Austria is a German-speaking country in Central Europe, characterized by mountain villages, baroque architecture, Imperial history and rugged Alpine terrain. Vienna, its Danube River capital, is home to the Schönbrunn and Hofburg palaces. It has counted Mozart, Strauss and Freud among its residents. The country’s other notable regions include the northern Bohemian Forest, Traunsee Lake and eastern hillside vineyards.
Trip Planning: The planning stage of your trip can be instrumental in its success and an enjoyable part of the experience itself. You have a world of options...and plenty to consider.
Entry and Exit formalities: Visitors must hold a passport valid for at least six months & beyond at the time of entering the country. Some nationalities can obtain visa on arrival and for nationalities who requires visa please refer to the Austrian consulate website: www.vfsglobal.com/austria/uae/. Austria is part of the 26 Schengen State Countries.
Transportation: Figuring out how to get around is one of your biggest pre-trip decisions. Get our holiday expert best advice on deciding between your options. Based on your trip itinerary, our experts will help you choose wisely. You'll also find a wealth of practical travel tips.
Money: Use your money wisely. Know the best time to use cash or card — and how to avoid unnecessary fees either way — as well as tipping etiquette, and how shoppers can take advantage of VAT refunds.
Phones and Technology: Phones and other smart devices can be huge time-savers...or expensive distractions. Get our tips for making the best use of technology during your trip, and for calling home with or without your own phone.
Packing Light: On your trip you'll meet two kinds of travelers: those who pack light and those who wish they had.
Sleeping and Eating: Your hotel and restaurant choices can be a matter-of-face chore…or they can provide rich opportunities to connect with locals and their culture.
Health & Hygiene: Take comfort: Doctors, hospitals, launderettes, and bathrooms aren’t that different. Dealing with them can even be part of the fun of travel.
Sightseeing & Activities: Once you're on the ground, the real fun begins…but it pays to have a thoughtful plan. Our experts will help you get oriented to your surroundings, use your sightseeing hours wisely, and find your way off the beaten path.
Things do & see:
Vienna-The wine-growing capital of the world. What memories are made of: sitting in a vineyard, a glass of wine and Vienna silhouetted by the evening sun.
The delights of the Wachau World Heritage Trail-Revel in the cultural and culinary delights of the charming Wachau Trail overlooking the Danube.
Eating and Drinking in Graz, the Capital of Delight-Styrian specialities and delicacies are not available everywhere because the Styrians enjoy eating and drinking them themselves.
Tour the Styrian vineyards by bike-When touring the Styrian vineyards it's hard to decide which is nicer - the cycling or the rest breaks.
Salzburg-metropolis with a green backdrop. So much greenery might make you forget you are in an important cultural centre - but not quite. Discover the "green" city of Salzburg
National Park Hohe Tauern & Wildlife Watching-The National Park Hohe Tauern, the biggest conservation area in the Alps, is home to some extremely rare species of wild animal. With the help of the rangers from the national park you can watch them.
Four Mountains, Three Lakes-The Joy of Hiking-Visitors to one of Austria’s most appealing hiking destinations can now enjoy themselves without worrying about luggage. KAT-Walk: Experience Magnificent Peaks
Kitzbühel-is much more than just a legendary playground for celebrities. Follow a long-distance hiking trail into the peaceful mountain scenery of the Kitzbüheler Alps and discover long-forgotten worlds.
The Green Ring: fabled and secret trails-Encounter mythical creatures, modern legends and mystical natural locations along the Green Ring circular trail.
The Power of Pitztal Stone Pine Trees-The people of the Pitztal have known about the soothing power of the stone pine for centuries and are more than happy to share its beneficial effects with visitors.
Wonder-full lake Weissensee-Blooming orchids, rare birds of prey, a turquoise mountain lake and deliciously prepared local fish for lunch.
Alpine Beaches-The lakes in Austria are the pure zest of life, drinking water pure and enticing, they gleam under white limestone peaks in the summer sun.
