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Visit the Vienna State Opera, the Danube River, Hofburg Palace, Schönbrunn Palace and more.

Quaint wine taverns, inviting coffee houses, remarkable baroque architecture and traditional markets - all hallmarks of life in Austria.

The Sound of Music film is as accurate today as it was when first released in 1965, in terms of depicting Austria’s stunning scenery, with vast expanses of luscious green hills and meadows of brightly colored flowers, set against the backdrop of the majesty of the Alps. You will likely be familiar with the dirndl (comprised of a blouse, bodice, skirt and decorative apron) as the traditional female dress. Meanwhile national dress for men consists of lederhosen - those distinct short, leather breeches secured with embroidered suspenders - together with a Troylean hat (typically made of green or black felt and decorated with a feather).

What is Austria known for?

Must-see landmarks

Vienna is a wondrous city that attracts millions of visitors each year. Melk Abbey is a highlight not to be missed, where you can walk through true Baroque splendor. Originally built as a palace in the early 1700s, the Abbey lies on the picturesque banks of the Danube River, and has been a sacred home to Benedictine monks for over 900 years.

Also found in Vienna is the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace - a colossal 17th century masterpiece that has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. Here you can admire lavish frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers and gilded Rococo frames, inside the very same building where Mozart performed as a six-year-old prodigy. Not only is the opulent interior and exterior of the palace truly impressive, the surrounding gardens are fittingly majestic too. Hitting the shops in Kärntnerstrasse Strasse fuses 21st century shopping heaven with all the charm of a centuries-old street that has existed since Roman times. Something particularly special about Vienna is that it is the only major city in the world to be partially located in a UNESCO-designated Biosphere Reserve: The Vienna Woods. These Woods provide a stable habitat for numerous endangered species and offer exceptional hiking trails. Beyond Vienna, Mayerling is a small village shrouded in the mystery of Crown Prince Rudolph’s tragic death and that of Baroness Vetsera in 1889. Nearby, you can visit the Cistercian Abbey of Heiligenkreuz. Founded in 1133, this occupied monastery has stunning architecture, including beautiful stained glass windows to admire.

Also close to Vienna is the imperial spa-town of Baden, where the health benefits of its sulfuric hot springs have been celebrated as far back as the 1st century. 

Traditional cuisine

Traditional beverages

Landscape and wildlife

Currency

Euro (EUR, €)

Time Difference

London GMT + 1hr


When to go: June-September for a warmer climate and clearer skies; November-December for amazing Christmas markets.


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