Located in south-east of Central Europe, Austria is a country of high mountains and upland areas with 60 percent of its territory occupied by the Alps. This is one of the smallest countries in Europe and attracts tourists all year round. In summer, tourists come here to explore the historic villages and cities, as well as to take in the breathtaking scenery of the Alps. Tourists flock to this country in winter for skiing, because it is the winter sports capital of Europe along with Switzerland. Going on an Austria holiday not only gives you a chance to marvel at the Alpine scenic beauty, but also lets you explore incredible cities like Vienna and Salzburg.
The country of Austria is predominantly known for two conflicting things, the spectacular natural landscapes and the fading imperial splendors of the urban areas. When you are on an Austria holiday, you will see that it still has the elegance of an era that has gone by. This is the only place in Europe where you will see Lipizzan stallions perform to Mozart minuets, couples lingering for hours at gilt-ceiling cafes, and children in the parks laughing at the marionette shows.
Austria has a rich history and abundance of exquisite places, traditions as well as activities that are very distinctly Austrian. It is possible to be overwhelmed by the number of attractions on offer when you are building an itinerary for your Austria holiday. However, there are a few places that ideally should not be missed when you are travelling to this country.
Do not forget to visit this gothic and baroque city that has a very medieval feel to it during your Austria holiday. Expect to be surrounded by magnificent vistas when you are in Innsbruck because it has the jagged peaks of the Nordkette to the north, the Saile and the Serles to the south, and the 2,247m Patscherkofel summit to the south-east. This city has managed to retain its medieval Old Town feel along with its narrow winding streets and Gothic style tall houses. Some of the most popular attractions in this city are the Hofkirche and the Emperor’s Tomb, Alpenzoo Innsbruck-Tyrol, and Ambras Palace. If you have some spare time, choose to go on the River Inn Walking Tour because this is the best way to explore the esplanades and gorgeous riverbanks of the River Inn. If you decide to stay in this city, there are day trips that you can take to the Swarovski Crystal Worlds, a museum and art gallery, and Feste Kufstein that boasts some of the most charming lake sceneries in this country.
Salzburg is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and attracts tourists for its beautiful setting as well as marvelous architecture. It is also famous in the world of music as the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and this fame is reflected in Mozart’s Birthplace, which is a museum filled with instruments, portraits, and mementos. Occupying both banks of the Salzach River, it is home to Hohensalzburg Castle, Salzburg Cathedral, St. Peter’s Abbey, St. Peter’s Church, and the Schloss Mirabell and Gardens. If you want to find some of your favorite things from the musical ‘The Sound of Music’, visit this city on your Austria holiday.
The capital city of the Republic of Austria, Vienna boasts a convenient location right on the banks of River Danube. There is so much that this beautiful city has to offer, right from the parks to the world-class museums to the architecture. This city has its own distinct charm and has a very cosmopolitan atmosphere, which is highlighted by the old architecture, and the fine street-side cafes that serve Viennese coffees and treats. One of the top attractions of this city that must be visited is the Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens, which is by far the most magnificent of all the Habsburg Palaces. This Baroque palace is worth a visit for its beautiful gardens as well as its magnificent architecture, and has more than 1,440 apartments and rooms. Other places that must be visited when you are in Vienna on your Austria holiday include the Spanish Riding School, the Hofburg, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Belvedere Palace, the Austrian Parliament Building, and the National Theater.
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