Austria, is far more than the Sound of Music. Yes, this is the original home of the Von Trapps, the land of yodelling, schnitzel, strudel and schnapps. But there’s so much more to this beautiful land than stereotypes, and there are so many great things to do in Austria.
So, why Austria? Luxury holidays in Austria are characterised by very stylish accommodation, gourmet meals and authentic, unusual, cultural activities. We love exploring Austria’s cities and towns, its lakes and mountains. We enjoy its food, its customs and getting to know its people.
In summer the lakes and mountains of Tirol, Salzbergerland, Vorarlberg and Carinthia are beguiling with lush green valleys surrounding glacial lakes, rivers so clean you’re tempted to drink from them, and intensely colourful fields of flowers. In the winter the landscape transforms with snowy mountain peaks offering some of the best skiing in the world and a host of winter sports.
But Austria’s cities have many attractions too. Perhaps its most famous city, Salzburg has a vivid culture and history, baroque architecture and a well-preserved old town. It is known around the world for the Sound of Music, but it is also the birthplace of Mozart and each summer the city hosts the prestigious Salzburg Music Festival.
Capital Vienna has much that makes it a classic European city – including regal architecture, art, history, and music. As the city of artist Gustav Klimt, Austrian Princess Sisi, and the Spanish Riding School, tradition runs through its core. But it also has a youthful buzz, with modern art, fashionable boutiques, coffee culture and great nightlife, and it regularly tops lists of the world’s most liveable cities.
The second city of Graz is known as Austria’s Culinary Capital, serving up great food experiences and quality wines from the surrounding Styria region. While Innsbruck, encircled majestically by the Tirolean Alps, is a city of mediaeval wonder.
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