Quick Guide to Austria
Austria is a great year-round destination. With Alps covering 3/4 of the country, it's no surprise that Austria holidays are very popular with people looking for a ski destination. Resorts in Tyrol and Vorarlberg are amongst some the favourites for proven and newbie skiers alike.
It's not all skiing though, there are many hiking treks through the Alps waiting to be discovered. Quaint towns and villages await you, whilst the capital, Vienna has many attractions including the State Opera House.
Austria has its fair share of historic sights too. The country is lined with fantastic architecture in the form of palaces, cathedrals, monasteries and churches.
Fab holidays for:
Ski delights, Culture lovers, Scenic pleasures
Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck
Did you know?
Arnold Schwarzenegger was born in Austria. We think after your first visit, you'll be saying "I'll be back".
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What To Do In Austria
Whether you're going to do some skiing in Austria at one of the resorts, taking in historic sights in cities like Vienna and Salzburg or looking for a cycling route or hiking trail, you won't be short of things to do on your Austria holidays.
- Vienna State Opera
- Located in central Vienna, it is one of the most recognised opera houses in the world. Watch a ballet or opera show in classical or modern versions.
- Hohensalzburg Fortress
- This castle in Salzburg is quite a sight to behold. It was built in 1077 and is one of the most well preserved in Europe.
- Seefeld, Tyrol
- Austria offers some fine skiing, and this resort on a nature reserve is popular with beginner and intermediate skiers.
- Visit the world's largest ice cave in Werfen and see amazing ice sculptures that include models of polar bears and elephants.
- Tiergarten Schönbrunn (Vienna Zoo)
- The oldest zoo in the world is located at the Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna. It's one of the few zoo's to house Panda's as well as lots of other fun-furry animals.
How To Get To Austria
Austria has six airports offering scheduled flights. The most important of these is Vienna International Airport which receives flights from most world-wide destinations. Innsbruck, Graz, Linz, Salzburg and Klagenfurt Airports provide connections to many European countries and are popular with those looking for cheap flights to Austria.
Summer Holidays to Austria
A holiday to Austria is not all about skiing or a short break to one of the major cities. Summer holidays in Austria have always been popular with people looking to enjoy the natural beauty of the mountains or relax by a cool lake. Specialist companies run their own Lakes and Mountains programmes but now you can also easily combine a low cost flight with a hotel in a traditional Tryolean town and create your own package.
Hotels in mountain resorts stay open for most of the year and are keen to encourage summer visitors who can hike, bike and explore mountain resorts in the Austrian Alps. Gondolas and other lifts work in summer months to take you to peaks and you will also find those mountainside restuarants so popular with skiers also open to offer you a leisurely lunch with some stunning views in the background. Some resorts like Kaprun offer summer skiing on their glacier.
Alternatively stay by one of the large Austrian lake towns such as Zell am See or St Wolfgang. Watersports are on offer or if you wish to take a more sedate cruise, boats operate around these lakes. You will find excursion companies offering trips to cities such as Salzburg or historic sites such as Berchtesgaden.
Accommodation can mostly be found in tradtional Tyrolean style hotels. Stay in basic two star pensions to more grandiose four or five star properties with more facilities. Hotels are usually open from May to September. As always we recommend you compare prices to get the best deal.
Where To Stay In Austria
There is an excellent selection of accommodation available to suit all budgets. Those looking for cheap holidays in Vienna or one of Austria's other cities will find a good range of hostels and budget accommodation, whilst those wishing for greater luxury will also find an excellent selection of four and five star hotels. In the ski resorts, a wide range of accommodation can be found, from pensions and chalets, to charming family run hotels and luxury hotels with excellent facilities. You can head to large ski resorts such as St Anton or Mayrhofen or choose smaller resorts like Waidring which are ideal to learn to ski.