Unique Things to do in Austria – Top 13 Places to visit in 2023

What to do in Austria? Amazing views, endless hiking trails & beautiful lakes are among the many activities & unique places to visit in Austria!

Are you looking for top things to do in Austria? You have found the right place! We have a great bucket list of unique things to do and places to stay in Austria 🙂

Austria is an incredible destination to visit at any time of the year; and there are so many things to experience, do and see in this stunning country. Most people visit the capital city – yes, there are many great things to do in Vienna. But if you really want to see what Austria looks like you have to go to the Salzkammergut region in Austria!

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What to do in Austria?

Are you planning to visit Austria? Austria is a country rich in culture and history, with beautiful landscapes and many activities to enjoy.

From the famous Hallstatt or Mozart’s Birthplace to amazing views in Schafberg there are plenty of attractions and things to do in Austria! Here are a few things you can do in Austria:

  • Visit Vienna, the country’s capital, and see its famous landmarks such as the Schönbrunn Palace and the Hofburg Palace.
  • Take a scenic drive or hike through the Austrian Alps, and enjoy the stunning mountain views.
  • Visit one of Austria’s many castles, such as Burg Hohenwerfen or Burg Eltz.
  • Experience Austria’s rich musical heritage by attending a concert or opera in one of Vienna’s historic venues, such as the Vienna State Opera or the Musikverein.
  • Take a dip in one of Austria’s many thermal baths, such as the Therme Wien or the Therme Laa.
  • Visit Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart and the setting for the Sound of Music.
  • Enjoy the outdoor activities such as skiing, snowboarding, cycling, and hiking in the summer.
  • Taste Austria’s delicious food and wine, such as Wiener Schnitzel, Apfelstrudel, and Grüner Veltliner.

Still not sure what you can do in Österreich?!

Things to do in Austria types:

Top things to do in Austria in summer:Hiking
Top landmarks in Austria:The Alps
Austria vacation spots:Salzburg
Best places to visit in Austria in summer:Salzkammergut
Best nature places in Austria:Grossglockner
Austria top attractions:Hallstatt
Best adventures in Austria:Stairway to Nothingness
Austria most beautiful places:Schafberg mountain
Best places to go in Austria with Kids:Vienna

Top Unique Things to do in Austria: At a Glance

Read our guide to find many hidden attractions, cool sights, and unusual things to do in Austria – your ultimate Austria bucket list!

All across the country, it’s filled to the brim with some of the best places to visit in Austria. From top-rated tourist attractions to free things to do in Austria – we are sure that our list of great ideas will make you want to return to Austria many times! We will for sure 🙂

OK, close your eyes.

Seriously, close your eyes and imagine…

… a country with breathtaking views, crystal clear lakes, endless trekking paths and stunning nature.

Can you see it? Yes, it’s AUSTRIA! 🙂

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What to do Austria?

Explore the best Austria tourist attractions and top ideas for unique things to do in Austria:

WHAT ARE THE BEST THINGS TO DO IN AUSTRIA?

1. Visit Salzburg – a great place to stay in Austria

Where to go in Austria? Whether you are listing to Mozart’s requiem while walking around the Altstadt or taking the funicular to Hohensalzburg Fortress (book your ticket in advance), Salzburg is a perfect place to start your adventure in Austria. So, make sure you go for a weekend trip to Salzburg before exploring the rest of Austria.

Classical music is not your cup of tea? Just buy some Mozartkugel – everybody loves them!

Salzburg really is one of the top places to see in Austria!

Get SALZBURG CARD to get free access to many attractions and sights in Salzburg and around the city!

Book top attractions in Salzburg:

(TIP: if you have enough time you can also visit Munich or Garmisch-Partenkirchen – with a Bayern-Ticket it’s easier and more affordable than you think)

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Salzburg on a sunny day – one of the best places in Austria! 🙂

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Read also: Best Weekend Getaways in Europe

2. Drive-up Grossglockner High Alpine Road – must-have on any bucket list Austria!

Looking for Austria’s famous places? Of all the must-see places in Austria, this is really my favourite from this list of things to do in Österreich!

