What to do in Austria, itinerary of the main attractions to see and the main places of interest in this country characterized by landscapes with surprising contrasts, moving from the Alps to the green expanses of the Danube valley.
This European beauty is known both for its historic buildings, museums and inspiring galleries, and for its world-renowned ski slopes and breathtaking mountain landscapes.
Revolutionary figures in the cultural history of Austria, from the genius composers of music Mozart and Schubert to the great neurologist and psychologist Sigmund Freud.
Glorious architectural riches include memories of the Habsburg's past power, which has dominated central Europe for seven centuries, the Austrian waltz capital, Vienna, is a magnificent example with its Opera House and the Hofburg, imperial residence, while many other cities are similarly imbued with historical magic, in particular Mozart's birthplace, in Salzburg, with splendid baroque churches in the magnificent scenery of the surrounding snow-capped peaks.
What to do
– Play golf on almost 150 fields scattered throughout the nation, in what has become one of the main destinations for fans of this sport, in the magnificent setting of historic castles, alpine valleys and panoramic terraces.
– Austrian lakes located in a breathtaking panorama, including Worthersee, Wolfgangsee, Traunsee, Hallstatt and Mondsee, one of the warmest lakes in Salzkammergut. The lakes of Carinthia with temperatures of around 28 ° C and crystal clear waters deserve special attention.
– Donau-Auen National Park it represents the last strip of European protected rainforest, an alluvial area of wild nature that feeds a varied species of plants and animals.
– Enjoy coffee and cake it is a way to relax by tasting the famous cakes and puddings of which many types are prepared.
– Ferris wheel in Vienna in the Prater amusement park, from which to have a suggestive view of the city from above. St. Stephen's Cathedral, the Hofburg Chapel, the Parliament and the Votive Church are worth a visit.
– Floating work, it represents a different way of going to work but with style. In addition to the many opera performances that are held in the major cities of the country, in Bregenz there is the largest floating stage in the world intended for summer performances of opera.
– Graz offers many things to see including the Johanneum Landesmuseum, which includes Gothic paintings, the New gallery in the Herbenstrein Palace, the Cathedral, the Mausoleum of Emperor Ferdinand II, the old quarter, the Schlossberg, Castle Hill, with the tower of the clock and bell tower.Recommended readings
- Vienna (Austria): what to see in the capital
- Austria: what to do in the country of the waltz
- Austria: useful travel information
- Salzburg (Austria): what to see in the city of Mozart
– Walks and excursions to do in spring and summer through different Alpine landscapes, ranging from forests and green slopes to glaciers and rocks. The Vorarlberg pastures allow you to take easy paths, while the Hohe Tauern National Park has more demanding trekking routes.
– Ice caves, located south of Salzburg, where you can admire beautiful ice sculptures all year round. These caves are buried deep beneath the mountain wall that runs alongside the valley.
– Johann Strauss Ball it's a different way to spend the night, dancing the waltz in the elegant setting of a room in the Hofburg Palace in Vienna.
– Lederhosen Festival, takes place annually in Windischgarsten and is a review of traditional Austrian clothing, where it is not mandatory to wear this type of costume but it is possible to participate in the election of Miss Lederhose, killing time by drinking excellent beer.
– Mozart's birthplace it is another very important classic Austrian attraction not to be missed. Located in Getreidegasse, the main shopping street of the city, it is the house where the composer was born while the family residence is located on the market square. Both have now become museums.
– Salzburg festival it is a way of listening to classical music in the city of Mozart. The Salzburg Festival provides a varied program, from singers, actors, orchestras and operas, with a breathtaking baroque background for the start.
– Austrian wine to be tasted in the typical regions of Lower Austria, southern Styria and Burgenland, most of the wines, such as Riesling wine, are white in color, but there are also some good reds such as Baden and Burgenland.
– Steam train is a trip on an old 19th-century steam train that allows you to admire some picturesque landscapes, including the famous and beautiful village of St Wolfgang in the Salzkammergut.
– Striking stallions they are the famous Lipizzaner stallions to be seen performing dressage maneuvers finely performed at the time of Viennese classical music at the Hofburg palace in Vienna, or in the breeding of horses in Piber, where they are treated, trained and ridden.
– Tyrol it is the most beautiful mountainous region of Austria with woods, pastures, valleys, mountain lakes, alpine villages, churches and castles. In the capital Innsbruck, you can admire numerous historic buildings, including a 12th century castle. For spectacular views, take the Hungerburg funicular and then the cable car to Hafelekar at 2,334 m.
– Vienna it is the place of Baroque elegance, especially in the first elegant district, the Innerstadt. In the old town, you can admire the Hohensalzburg fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Peterskirche, Abbey of San Pietro, with the cemetery and catacombs, the Domkirche, intended to rival San Pietro in Rome, and the Alter Markt , old market square.
– Winter sports in the Alps, one of the main destinations in Europe for skiing, snowboarding, sledding, horse-drawn sleighs, curling and skating.