Austria is an amazing and a beautiful travel destination. It is a country of startling contrasts, full of history, beautiful landscapes, cultural riches and equipped with a fine hospitality, this little country in the heart of Europe attracts some millions of visitors from all over the world each year. It is a land-locked alpine German speaking country in Central Europe . Austria, along with neighboring Switzerland, is the winter sports capital of Europe. However, it is just as popular for summer tourists who visit its historic cities and villages and hike in the magnificent scenery of the Alps.This European beauty is noted as much for its historical buildings, awe-inspiring museums and galleries, as for its world-class skiing conditions and breathtaking mountain scenery. Today, its small villages brim with locally brewed beer, jagged peaks draw hikers and skiers, and magnificent palaces, museums, and concerts are omnipresent.
Famous Sightseeing and Main Tourist Attractions:
Nature-lovers, History buffs, and enthusiasts of the urban lifestyle alike will all be satisfied by the many attractions Austria has to offer.
Vienna State Opera
The Vienna State Opera performs nearly one hundred operas, operettas and ballets every day from September to June and makes for a romantic and regal setting in which to enjoy the performances.
It is the most visited tourist attraction of Austria. Its unique style of imperial Baroque painted in the archetypical Hapsburg light yellow makes it the undisputed number one. Attached to Schönbrunn is one of the world’s oldest and largest zoo, which has been modernized recently according to the highest standards.
The Grossglockner High Alpine Road
The Grossglockner High Alpine Road connects the two provincial states Salzburg and Carinthia over the high mountain passes just in the vicinity of the Grossglockner, Austria’s highest mountain. The road is mainly for sightseeing travel and is closed during winter.
The Basilica Mariazell is located a two hour car-ride in the South-West of Vienna. It is an important pilgrim location for Roman-Catholics.
Giant Ferris Wheel
The Giant Ferris Wheel is a prominent Viennese landmark in the Prater, an old traditional amusement park just between the Danube and the inner city.
Schlossberg Graz with the Clock Tower
The Schlossberg Graz with the Clock Tower is the landmark of Graz, capital of the provincial state of Styria and Austria’s second largest city .
Swarovski Crystal Worlds
Swarovski Crystal Worlds is a theme-park exhibition showcasing the crystal jewellery of Swarovski. It was built in 1995 and designed by Austrian artist André Heller.
It has been a centre of Christian scholarship ever since. Its monastic library is of worldwide fame and its scriptorium has had enormous influence during the medieval ages.
Museum of Fine Arts
The Museum of Fine Arts at the Ringstrasse was built in 1891. Originally it was built to showcase the many collections of the imperial family. Today it is still considered as one of the major museums housing eminent work of world famous artists .
The Belvedere in Vienna
It is the third district was originally built as the summer palace of Prince Eugen von Savoyen, a famous and successful military leader in the eighteenth century, built in architectural style.
Things to do in Austria
Salzburg City Tour from Vienna
The city of Salzburg looks like a Disney land with unique Baroque architecture, snow capped mountains and charming cultural heritage. The city is the fourth important city of Austria and is a UNESCO World Heritage. The city is renowned for producing many prominent figures in the field of art and culture and is the birth place of the famous son of Austria, Mozart. Visit the city and see its rich history of music and arts. The city has some amazing architecture and this tour will give you a glimpse of its glorious architecture. In this tour you will travel to the Salzburg City which is renowned for its unmatched beauty and natural lakes and mountains.
Classical Salzburg Tour
The city of Salzburg looks like a Disney land with unique Baroque architecture, snow capped mountains and charming cultural heritage. The city is the fourth important city of Austria and is a UNESCO World Heritage. The city is renowned for producing many prominent figures in the field of art and culture and is the birth place of the famous son of Austria, Mozart. Visit the city and see its rich history of music and arts. The city has some amazing architecture and this tour will give you a glimpse into it. This tour will provide you with a 24 hour Salzburg Card which allows you access to all the major Salzburg sights and free rides on all public buses within Salzburg City limits. The classic tour will give you the glimpse of all the major tourist attraction of Salzburg in sightseeing Bus.
Bavarian Mountains and Salt Mine Tour
Enjoy the scenic location of the Bavarian Alps with its snow capped peaks and stunning valleys and gorges. Explore the ages old medieval salt mines of Berchtesgaden by using the same wooden raft to go down 100 feet into the mines. Here you will explore the ages old grottos and will listen to the tales and legends of the salt mines. Here you will also enjoy a raft ride in the salt lake and then proceed to the Berchtesgaden to see the Eagle’s Nest used by Adolf Hitler as a summer retreat. During this tour you will pass the hunting Castle of Hellbrunn and will drive through the Königseeache valley’s Bavarian mountain landscapes, farmhouses and will explore the ruins of Hitler’s former summer retreat – Obersalzberg.
Viennese Evening Tour
Enjoy a romantic evening in Vienna and experience the Danube River Cruise and enjoy the cozy wine-tavern atmosphere. Enjoy a great dinner comprising of the finest Viennese cuisine while enjoying the on board music and melodies on Vienna. Enjoy the river cruise and feel the fresh air and get charmed by the brilliant music and vocals of the Viennese musicians who will make this evening a memorable affair for you.
Vienna woods and Mayerling Tour
The Austrian city of Vienna is one of the premier cultural cities of Europe and is famous for its rich historic and cultural heritage. Vienna has many grand architectural buildings combined with its rich culture and traditions make it a tourist paradise. Enjoy the Vienna city sightseeing tour and explore the historic city of Vienna which is renowned for its beautiful palaces, famous orchestra and operas, legendary musicians and museums. The city is a unique amalgamation of old traditions and heritages blended properly with new age modern infrastructure and lifestyle. In this tour you will travel to the beautiful Vienna countryside and the see the Vienna Woods a deep thick natural forest. Visit the Mayerling, the place which becomes infamous because of the mysterious deaths of the Habsburg royal family crown prince and his lover. Visit the popular tourist attraction of the Seegrotte, which is now a popular tourist attraction and here you will enjoy 45 minute boat trip in the largest subterranean lake of Europe. Enjoy the tour and explore the very best of the Vienna’s countryside.
The climate in Austria is widely continental with the Eastern edge of the country stretching into the Pannonian climate zone. Summers are hot and Sunny. The coldest months are January and February, the hottest July and August.
Austria typically is warm and pleasant from Easter to September. Summers can also be very rainy.
Austria boasts one of the world's most famous culinary traditions.
Breakfast is of the "continental" type, usually consisting of bread rolls with either jam or cold meats and cheese, accompanied by coffee, tea or juice. The main meal is now often taken in the evening.
Dumplings,fluffy yeast,boiled beef soup,fluffy pancakes arethe main dishes.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Austria would be mid-December to March. Months between April and September are the most pleasant with tourists pouring in to Austria and also the time when some world-famous festivals and open-air music concerts are held. Nightly film festivals in July and August at Vienna are a ‘must-see’.
How to Reach
The only important international airport is Vienna’s Schwechat Flughafen. European flights do land at Salzburg, Graz, Innsbruck and Klagenfurt. Vienna Airport Lines Shuttle Buses take you from the airport to the City Air Terminal, every half hour or so.
There are round-the-clock, efficient and reliable rail connections to almost all major cities in Europe to and from Austria. Popular routes ply from Germany and Italy.
Austria maintains super-fast, well serviced highways and to all its frontier neighbors. National bus services also operate international services, but these tend to be slow.