When visiting the Austrian Alps, Großglockner-Hochalpenstraße, with its 36 turns, is one of the highlights for many tourists from all over the world. It really is one of the best places to visit in Austria… especially for mountain lovers!

No question, the Grossglockner High Alpine Road is among Europe’s most amazing panoramic roads. The stunning scenery, combined with serpentine curved roads, guarantees a great adventure. The entry fee is €36, but believe me – it’s worth every cent!

Make sure you block the whole day for this trip. You will definitely stop your car every few 100s meters to take pictures.

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Austria activities – Grossglockner High Alpine Road

TIP: Make sure you rent an SUV car for the Grossglockner High Alpine Road adventure. Check prices at rentalcars.com

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Austria things to see – Grossglockner High Alpine Road

What to see in Austria? The Austrian Alps! The views are sensational – you will want to jump…

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Most beautiful places in Austria – Grossglockner High Alpine Road

… and she’s gone.

Read also: Best road trips in Europe

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3. Walk on the Suspension Bridge – a unique thing to do in Austria

Ha! Don’t worry… she’s back… 🙂

If you are still wondering – what to do in Austria? We have this unusual place to visit. In fact, this is one of the fun things to do in Austria, which you can easily enjoy with the whole family – a must-see in Austria!

On your trip to Ramsau am Dachstein, the suspension bridge is a must-have. Make sure to put the Dachstein Sky Walk on your bucket list. It really is one of the most fantastic bridges in Europe!

Would you dare to walk on it?

Before you get there, you will have the opportunity to ride a gondola up to 3000m. Check the latest prices here. With fantastic views, this must be one of the top tourist attractions in Austria!

(TIP: make sure you take the trip 1st thing in the morning to avoid the crowd. But hey, if you go there in October, as we did, there is a very high chance there will be no one around you)

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Austrian tourist attractions – Suspension Bridge
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Top places to visit in Austria – Suspension Bridge

One of the top offbeat places to visit in Austria!

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Activity trips in Austria – Suspension Bridge

Read also: Best Places to visit in Europe for true American Cowboys!

4. Take the Stairway to Nothingness – stunning thing to do in Austria

Looking for top Austria landmarks? There are many unique places to visit in Austria. And anyone looking for Austrian tourist attractions, will at some point see those amazing pictures of this attraction!

You haven’t heard about Treppe ins Nichts? It’s probably one of the most unique things to do in Austria. In recent years, it has become Austria’s top tourist attraction!

Scroll down to see pictures…

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Beautiful places in Austria – Stairway to Nothingness
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Things to do Austria – Stairway to Nothingness

… and … tell me you are not thinking about booking a flight to Austria and a hotel right now? 🙂

It just has to be on your list of top 10 places to visit in Austria 🙂

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Austria must see – Stairway to Nothingness

If you love spectacular views, you will get many from the last step of Stairway to Nothingness. It can’t get better than this! Make sure to add this trip to your bucket list Austria.

Perched about 1.5 hours south of Salzburg by car, it’s one of the best places to visit in Austria – a spot that I know you’ll love!

5. Have a strudel, bratwurst or gulaschsuppe

What can you do in Austria? With so many places to go in Austria, we can’t forget about top Austrian food, can we? 🙂 Austrian mountain food is amazing!

There is nothing better (after a long hike) than a gulaschsuppe followed by a cup of coffee with apfelstrudel! Agreed?

OK, a bratwurst with pommess (fries) would also be a good choice.

If you are a food-lover, read more about Austrian foods on traveltyrol.com – their Wiener Schnitzel recipe looks delicious 🙂

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100 things to do in Austria – bratwurst

6. Go to Schafberg by cog railway…

Activities to do in Austria? Whether you are 30 years old, or 3 there are many things to do in Austria for any age!

Choo-choo, puff-puff, off we go!

Brings back some memories from childhood, right? 🙂

Well, you can feel like a child again when you jump on that cog railway – it will take you up to Schafberg in no time (okay, roughly in 35 minutes).

