Is a landlocked federal state in Central Europe. A mountainous country, it is surrounded clockwise by Germany and the Czech Republic to the north, Slovakia and Hungary to the east, Slovenia and Italy to the south, and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west.
Austria has been a member of the European Union and the euro area since 1995 and 1999 respectively. Its official language is German
six other languages (Hungarian, Slovenian, Burgenland Croatian, Czech, Slovak and Romani) are recognised. Its capital is Vienna, the largest city in the country.
This Central European country, as rich from a cultural point of view as natural, is full of places of interest to discover.
In order to help you plan your stay, we have prepared a selection of best spots to discover
If you come to Austria, it is impossible to miss its capital, Vienna. Regularly ranked at the top of the list in polls as one of the most pleasant cities to live in, it is also very rich from a cultural point of view. Vienna is THE city of museums, it has more than a hundred! Add many theatres, opera houses, palaces and churches ,The city is home to imperial monuments such as Schönbrunn Palace, the Hofburg and St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
Vienna offers a variety of gastronomic delights, from traditional pastries like Sachertorte to elegant cafes and colourful markets
Another must-see city on a tour in Austria: Salzburg. The Austrian city of Salzburg is famous for having seen the birth of one of the most famous composers of music in the person of Mozart. Every year, it organizes one of the largest classical music, opera and theatre festivals in the world. But no matter when you decide to visit Austria, special Mozart concerts are also held throughout the year in various locations in Salzburg.
The city is also famous for its festival, which attracts thousands of music lovers and theatre, opera and dance enthusiasts every year to prestigious venues such as the Palais des Festivals or the Puppet Theatre..
Hallstatt is a very pretty picturesque village to go to in Austria. With its lake and the mountains that surround it, its small alleys, its flowered balconies and its church that is reflected in the waters of the lake, it brings together all the elements of a postcard setting. With all this no wonder it is considered one of the most beautiful places in Austria and therefore very touristy in all seasons. The main attraction of the village is its Skywalk, a viewing platform perched above the void. Hallstatt is also home to the oldest salt mine in the world, which can still be visited today. This small village is a must on your trip to Austria!
Innsbruck is the capital of one of Austria’s emblematic regions: Tyrol. The city, in addition to being famous for winter sports, has many other assets, making it one of the must-see places in Austria. The main tourist activity is to take the funicular to access the resort of Hungerburg which offers beautiful panoramas. The resort is also the starting point for several hikes. From Hungerburg, you can then take the gondola to the top of Hafelekar, the highest peak of the Nordkette massif which rises to 2300 meters above sea level. Up there, the grandiose panorama is guaranteed!
The swarovski crystal words
15 kilometers from Innsbruck, in Wattens, is a very touristic site in Austria and Tyrol, The Swarovski Kristallwelten, translated as the Swarovski Crystal Worlds. To enter this underground museum, you will have to pass under the head of a giant of greenery integrated into the hill and whose mouth spits a waterfall. Inside, you will find 14 rooms called “Chambers of Wonders” that stage the crystal thanks to light effects and a very special atmosphere. No doubt you will come out with sparkling eyes! And of course, at the end of the tour you will find a Swarovski shop with a whole set of jewelry and accessories.
A classic during an itinerary in Austria is to take the Grossglockner road, in the Hohe Tauern National Park. It’s a bit like Austrian Route 66 in cold version it offers exceptional views of the entire mountain range. You can also indulge in hiking on one of the many trails while observing the locals: marmots and chamois! This tour will take you to the highest point of the park, the Kaiser-Franz-Josephs Höhe. From here you will have a breathtaking view of the Pasterze glacier and the Grossglockner, the highest peak in Austria. Note that the Grossglockner road is only accessible from May to November