A vacation in Austria gets you close to nature and allows you to get to know the people and the wonderful traditions of Austria. Austria's landscapes are incredibly varied and the options are endless. Be it a relaxing walk through Austria's varied landscapes or skiing the great outdoors in the Austrian Alps. Keep in mind that you are never far from historic city centers, cultural events and gourmet restaurants.
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Scenic Bike Trails
Biking throughout Austria's countryside is another great way to experience our beautiful country. Whether you are a soft-biker or enjoy mountain biking on rugged landscapes, there are biking trails for every type. We have selected three well-marked bike trails for their scenic beauty and point of interest.
Salzburg Lakes Bike Tour
A tour through the Salzburg Lakes region offers relaxing bicycling along lake shores and through pristine countryside. Not far from the city of Salzburg, the landscape of Alpine foothills has a charm of its own. Small peaks tower above the background of the clean lakes and invite you again and again to stop and take in the scenery. You bike past lush green meadows, mighty woods and jagged rocks and through pastures and moor lands, imperial towns and picturesque villages.
Innsbruck to Salzburg Bike Tour
Cycle along the Alps from Innsbruck to Salzburg. In Innsbruck follow the wide valley on the Inn river passing little historic cities like Wattens, Hall and Schwaz. On both side you'ss encounter huge impressive mountain ranges and sometimes you will even spot a galcier. You mainly follow river cycle trails and there are only short up and downs. There will be a transfer for the only mountain pass on the tour so that we could say that a good basic fitness in enough for this tour. This tour is leisurely and is for cyclists in average physical condition.
Danube Bicycle Path
The Danube Bicycle Path offers nearly carefree cycling and an ideal way to view the region. It's downstream all the way, passing through picturesque towns and villages until you reach the wonderful city of Vienna at tour’s end.
Wine Tour of Austria
Austria’s wines are getting more popular throughout the world. This tour features a visit to the most fascinating wine region of Austria, the Wachau. One of the highlights is a visit to the new Wine Experience Center Loisium.
Vienna: The Wine Capital
Vienna and wine are inseparable. Vienna is the only world capital producing significant quantities of wine within the city limits. But it is more than that – it is a defining element of the urban image, a contribution to the urban economic system and to people’s wellbeing – for both the Viennese and guests alike. Taste the new wine at one of the charming Heuriger wine taverns to experience the relaxed atmosphere.
Wine tasting in Vienna & Beyond
The Walking Tour starts with visiting vintners in Vienna itself (the only European capital with vineyards in its boundaries). Then by public transportation eastward to the province Burgenland; after that travel to the Wachau valley (Danube valley) northwest of Vienna. In each area you will hike to and thru the vineyards tasting local wines. Now it inhabits vast sections of wine lists at bench mark restaurants, is beloved by chefs, and gets idolized by savvy sommeliers for its seemingly limit-less food friendliness (it goes with everything from oysters to Wiener Schnitzel). The Driving Tour is being offered as a wine tasting tour visiting vintners in different wine growing areas: in Vienna itself, then east of Vienna in the province Burgenland; and then northwest of Vienna in the Wachau (Danube) and Kamp valley. you will be traveling by coach.
Eisriesenwelt Ice Caves, SalzburgerLand
The Eisriesenwelt Werfen is a labyrinth of ice caves almost 30 miles long. There are various ways in which cave ice can form. The Eisriesenwelt is a dynamic cave, meaning that the corridors and the crevices connect lower lying entrances to higher openings, hence making it possible for draughts of air to circulate – similar to the effect in a chimney. During spring melt water seeps through the cracks in the rock and when it reaches the still cold and frozen lower areas of the caves it freezes and turns slowly into the wonderful ice formations visible inside the caves.
Visit the Movie Location: The Sound of Music
Visitors from all over the world use the opportunity to see the locations in the city of Salzburg, where the film 'The Sound of Music' was shot. Especially amongst fans from overseas the film has reached a unique status and incredible popularity - and many of them dream of following Maria's footsteps at least once in their life.
Do you love airplanes, cars, art, food and a heavy dose of architecture? Then Hangar 7 in Salzburg is your place of pilgrimage. Founded by Dietrich Mateschitz, co-founder and CEO of the Red Bull energy drink empire, Hangar 7 houses a stunning collection of historic aircraft and helicopters. Much of the fascination of Hangar 7 lies in its architecture.
Europe’s Oldest Restaurant, Salzburg
St. Peter Stiftskeller was first documented in the year 803, when it was mentioned by the scholar Alcuin – a follower of Charlemagne – and as such it takes its place as the oldest restaurant in Europe. When History and Zeitgeist meet, one finds oneself in the best possible company.