I couldn’t forget to shout out SchafbergBahn as one of the best things to do in Austria, could I? 😉

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Austria what to do – Schafberg
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What is there to do in Austria – Schafberg

Schafberg Mountain is one of those places to visit in Austria you just have to see it!

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Austria attractions – Schafberg

6b. …and admire the amazing views!

Once you get to the top, Boy! What a view!

This is definitely one of the best places to visit in Austria – we can’t recommend it highly enough. The endless views are just breathtaking.

(TIP: upon arrival, you will have to “book” your return place on the train – make sure you stay there at least 2-3 hours)

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Adventurous things to do in Austria – Schafberg
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Best things in Austria – Schafberg

Can you find a better place to visit in Austria? 🙂

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Best destinations in Austria – Schafberg
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Must see Austria – Schafberg

Read also: Schafberg Mountain, Austria – Europe’s travel at its prettiest!

7. Take a boat trip to Hallstatt – Austria’s main tourist attraction

Best Austria towns to visit? Without a doubt, Hallstatt is a must-see in Austria!

When you type in Google best things to do and see in Austria, Hallstatt will be in the top results – I can guarantee this!

I guess they have an amazing PR person 🙂

Don’t take me wrong, it’s a very pretty village but there are much nicer places to visit in Austria. So call the town the most romantic place in Europe – would you say so too?

If, by accident, you end up being there, rent an electric boat – it’s fun and you will be able to take pictures from a different perspective.

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Places to stay Austria – Hallstatt
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Must do in Austria – Hallstatt

Many people call it one of Austria’s best places to visit – do you agree?

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Top things to see in Austria – Hallstatt

Read also: Is Hallstatt Austria worth visiting or is the Town a tourist TRAP?

8. Go hiking in Silberkarklamm

Best places to visit near Salzburg? If you like nature and looking for some outdoor activities in Austria, Silberkarklamm will be definitely at top of your list of the best things to see in Austria!

If you like hiking in narrow valleys between mountains – this gorge, with steep rocky walls and a stream running through it, will be a perfect choice for you. Have you ever seen such a long wooden staircase? 😉

This is one of the best hikes in Europe and it really is a contender for the best places to visit in Austria.

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Austria what to see – Silberkarklamm
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Tourist places in Austria – Silberkarklamm

It really is one of the cool things to do in Austria 🙂

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Best places to visit Austria – Silberkarklamm

9. Drive around in the Filzmoos area

What to visit in Austria? There are many top Austria destinations you can visit. It is not a secret that some of the best things to do in Austria are just around your hotel.

Wake up early in the morning, don’t waste time!

Jump on the car and start exploring – the marvellous landscapes and charming villages are just around the corner. And Filzmoss really is one of the must-see villages in Europe. Remember the name and add it to your bucket list Österreich!

(read our guide to renting a car in Europe)

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Outdoor vacation Austria – Filzmoos
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Best of Austria – Filzmoos

10. Go off the beaten track

Adventure trips in Austria? There are 100s of hiking trails in Filzmoos, the tricky part is: to decide which one to choose. Ask the locals which one is worth adding to your list of unique things to do in Austria.

Whichever you will go for, you can be sure it will NOT be crowded…

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Things to do in Austria in summer

Walks in nature – the best thing about Austria!

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11. Go hiking around Gosausee

Austria places to visit? With all the things to see in Austria, this is probably the best lake in the Dachstein Salzkammergut area!

It will take you only one hour to follow the path around the lake – as long you don’t stop every 5 minutes 🙂 You will be blown away by how beautiful this place is and really is one of the best places to visit in Austria.

P.s. NO, the 2nd picture it’s not upside down. It’s a reflection in the lake!

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Famous things in Austria – Gosausee
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Austria tourist places – Gosausee

Österreich must see! Where else can you find such stunning views?

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Places to see Austria – Gosausee
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Most scenic places in Austria – Gosausee

12. Meet the locals

Best hidden gems? Ask the locals! They always know many.

Right, maybe not all locals… 😉

But, please make sure you say HELLO when you meet them during your trip to Austria – it’s one of the cool things to do in Austria 😉

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13. Just relax…

… probably the best thing to do in Österreich.

