Visiting Beautiful Austria
Nightlife: Listen to a classical concert in a cliff-top castle in Salzburg, dance the waltz in a traditional Viennese ball in or boogie the night away in a disco or nightclub in cities across Austria.
Food: Austria has many culinary delights. Must-try dishes include the traditional wiener schnitzel – fried and breadcrumbed veal – as well as apfelstrudel (apple-based pudding), palatschinken (Austrian pancakes) and mehlspeisen (cakes and puddings).
Music: Austria has produced legendary composers, including Mozart, Haydn and Schubert. Salzburg and Vienna are the best places to catch a concert, often in historic settings.
Nature: The breathtaking mountain scenery of the Alps contrasts with the flatter River Danube basin in the east. Nature parks spread throughout Austria include the Hohe Tauern National Park, Central Europe’s largest area of protected landscape.
History: The Hapsburgs (also known as Habsburgs) ruled over Austria for six centuries until Charles I fled into exile at the end of World War I. The empire spanned as far as Spain for a time and built castles and palaces across Austria, many of which still stand.
Shopping: Specialist shops selling quality goods such as leatherware are a feature of Austria’s cities. The longest shopping streets are Vienna’s Mariahilfer Strasse, known by locals as Mahu, and Linzer Landstrasse in Linz.
Touring: Rent a car from one of Austria’s gateway cities and explore exquisite lakes and mountain scenery dotted with timeless towns and villages, or tour wine-growing regions such as Lower Austria, Southern Styria and Burgenland. Austria has over 30,000 wineries.
There we have them – 10 excellent reasons for a holiday in Austria, where quality is part of the holiday experience and the hills are certainly alive to great holiday memories.