Austria is the opera you’ve waited your entire life to experience, where ethereal sounds aren’t just in the music but within the incredible snowcapped mountains and colorfully clad villages. Palaces grace the countryside and cathedrals flourish within the cities. The sound of music echoes through the hills, building to a climax that brings an uproarious applause.
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The small country of Austria is a jewel at the heart of Central Europe. In only a few days you can experience culture, history, true Austrian tradition and stunningly beautiful countryside. .
Austria is best known for its sugar-cake baroque church interiors, its historic palaces such as Schloss Belvedere and its Gothic masterpieces such as Stephansdom, but we don’t often imagine it as a country with impressive contemporary architectural contours. A visit to Vienna‘s MuseumsQuartier, to Ars Electronica in Linz, or a stroll alongside the illuminated ‘slug-like’Kunsthaus Graz casts Austria in a different light.
Food & Wine Experiences
You can taste countries – their food, their wines, their customs of years gone by. Vienna’s traditional coffee houses are perfect for breathing in the dark aromas of coffee in a homely atmosphere. Traditional Beisln (bistro pubs) are laced with the smell of goulash and other traditional dishes. Outside Vienna, regions such as the Waldviertel, the Danube Valley and southernStyria are places for rustic food and wine experiences in picturesque landscapes. Traditional Heurigen (wine taverns) abound almost everywhere – places to explore local specialties while on on trips through Austria’s character-filled gourmet and wine regions.
Austria isn’t a place that you visit, it’s a place that you experience: touching all of your senses, engaging your emotions, in a way you never thought possible. While many might choose to walk the streets of the country’s modern cities or simply relax in its postcard-perfect countryside, these are a few special attractions that cannot be found anywhere else:
Many sights are closed at this time of year. There’s a cultural focus in Vienna and the regional capitals. Ski resorts open from mid-December. High season for skiing is mid-December to March.
The weather’s changeable, the lakes are chilly and the hiking’s excellent. Sights are open and less crowded.
High season peaks from July to August. In lake areas the peak is June to September. Prices rise over Christmas and Easter. Salzburg is busiest in July and August for the Salzburg Festival.
From simple mountain huts to five-star hotels fit for kings – you will find a wide choice of accommodation in Austria. Tourist offices invariably keep lists and details, and some arrange bookings for a small fee, while others will help free of charge.
Visa and Passport Requirements
Austria is a member of the European Union, so Americans don’t usually need a visa or any other entry requirements unless you plan to work here or to stay longer than 90 days. Should you require a visa for either of these reasons, you can apply for one at the nearest Austrian consulate: much of the process can be done over the phone, but you will need to visit a consulate in person before you receive your visa to travel.
Like most of Western Europe, the official currency in Austria is the euro. Changing money is very easy, although you generally get the best exchange rates if you withdraw cash from an ATM rather than exchanging bills at a currency exchange. (Many American banks have sister banks in Europe, allowing you to use their ATMs without incurring a fee.) For most of its history, the euro has been more valuable than the dollar, so keep that in mind when making your purchases. Restaurants tend to add a ‘service charge’ of up to 15% on their bills, so tipping is not necessary or even expected. (If you do want to add a tip for exceptional service, you can always leave a small amount of cash on the table.)
Experience the best of the Austrian Alps and really enjoy this beautiful country the way it’s meant to be, only on a holiday with Holidaysmith. Start from Prague – the heavenly Eastern European city that is possibly the most charming in Europe, and a super-cool, party-central at night. Then you go to Salzburg for a couple of nights. From there, head to Zell Am See which is one of the hidden gems of the Austrian Alps. Enjoy the outdoors here, with myriad options for easy hiking and adventure activities like paragliding, sky-diving, river-rafting and so on.
You can extend your stay in the Alps with more hidden gems like Kitzbuhel and the Zillertal www.tuplapotti.org/ Valley. Eventually, head back to Vienna for the end of your tour. Choose what appeals to you the most, as everything is fully customizable and hassle-free, only on a holiday with Holidaysmith!
Moreover, there are several cable cars like Schmittenhohe and Kitzsteinhorn accessible from Zell Am See, from where you can enjoy panoramic views and also indulge in short easy hikes. The Kitzsteinhorn glacier also has round the year snow, an amazing viewing platform at 3000m as well as snow activities. Overnight at Zell Am See.
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