Sometimes when we travel, we are too busy (with taking pictures etc.) to have time to stop…

So… slow downstop… and just relax…

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Things to do in Austria FAQ:

What is the most unique thing to do in Austria?

Driving the Grossglockner High Alpine Road is just a stunning and unique experience to do in Austria.

Schafberg – No. 1, a must-see place in Austria!

Visit Schafberg mountain for the best views in Austria – you will be speechless!

Which is the most beautiful town in Austria?

Hallstatt is known not only as one of the most beautiful towns in Austria but also as one of the most famous towns in Europe!

What is the best way to travel around in Austria?

Rent a car in Austria and head out to explore the Austrian Alps.

Know any other amazing things to do in Austria?

There are many great things to do in Vienna but there is so much more to see in this country. So, please let us know and we will try to visit them next time we are there. Austria is truly an amazing country that can be visited at any time of the year. Whether you visit Vienna in January, hike around Schafberg mountain in autumn or spend a weekend in Hallstatt, you will always find many unique things to do in Austria! 🙂

Planning a trip to Austria soon? Make sure you use the below resources:

* Find a cheap flight to Salzburg

* Rent a car at Salzburg airport, but before you do that read our guide about renting a car in Europe

* Book accommodation: 3* Hotels in Austria start at €55!

* Read our other articles: Hallstatt, Schafberg or Road trips in Europe

Where to stay in Austria?

If you would like to see all the amazing things from our list, we would recommend staying at Landhaus Vierthaler in Filzmoos.

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We absolutely loved that place!

The owners, Maria and Wolfgang, were super nice and the place was spotlessly clean! We gave them 10 as a review on Booking.com – which we have never done before 🙂

What is Austria best known for?

Austria is best known for several things, including:

  • Its rich culture and history: Austria has a rich cultural heritage, with a long history of art, music, and architecture. Vienna, the country’s capital, is particularly renowned for its museums, galleries, and historic buildings.
  • Its stunning landscapes: Austria is home to some of the most picturesque landscapes in Europe, including the Austrian Alps, which are popular for skiing and hiking.
  • Its music: Austria is famous for its classical music, particularly the works of composers such as Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. The country also has a long-standing tradition of opera and is home to several renowned opera houses.
  • Its cuisine: Austria is known for its traditional dishes such as Wiener Schnitzel, Apfelstrudel, and Tafelspitz. The country is also famous for its wines, particularly Grüner Veltliner and Riesling.
  • Its winter sports: Austria is one of the most popular ski destinations in the world, with many ski resorts and world-class ski facilities.
  • Its castles and palaces: Austria has many castles and palaces, like Schönbrunn Palace, Hofburg Palace, and Burg Hohenwerfen etc. which are popular tourist attractions.

What is the number one tourist attraction in Austria?

The number one tourist attraction in Austria is likely the city of Vienna. Vienna is the capital and largest city of Austria, and it is known for its rich cultural heritage and stunning architecture. The city is home to many famous landmarks and historical sites, including the Schönbrunn Palace, the Hofburg Palace, and the Stephansdom.

The city also has a reputation for its music and art, with many museums, galleries and concert halls. Additionally, Vienna is famous for its coffee houses, traditional Viennese cuisine, and wine taverns. Vienna is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which makes it a must-see destination for many tourists.

How many days do you need in Austria?

The amount of time needed to explore Austria depends on your interests and the destinations you want to visit. If you want to see the main highlights of the country, such as Vienna, Salzburg, and the Austrian Alps, you should plan for at least a week. This will give you enough time to visit the major cities and see the most popular tourist attractions.

However, if you want to explore more of the country and take your time to visit smaller towns and villages, or even take a road trip through the countryside, you may want to plan for a longer trip of 10-14 days. Additionally, if you are interested in outdoor activities such as skiing, hiking, and cycling, you may want to plan for even longer.

