Austria Travel Guide
The ultimate guide to the coolest things to do and see when traveling in Austria (the land of mountains and Mozart!) – only from Travels of Adam
Austria is famous for many things: beer, mountains, classical musicians and the Blue Danube, but it’s so much more than that. This landlocked central European country has a fascinating and turbulent history, beautiful landscapes, some cool cities and friendly people. Start here with my basic Austria travel tips, or jump down below to read my latest Austria travel blogs.
When to Visit
Austria has four very distinct seasons, and each one is beautiful in its own way. Winters get very cold and snowy, so make sure you bring appropriate clothing. It is usually pretty dry and in fact often sunny in winter, so as long as you wrap up, you’ll be fine. Of course, this is the best time to visit if you’re into skiing. Spring is mild and very green, making for a great time to do some outdoor activities. Summer is hot and often humid with regular storms, but the long days and warm evenings make it a great time to visit Austria too. In fall, the change of the colors is a great show, while temperatures drop enough to make being indoors appealing again. Whenever you choose to visit Austria, you won’t be disappointed by this beautiful country!
Top Cities to Visit
Graz – Austria’s second city is dynamic, young and hip and the strong student presence is very obviously felt. With loads of great shopping, museums and art galleries, this cool city may easily be the hipster capital of Austria. It’s also got a great vegan scene!
Salzburg – Mozart’s birthplace, this gorgeous city of Salzburg right on the border with Germany is a huge draw for visitors to Austria. With amazing architecture, a fantastic arts scene and breathtaking mountain scenery nearby, it’s easy to see why.
Innsbruck – The capital of the state of Tyrol is a pretty representative city of the region in that it’s situated in a valley between two huge mountains with a river running through the center. With a super futuristic funicular railway designed by architect Zaha Hadid connecting the downtown to one of the best mountain viewpoints, Innsbruck is full of little surprises.
Austria Tours & Trips
Austria is best visited on a multi-day tour where you can take in a few different cities. The cultural differences vary greatly between the different regions of the country. Check out this selection of recommended Austria tours.
LGBT – Gay Austria Guide
By European standards, Austria is pretty average in terms of what it’s like to travel there as an LGBT person, meaning that you should not experience any unusual difficulties. That said, it is a relatively conservative country, so outside of the big cities, you may be faced with surprise or possibly even hostility. Nonetheless, the cities all have several gay-centric establishments, with Vienna’s and Graz’s gay scenes being the most extensive.
Austria Hotel Deals
Austria has plenty of cool hotels and hostels worth checking out, and if you’re feeling more adventurous, there are loads of great campsites and more rural places to stay too. In the cities, though, I’ve found using Booking.com, Agoda.com or Hotels Combined can be useful for finding last-minute deals.
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