Ötz Valley - a Tirolean High-A landscape full of colours and contrasts. The Ötz Valley is Tirol’s longest side valley with a length of 67 kilometres. At the start of the valley lies the village of Haiming. The end of the valley is characterised by the largest glacier region of the eastern Alps, which can be enjoyed by visitors in both summer and winter.
Zell am See-Kaprun-Here you will find a crystal clear lake, lush green Alpine pastures, a snow-covered glacier, and the health-promoting climate of the health resort of Zell am See. That's why Zell am See-Kaprun is one of the top destinations in Austria.
Gastein Valley-Crystal clear mountain air, beautiful natural scenery and a host of outdoor activities have made Gastein a premier destination for spa and health breaks since the early 1800s.
The World’s largest Ice Caves-The World of Ice Giants brings you into the largest ice caves in the world. One of the true wonders on earth, the caves are a wondrous underground world of natural ice sculptures and formations. Discover a world of natural beauty.
St. Anton am Arlberg-The promise that your holiday dreams will come true. In winter 340 km of pistes, 200 km of off-piste and 94 lifts wait to be explored. In summer this typical Tirolean village is surrounded by magnificent mountain peaks and green meadows with brightly-coloured flowers.
Summer in Alpine Pastures-Relaxation and calm, between heaven and earth. A day of fresh air in the mountains. And, with plenty of time for unexpected discoveries, Austria is one summer holiday destination that you'd return to in a second.
Bathing Lakes in Carinthia-Carinthia is not known as "Austria's Riviera" without reason. This South Eastern corner of Austria is blissfully warm in summer, providing excellent swimming and tanning oppurtunties at its many beautiful lakes.
Spanish Riding School-The oldest riding school worldwide, which has been practising and maintaining the classical art of riding in the Renaissance tradition of the High School for 450 years.
Vienna Boys' Choir-The Vienna Boys' Choir is one of the oldest boys' choirs in the world. For nearly five hundred years it has been one of the enduring symbols of Austria.
Music festivals in Austria-Austria is world known for it's first class music festivals and composers. It counts as a very special experience to attend one of those events, which are celebrated in great style.
Salzburg Marionette Theater-Discover the fascinating world of the Salzburg Marionette Theater and see for yourself how the master puppeteers bring to life the expertly carved puppets, captivating their audience with performances of The Sound of Music, Mozart Operas or Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Architectural Highlights Salzburg-If cities had a taste, Salzburg would certainly be sweet. This is not only because Salzburg’s most famous delicacy, the Mozartkugel, is made of the finest nougat and marzipan. It is above all because of the fairytale charm of the Baroque city and its modern architectural counterpoints.
50 Years - The Sound of Music-Who can't hum at least a few bars of 'Edelweiss' or 'The Hills Are Alive'? The story of the Von Trapp family continues to resonate with fans all over the world as the popular 1965 musical starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer remains a beloved favourite, inspiring plenty of visits to the 'The Sound of Music' city.
Shopping in Vienna-is refreshingly different. Shopping streets and pedestrian zones offer luxury goods and good values - at jeweler's shops as well as antique stores, art stores, and fashion designer boutiques.
Salzburg's Cathedral District-The DomQuartier Salzburg was the seat of power from which the city’s prince-archbishops expanded their influence over the region. The blend of architecture, secular beauty and sacred splendor on display makes a tour of the DomQuartier a unique experience.
Hohensalzburg-Discover the more than 900-year-old Hohensalzburg Fortress, an evidence of Salzburg’s medieval history. Take a ride or walk to the largest, fully preserved fortress in central Europe.
Innsbruck - Capital of the Alps-If there was ever a city at one with nature and its mountain environment it is Innsbruck, and there are countless reasons for staying in the Tyrolean capital or one of its 25 nearby Village Resorts.
Castles and Palaces-Austria is filled with magnificent castles and palaces, grandiose witnesses of a bygone era. Follow the footsteps of emperors and knights and let history come alive.
Swarovski Kristallwelten-Mela at the Swarovski Crystal Worlds in July and August! At every step you will find something new to delight the senses and will get in touch with Indian personalities.