Austria is a European country that is rich in culture, and renowned for its numerous landscapes and gorgeous views. Historically too, Austria goes back to pre-Roman times when Celtic tribes ruled it. Today, it’s one of the richest countries in the world and Austria tourism is well and flourishing with the country receiving millions of visitors every year. People who take up an Austria tour usually head to Vienna, the capital of the country or Salzburg, which was the birthplace of Mozart. Austria tourism is also served well by the skiing resorts that are found in the Alps.
Nature doesn’t get better than this, you will surely wonder as you gaze upon the snow-covered Alps or indulge in some gratifying water sports in the many lakes that can be found here. Austria is also home to beautiful beaches, ice caves and lush green pastures which are like a balm for the soul. Join an Austria tour! You will cherish it!
Austria is surrounded by several other European countries such as Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Switzerland to name a few. This mountainous country has three main geographical features:
1. The lowlands where the country’s agricultural centre is located
2. The hill country which lies north of Danube River where there are forests, hills and mountains
3. The Alpine Region, which constitutes 70% of Austria.
There are also several picturesque lakes to be found here.
Austria has a temperate climate and the weather varies only slightly throughout the country. Winters are cold and summers are hot while rainfall is moderate, throughout the year. Austria is the coldest in January and sometimes winter snow can last right until March. It’s always a good idea to carry a sweater irrespective of which time of the year you find yourself in Austria.
Austria is largely a German speaking country. The German influence can be seen in their food and other aspects of their life as well such as how Austrians greet each other. There are several celebrations and festivals held throughout the year such as Fasching, a Carnival before Lent, and Almahtrieh, an occasion that celebrates the return of herders from the Alps. Austria places a good deal of importance on the arts, be it music, literature or performance arts and this affects Austria tourism as well.
The country of the Alps has much to showcase. It presents a plethora of delightful sights and sounds and an overall enjoyment of being in one of the most beautiful countries in Europe. There are lakes and beaches and various other activities which make Austria tourism so attractive.
The capital of Austria is Vienna, a city that has much to offer those who love culture, history and good food. From the Vienna State Opera House to the Prater, the iconic amusement park, there is entertainment for both ends of the spectrum here. Other unmissable Viennese attractions include Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens with its glorious buildings or the Belvedere Museum which has a huge collection of art, especially by symbolist painter Gustav Klimt and St. Stephen’s Cathedral with its colourful tile roof.
For winter sports, Innsbruck brings life to Austria tourism with its majestic mountain ranges and other sights and attractions. One of the most famous attractions here is the Golden Roof, a landmark which is in the historic old town. The golden roof is an alcove balcony which shines with the 2657 fire-gilded copper tiles that cover the roof. It has been around for more than 500 years now. However, Innsbruck is famed most for its winter wonderland status and some of the most incredible Alpine views you would see in your life.
When it comes to Austria tourism however, Salzburg cannot be left far behind. With its border in Germany and glorious views of the Eastern Alps, Salzburg is famed for being the birthplace of Mozart. In the Altstadt (Old City), there’s a museum featuring his childhood instruments. Other things to see here include the archbishop’s palace and a 17th century cathedral.
The city of Linz is known for its gorgeous Baroque buildings, and a huge modern art collection at the Lentos Kunstmuseum while the Ars Electronica Centre on the other side of the river Danube is a huge draw. Built in 1979, it has often been referred to as the museum of the future.
Other beautiful places to see here include Hallstatt, an alpine village which is famed for its 16th century houses and the Salzwelten salt mine, or Lake Constance which counts Germany and Switzerland in its borders. There’s also Graz, with its wealth of Renaissance and baroque architecture.
The following are some travel tips, do's and don'ts to keep in mind during your Austria trip.
· Remember to tip waiters when eating out at restaurants. The recommended amount is 10%.
· Follow the Highway Code, especially in places like Vienna where jaywalking can result in fines.
· Remember that not everyone will speak English, so it’s a good idea to learn some simple German phrases.
· Behave respectfully in churches and cathedrals.
· Don’t be a shutterbug everywhere as this can annoy people. Especially if you’re busy taking photos on a crowded street, it can be a hindrance.
· Don’t bring up The Sound of Music as most Austrians resent the movie for historical inaccuracies.
An Austria tour can open your mind and challenge your notions of beauty and nature. If you’ve planned a trip to Austria, then be sure to check the SOTC website before you make your bookings as there are packages and deals on Austria Tour Packages which will make it worthwhile.