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With classical music, alpine pastures and idyllic little towns, Austria provides you with boundless ways to explore its terrains.
Convenient Austria tour packages will take you through its mountains, valleys and beyond. Despite its geographical location making it a landlocked country, its abundance of water bodies such as Erlaufsee’s sandy beaches and the Hallstättersee’s pristine glassy waters will make you forget all about that. Book your Austria group travel and revel with a good long sip of fresh water from the alpine mountain springs with your favourite friends and family.

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With classical music, alpine pastures and idyllic little towns, Austria provides you with boundless ways to explore its terrains.
Convenient Austria tour packages will take you through its mountains, valleys and beyond. Despite its geographical location making it a landlocked country, its abundance of water bodies such as Erlaufsee’s sandy beaches and the Hallstättersee’s pristine glassy waters will make you forget all about that. Book your Austria group travel and revel with a good long sip of fresh water from the alpine mountain springs with your favourite friends and family.

Location

Austria is a landlocked country, bordering Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the West, Germany and Slovakia to the North, Hungary to the East, and Slovenia and Italy to the South. Austria tour packages from India will take you on a direct flight to Vienna in under 9 hours! 

When to go

The best time to visit Austria depends on how you want to experience it. Summer time (June - August) is ideal for extreme sports, hiking and sightseeing. If snow related activities, Christmas markets, and a deep dive into the local cuisine seem more appealing, winter time (November - February) may be a better option for you.

Where to go

There are plenty of ways to explore all of nature and history Austria has to offer.
The province of Tirol is a paradise for outdoor and wellness fanatics and is best known for its ski resorts. Every year thousands of travellers look forward to a break from city life to take part in thrill-seeking snow sports, followed by long après-ski parties or quiet cocoa in a rustic cabin. Instead, Austria honeymoon packages might take you to the irresistible ‘Burgenland’ to discover romantic castles and expansive vineyards. 
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At a glance

Temperature

Austrian temperature can go as high as 30ºC between June and July and as low as -4ºC in the winter months. In the mountains, the temperature tends to be lower throughout the year.

Weather

Austrian weather tends to be cold during the winter and moderate to warm during the summer. Snow can be found abundantly in the mountains during the colder months. If you are planning your Austria travel during the summer, you may still be able to find snowy regions, the higher you go. Regardless of the time of the year, it is advisable to bring a sweater or a raincoat.

Language

The official Austrian language is German, spoken in a dialect known as Austrian German. In well-travelled areas across the country, you will be able to find many English speakers.

Currency

As it’s a part of the European Union, Austria uses the widespread Euro. The Austria currency to INR conversion at this time is 1 Euro = 79.73 INR.

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“Found on the western edge of the Tennengebirge, the spectacular World of the Ice Giants is the largest system of ice caves in the world. Covering some 30,000 square meters, the caves were carved by an underground river in the Tertiary period.”

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Eat all the Austrian food   

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“Traditional Austrian food is rich, buttery, meaty and filling food. It’s meant for people who are active outdoors all day long and burn a lot of calories. My favorite dish was probably the Austrian version of pancakes that I tried. Yes, a dessert.”

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Wander around Vienna   

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“During the 19th and 20th centuries, many renowned composers called Vienna home – leading to the city earning its current unofficial title as the ‘capital of classical music.”

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Visit the Imperial Palace   

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“In the days of old, this would have been the home of the Royal Family who were known as the Hasburgs. Nowadays however the palace is used by the President although parts of it can also be visited by the public.”

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Incredible places to visit in Austria

Vienna

Home of the ‘Wiener Schnitzel’, Vienna carries the weight of an extensive history on its shoulders. Going down the streets of the inner city is like following an architectural timeline. From Baroque to Art Nouveau, Hundertwasser to Gasometers, in Vienna you can see it all. Even those not interested in architecture will be drawn to the esteemed historic buildings at Karlsplatz, each exuding an air of stories left to be discovered on your Austrian tour.

