The first thing that comes to mind when you think of Austria are pretty villages hugging the mountains, music (ala Sound of Music), snow mountains, splendid Opera House, cathedrals, and of course, coffee shops. Did we mention the Sacher Torte? Well, that too. Of course, these are just a few images of this beautiful country but in reality there is so much more to see and do here in Austria.
Need a little more convincing? Here are a few more reasons why we think you will love Austria.
Home of Art, Music and Culture
Vienna, the capital city, for centuries has been the home of art, music and culture. In fact, so well was it that all the music big-bigs as we know them, Mozart, Strauss and Schubert all hail from this country. While Vienna is the cultural and musical heart, Salzburg is where the art is – to see examples of this, visit the Salzburg Museum of Modern Art. Salzburg is also renowned for its music scene – here classical and modern music thrives. No wonder Austria is called the Capital of Classical Music.
If you happen to here over summer, don’t miss the Salzburg Festival.
The hills are alive…
Loved Sound of Music and the Von Trapps? Well, retrace their steps at the village of St Glen or Mirabell Gardens (Salzburg). This city has an amazing number of attractions that makes the hills come alive…
Sweet Treats and Coffee
Viennese coffee find a special place in the heart of coffee lovers world wide- so it is but natural that when in Vienna, check out its coffee scene. And for those who love anything sweet, there is no dearth of options. It is true that every street has a bakery! Oh, did you know that Austria is called the capital of cake? Just one example of it is in the Original Sacher Torte. Well, grab a slice of this delicious Torte with your coffee just to get an idea what we are talking about.
Must visit: Café Central. Not just for the coffee but for its association with greats like Freud, Trotsky and Polgar.
Vienna State Opera
An architectural marvel – not just in Austria but in the whole world, the State Opera House in Vienna is a must see place. Renowned for its operas and ballets besides its lavish and intricate beauty, it has enthralled audience for decades. Don’t miss a show – it is said that a show here can be booked for years in advance!
The history of Austria might be dark but today the visitors delight in the gardens, palaces and castles that once belonged to the ruling families. Many of these palaces have been turned into museums and galleries today, but you can see the history in their walls.
Austria is alive with natural beauty and one very good reason to visit this country would be – The Alps. How amazing are the snow-topped Alps and the green pastures? And oh, the crystal lakes and plunging valleys dotted with pretty villages are a sight to behold.
There is one other reason to visit Austria – its location. If you are on a longer trip through Europe, then you are in a great, centrally located country. Austria is connected to Slovenia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and Germany. Trains or flights or even ferry to Slovakia makes your journey into other European locations easy.
Did you know
The recent James Bond film SPECTRE was shot in the Austrian resort of Solden. If you find yourself there (a good reason to visit in our opinion), make sure you visit the Q restaurant – to get the “villainous” feel.
While you are here, don’t miss…
- Hundertwasser House: A unique and multi-coloured apartment block with trees growing out of the living rooms.
- Grinzing: Wind your way through the Vienna Woods to arrive at this beautiful hilltop location with sweeping views of Vienna.
- Schonbrunn Palace: Summer residence of the former Imperial family and has over 1,441-rooms and an important architectural, cultural, and historical monuments in the country.
If you happen to visit during winter months, check out the fantastic Christmas markets. No one does Christmas markets like Vienna.