Alpine Austria holidays
Austria, snug and landlocked in the centre of Europe, shares its borders with eight countries including Germany, Italy, and Switzerland. Most of Austria lies in the Alps, blessing it with picture postcard scenes of snow-tipped mountains, steely blue lakes and rolling green meadows pricked with wild alpine flowers. As such, Austria is the perfect destination for a get-away-from-it-all holiday, a proper escape from the hum drum of life back home. The air is crisp and fresh, the rivers and lakes are sparkling clean, and the cows grazing in their pastures really do wear cow bells.
Austria may be small in size, but its cities are cultural giants, from musical Vienna to imperial Innsbruck and magical Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart. But while they’re impressive for their art, architecture, and distinguished cultural connections, these cities are also great places to order coffee and a slice of sachertorte, and simply watch the world go by.
Whether you come for the musical cities of Salzburg and Vienna or the meadows and mountains of the Alps, our tours and holidays to Austria are a breath of fresh air.
The Austrian capital offers beautiful baroque streetscapes and laidback coffee houses, along with architectural masterpieces like Schönbrunn Palace. Hop on a bus and ride around the Ringstrasse – the grand, tree-lined boulevard that encircles the city – to see some of Vienna’s landmark sights like the Rathaus, Parliament Building and State Opera House.
Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart, is a beautiful city of music. Its storybook old town looks much as it did when the composer was born in 1756, so you can gaze up at the same graceful domes, spires and formidable fortress. You might also recognise parts of Salzburg from The Sound of Music - the city appears in several scenes in the film.
Austria’s highest waterfall plummets down 380 metres over three magnificent tiers. It’s a spectacular sight; the falls are surrounded by green pastures and emerald pine forests that thrive in the mist thrown up by the cascade.
Austria is one of those countries that is beautiful at all times of the year. Follow the skiers and snowboarders in wintertime to enjoy mountains thickly covered in snow or go in the summer to walk, cycle and picnic on the very same slopes.
German is the official language in Austria, but English is also widely spoken.
Austria is one hour ahead of GMT.
Austrian specialities include delicious apple strudel and the wickedly indulgent sachertorte chocolate cake.
You can fly to Vienna and Salzburg non-stop from the UK, with flight times usually just over two hours.
Tipping isn’t as widely expected in Austria as it is in other parts of Europe, but a service charge is usually included in the bill. If you feel you’ve received particularly good service, leaving a few extra Euros is always appreciated.
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