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  • Snowy in the Austria alps

Austria (In German, Osterreich, literally "the Eastern Realm" or "Eastern Empire") is a landlocked Alpine German-speaking country bordering Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, and Italy. Austria, along with neighbour, Switzerland, is the most renowned winter sports destination in Europe. However, it is just as popular for summer tourists on Austria vacations who visit its historic cities and villages or go walking and hiking in the magnificent Alpine scenery.

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Contrary to popular perception, Austria is not all about mountains. While the Alps do cover three-quarters of the country, the eastern provinces of Lower Austria, Burgenland and the federal capital of Vienna are flatter with more rural scenery. This diverse mix of landscapes is packed into a relatively small area. Glaciers, meadows, alpine valleys, wooded foothills, gently rolling farmland, vineyards, river gorges and plains can all be found on Austria vacations. One-quarter of Austria's population lives in Greater Vienna, located where the Danube meets the easternmost fringe of the Alps.

Opera House Vienna

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Best places to visit in Austria 

Vienna

Many great Austria tours begin in Vienna, a city with much charm offering the opportunity to visit museums, music centres and grand palaces. But the real speciality here is the Viennese coffee house, a large part of the city's social being. It is essential to spend time in one, not just for the excellent coffee and pastries, but to get an idea of the everyday lifestyle of the locals. St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the most important church in Vienna, dominates a central square. One can visit the interesting tombs and crypts inside. For museum buffs, the most well-known is the Kunsthistorisches Museum, one of the world’s best fine art galleries. For opera fans, the stately Vienna Opera House has regular performances of not only opera but also orchestral concerts and ballet. There are two major palaces which should be visited. The first is the splendid Schonbrunn Palace, original home to the Habsburg monarchs for over 300 years, with its beautiful and vast gardens. The other is Belvedere Palace with its extensive art collection. Unique to Vienna is the Spanish Riding School with its performances of classic dressage undertaken by magnificent Lipizzaner horses. For the young at heart, there is the Prater, which is a well-known amusement park featuring a giant Ferris wheel sure to enhance your Austria tour.    

Schoenbrunn Palace Vienna

Salzburg

To Vienna’s west, Salzburg is one of Europe’s most beautiful cities made famous by both Mozart and the movie, The Sound of Music. Dominating the city is the 900-year-old Hohensalzburg Castle perched high on a cliff top, affording a wonderful view of the surroundings. Salzburg is the birthplace of Mozart and there is a museum dedicated to this great composer in his original home. Other points of interest include the Schloss Mirabell, a grand palace built in the 18th Century in the baroque style and the Residenz, a former palace of the city’s Prince Bishops, originally built in the 16th Century, all ready to be experienced on Austria vacations.

Graz

Graz is a medieval old town with a blend of Renaissance and Baroque architecture. It is the second-largest city in Austria and is home to six universities. It is also the birthplace of actor and former Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger. The old town here has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site with its 1000 buildings ranging from the gothic style to the contemporary. Its clock tower comes to life three times every day with music and rotating dance figures. The city also holds the mausoleum of Emperor Ferdinand ll. The Schlossberg castle, built in the 15th Century, is perched on top of a hill overlooking the city and can be reached by an elevator or a funicular. The Eggenberg Palace in Graz was built in 1625 in the Italian Renaissance style. You can visit the staterooms and the gardens.

Linz 

Linz is where the Danube River flows through the centre. The architecture here is once again in the Renaissance style. It is Austria’s third-largest city and is situated on both sides of the River Danube. The city is famous for its churches and museums as well as being one of the most picturesque cities in the country. Overlooking the Danube is the imposing Linz Castle which was the site of a fortress from the 9th Century with a few remains. The present structure dates back to the 16th Century. It is home to the Schlossmuseum with its important art and historical collections and displays featuring artefacts from the prehistoric, Roman, and medieval periods. These include paintings, sculptures, arms, and armour. The old town of Linz lies at the foot of the castle with its narrow lanes, remarkable town residences and chapter houses.

Innsbruck

Innsbruck is probably best-known as the host of the Winter Olympics in 1964 and 1976. It lies in a wide valley and is surrounded by the Alps, giving it an enviable setting in any season. Like many other cities you may explore on a Europe vacation, Innsbruck has an Old Town (Altstadt). Some of the buildings are over 500-years-old and are designed in both Gothic and Baroque styles of architecture, including medieval houses painted in bright colours. This is where you will find the majority of the city’s main attractions. Your first sighting might well be the Golden Roof, Innsbruck’s most famous landmark. It derives its name from the over 2700 copper tiles that adorn the roof of this 500-year-old building that was built by Emperor Maximilian I. Below the roof are a variety of figures and images. The front of the building is decorated with a man and two wives. Emperor Maximilian is portrayed next to his wife of the time. By all accounts, he didn’t much care for her, which is why his first wife has joined them. Adjoining the roof is a museum concerned with the life and times of the Emperor. 

Austrian Alps

There are a number of winter sports centres available for Austria vacations. Some of the best-known include St. Anton which is famous for not only its ski slopes but its nightlife. There is also Obergurgl, one of the highest ski resorts in Europe which attracts wealthy international visitors and has a reputation as Austria’s most likely ski resort to have snow from mid-November until early May. Moreover Kitzbuhel, which has easy access to its 60 ski slopes and snow guaranteed from December to April and finally Solden, with almost certain snow between October and May and an active après-ski scene plus concerts all winter long. All have facilities and slopes to suit experts and beginners alike.

