A landlocked country in central Europe, Austria has a well-deserved reputation for some of the best skiing resorts of anywhere in the world. Having said that, the country is an exceptional place to visit even if you have no interest in winter sports. Indeed, our hoteliers guarantee that no one will be bored as Austria offers a wide range of activities, attractions and things to do with family, friends or your beloved one. A federal republic, much of the 32,000 or so square miles that make up the federal republic of Austria are in the Alpine mountain range. 9 million Austrian inhabit the country with the largest population centre residing in the country's capital city, Vienna. The Originals, Human Hotels & Resort’s travel guide to Austria is a must to discover attractions, visits and things to do.
Transports in Austria
Some of the big cities, like Vienna and Salzburg, offer day passes for local public transport. Look out for SparSchiene if you are travelling by train between cities because this will often result in large reductions on the usual price due to special offers. Bus services are not frequent and can be non-existent in some rural areas so car travel is recommended instead.
WHEN TO GO TO AUSTRIA ?
Skiing takes off in earnest in early December and usually runs until the end of April. If you want to enjoy the mountains for hiking and mountain biking, then any time from mid-May is a good time to book your travel. The city of Graz holds a series of concerts, known as Elevate, in March as well as a summertime jazz festival. Linz's festival of cabaret takes place each year throughout the whole of November.
With a great deal to offer visitors, there is much more to Austria than its high-quality skiing resorts. Our hoteliers know perfectly Austria and have prepared for you a list of things to do and must-see attractions:
MUSIKVEREIN IN VIENNA
A trip to the top-class Musikverein in Vienna should be on the list of things to do for all visitors to the city because it is among the most sumptuous musical venues in Europe.
ARS ELECTRONICA CENTRE IN LINZ
If electronic arts are more your thing, then visit the stunning Ars Electronica Centre in Linz which offers a varied program plus an exceptional interactive museum.
There are plenty of places in the Alps to try paragliding under expert tuition. Head to one of the schools around Innsbruck where there is lots of choice.
Austrian cuisine is often underrated so take some time to try it out even though you can always find other options.
Restaurant Steirereck, in the heart of Vienna, has two Michelin stars and has been wowing critics for years thanks to its unique take on Austrian and international food.