Travel to Austria to explore a culture-rich and scenically beautiful country. As the birthplace of classical music composers Mozart, Strauss and Schubert, Austria is full of history, culture and art. And then there are the views. Its spectacular mountain scenery is famous the world over, whether covered with snow inviting visitors to ski in Austria or lush and green as depicted in the legendary movie The Sound of Music.
Holidays in Austria can be enjoyed at any time of the year. Visitors flock here to attend the famous Salzburg Festival in the summer months or spend Christmas in Austria to visit the famous markets. The food is superb, the tourist attractions are abundant, and the towns and villages are charming. Vienna, the capital, is home to the State Opera, Hofburg, Schönbrunn Palace and much more. Salzburg, Mozart’s birthplace, is a stunning city famous for its magnificent Alpine setting. Then there are the ski resorts like St Anton and Kitzbühel, where you’ll find the Après Ski life is vibrant and fun, and the coffee and pastries a dream.
Why travel to Austria
It’s Lake District is spectacular and offers stunning summer activities.
In winter, the mountain peaks in the Alps offer incredible skiing opportunities.
With 24,000km of trails, it’s no surprise that walking holidays in Austria as so popular.
Christmas is a winter wonderland in the cities and olde-worlde ski resorts.
Still a best-kept secret, Austria offers an authentic traditional experience.
The cakes and pastries are legendary.
This beautiful little European country is ideal for a solo travel experience, a romantic getaway with your partner, an opportunity to tackle the snow with friends or an unmatched family holiday. Let Thompsons Holidays take you on a one-of-a-kind experience to this magical destinationwith a holiday package curated for you.
What to do in Austria
Austria is a magical destination year-round. In the summer, the hills are full of hikers taking in the many scenic trails. The cities of Salzburg, Innsbruck and Vienna are filled with tourists visiting castles, palaces, museums and other fascinating sights. In the winter months when the Austrian Alps become a playground for skiers of every ability who come to enjoy superb skiing, snowboarding, ice skating and numerous other winter sports.
Austria is also an idyllic holiday destination for couples, especially in the winter. There’s nothing more romantic than riding in a horse-drawn carriage under the stars on your way to a restaurant to dine on hearty goulash and sip Glühwein. Let’s not forget Austria’s legendary pastries such as sachertorte, a dense chocolate cake created in 1832 for Prince Metternich in Vienna. No matter when you visit, you’ll find Austrians are warm and welcoming, and their little towns and villages charming and authentic.
Things to do in Austria
Visit the imperial Hofburg Palace in Vienna.
See the earth’s most extensive system of ice caves, the spectacular World of the Ice Giants.
Go shopping in Salzburg’s traditional Christmas markets.
Enjoy windsurfing, sailing and swimming on Lake Attersee.
Go to a spa, have a sauna and then jump into icy water in the snow.
Visit the charming little village of Hallstatt, one of Austria’s most picturesque.
Spend time in one of Vienna’s traditional coffee houses.
Enjoy skiing in one of Austria’s beautiful Alpine resorts.
Spectacular tourist attractions, excellent skiing for beginners, amateurs and experts, delightful cuisine, charming towns and villages and friendly people make Austria an unforgettable destination for a holiday. Book your Austria holiday package with Thompsons Holidays today.
Austria is on Central European time, one hour behind South Africa during the winter (November to March) and the same time as South Africa in the summer months (last Sunday in March to last Saturday in October).
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