Discover Austria

Austria is a vast country with a rich history that can be experienced in many ways. From its famous wine country to stunning mountain scenery and rolling hills, its countryside is filled with pleasures… as are its towns and cities, with gems like Vienna, Salzburg and many charming villages that draw tourists the world-over.

What’s so special about Austria?
Over 60% of this country is filled with alpine treasures, making it the perfect place for admiring the fruits of nature while enjoying activities like skiing and hiking. It’s also home to many medieval towns and villages, such as Salzburg and Innsbruck, which are full of beautiful architecture and historic sights.

things to know
about Austria

  • Population: 8.8 million+
  • Capital: Vienna
  • Currency: Euro
  • Main airports Vienna, Salzburg, Graz, Innsbruck, Linz, and Klagenfurt
  • Language: German
  • Timezone: GMT+1
  • Fun facts: Europe’s tallest waterfalls can be found in this country – the Krimml Waterfalls, which soar up to a height of 380 meters. Many classical musicians also came from Austria, like Mozart and Strauss.


Austrian culture is as varied as the terrain that makes up this Central European country. From the Alps in the north to the wine-growing hills of the south, Austrians have adapted to their environment and developed a unique culture that is both traditional and modern, and celebrates the pace of the city alongside slow country living.

Austrians are known for their love of nature, which is reflected in their architecture, art, and music. Known as an incredibly friendly and welcoming community, it’s easy to feel at home here.


Classical music has a large role in Austria’s story. Beethoven, Mozart and Haydn were all born – and wrote some of their most famous works – here. In addition, this creative country is where many great operas were written, including Die Fledermaus and The Magic Flute.


Gorgeous landscapes are everywhere you look…

Did you know that there are six national parks in Austria? Between the Hohe Tauern National Park and the wetlands-centric Donau-Auen National Park, it’s filled with priceless natural places that are a joy to admire and explore.



Austria’s capital and largest city is full of history, culture, and nightlife. Highlights include Schönbrunn Palace, Hofburg Imperial Palace and St. Stephen’s Cathedral – the perfect sights to soak in before or after a slice of decadent Sachertorte. Also home to venues like the Vienna State Opera and Musikverein, this city boasts a revered music scene, too.


Baroque architecture and sensational scenery are synonymous with Salzburg: the birthplace of Mozart, one of the world’s most famous classical composers. See where he was born and explore many other significant sights across your escape to this captivating cosmopolis, like the Hohensalzburg Fortress and Mirabell Palace Gardens.


Innsbruck is the feather in Tyrol’s cap. This picturesque city, surrounded by the snow-capped mountains of the Alps, is a special treat for admirers of architecture. First on your list should be a trip to see the Goldene Dachl, a roof decorated with gold leaf that was built in 1496 for an emperor.


The second largest city in Austria contains one of Europe’s most long-established universities, as well as the biggest historical armory in the world! A slow pace of life in-sync with nature is prized here – spend languid afternoons moseying around boutique shops and sampling handcrafted treats during your break in Graz.


Striking architecture regularly features on Austria’s skyline… and the reason why comes down to competition. Throughout history, the emperors, aristocrats, and other important figures who commissioned these buildings were determined to outdo their competitors! Many have endured for centuries, and are just as magnificent today as they were when first put together by expert hands.

Regions in Austria


Vorarlberg is Austria’s westernmost province, and borders Switzerland. This is a place populated with amazing ski resorts and tucked-away mountain villages, perfect for lovers of the outdoors and adventures of an alpine ilk. Its capital, Bregenz, sits on the shores of Lake Constance.


Strike a balance between city and country living by making Tyrol your base on your next Austrian escape. This region attracts many visitors seeking to explore the urban sophistication of Innsbruck and the spectacular alpine landscape that surrounds it at the same time… because whoever said you can’t merge the mountains with a metropolis? SALZBURGER LAND From ancient salt mines and medieval castles to Austria’s highest peaks and biggest glaciers, the province of Salzburg is a treasure trove of coveted experiences. For fans of the movies, you’ll want to check out The Sound of Music tour on your trip, which takes you round many locations used in the film such as Hellbrunn Palace and Nonnberg Convent.

Upper Austria

Upper Austria is another region that masterfully blends rural treats with urban sights and attractions. The area is peppered with small historic towns, staggering limestone formations, rivers and skiing trails, as well as an abundance of technology and modern design in the artsy city of Linz.


The tapestry of Carinthia is one that sparkles. With over 200 lakes to explore across the region, its spectacular sights are seemingly endless – and with a range of ski retreats, fun festivals, vibrant villages and verdant valleys to find throughout, you’ll have more than enough to fill your travels here year-round.


Styria also has the title of the “Green Heart of Austria”, thanks to the emerald forests and flourishing vineyards that pervade even its most remote corners. You’ll be in for an eclectic itinerary when you visit. Enjoy hiking, skiing, sightseeing, thermal spas, traditional festivities and more in this ever-entertaining area.


Whether you have a penchant for touring bike trails or would prefer to spend your afternoons at wine tastings under the sun, Burgenland delivers. Both its striking scenery and exceptional wine region are applauded the world-over, with Lake Neusiedl, Esterházy Palace and Burg Güssing acting as some of its key sights.

Lower Austria

Lower Austria elicits a constant stream of ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ from those who see it. A hub of vineyards, castles and handsome views of the Danube river and beyond – made even more pleasurable from the seat of a train on the 1854 mountain railway, the Semmeringbahn – perfect holidays here are all but guaranteed.

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