WHERE TO GO
Vienna is the cultural hub of Austria. Some of the most popular sights to see in Vienna are Schönbrunn Palace, Belvedere Palace, and the many museums and galleries.
Innsbruck is the heart of the Austrian Alps. The diverse cultural offerings of the city meld with the incredible mountain scenery to entice visitors year round.
Bregenz is a lovely city in the southwest of Austria, that shares Lake Constance with Germany and Switzerland. It is well known for its summer Festival opera production.
Salzburg is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, due in large part to its abundance of churches, castles and palaces. Many people visit for the Salzburg Festival in July and August.
Where to stay
You can choose from many different types of accommodations in Austria. The experiences range from chic hotels in the city to rustic lodges in the Alps. You can really have any kind of experience you want in Austria, so choose wisely!
For affordable luxury in the heart of the city
Vienna: Hotel Sacher Wien ⇒ Read reviews and check prices on Trip Advisor or Book a room
Innsbruck: The Penz Hotel ⇒ Read reviews and check prices on Trip Advisor or Book a room
Bregenz: Hotel Schwärzler ⇒ Read reviews and see current prices on TripAdvisor or Book a room
Salzburg: Hotel Bristol Salzburg ⇒ Read reviews and check prices on Trip Advisor or Book a room
Unique experiences outside the city:
Hotel Salzburgerhof ⇒ For an alpine experience and incredible mountain views, try Hotel Salzburgerhof. For ski enthusiasts, it’s just a short walk to the ski resort. And it has a three-story “wellness area” spa that is enticing to everyone. Click to see on Booking.com.
Hotel Schloss Monchstein ⇒ A castle hotel outside of Salzburg with a beautiful view of the city, a very good restaurant and a charming castle feel. Read reviews and check prices on Trip Advisor | Click to see on Booking.com.
Loisium Wine & Spa Resort in Langenlois, Austria ⇒ For wine lovers, there’s no better place to stay than at the Loisium Wine & Spa Resort just outside of Vienna, in the heart of wine country. There is a wonderful spa and the food is superb. Read reviews and check prices on Trip Advisor | Click to see on Booking.com.
What to Eat
As you might expect, the food in Austria is a bit of a conglomeration of the surrounding countries, as well as influences from early settlers. You will find plenty of schnitzel and spaetzel, as well as bratwurst, potato salad, and spicy goulash. Austria makes lovely cheeses, great wines, and plenty of beer.
Austrian cakes and pastries are a well-known feature of its cuisine. Perhaps the most famous is the Sachertorte, a chocolate cake with apricot jam filling, traditionally eaten with whipped cream.
These days, the culinary landscape is starting to change as more modern flavors and techniques are transforming the traditional foods of Austria. You will find plenty of high-class dining experiences throughout the country, like Le Ciel and Fabios in Vienna or Goldener Hirsch in Salzburg. Palais Coburn in Vienna is the place for wine lovers. They have over 60,000 bottles of wine in their cellar.
What to drink
There is no shortage of adult beverages in Austria. They love all things wine, beer and cider. Austria’s wine country might not be as well known as other wine regions, but it is vibrant and swarming with great wines. Try the Vienna wine region with over 600 producers, or the Burgenland wine region in eastern Austria, where sweet wines are the thing.
You won’t have to look far for Austrian beer, either. Austria has the fourth-largest beer-drinking population in the world. Beer production here is a major affair. The beers you can expect to find are märzen, pils, wheat and zwickel. One of Austria’s traditional brewing regions is the Mühlviertel, located between the Bohemian Forest and the Danube.
Lastly, there’s a strong cider culture in Austria. According to Austria.info, “Lower Austria’s Mostviertal (cider region) boasts Europe’s largest continuous area of pear orchards. Our tip: take a leisurely drive along the winding 200km panoramic Cider Trail, with plenty of stops along the way.”
By reading this AustriaTravel Guide, you now know what to do and where to go, and have sorted out the right time to visit Austria, haven’t you? So, pack your bags and book your tickets, because Austria awaits you!