It’s also important to note that Vienna and Salzburg could take a couple of days to explore them deeply. If you have more time, you could also consider visiting other cities in Austria such as Graz, Linz, and Innsbruck, which have their own unique charm and history.

Is Austria a cheap country to visit?

Austria is considered to be a relatively expensive country to visit compared to some other European destinations. The cost of accommodation, food, and transportation can be higher than in other countries. However, it is still possible to visit Austria on a budget and find ways to save money.

Accommodation: The cost of accommodation in Austria can vary depending on the location and type of accommodation you choose. Hotels and resorts can be more expensive, while hostels and vacation rentals can be more affordable.

Food: Eating out in Austria can be expensive, with meals at a restaurant costing on average 15-20 Euros. However, you can save money by cooking your own meals or eating at cheaper restaurants. Supermarkets are also a good option to save money on food.

Transportation: Austria has an efficient public transportation system, which can be a cost-effective way to get around. However, if you are planning to rent a car or take a taxi, the cost can add up.

Activities: Austria has many free activities to enjoy like visiting the city center, or taking a walk in the park, but some of the major attractions such as visiting castles and palaces have an entry fee.

You may want to consider traveling in the shoulder season (spring or fall) to avoid the peak season prices, or look for deals and discounts. By being mindful of your budget and planning ahead, you can still have a great trip to Austria.

What is Austria’s famous food?

Austria is known for its rich and delicious cuisine, which is heavily influenced by its Central European neighbors. Here are some of the most famous and traditional foods you can find in Austria:

  • Wiener Schnitzel: This is one of the most famous and iconic dishes in Austria. It is a thin, breaded and pan-fried veal cutlet that is usually served with a squeeze of lemon and a side of potatoes or salad.
  • Tafelspitz: This is a traditional Austrian dish made from boiled beef, served with a variety of side dishes, such as horseradish, chives, and parsley.
  • Kaiserschmarrn: This is a traditional Austrian dessert made from shredded pancakes, often served with a fruit compote or caramel sauce.
  • Apfelstrudel: This is a traditional Austrian pastry made from layers of thin dough filled with cooked apples and cinnamon.
  • Sachertorte: This is a famous chocolate cake from Vienna, typically made with a chocolate cake and apricot jam, covered in dark chocolate icing.
  • Knödel: This is a traditional dumpling made from flour and potatoes, often served as a side dish with meat dishes.
  • Grilled meats: Austria is also famous for its grilled meats, such as Würstl (sausages) and Schweinsbraten (roast pork), which are often served with a variety of side dishes.
  • Austrian wine: Austria is also known for its wine, particularly the white wines such as Gruner Veltliner and Riesling which are grown in the country’s wine regions.

Which is the best time to visit Austria?

The best time to visit Austria depends on your interests and what you would like to do during your trip. Here are a few things to consider:

  • Summer (June-August) is a great time to visit Austria if you’re interested in hiking, biking and other outdoor activities. The weather is warm, and the days are long, making it perfect for exploring the countryside and the Austrian Alps.
  • Spring (April-May) and fall (September-October) are also good times to visit as the weather is milder, and the crowds are smaller. The nature is also at its best during these seasons, with colorful flowers in spring and fall foliage in autumn.
  • Winter (December-February) is a great time to visit Austria if you’re interested in skiing or snowboarding. The Austrian Alps are a popular ski destination, and many ski resorts are open during the winter months.
  • Christmas markets are also a popular attraction in Austria, which usually start in the end of November and last until the 24th of December. They are a great way to experience the local culture and food.

It’s worth noting that peak season in Austria is from June to August, so if you’re traveling during this time, you may find that prices are higher, and some places may be more crowded.

In general, Austria is a destination that can be visited all year round and provide different experiences depending on the season, so you should plan your trip according to your preferences and interests.

What is the prettiest place in Austria?