A Day in Hallstatt
Arriving in Hallstatt is quite the experience in itself. With the train station on one side of lake and the village itself on the other, you need to take a ferry across the lake to get there and are thus awarded with a spectacular first impression of this famous Alpine village. Once there, the local museum shows artifacts found in burial grounds around the area spanning the last 7000 years. A short walk to St. Michael’s chapel reveals one of the more unique objects on display in Hallstatt: hand-painted skulls – neatly arranged in the bone house / ossuary – and yes you read that correctly. Due to its limited available space, Hallstatt is the only village in Austria where long buried skulls and bones are often eventually hand painted, stacked neatly, and put on display.
Not a few wine enthusiasts would live to have this kind of a cellar under their house: high, vaulted ceilings of brick, tastefully renovated and lighted, and – thanks to the state-of-the-art climate control – made into the perfect storage space for veritable treasures. Some 300 wines from 50 vintners of the region are here waiting to be tasted farm-gate prices and can be purchased at. Upon prior appointment, vintners will even come personally to present a commented tasting, and if desired, a small selection of specialties from the “Blaufraenkisch land” can be prepared to go with the wine. Sparkling wine, liqueurs, and fine spirits are also on offer, and a modern Culture Hall for 500 people – with stage and gallery – provides space for events of all kinds.
Relax, unwind, and feel well. The best places to do so are the wonderful thermals spas and wellness oases offering health, wellness, beauty, and vitality and exercise treatments.
Out in the Alps
There are numerous ways to explore and experience a destination but none as intimate and personal as taking the time to enjoy your vacation destination on foot. Walking and hiking in Austria will get you close to nature and allow you to get to know the people and the wonderful traditions in Austria.
Ski & Snowboard the Austrian Alps
Austria has some of the world’s best ski resorts and is known for its’ international flair. St. Anton, Lech-Zuers, Innsbruck, Kitzbuehel, Zell am See and many more ski areas have international reputations for their skiing and infrastructure. World-class hotels and dining, and the Austrian "Gemuetlichkeit" will give your stay in Austria the magic touch no other destination can duplicate. Explore this fairy tale on skis, snowboards or snowshoes.
Vienna: from Classical to Modern
Vienna’s 2,000-year history is intricately woven into the city's modern-day fabric. The layout of the city center goes back to the Roman settlement and the road network of the Middle Ages; Romanesque and Gothic churches define the character of the streets and squares as much as the palaces and townhouses from the Baroque period. If the Ringstrasse was the ultimate expression of a modern metropolis in the nineteenth century, extensive residential complexes in the outer districts set the tone for the twentieth century. Currently, a number of large-scale urban planning initiatives are being implemented, and distinctive structures designed by star architects are redefining Vienna’s skyline.
Vorarlberg: Eyes on the Future
Deemed "the most progressive part of the planet when it comes to new architecture" by Wallpaper magazine, Vorarlberg's landscape is dotted with innumerable strikingly designed modern buildings. Nowhere else in the world do new and old architecture mesh so seamlessly, giving the region a firm foothold in both the past and the future. One of Vorarlberg´s biggest draws is the Kunsthaus Bregenz, situated on the shores of Lake Constance and designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Peter Zumthor. The state´s love of the audacious and unusual extends to its cultural scene, including the spectacular opera productions of the Bregenz Festival on the floating stage of Lake Constance.
Hungerburg Funicular, Innsbruck
A new way to climb a mountain: not far from Innsbruck’s famed “Goldenes Dachl”, an amorphous ice formation glitters in the sun. Upon closer inspection, however, it reveals itself as the lower terminus of the Hungerburgbahn hybrid funicular railway, whose striking appearance sprung from the imagination of star architect Zaha Hadid.
Graz: Striking Architecture & Mediterranean Flair
Graz has a penchant for experiments with modern architecture that highlight the beauty of its medieval city center. Visit the Kunsthaus to see just how starkly its design contrasts the traditional cityscape. Its bubble-glass skin earned it the nickname "Friendly Alien". Then there's Vito Acconci's floating island in the river Mur, the synagogue, reconstructed in 2000, or the newly built MUMUTH with its sleek design and perfect acoustics. Here, instead of seeking to provoke, modern architecture blends in and accentuates to create a harmonious contemporary living space.
Theatre in the Josefstadt, Vienna
The theater was built in 1788 and is the oldest still active theater in Vienna. The theater’s history is connected with famous poets, actors, composers and conductors.
Vienna State Opera
The Vienna State Opera is one of the premier opera addresses in the world - where you can enjoy a great variety of operas on the highest artistic level.
Salzburg Marionetten Theater
It travels around the world and presents its dance, vocal and theater program to an international audience: the Salzburg Marionette Theater is one of the city's proudest traditions, primarily catering to adult opera music lovers.
Dance School Chris
Waltzing courses in German, English, Italian, French, Spanish, and Czech.
Dorner Dance School
Waltz classes in German, English and Polish.
