Austria is a beautiful country that’s rich in history and full of tradition. Along with neighbouring Switzerland, it’s the winter sports capital of Europe. But, it’s just as popular for summer tourists who visit its historic cities and hike in the magnificent scenery of the Alps.
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Here are just a few attractions that are really worth visiting, as well as some Instagram images to show just how awesome Austria is:
Visit the Vienna State Opera.
This is probably the most celebrated opera house of all time. It’s a stunning building and the orchestra is recognised as one of the top in the world. Take in an opera or ballet while you’re here – you can choose a classical or modern version, depending on your taste.
See Salzburg Castle.
One of largest and most well-preserved medieval castles in Europe, Salzburg Castle is one of the most popular attractions in Austria. It’s located at the top of Festungsberg mountain, and the mighty fortress towers over the city of Salzburg.
Take in Innsbruck.
Innsbruck - with its futuristic architecture, imperial history, cosy cafes and vibrant nightlife – is much more than a ski hub. Sample Austrian cuisine at the Markthalle market, with red venison bacon, Faschingskrapfen (doughnuts) and Strudel being just a few of the delicacies on offer.
Drive the Grossglockner Alpine Road.
This panoramic road takes you up to the Kaiser Franz Josefs Höhe Visitor Centre, where you get an unrivalled view of Austria’s highest mountain, the Grossglockner. It’s a toll road, but the dramatic mountain scenery more than makes up for any expense.
Marvel at Schönbrunn Palace.
This majestic building is one of the major tourist attractions in Vienna. The palace was built between 1696 and 1712, and the Palace Park offers loads of attractions, including the Privy Garden, the oldest zoo in the world, a maze and a marble summerhouse.
Experience the MuseumsQuartier.
Don’t miss this venue. It’s a great mix of museums, cafes, restaurants and bars inside former imperial stables, designed by Fischer von Erlach. With over 60,000m² of exhibition space, it’s the perfect place to hang out and experience Viennese cultural life.
Ski in Kitzbühel.
Boasting more than 60 lifts, Kitzbühl has slopes for everyone (from beginners to professionals), who gather annually at Die Strief for the skiing World Cup. You’re guaranteed snow here, and Kitzbühl was named the ‘best ski resort in the world’ in both 2013 and 2014.
Drink coffee in Vienna.
This might sound pretty ordinary but sipping coffee in a traditional Viennese coffee house (or Kaffeehauskultur) is an experience in itself. They serve dozens of different types of coffee, and you can soak up the culture and watch the world go by.
Watch a night ski slalom race.
The 26 January 2016 is definitely the date to be here because stars of the Skiing World Cup will race for their lives on the flood light slalom piste of the main mountain, Planai. This night race is likely to turn the Schladming skiing region into the party capital of the Alps.
Savour the Salzburg Lakes.
The region around Salzburg - known as the Salzkammergut - was made famous by The Sound of Music. With picturesque lakes and mountains, this is considered one of the most beautiful places on earth and there are some amazing hikes and canyon walks to get stuck into.