Austria is a country with many beautiful places to visit, each with its unique charm and character. Some of the most picturesque and popular places in Austria include:

  • Salzburg: Known as the birthplace of Mozart, Salzburg is a charming city with a well-preserved Old Town and many historic buildings, including the Salzburg Cathedral and the Mirabell Palace. Salzburg is also the main location of the movie ‘The Sound of Music’
  • Hallstatt: This small town is located on the shores of Hallstatter See, a beautiful lake in the Salzkammergut region. The town is known for its well-preserved medieval architecture, including the 16th-century Hallstatt Evangelical Church and the 7,000-year-old Salt Mine.
  • Innsbruck: Known for its charming old town and the stunning alpine scenery. The city is surrounded by majestic mountains and offers many outdoor activities such as skiing, hiking, and climbing.
  • The Austrian Alps: The Austrian Alps are home to some of the most beautiful mountain landscapes in Europe. The alpine towns such as Zell am See, Kitzbühel and Lech are popular for skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer.
  • Wachau Valley: This picturesque region is located along the Danube River and is known for its rolling hills, vineyards, and medieval villages. The valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to many historic churches and castles.
  • Melk: The small town of Melk is located on the banks of the Danube River and is known for its beautiful baroque architecture, including the Melk Abbey, one of the most famous monasteries in Austria.

All of these places are incredibly beautiful and unique in their own way, so it’s difficult to say which one is the “prettiest” place in Austria. Ultimately, it will depend on your personal preferences and interests.

How can I spend 3 days in Austria?

If you have 3 days to spend in Austria, here’s one possible itinerary that will allow you to see some of the country’s main highlights:

Day 1: Vienna

  • Start your day by exploring Vienna’s historic city center, including the famous St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Palace.
  • Visit the Schönbrunn Palace, one of the most famous tourist attractions in Vienna.
  • Afternoon, take a stroll through the city and enjoy the famous coffee houses culture
  • In the evening, attend a concert or opera at one of Vienna’s historic venues.

Day 2: Salzburg

  • Take a train to Salzburg in the morning, the city where Mozart was born.
  • Visit the Salzburg Cathedral and the Mirabell Palace.
  • Take a tour of the city and see locations used in the filming of ‘The Sound of Music’
  • Enjoy the evening by visiting one of Salzburg’s traditional beer gardens or taverns.

Day 3: The Austrian Alps

  • Take a train or a bus to the Austrian Alps, and spend the day exploring the beautiful mountain landscapes.
  • Visit one of the ski resorts or take a cable car up to a mountain peak.
  • Take a scenic drive or hike through the alpine towns such as Zell am See or Lech.

Keep in mind that this is just one possible itinerary, and you can adjust it according to your preferences and interests. Also, depending on the distance between the cities, you may need to take a longer train or bus ride on some days.

How can I spend 7 days in Austria?

If you have 7 days to spend in Austria, you have more time to explore and can include additional destinations and activities. Here’s a possible itinerary that will allow you to see more of the country:

Day 1-2: Vienna

  • Start your day by exploring Vienna’s historic city center, including the famous St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Palace.
  • Visit the Schönbrunn Palace, one of the most famous tourist attractions in Vienna.
  • Take a stroll through the city and enjoy the famous coffee houses culture
  • In the evening, attend a concert or opera at one of Vienna’s historic venues.
  • On the second day, take a guided tour of Vienna’s famous museums, such as the Kunsthistorisches Museum or the Naturhistorisches Museum.

Day 3-4: Salzburg

  • Take a train to Salzburg in the morning, the city where Mozart was born.
  • Visit the Salzburg Cathedral and the Mirabell Palace.
  • Take a tour of the city and see locations used in the filming of ‘The Sound of Music’
  • Enjoy the evening by visiting one of Salzburg’s traditional beer gardens or taverns.
  • On the fourth day, take a day trip to the nearby town of Hallstatt, a beautiful town known for its well-preserved medieval architecture and the 7,000-year-old Salt Mine.

Day 5-6: The Austrian Alps

  • Take a train or a bus to the Austrian Alps, and spend the day exploring the beautiful mountain landscapes.
  • Visit one of the ski resorts or take a cable car up to a mountain peak.
  • Take a scenic drive or hike through the alpine towns such as Zell am See or Lech.
  • On the sixth day, you can also consider visiting the nearby town of Innsbruck, known for its charming old town and the stunning alpine scenery.

