Austria is nestled in central Europe and has a mix of beautiful Alpine scenery combined with historically important cities with the perfect mix of history and modernity.
It is home to some of Europe’s most beautiful cities including the capital Vienna, where you can explore the cobbled streets around the St Stephen’s Cathedral and take in the majesty of the Habsburg era by touring their many palaces spread across the city. For animal lovers, the famous Spanish Riding School with their beautiful white horses is likely to be at the top of the list.
Salzburg is the 4th largest city in Austria and one of the most beautiful. You can enjoy panoramic views from Salzburg’s fortress which overlooks the city, but once down in the streets it is possible to enjoy the many squares, churches and museums where you can learn all about Salzburg’s most famous resident, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
If you’re more interested in an action packed trip, Innsbruck is well worth a visit. Home to the Winter Olympics in both 1964 and 1976 and is surrounded by the Tyrolean mountains and not far from famous skiing resorts of Mayrhofen, Seefeld, Alpbach and Kitzbuhel – all of which can be reached in less than 90 mins from Innsbruck.
As well as being home to a number of perfect city breaks throughout the year, Austria boasts some of the world’s best ski resorts where you can follow in the tracks of the most famous alpine skiers by testing your skills at Mayrhofen, Ishgl and Obergurgl (among many others), or for those less experienced on the powder there are some great ski schools in Alpbach, Ellmau and Lech which are perfect for honing your skills.
Although it’s important to remember than no matter how experienced you are, it’s important to get Travel Insurance with Winter Sport Coverage to make sure that you’re covered for as many eventualities as possible.
Looking for the perfect Christmas market trip, then Austria should be right up at the top of the list. Salzburg with its many church spires and numerous squares makes for the perfect place to enjoy some Gluhwein, whilst Vienna’s more spread out Christmas markets mean that you can enjoy a different market in a different part of the city each day.
Austria isn’t just for the ski season though, walking, cycling and water sports on it’s mountains and lakes offer a fantastic summer experience for solo travellers and families alike.
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