Jun 212012
 

Austria is an exceedingly popular European holiday destination. Here are ten reasons why you should go…

1.    Classical Music

Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven, Strauss are among the many classical composers who were born or lived in Vienna. So it’s no surprise that Vienna has been designated as the world’s Capital of Classical Music. On a trip to Austria you can visit world famous concert halls and hear compositions played by some of the world’s best Orchestras, such as the Vienna Philharmonic.

The Wiener Musikverein Concert Hall

The Wiener Musikverein Concert Hall

 

2.    The Austrian Alps

The Alps are Austria’s largest natural tourist attraction and are truly spectacular to behold. This sparkling mountain range provides breathtaking scenery – snow-capped mountains, sweeping valleys and crystal clear lakes. The Alps are home to a host of charming villages which are brimming with culture. Active types can also enjoy skiing, hiking, cycling and kayaking.

The Alps

The Alps

 

3.    Architecture

As well as natural attractions, Austria boasts a range of man-made architectural wonders. History buffs can visit some amazing medieval palaces such as the Hofburg Imperial Palace as well as ancient and interesting monasteries like the St. Peter Abbey. Austria has some stunning modern architecture too, like the uber-modern blob-shaped Kunsthaus Graz, an art museum which is affectionately known as the ‘friendly alien’.

Kunsthaus Graz

Kunsthaus Graz

 

4.    The Sound of Music

Many tourists visit Austria to retrace the steps of the Von Trapp family in the well-loved film and musical The Sound of Music. Salzburg has a variety of attractions for Sound of Music fans to enjoy, including the village of St.Glen where Maria sings her first lines and the Mirabell Gardens where the famous ‘Do-Re-Mi’ song was filmed.

The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music

 

5.    Food

Austria has many local delicacies to try, some of which you may have tried before, but the authentic versions taste much better. Apple strudel (apfelstrudel) is a popular pastry that you can find in most restaurants in Austria. Those with a sweet tooth will also enjoy Sachertorte, a special type of chocolate cake. Wiener Schnitzels are also a popular part of Austrian cuisine – a slab of veal coated in breadcrumbs which is often served with potato salad.

Apple Strudel

Apple Strudel

 

6.    Drinks

Whether it’s Viennese coffee or hot chocolate in the day time, or a glass of Austrian wine in the evening, Austria has some lovely beverages on offer. Austrians have been making wine for at least 3,000 years and the traditional coffee houses of Vienna are some of the oldest in the world. And did you know that the energy drink Red Bull originates from Austria? Not from the USA as many people think.

Viennese Coffee

Viennese Coffee

 

7.    Weather

Austria enjoys a continental climate with hot and sunny summers, so sun seekers will be happy to feel the warm glow of European sun on their faces, especially in the East of the country. In contrast, the Alpine Region has short summers and long winters, which provides the perfect climate for snow sports such as skiing and snowboarding.

Sunshine and Snow

Sunshine and Snow

 

8.    Railways

Railway enthusiasts will delight at the historic stream locomotives that offer epic journeys through breathtaking mountain scenery. Have a ride on the century-old Wendelstein Rack Railway and you will enjoy spectacular views as the train makes its way through seven tunnels, eight galleries and across twelve bridges to the 1,838 metre high mountain summit.

The Wendelstein Rack Railway

The Wendelstein Rack Railway

 

9.    Dancing

Vienna is where the Waltz was invented and even today it is so much a part of Austrian culture that every December Austrians Waltz in the New Year to the sound of the Blue Danube which is broadcast on public radio. The Viennese Waltz is the oldest and most romantic of all the ballroom dances, and ballroom enthusiasts shouldn’t pass by an opportunity to dance the Waltz in its Austrian homeland.

The Viennese Waltz

The Viennese Waltz

 

10.    Yodelling

Yodel-ay-he-hoo! Yodelling was developed in Austria as a way for people in different villages to communicate with each other. Now that we have phones, people don’t really yodel that much anymore. But if you want to hear authentic Austrian yodelling, you could visit an Austrian folklore festival. Or you might find that some of the staff do it in tourist restaurants.

Yodelling

Yodelling

 

You can get to Austria by coach or by air. Whilst travelling by air is much quicker, travelling to Austria by coach also has its advantages. On most journeys from the UK you’ll pass through France, Belgium and Germany on the way, giving you plenty of beautiful scenery to admire.

A range of holidays to Austria can be found here.

 

Photo Credits: Leandro’s World Tour, M. Bertulat, Neil Moreton, jlastras, Lachlan Hardy.

  One Response to “10 Reasons to Visit Austria”

  1. Wow, Austria really does look amazing

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