Day 7: Wachau Valley

  • Take a train or a bus to the Wachau Valley, a picturesque region located along the Danube River, known for its rolling hills, vineyards, and medieval villages.
  • Visit the Melk Abbey, one of the most famous monasteries in Austria.
  • Take a boat trip along the Danube River and enjoy the beautiful views of the valley.

Keep in mind that this is just one possible itinerary, and you can adjust it according to your preferences and interests. Also, depending on the distance between the cities, you may need to take a longer train or bus ride on some days.

Can you get around Austria without a car?

Yes, it is possible to get around Austria without a car. The country has an efficient and well-connected public transportation system that includes trains, buses, and trams. This makes it easy to travel between cities and towns and to reach popular tourist destinations.

Trains: Austria has an extensive railway network that connects major cities and towns, including Vienna, Salzburg, Graz, Linz, and Innsbruck. The trains are comfortable and reliable, and many offer scenic routes through the Austrian Alps.

Buses: In addition to trains, there are also regular bus services that connect many towns and villages, especially in rural areas and smaller towns that are not connected by train.

Trams and subways: Most of the major cities in Austria also have an extensive public transportation system that includes trams and subways, which makes it easy to get around and explore the city centers.

Additionally, Austria has a bike-sharing system in many cities. They are a convenient and eco-friendly way to explore the city.

It’s worth noting that it’s possible to rent a car in Austria, but it’s not necessary to see the main attractions. Public transportation is efficient, reliable and can take you to most of the places you want to visit.

What to do in Austria in December?

Austria in December can be a great time to visit, as the country transforms into a winter wonderland with snow-covered landscapes and festive markets. Here are a few things you can do in Austria in December:

  • Visit Christmas markets: Austria is known for its Christmas markets, which are set up in many cities and towns throughout the country. These markets are a great way to experience the local culture and food, and to find unique gifts and souvenirs. Some of the most famous Christmas markets are in Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck, and Linz.
  • Skiing and snowboarding: Austria is one of the most popular ski destinations in the world, with many ski resorts and world-class ski facilities. December is a great time to visit for skiing or snowboarding.
  • Ice skating: Many cities in Austria, such as Vienna and Salzburg, have outdoor ice-skating rinks, which are open during the winter months.
  • Visit a thermal bath: Austria is known for its thermal baths, which are perfect for relaxing and warming up after a day in the cold. The Therme Wien or the Therme Laa are popular options.
  • Visit a Christmas concert: Austria is famous for its classical music, and December is a great time to experience a Christmas concert, such as a performance of Handel’s “Messiah” or Mozart’s “Christmas Mass”
  • Visit a castle: Austria is home to many castles, such as Burg Hohenwerfen or Burg Eltz, which are open year-round and decorated for the holidays, making for a festive and unique experience.

Keep in mind that December can be cold, so be sure to dress warmly and bring appropriate clothing for outdoor activities.

Most beautiful places in Austria summer

Austria is a country with many beautiful places to visit, each with its unique charm and character. Here are some of the most picturesque and popular places to visit in Austria during the summertime:

  • Salzkammergut: This region is located in the heart of Austria and is known for its stunning alpine landscapes, crystal-clear lakes, and charming towns. Popular towns to visit include Hallstatt, St. Wolfgang, and Bad Ischl.
  • Tirol: This region is located in the western part of Austria and is known for its beautiful alpine landscapes, traditional mountain villages, and outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and rafting. Towns such as Innsbruck, Kitzbühel, and Zell am See are popular tourist destinations.
  • Wachau: This region is located along the Danube River and is known for its rolling hills, vineyards, and medieval villages. The valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to many historic churches and castles.
  • Styria: This region is located in the south-east of Austria and is known for its rolling hills, vineyards, and thermal baths. The towns of Graz and Bad Radkersburg are popular tourist destinations.
  • Lake Wolfgang: This is one of the most beautiful lakes in Austria, surrounded by the Salzkammergut mountains.

Is Austria the most beautiful country?

