Austria is a magnet for lovers of the great outdoors. Alpine meadows, snow-capped peaks, tumbling waterfalls, glorious lakes and endless supplies of fresh air leave visitors feeling refreshed and revitalised.
Winter sports are a big draw here, and some of the world’s finest skiing can be enjoyed at elegant resorts such as St.Anton, Lech and Kitzbühel.
There are also some wonderful medieval villages to explore – and let’s not forget the stunning cities such as Vienna and Salzburg which are brimming with history and incredible architecture. And all of this comes with a famously warm welcome, with the Austrians being renowned worldwide for their hospitality.
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Austria’s capital is beautifully sited along both sides of the River Danube. It is an architectural gem and an important centre for culture, music and the arts. The Hofburg (Imperial Palace) and the adjoining Augustinian Church are just two of many of Vienna’s architectural wonders.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Belvedere Palace and the Sigmund Freud Museum are but a few of this city’s big attractions. Music has been important in Vienna for centuries and a visit to the Vienna State Opera is a must (just be sure to reserve tickets before you depart for your trip).
There are some excellent hotels in Vienna, from comfortable budget options to opulent luxury, such as the Bristol Hotel (rooms from £149), located opposite the Vienna State Opera House.
Salzburg, Mozart’s birthplace, is a UNESCO World Heritage site: a picturesque old town surrounded by mountains and dominated by beautiful churches, castles and palaces. Salzburg’s Festung Hohensalzburg is Central Europe’s largest intact fortress which affords the most amazing views of the city. Or you can visit the impressive Salzburg Dom to find the Romanesque font where Mozart was baptized.
Stay in the heart of the old town at the Austrotel Hotel (rooms from £51), where all the major attractions are but a short stroll away, or choose from a number of Austria hotel deals to find the perfect resting place for your visit to Salzburg.
Skiing and Snowboarding
The Austrian Alps are blessed with not only beautiful powder snow, but an enviably long season too, lasting well into the spring. The quality of instruction here is second to none, so if you are new to skiing or snowboarding, then Austria is a great place to start.
What’s more, the resorts here offer surprisingly good value for money too. With a super-reliable transport network, it’s easy to book your own flight to Austria and choose from a number of Austria hotel deals, to tailor-make your very own Austrian skiing holiday.
For great-value accommodation, try the Astoria Hotel Kitzbühel (rooms from £41), where you can enjoy easy access to both the ski slopes and the city centre attractions.
If it’s relaxation that you’re looking for, then Austria is surely the right place. As well as breathtaking landscapes and a relaxed pace of life, Austria is also famous for its wellness holidays, with millions of tourists every year coming to visit its numerous world class thermal spa resorts such as Rogner Bad Blumau, Therme Loipersdorf, Therme Geinberg, Bad Waltersdorf and the Langenfeld Aquadome.
Lie back and relax in natural mineral rich waters that are warm even in the depths of winter.
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