What types of tours are available in Austria?

You can consider stopover packages in both Vienna and/or Salzburg. Another way of experiencing Austria could be on a River Danube cruise. You can also enhance an Austria tour combining Vienna with Budapest and Prague. Ski packages are available to most of the major ski resorts.   

No matter the season, Austria will welcome your Goway Austria vacation packages. For Austria tour inspirations, take a look at our popular itineraries below. If you had a custom itinerary in mind, you can fill out quote request form here and we'll be happy to turn your dream vacation into a reality. 

"Globetrotting with Goway" blog articles

For some additional reading, the following articles are from our blog “Globetrotting with Goway”….. a great source of information for those people who are, or who want to be, world travellers!

After Vienna, What Next on an Austrian Vacation?

Vienna is More than Coffee and Strudel

Four Ideal City Breaks on a Central Europe Vacation (Part 2)

Enjoy Strange and Unusual World Festivals on Various Vacation Packages (Part 2)

Unusual Museums of the World (Part 1)

Add a Festival to Your European Vacation (Part 2)

Road-Testing the World’s Most Liveable Cities for 2016 (as Travel Destinations!)

The Intimacy and Accessibility of European River Cruises

Why a Europe Vacation is an Excellent Winter Travel Plan


 

Austria Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to Austria vacations.

Learn about the history and culture of Austria, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Austria's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information,  will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Austria for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Austria tours today! 

Extend your Stay

Consider an additional stopover to your Austria vacations at one of Goway's other European destinations. You can choose from a Paris vacation, a London vacation or an Amsterdam vacation. This can be done stopping over en route to or from Austria.

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  • Austria, Germany and a Magical Christmas Cruise

    Spend almost two weeks exploring a stunning region along the Danube River during a magical time of year. Cruising from Vienna to Nuremberg, you’ll visit world-famous Christmas markets, explore centuries of fascinating world history, and sample local delicacies wherever you go.
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  • Budapest and Iconic Christmas Markets by River Cruise: Budapest to Nuremberg

    Travel back through centuries as you walk through grand cities and historic towns. Begin in the beautiful city of Budapest. Board your Ama Waterways river cruise for a 7-day discovery of iconic cities in Hungary, Austria, and Germany as you explore some of Europe's most impressive Christmas markets.
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  • Classic Eastern Europe: Budapest, Vienna & Prague

    Embark on this classic route through three of Central Europe's great cities. Admire the Danube and awesome parliament building from Castle Hill in Budapest, enjoy coffee and strudel in between exploring Habsburg history in Vienna, and wander through the fairy tale spires and squares of Prague, the beating heart of Bohemia.
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  • Deluxe Private Tour of Austria: Vienna to Vienna

    Embark on a deluxe tour of Austria that takes you from Vienna to picturesque highlights like Salzburg and Melk. As you tour the country, you’ll visit Baroque old towns, follow in the footsteps of Mozart and Beethoven, and stay in deluxe accommodations in old castles and manors.
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  • Essence of Austria: Munich to Vienna

    Fall head over heels for Austria’s deep valleys and sparkling blue lakes on this leisurely journey through the country. Venture to enchanting alpine villages, charming baroque cities, and fascinating castles. If the breathtaking scenery doesn’t capture your heart, the delicious cuisine certainly will.
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  • Great Austrian Composers Private Tour: Salzburg to Prague

    Journey through Central Europe to visit the birthplaces and homes of some of the world’s great classical and romantic composers. Heading from Salzburg to Vienna and Prague, you’ll follow in the footsteps of Mozart and Haydn as you learn about their lives, exploring stunning old towns, and enjoy the picturesque Austrian landscape.
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  • Great Austrian Composers Self Drive : Salzburg to Prague

    Drive across Central Europe to explore the lives of the great classical and romantic composers, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Joseph Haydn. Journeying from Salzburg to Vienna to Prague on a self-drive tour, you’ll explore medieval old towns, admire stunning landscapes, and learn about the history and legacy of these remarkable artists.
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  • Highlights of Salzburg

    Discover one of the best preserved European city centres with its attractive Baroque architecture, magnificent castles, plus visit charming villages and beautiful lakes. You will hear about the making of the movie, “The Sound of Music” and go down a 500 year old salt mine.
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  • Highlights of Vienna

    This short stopover in Vienna is the perfect way to devote a little extra time to one of the world’s great creative cities. Cruise down the Danube and day trip out to Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and a pilgrimage for Sound of Music fans.
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  • The Beautiful Blue Danube

    Voyage down the Danube to visit the capitals of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. See the majesty of the old Empire at Hofburg Palace in Vienna, examine medieval manuscripts at the massive Benedictine abbey in Melk and soak in the relaxing Turkish baths of Budapest.
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  • Vienna: Hotel Imperial: Stay of Distinction

    Explore the Viennese remnants of the Austro-Hungarian Empire while staying in the iconic Hotel Imperial, a former palace that’s an accommodation fit for royalty. Enjoy the classical designs and pampering amenities of the hotel while heading on city tours to see the city’s many landmarks, including elegant Schonbrunn Palace.
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