Schönbrunn Palace

A UNESCO world heritage site, the Schönbrunn Palace served as a summer home to Habsburg monarchs in its heyday. Beloved Bavarian empress Elisabeth, better known as Sisi, spent much of her time in its stables. It comes as no surprise that Mozart had his first performance in the Schönbrunn Palace at age 6.
Visit this impressive baroque palace on a guided tour to hear anecdotes and discover authentic rooms, some of which are extravagant, some surprisingly humble.
The palace garden is perhaps even more striking than the interior of the complex. It is spread out symmetrically across the area and inhabited by imposing statues of Greek gods such as Neptune.

The Hofburg

The Hofburg, permanent residence of the Habsburgs, reflects more than 700 years of architectural history, befitting the character of Vienna. Almost every ruler since its erection demanded alterations to the construction. As a result, the Hofburg is a representation of architectural styles ranging from Renaissance, Baroque to Rococo.
Take the opportunity to learn more about one of its most famous inhabitants, Empress Sisi, at the Sisi museum and view the imperial chambers of each member of the royal Habsburgs. The collection of silverware on display will give you the most intimate look into daily life at the Hofburg.

Belvedere Palace

The Belvedere palace used to be the summer residence of Prince Eugene of Savoy. It consists of two quarters: The Upper and Lower Belvedere, merged by a magnificent baroque garden, symmetrical as they come. The palace is now primarily an exhibition space for the world’s largest collection of Gustav Klimt paintings, including everyone’s favourite; The Kiss. It also displays Austrian art from the Middle Ages to the modern variety.

Vienna State Opera

Classical music is a large part of the cultural lifeblood of Vienna. The Vienna State Opera features 350 performances of more than 60 different performances each season. Its orchestra members also make up the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. If you’ve ever been curious about the opera, this might be the perfect time to attend a performance. If you would simply like to have a look at the building’s marvellous interior, you don’t even need a ticket.

St. Stephen’s Cathedral

A prominent symbol of Vienna, the St. Stephen’s Cathedral has been the resting place of dukes and princes throughout its existence. Constructed in a gothic architectural style, the cathedral has 4 towers which offer a stunning view of the city’s promenade. It is north tower is home to the massive Pummerin Bell. If your trip to Austria happens to coincide with a special occasion such as New Year’s Eve, you might be able to catch the rare ringing of the bell. The cathedral’s best feature might be the richly coloured, tessellated ceramic mosaic tiles covering its roof. This eye-catching detail makes the St. Stephen’s Cathedral stand out in every panoramic postcard.

Salzburg

As if being the birthplace of Mozart wasn’t enough, Salzburg, the town filled with historic gems undeniably belongs on the top of the list of places to visit in Austria. It is where fairy-tales and the reality of urban life coexist, with beautiful green spaces between concrete roads.
If you’re looking for a unique experience, try taking a cooking class and learn how to make some local delicacies like ‘Apfelstrudel’ und ‘Mozartkugeln’. Day trip: Eisriesenwelt.

Fortress Hohensalzburg

The Hohensalzburg is an imposing structure that clearly depicts the prince-bishops’ desire for acknowledgement of the authority and power they held. The fortress is an 8-acre complex including a courtyard in the centre. For most of the time, however, the prince-bishops lived in the ‘Residenz’ palace at the heart of the town. 
The highlight of the Hohensalzburg is the panoramic terrace. It offers you a stunning view of Salzburg city and The Alps. A tour of the complex includes a visit to the prince’s Golden Chamber, adorned with Gothic wood carvings and extravagantly embellished walls.

Mirabell Palace

Considered by many as the most enchanting palace in the country, Mirabell Palace was built by Prince-Archbishop Wolf Dietrich in 1606 in memory of Salone Alt. Today, it houses the mayoral offices and the municipal council. Additionally, the Mirabell Palace along with its romantic rose garden aptly serves as a location for astonishing weddings for couples from around the world.

Hellbrunn Palace

The Hellbrunn Palace served as a type of amusement park for Archbishops. It took only 3 years to build, with its alluring grottos, water-powered statues and trick fountains shooting up when you least expect them to. This palace promises to shower you with a good time. In summer evenings, the palace grounds come alive with the remarkable combination of water, music and lights.

