Austria may be one of the smallest countries in continental Europe, but it has so much to offer the traveller that one could easily spend an entire year visiting all the “must see” attractions.
With its magnificent snow-capped mountains, fresh water rivers, and some of the most striking architecture in the world, Austria is a picture-postcard perfect holiday destination that attracts over 30 million foreign visitors each year, and while many flock to the alpine regions during the winter months for skiing – summer holidays are most definitely on the increase.
Austria is simply beautiful during the summer months, and if your idea of a great holiday includes hiking through lush green alps covered in summer flowers, staying in a luxury hotel with Spa facilities, and dining on fine Austrian cuisine and wines – now is the time to pack your bags and head on over to Europe’s best kept secret!
Salzburg and Vienna are two of the most picturesque cities in the world, and anyone who appreciates classical music and fine arts will value a trip to Mozart’s House, Schönbrunn Palace, and Stephansdom Cathedral where the photo opportunities are endless.
Those wishing to see the “real” Austria should pull on their hiking boots and head off into the Alps for the day. With different walking routes available to suit all fitness levels, one can spend an hour or several days hiking through the mountains, stopping off at Alpine huts along the way for a refreshing beer and typical Austrian lunch of cold meats and locally made cheese.
Motorbike fans and cyclists will appreciate the numerous bike routes available throughout the Austrian Alps, and we would have to recommend a ride up Austria’s Großglockner High Alpine Road. Taking you up Austria’s highest mountain (3,798m), this famous road stretches 48 kilometres long, has 36 tight bends, and an altitude ascent to 2,504 metres. The view from the top is quite simply breathtaking, but as one would expect, it is only accessible during the summer months, so winter holidaymakers will miss out.
Austrian hospitality is second to none, and as many of the hotels are family run, you can expect the personal touches that turn a weekend away into a memorable holiday. The cuisine is diverse and delicious, the wines are exceptional, and we have found the service to be the best in Europe.
So if you are looking for a slightly different holiday this year why not head over to Austria – It is most certainly open, and ready for business!