Austria is a landlocked nation that sits in the heart of Europe. The picture-perfect country is home to geographical wonders, world-renowned cultural hotspots and rich history. Read on to hear about our favourite Austrian destinations!
The city of Vienna is the capital city of Austria, with a population of approximately 2.6 million; a vast chunk of the Austrian people. Vienna is well known to be a cultural hub and was once home to famous composers like Beethoven and Mozart; it’s no surprise that the city is the heart of world-famous classical music, including Viennese orchestras, musicians and operas. Fear not if you aren’t musically inclined; the city has much more to offer than breathtaking harmony. Other must-sees are ancient baroque cathedrals, palaces and, of course, one of the many splendid coffee houses!
Salzburg, much like Vienna, is jam-packed with baroque architecture and immense cultural significance. Arguably most famously associated as the birthplace of the world-famous composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The city sits on the Salzach River edge and is magnificent in every sense of the word; from the high rising Festung Hohensalzbury fortress to beautiful alpine mountains, Salzburg has it all!
Innsbruck sits in a broad valley between the majestic mountain tops of the Alps. The city provides a genuinely unique blend of nature, geography and culture all in one, and we guarantee it won’t disappoint! Frequently referred to as the capital of the alps, Innsbruck has an abundance of outdoor and indoor activities to keep everyone entertained, for example, hiking trails or the Renaissance-style Hapsburg Imperial Palace.
The Grossglockner road could quite simply be the best driving road in the world! Sometimes a picture speaks a million words, and in the case of Grossglockner, this is definitely true! The long winding road rises 2571m above sea level and provides genuinely breathtaking views of Austria’s highest mountain. Not only that, the pass is popular with hikers due to the abundance of trails located that take you to other magnificent spectacles such as glaciers!
Graz is home to a beautiful blend of architectural buildings from different historical eras, which, as a result of the geographical significance of Graz, meant it was a highly valued outpost. Graz, also home to the University of Graz, boasts a lively nightlife to complement the baroque architecture that litters the famous city.
Bad Gastein is located at the centre of the Tauern Mountains mountain range near the south border of Austria. In the winter Bad Gastein makes a fantastic Ski resort; however, tourism remains popular in the area due to the geothermal springs in the surrounding area. The town centre offers a beautiful mix of nature and human architecture with high rise, Art Deco-themed buildings and spectacular waterfalls, the town’s main attractions.
Hallstatt is a small lakeside village located in the north of Austria that gets its name from the historically significant salt mine (the world’s oldest salt mine), namely, the Hallstatt mine that is over 7000 years old. Hallstatt is the quintessential lakeside Austrian village with beautiful buildings, high-rise mountains and deep blue water – what’s not to love?