Beauty is subjective, and what one person finds beautiful, another person may not. Austria is certainly a country that is known for its stunning landscapes, rich culture and history, and charming towns and cities. It’s famous for the alpine scenery, its lakes, mountains, and valleys, as well as its beautiful cities such as Vienna, Salzburg, and Graz. The country offers a diverse range of natural and cultural attractions that can appeal to different types of travelers.

Most beautiful places in Austria winter

Austria is known for its beautiful winter landscapes and festive atmosphere. Here are some of the most picturesque and popular places to visit in Austria during the wintertime:

  • The Austrian Alps: The Austrian Alps are home to some of the most beautiful mountain landscapes in Europe. The alpine towns such as Zell am See, Kitzbühel, Lech and St. Anton am Arlberg are popular for skiing and snowboarding during the winter months and offer beautiful views of the snow-covered mountains.
  • Salzburg: Known as the birthplace of Mozart, Salzburg is a charming city with a well-preserved Old Town and many historic buildings, including the Salzburg Cathedral and the Mirabell Palace. The city is also beautifully decorated during the Christmas season, making it a great place to visit during the winter.
  • Innsbruck: Known for its charming old town and the stunning alpine scenery, the city is surrounded by majestic mountains and offers many outdoor activities such as skiing, hiking, and climbing.
  • Vienna: Vienna is a beautiful city all year round, but during the winter, it takes on a special charm, with its Christmas markets, ice-skating rinks, and festive lights.
  • Hallstatt: This small town is located on the shores of Hallstatter See, a beautiful lake in the Salzkammergut region. The town is known for its well-preserved medieval architecture, including the 16th-century Hallstatt Evangelical Church and the 7,000-year-old Salt Mine. The town is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

All of these places are incredibly beautiful and unique in their own way, so it’s difficult to say which one is the “most beautiful” place in Austria during winter. Ultimately, it will depend on your personal preferences and interests.

Things to do in Austria with family

Austria is a great destination for a family vacation, with a wide range of activities and attractions to suit all ages. Here are a few things to do in Austria with your family:

  • Visit a theme park: Austria has several theme parks, such as Prater in Vienna, which is a great place for family entertainment. It has a variety of rides, games, and attractions, including a giant Ferris wheel.
  • Take a scenic train ride: Austria has some of the most beautiful train rides in Europe, such as the Zillertalbahn, which takes you through the picturesque Zillertal valley, or the Glacier Express which takes you through the Austrian and Swiss Alps.
  • Visit a castle: Austria has many castles, such as Burg Hohenwerfen or Burg Eltz, which offer a glimpse into the country’s history and are great places to explore with kids.
  • Enjoy the outdoors: Austria is a great destination for outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking, or skiing. Many towns and villages offer family-friendly trails and activities.
  • Visit an animal park: There are several animal parks in Austria, such as the Tiergarten Schönbrunn in Vienna and the Alpenzoo in Innsbruck, which are great places to see a variety of animals and learn about them.
  • Visit a Christmas market: Austria is known for its Christmas markets, which are set up in many cities and towns

Is it worth visiting Austria?

Yes, it is definitely worth visiting Austria. The country offers a diverse range of attractions and activities that can appeal to different types of travelers.

Austria is known for its stunning landscapes, rich culture, and history. It offers beautiful alpine landscapes, crystal-clear lakes, and charming towns and cities such as Vienna, Salzburg, and Graz. These places are popular for their historic sites and landmarks, museums, and cultural events.

Additionally, Austria is a great destination for outdoor activities such as skiing, hiking, and biking in the summer and winter. The country is also known for its thermal baths and spas, which are perfect for relaxation and rejuvenation.

The country also has a rich culinary tradition, with a variety of delicious local dishes, such as Wiener Schnitzel, Kaiserschmarrn, and Apfelstrudel.

Furthermore, Austria is a safe and stable country, with a high standard of living, and a welcoming and friendly population.

In conclusion, Austria is a country with a lot to offer, with a wide range of activities, attractions and experiences that can appeal to different types of travelers, from culture enthusiasts to outdoor enthusiasts and families.

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