust, you can explore the nature parks, go hiking, visit the Krimmler Ache, the tallest waterfalls in Austria.
The country is a capital for skiing and winter sports, regions such as Tyrol, with the Kitzbüheler Horn summit, offer great facilities for this and stunning views. On the other hand, in Zell am See-Kaprun, you can enjoy skiing on the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier and then bathing in Lake Zell, as well as many other water sports. Hiking in the Alps is also amazing, and in the Hohe Tauern mountain range, the Franz-Josefs-Höhe offers stunning views. Cycling and mountain biking are very popular, and the famous Eagle's Walk in the Tyrol region is one you will never forget. Explore Austria by any means you can, it will remain forever imprinted into your heart.
The mountain resorts in Austria offer great fun for skiers and non skiers alike. Regions such as the Arlberg, Innsbruck and Stubai Glacier, the Montafon, Kitzbuehel, offer not only great skiing opportunities but also many options for outdoor fun and a great cuisine. The Arlberg region is a much favorite one for the Royal Family as well, it is the place where modern Alpine skiing was born. The most renowned ski race, "Hahnenkammrennen", defines the Kitzbuehel resort, as well as loads of winter fun from a holiday villa for winter sports in Austria. Innsbruck is known as THE winter sports capital, and the Montafon valley hosts 11 villages, perfect for great family times, Alpine winter sports and others. Never a dull moment when on holiday in Austria!
There are numerous things to enjoy on a family holiday in Austria. Various outdoor activities are completed by excellent attractions. Take your children the Vienna Zoo, visit the Vienna Aqua Terra Zoo, the Parter Amusement Park here and the Natural History Museum, all immensely interesting. Visit the Marchenpark in Burgenland, the vastest family park in Austria. Family Land in Tyrol hosts more than 40 attractions, a petting zoo and also a sports area. Children can run, jump and climb on the inflatables here, on frames and bridges. Winter sports and outdoor activities, water sports at the Austrian lakes, all great options form a group accommodation for a family holiday in Austria.
The Austrian cuisine has many influences, all pointing towards delicious dishes: try the famous Weiner Schnitzel, a veal breaded deep fried schnitzel. A customary fast food in Vienna is the frankfurter, a sausage that you must try when on holiday in Austria. Tafelspitz is said to be the "national dish of the country", a boiled beef broth with horseradish on the side, and the Wiener Apfelstrudel is a renowned desert. The Liptauer spicy cheese spread is a delicious way to start your day in this country. Savor delicious Austria and its unique cuisine!
For spending a holiday with pet in Austria, make sure he/she has an ISO microchip. There is a limit of three animals per person in Austria, also the vaccination details must be translated to German. This is though a most dog-friendly country, you can enjoy a vacation with your pet and take him/her to public transport, even in most restaurants. Spend time with your pet in the mountainous here and enjoy the exciting landscape all around.
The scenic beauty of the Alps attracts tourists in this country from all over the world, enjoy a most splendid time in this European jewel in any season!
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