Austria has a lot more going for it than the picturesque scenes you might have been used to from films. With mountains, monuments, history, art, cultural attractions and entertainment all available with a unique twist, a holiday in Austria can stick to the script or let you take part in a story that has yet to be written.
A flight to Austria should take around two and a half hours to arrive from most UK airports. All flights to Vienna International Airport will be followed by a transfer into the city which should take only an extra half an hour. You can also investigate flights to Linz,Innsbruck and Klagenfurt.
There are plenty of airlines that run flights between the UK and Austria, including Lufthansa, British Airways, easyJet, Germanwings, Air France and KLM. These flights depart from a variety of UK destinations, such as Edinburgh, Manchester, Cardiff, Glasgow and London Stansted. Being flexible in regards to destination and date will help you find cheap flights to Austria, so search online and compare airfares.
You can quite easily see much of the country if you use the well-connected, fast and efficient train network. Depending on your plans, however, it might be cheaper, if slower, to use buses, or alternatively you can rent a vehicle from the airport. The latter option is good if your journey is short and you want to pack a lot in under your own steam, not to mention being able to stop and take photos of those stunning Austrian landscapes!
Sitting pretty in the Alps is Innsbruck, a beautiful city with cobbled streets and picturesque buildings. In the background looms the majestic Alps, so the city is filled with fantastic photo opportunities. Stroll through the town and take in its lively vibe, eat and drink at one of the cutesy cafes, or experience a rush of adrenalin as you hurtle around a bobsled track.
No doubt your trip to Austria will involve a stop at Vienna, its picturesque capital city. See Vienna's iconic 12th century Gothic church, the Stephansdom before making your way to Schloss Schonbrunn Gardens, where you can enjoy a leisurely stroll or get lost in the huge garden maze. The gardens are best enjoyed in summer for obvious reasons! A popular outing for tourists in Vienna is to pay a visit to one of the city's Opera theatres, such as the Vienna State Opera and listen to some classic music, as performed by a live orchestra.
Linz, the country's third largest city, is a culturally rich, modern city that is definitely worth a visit. Hop about one of the world's steepest mountain railways when you board the Postlingbergbahn (say that three times quickly!) and enjoy the views as you head up to Postlingberg, a small district atop a mountain. Here in Postlingberg you can visit Grottenbahn a small theme park where dragon trains, gnomes and Grimms' fairytales come to life!
Salzburg is a baroque masterpiece and the place where fans of Mozart must go if they want to see the city in which he was born. Epic views can be taken in on the Grossglockner High Alpine Road, which manages to pull its way up the country's highest mountain to great effect.