5 Iconic locations to visit in Austria

12/07/2019

5 Iconic locations to visit in Austria

The European capital of mountainous villages, Austria has been delighting tourists for years with its picturesque views and unique history.

At Whereabouts Holidays we offer numerous exciting adventure holidays in Austria for your pleasure!

If you’re planning to visit the country that offered us Mozart, Porsche and the sewing machine, here are five interesting places you might want to visit:

Wörthersee

A must-visit for canoe and cave diving enthusiasts, Wörthersee and the lake which shares its name is most popular in summertime thanks to water temperatures reaching a pleasant 25 degrees.

With hop-on-hop-off cruise trips available you’ll be able to take in all the local amenities like churches, restaurants and casinos while being surrounded by seemingly endless forestation and tranquil turquoise waters.

Or if vintage cars are your thing, the Villach Automotive Museum is a short twenty minute drive away.

They don’t call it “Austria’s Monte Carlo” for nothing!

Zell Am See

The famous town of Zell am See is ideally situated at the bottom of a marvellous slope leading to the Schmittenhöhe Mountain which serves as a meeting ground for skiers in snowy winter.

But if you’re a skier who like a bit of a challenge, the mighty Kitzsteinhorn Mountain is a short drive or bus journey away and is described as one of the most awe-inspiring views in all of Europe.

If impressive architecture is more to your taste, the Romanesque St Hippolyte’s church is an essential piece of local history.

Plus, when the sun sets you get the chance to experience the dazzling light show on the lake; an unmissable treat for the eyes and ears. Just make sure you visit before the show ends in October!

Salzkammergut

More of a region than a specific location, the resort area of Salzkammergut stretches all the way from the city of Salzburg eastwards into central Austria and is made up of some of the most romantic towns and lakes in the entire country.

If you’re a bit of a movie buff you might be able to recognise some of your surroundings as many prominent Salzkammergut locations were featured in the 1965 Oscar-winning classic The Sound of Music.

If you’re interested in exploring this fantastic area further Whereabouts holidays offer a once in a lifetime snowshoe tour where you will be able to crunch and tread your way from village to beautiful village.

Oh, and you’ll also experience ultimate relaxation at the end of the tour at an exquisite wellness centre. What are you waiting for?!

Salzburg

Another must-visit location for fans of The Sound of Music, Salzburg is often recognised by tourists as the home of the Von Trapp family. But in reality it was home to the musical genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, making it an unmissable stop if you’re a classical fan.

But arguably the most iconic image in Salzburg is the medieval fortress situated atop the city. Known as the Hohensalzburg fortress it is one of the largest and oldest medieval fortresses in all of Europe with construction known to have started close to one thousand years ago.

Alongside the fortress the city is comprised of some of the most eye-catching churches, cathedrals, gardens and homes you are ever likely to see.

Vienna

Where to begin with Vienna?

Austria’s capital city is the centre of the country’s cultural, political and economic identity and is home to approximately 2.6 million people in the city and surrounding areas (almost one-third of the entire Austrian population).

Often cited as one of the best places to live in the world, the historic city is recognised by many as one of the homes of modernism and progressive thinking in the early nineteen-hundreds. An appropriate piece of information considering one of the city’s most famous residents: Sigmund Freud.

Food, culture, activities, sight-seeing, Vienna literally has it all and is undoubtedly the quintessential Austrian city to visit.

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