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  • Salzburg with Hohensalzburg fortress is a must inclusion on all Austria vacations.
  • Snowy in the Austria alps

Austria (In German, Osterreich, literally "the Eastern Realm" or "Eastern Empire") is a landlocked Alpine German-speaking country bordering Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, and Italy. Austria, along with neighbour, Switzerland, is the most renowned winter sports destination in Europe. However, it is just as popular for summer tourists on Austria vacations who visit its historic cities and villages or go walking and hiking in the magnificent Alpine scenery.

Contrary to popular perceptions, Austria is not all about mountains. While the Alps do cover three-quarters of the country, the eastern provinces of Lower Austria, the Burgenland and the federal capital of Vienna are flatter with more rural scenery. This diverse mix of landscapes is packed into a relatively small area in size. Glaciers, meadows, alpine valleys, wooded foothills, gently rolling farmland, vineyards, river gorges and plains can be found on Austria vacations. One quarter of Austria's population lives in Greater Vienna located where the Danube meets the easternmost fringe of the Alps.

Opera House Vienna

Start your Austria tours in Vienna, a city with much charm offering the opportunity to visit museums, music centres and grand palaces. But the real speciality here is the Viennese coffee house, a large part of the city's social being. It is essential to spend time in one, not just for the excellent coffee and pastries, but to get an idea of the everyday lifestyle of the locals. St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the most important church in Vienna, dominates a central square. One can visit the interesting tombs and crypts inside. For museum buffs, the most well-known is the Kunsthistorisches Museum, one of the world’s best fine art galleries.  For Opera fans, the stately Vienna Opera House has regular performances of not only opera but also orchestral concerts and ballet. There are two major palaces which should be visited  The first is the splendid Schonbrunn Palace, original home to the Hapsburg monarchs for over 300 years, with its beautiful and vast gardens. The other is Belvedere Palace with its extensive art collection.  Unique to Vienna is the Spanish Riding School with its performances of classic dressage undertaken by magnificent Lipizzaner horses.  For the young at heart, there is the Prater which is a well-known amusement park featuring a giant Ferris wheel and it is also a lovely park to enhance your Austria tour.    

Schoenbrunn Palace Vienna

After Vienna comes Salzburg, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities made famous by both Mozart and the movie, “The Sound of Music”. Dominating the city is the 900-year-old Hohensalzburg Castle perched high on a cliff-top, affording a wonderful view of the surroundings. Salzburg is the birthplace of Mozart and there is a museum dedicated to this great composer in his original home. Other points of interest include the Schloss Mirabel, a grand palace built in the 18th Century in the baroque style and the Residenz, a former palace of the city’s Prince Bishops, originally built in the 16th Century, all to be experienced on Austria vacations.

There are two other cities to consider on your Austrian tours. One is Graz with its medieval old town, a blend of Renaissance and Baroque architecture. The other is Linz, where the Danube River flows through the centre. The architecture here is once again in the Renaissance style. The town of Melk, close to Vienna, has a historic centre and is justly famous for its 18th Century Benedictine Abbey overlooking the Danube River.

Winter Sports enthusiasts have a number of choices of world- famous ski resorts in the Austrian Alps such as Zell-Am-See, Kitzbuhel, St. Anton and Solden. All have facilities and slopes to suit experts and beginners alike. Another consideration is Innsbruck as a ski centre.  There are several ski resorts in the surrounding area offering a day’s serious skiing and winter sports activities. But also, the city has a wealth of charm reflected in its buildings and historical sites. Innsbruck has an equal appeal as a summer destination on Austria vacations.

No matter the season, Austria will welcome you on your on one of Goway’s Austria vacation packages.

 

 "Globetrotting with Goway" blog articles

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Austria Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to Austria vacations.

Learn about the history and culture of Austria, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Austria's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Austria for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Austria tours today!

 

Extend your Stay

Consider an additional stopover to your Austria vacations at one of Goway's other European destinations. You can choose from  a Paris vacation, a London vacation or an Amsterdam vacation. This can be done stopping over en route to or from Austria.

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  • Christmas on the Danube River: The Great Capitals & their Celebrations

    This classic Europe cruise along the Danube sets out from historic Vienna, taking in three of the continent’s great capitals for the ultimate short trip through Central Europe in the holiday season.
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  • Classic Eastern Europe: Budapest, Vienna & Prague

    Embark on this classic route through three of Central Europe's great cities. Admire the Danube and awesome parliament building from Castle Hill in Budapest, enjoy coffee and strudel in between exploring Habsburg history in Vienna, and wander through the fairy tale spires and squares of Prague, the beating heart of Bohemia.
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    11 Days
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  • Innsbruck: Private City Tour

    Enjoy a guided walking tour of Innsbruck, which famously hosted the Olympic Winter Games in 1964 and 1976. As you walk the streets, you’ll visit Bergisel Hill, where you can still see the Olympic flames and rings, and the famous Gothic church, the Hofkirche.
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  • Innsbruck: Swarovski Crystal Tour

    Take half a day to explore the adventure museum of Swarovski Crystal Worlds. As you pass into this world based on Tyrolean myth and come under the Giant’s sway, you’ll experience a dazzling mixture of art and entertainment featured around Swarovski’s famous crystals.
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  • Salzburg: Bavarian Alps Half Day Tour

    Something very different awaits you, should you decide to visit the salt mines. Past the hunting castle Hellbrunn cross the Austrian-Bavarian border. Along the Konigseeache valley, through the Bavarian mountains, past romantic farmhouses and the ruins of Obersalzberg - Hitler's former mountain retreat - arrive at the highlight of the journey, the 500-year-old Saltmines.
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  • Salzburg: City Tour On the Traces of Mozart

    Salzburg city sightseeing tour including the reopened Mozart Residence or the Miracle's Wax Museum. Over the centuries the Prince Archbishops represented the worldly and clerical power in their own independent principality.
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  • Salzburg: Hallstatt Half Day Tour

    On arrival in Hallstatt it is hard to know where to start, perhaps with a mountain train ride up to the entrance of the world's oldest salt mines, from here a great view down onto Hallstatt, giving you both a magnificent view and helping you understand how Hallstatt started life.
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  • Salzburg: Stopover, City Break

    Discover one of the best preserved European city centres with its attractive Baroque architecture, magnificent castles, plus visit charming villages and beautiful lakes. You will hear about the making of the movie, “The Sound of Music” and go down a 500 year old salt mine.
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  • Salzburg: The Original Sound of Music Half Day Tour

    Come and join us on a wonderful ride with breath-taking views of the landscape where the opening scenes of the movie The Sound of Music were filmed - not only in the city of Salzburg! A wonderful ride with breathtaking views of the landscape where the opening scenes were filmed.
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  • The Beautiful Blue Danube

    Voyage down the Danube to visit the capitals of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. See the majesty of the old Empire at Hofburg Palace in Vienna, examine medieval manuscripts at the massive Benedictine abbey in Melk and soak in the relaxing Turkish baths of Budapest.
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  • Vienna City Break & Salzburg

    This short stopover in Vienna is the perfect way to devote a little extra time to one of the world’s great creative cities. Cruise down the Danube and day trip out to Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and a pilgrimage for Sound of Music fans.
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  • Vienna: Historical City Half Day Tour with Schonbrunn Palace

    This tour will give you an overall impression of the most significant sight of Vienna. Along the Ringstrasse you will see numerous magnificent buildings, such as the MAK, the State Opera House, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Natural History Museum, the cultural district the Museums Quartier, the former Habsburg winter residence, the Hofburg, the Parliament, the City Hall and the Burgtheater.
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