Discover one of the world's most treasured areas of natural beauty. From crisp mountain air to snow-covered mountains, and from quaint little villages and sparkling alpine lakes to elegant cities filled with history and culture, Austria is simply glorious.
Take a holiday to Austria and unwind as you discover its stunning settings of serene lakes and peaceful Alpine pastures. Glide through breathtaking countryside on the Gisela Express and the Ziller Valley Steam Railways, and head to the glorious capital of the Alps, Imperial Innsbruck. Revel in the scenic holiday paradise that is the Austrian Tyrol, a land of green pastures, towering mountains and flowering meadows.
Holidays to Austria aren’t just about beautiful scenery; its marvellous cities are just as astonishing.
The magnificent capital, Vienna, is home to stunning palaces, churches, museums and galleries. Immerse yourself in culture, then relax over a cup of the very best coffee in one of its many cafes. See the Ringstrasse buildings and the Hofburg Palace – home to the Spanish Riding School of Vienna. Even away from the capital, Austria's cities are filled with historic sights, elegant architecture and the welcoming bustle of everyday life. The echoes of musical history are everywhere - from the Vienna's waltz-filled dance halls to the exquisite Sound of Music city of Salzburg to lovely St Wolfgang, once home to Mozart's mother and sister.
If winter magic is what you're looking for, there's nowhere quite like the alpine paradise of Austria for the Christmas season – with its snow-covered peaks, and idyllic towns and villages dressed in their festive finery.
Whether you’re after a winter wonderland treat or a summertime adventure, a journey into the magical Alpine paradise of the Austrian Tyrol or the chance to explore the nation's history, cities and culture, our holidays to Austria have something for you.
Austria attracts visitors to its spectacular natural landscapes and enchanting cities all year round. With its scenic Alpine beauty, medieval towns and castles, and rich musical heritage, it offers no end of sightseeing opportunities to visitors. You’ll find you have plenty to do on your holiday in Austria - here are a few suggestions.
To eat out in Austria is to experience one of the country’s greatest pleasures – Austrians love their food and drink. Whether it’s a pastry from a Backerei, or a Bratwurst or Kasekrainer with "sharp or sweet" mustard from a street-corner stand, there’s never a shortage of food!
Austrian cuisine takes influences from Central European produce, textures and flavours – some dating back to the Austro-Hungarian Empire – and is invariably rich, especially when it comes to the delicious, filling soups such as Gulaschsuppe or Bohnen (bean) suppe. Sausages (wurstl) come in several varieties, often accompanied by rosti-style potatoes. Try authentic Wienerschnitzel followed by delicious Sachertort, perhaps accompanied by a beer or light, fruity Austrian wine (Austria is home to some surprisingly fine, and relatively inexpensive, vintages).
Austria also invented and perfected the coffee-house – the ideal place to rest your feet and relax with a coffee or beer, and Vienna is the city to visit for cafes. But for something more substantial, there are countless restaurants serving lunch (look out for the great-value Mittagsmenu) and dinner.
Above all, though, it’s desserts and pastries for which Austrian’s are justifiably famed, and the calorie-conscious will need the strongest of wills to resist temptation.
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