With its flag being one of the eldest in existence as well as having a quarter of the population nestled in the capital, Austria is a magical space between mountain and city. The beautiful Alps are picturesque in both summer and winter, providing Christmas wonder as well as scenically beautiful hiking adventures.
Being the buzz of the country, Vienna is the capital to be seen. As Thomas Bernhard once said, Vienna is a little bit too big for Austria… or Austria is a little bit too small for Vienna. The city has cultural events, imperial sights, coffee houses, cosy wine taverns and Viennese charm on the menu – she’s big and she’s beautiful and will entice every fantasy.
be sure to find some valleys worth seeing along the way. Discover wondrous spaces by travelling alongside the Danube River, taking in rich forests as well as vineyards, just remember to enjoy your vines like the responsible adults you are. For the history fanatic, explore the Eagle’s Nest which was used exclusively by the Nazi Party during World War II, almost as if you’re visiting Hitler’s lair.
If your pockets are weighing you down, Austria caters for the shopper in various cities, sure to burn a hole into them. Take a stroll down Favoritenstraße in Vienna’s 10th district, or move through Austria’s second largest shopping street Linzer Landstraße. For something even grander, treat yourself to a visit to one of Europe’s grandest boulevards in Innsbruck, coincidentally it rhymes with broke.
Similar to its European neighbours, Austria also has decadent treats to offer – with rich flavours from breakfast through to dessert. Some of Austria’s national cuisines include the Wiener schnitzel, topped off with a creamy cheesy sauce, which will leave you wanting more. On the dessert front, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for Apfelstrudel as well as their world famous Sachertorte – a mouthful of rich chocolate. Pairing off these rich indulgence is Wiener Melange, or simply – Viennese coffee.
After a day of exploring the city or countryside alike, to add romance to this experience, one can enjoy a boat ride to Melk on the Danube River. For the city dwellers, feel free to explore the Vienna Naschmarkt while perhaps picking up a few souvenirs.
For nocturnal beings, Vienna and Salzburg are known to keep you awake and on the go after-hours. If you think the capital is worth it during the day, there’s even more to be done after nightfall. From exquisite dinners, to concerts and dancing till the sunrise surprises you, you’ll be electrified by Vienna. A more pub inspired night awaits in Salzburg, with bars and authentic pubs lining the streets, your crawl will be easy but not short-lived. Be sure to give yourself enough time, seeing that this hotspot has over 40 places to be seen.
From the graceful society of the ball room to the fun-loving crowd at the alpine hut, Austrians are proud of their Schmäh (sense of humour). The people are friendly and naughty, so just roll with the punches, enjoy the harmless banter and you’ll fit right in!
Oh… don’t worry. There are no Kangaroos in Austria!