View from Mönchsberg

A 500 m tall mountain, Mönchsberg is named after the monks of the nearby St. Peter’s Benedictine Abbey. There are various exciting hiking routes available from all around the mountain in addition to the convenient Mönchberg lift that takes you up to its peak in 30 secs. Once you reach the top you can look into the modern art museum and recharge your energy at restaurant M32. The nature sanctuary on the peak offers a view across the rooftops of historic buildings, and gardens of Salzburg.

Untersberg

Untersberg is the ideal location for outdoor sports like paragliding and skiing. Bordering on Germany, the mountain shadows over Salzburg and peaks at 1853 m. The Schellenberger ice cave, located at 1570 m, is best visited when it has just been opened early in the season. Hike up at a leisurely pace and use panorama boards as a tool to identify the mountain ranges. If your Austria tour package is activity based, Untersberg should be a part of your itinerary.

Innsbruck

Most Austrian holidays rightly include a trip to Innsbruck, the capital of Tirol and one of the most popular skiing locations in the world. 
The Nordkette range of mountains is so close, that it’s possible to travel from the city centre to alpine pastures in a matter of minutes. Innsbruck has been the proud host of 2 winter Olympics (1964, 1976). It booms with Tyrollean culture, partaking in the annual ‘Almabtrieb', a custom in which cattle, having grazed high up on the mountains all summer, are decorated with flowers and taken back down into the valley. This may just be the best time to visit Austria!

Nordkette Mountains

The Nordkette range of mountains is part of Austria’s largest nature park with an area of 727 km2. They can be reached directly from Innsbruck city centre within a few minutes by the Hungerburg cable car, designed by architect Zaha Hadid. There are hikes for every kind of skill and age, taking you around the highly biodiverse park. The lower station of Nordkette is home to a cable car museum.

Maria-Theresia Street

The Maria-Theresia street is a part of Innsbruck’s New Town. In the olden days, it was made up of just a couple of farm houses. Now it gives you a typical panoramic view of the city, with pavement cafes, chains of little houses and a view from St. Anne’s Column to the North. The Maria-Theresia Street showcases the impressive Nordkette range towering majestically over the Golden Roof tiles. Every now and then, a charming little tram passes by, making the scene utterly perfect.

The Golden Roof

Innsbruck's most famous landmark. Not made of actual gold, it is in fact 2,657 fire-gilded copper tiles. The shining golden roof can be seen on entering the historic old town but it is also well worth taking a look up close. The structure below the roof is richly adorned with a wide variety of figures and images. the adjoining museum, you can immerse yourself in the time of Emperor Maximilian.

Hofburg Palace

The Hofburg Palace in Innsbruck is an additional residence of the Habsburgs. The walls of this elaborate Gothic style castle are adorned with portraits from the Habsburg Dynasty. This palace is amongst the most significant buildings in Austria and is sure to be a part of every Austrian travel guide. Discover the Imperial Gardens and the prince’s chambers and get a clear picture of life in the monarchy of the time.

The Innsbruck Old Town

The best view of the Old Town of Innsbruck is from the Town Tower. Photogenic alleys filled with little Tyrollean houses give you a feel of its history. The Old Town is home to the City Museum and the Tirol Panorama, a 360-degree long mural of the struggle for freedom of Tirol in 1809. After a quick history lesson, take your time to shop at Sillpark, peruse local boutiques and take some souvenirs. home.

Graz

If you are booking a last-minute holiday to Austria but don’t want to miss out on the best of Austria, be sure to put Graz on your list of places to visit.
A town that is pretty much entirely a UNESCO heritage site, Graz earned its title as Capital of Culture in 2003 and City of Design in 2009. It is a quieter alternative to Vienna despite having a relatively thriving nightlife, due to its 4 local universities. Graz is the capital of Styria, a forested state in southern Austria, known for its wine, spas and castles. The city is surrounded by farms, hills and peaceful vineyards, extending out into the horizon. Allow yourself to add a tour of the vineyards on your list of things to do in Austria.

Schlossberg

The Schlossberg, a tree-clad hill, is the site of a themed fortress in the middle of Graz. Taking a fairy-tale train, you’re just half an hour away from real life into the universe of princesses, witches’ domain, flowery meadows and enchanted forests. Solve riddles and collect valuable things in this real-life re-enactment of a storybook.

Eggenberg Palace

This architectural allegory of the universe is a well-deserved UNESCO world heritage site. The building with its 365 windows, 31 rooms on each floor, 24 state rooms with 52 doors, 60 windows, and 4 corner towers, is a representation of time in the Gregorian calendar. In the murals on the ceiling, the painter, Hans Adam Weissenkircher assigned the seven celestial bodies known at the time to the days of the week. The Eggenberg Palace is well worth a visit for every traveller. The building is open from April to October, while the gardens are open all year round. An exotic surprise awaits you on the grounds as peacocks inhabit the palace as well!

Glockenspiel

A maiden and stalky man dressed in traditional costume dances three times a day, at 11, 15 and 18 hrs, on top of the building on ‘Glockenspielplatz’. It was first installed by a liquor shop keeper onto his house and later bestowed upon the city of Graz. In World War II, however, the bells were taken down and used in the production of the armoury. They were remade later on in 1956. 3 melodies are played every day, which also change depending on seasons and festivals.

Styriarte Arts Festival

“Old masters, newly interpreted” is the motto of the annual festival of classical music. While the first festival was dedicated to Johann Sebastian Bach, there has been a different theme every year since. The festival involves musical excursions and open-air events in the countryside, and concerts at Eggenberg Palace. Leading artists focusing on the early music scene are regulars at the festival.

Graz Old Town

The Graz Old Town is a UNESCO world heritage site, largely because of its well-preserved Renaissance Italian buildings. There is a harmonious coexistence of historic treasures and modern architecture, that makes the area unique. The Graz Castle with its spiral stone staircase, the Schlossberg, and the floating island ‘Murinsel’ are all a stone’s throw away from the Old Town.

Hallstatt

Straight across the alps from Graz lies Hallstatt, Austria’s picturesque trophy. Glassy waters and towering mountains make up this pedestrian-only village. Not only does it have picturesque beauty and spectacular landscapes, but remarkable history. Hallstatt is a welcome retreat from the bustling city life. Visit Hallstatt to experience the kind of scene you’d see as a screensaver.

The Market Square

Market Square is the centre of the old town and the metaphorical heart of the village. It originally served as a meeting point for townspeople and location of events and markets. Now, you will find souvenir stores, cafes and bars covered by a charming, old flair.

Skywalk Viewing Platform

In addition to the 5-finger viewpoint, the Skywalk Viewing Platform is a prime photography location. Reach the platform in the glass-walled elevator and enjoy the breath-taking view of the village for 3 minutes. The Skywalk is not for the faint-hearted. Hanging 350 meters over the edge of a cliff, you may have to gather some courage for the exceptional overlook.

Ride around the lake

‘Hallstättersee’ is one of the most accessible lakes in the area. You can either get your own paddle or motorboat or take an organised cruise around the waterbody during the summer. It gives you a peaceful and idyllic experience of Hallstatt, even when it gets a little crowded in peak season. The lake acts as an extension of the village. Especially during the annual Corpus Christi procession, which takes place largely on small boats in the lake due to a lack of land space.

Visit the salt mines

Salt mining has been a prime occupation in Hallstatt for around 7,000 years, making it a part of the village’s essence. Having the chance to tour the mines is a great chance to get to know the town in its full glory. The salt mines are located on the ‘Salzberg’ (salt mountain) and are open for expeditions between April and November. The tour involves interactive ways to learn about the history of salt mining and is a fun way to spend an afternoon on your Austrian group travel.

Salzkammergut

The Salzkammergut is yet another UNESCO world heritage site in Austria. It is a region of lakes and alpine ranges rising to almost 3 km. Much of the region is a remote wilderness, making it an integral part of the area’s biodiversity. Hallstatt lies in the southern part of the Salzkammergut, while ‘Hallstättersee’ is in its centre.

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