Willy Elmayer-Vestenbrugg Dance School
Waltz classes for individuals, couples and groups up to 150 persons in German, English, French, Japanese, Polish and Russian.
Dance School Hernals
Viennese Waltz Lesson with coffee and cake and a diploma in an exclusive baroque hall -- in German and English.
Kopetzky Dance School
Waltz classes in German, English, French, groups only and by appointment.
Rueff Dance School
Waltz classes 10:00am – 10:00pm daily in English, German, Spanish, Russian, Japanese and French incl. certificate, a glass of sparkling wine and tuition handouts in the respective language.
Stanek Dance School
Individual classes Mon – Fri 3:00 – 6:00pm in German, English and French, by appointment.
Dance School Svabek
Waltz Lessons in the Heart of Vienna: Lessons in German, English, Spanish, French, Japanese, Slovak, Hungarian, Italian, and Slovenian For individuals, pairs and groups up to 50 persons.
Prof. Wagner Dance School
Waltz classes from September through June, Sat 7:00 – 9:00pm or by appointment, in German and English.
Watzek Dance School
Individual classes Mon – Sat in German, English, French, Italian, Polish and Russian.
Festung Hohensalzburg, Salzburg
The Salzburg Fortress Concerts rank among the world’s largest chamber music series. First-class musicians perform wonderful musical highlights.
Stiftskeller St. Peter – Mozart Dinner Concert, Salzburg
Visitors are taken on a journey back into the times of Mozart and enjoy an evening how it could have taken place in 1790.
Haus am Beethovenplatz, Vienna
The Vienna Imperial Orchestra presents world famous music by Mozart, Strauss, Lehar, Haydn, and Beethoven.
The Vienna Boys' Choir
The Vienna Boys' Choir is one of the oldest boys' choirs existing in the world.
The Vienna Philharmonic
The Vienna Philharmonic is the most famous Austrian symphonic orchestra and one of the most well-known in the world.
Austria is recognized worldwide as a country synonymous with culture. And truly, culture there does flourish impressively with the list of events taking place in cities, towns and villages throughout the country. It is not only theater that gives the country a festive appearance, but also the many concerts and exhibitions, dance performances and readings. The focus is always on light, cheerful enjoyment, and it is the combination of artistic quality with good food and drink that is unique in Austria.
In Austria you can expect a first-class musical experience, whether it's a concert in the rooms of a Baroque palace, at the Opera House or at one of the many festivals.
Austria’s diverse cultural offerings include over 200 festivals, stretching from world scale events to small regional gatherings. Many of them make use of Austria’s beautiful surroundings and most of them offer an outstanding culinary menu to accompany the cultural experience.
Austria’s cities fascinate with their monumental buildings spanning all major epochs from Gothic to Renaissance, from Baroque to Jugendstil, and Post Modernism. Historic settings for modern events, leisurely shopping tours and wonderful culinary experiences. Let yourself be charmed!
Spanish Riding School, Vienna
The Spanish Riding School of Vienna is the only riding academy in the world which has been cultivating the art of equitation in its purest form for over 400 years, and which trains both horses (the famous white Lipizzaners) and riders according to methods which have been used for centuries, passed down over the years by word of mouth alone.
Vienna Boys’ Choir
The Vienna Boys' Choir is one of the oldest boys' choirs in the world. For nearly 500 years it has been an enduring symbol of Austria. A foundation charter issued by Maximilian I in 1498 called the first dozen boys to the imperial court as members of the newly formed court music band. Thus he showed his great interest in contemporary musical developments in Burgundy and the Netherlands.
Since then the Vienna Boys' Choir has been a fixed attraction in Austrian musical life. A number of famous musicians have emerged from its ranks. Its first-class training has produced numerous highly qualified vocalists, violinists and pianists.
Joseph Haydn, who actually belonged to the Cathedral Choir of St. Stephan, sang together with the court choir boys in the chapel of the Hofburg and in the newly built palace of Schönbrunn.
Franz Schubert's first compositions were written when he was with the court choir boys, always in conflict with his teachers, since he was more interested in music than in getting good marks for his school work. Mozart's erstwhile rival, Salieri, noted Schubert's talent in his entry examination, and took him under his wing. The vocal training he received formed the foundation of Schubert's sensitive Lieder.
Vienna's Glorious Ball Season
Nowhere are balls so romantically formal as in Vienna. This tradition is intoxicating to locals and visitors for far more than a single night. In Vienna, over 400 balls are staged each winter, frequented by 300,000 dance-loving visitors from all around the world. A unique flair is invested in proceedings by the ceremonial program. The reason for the carnival-like addiction to balls amongst the Viennese can be found back in the 18th century, when the wearing of masks and costumes was reserved for the nobility, on private occasions.
Austria is a fascinating country to visit at any time of the year. But the weeks from late November to the end of the year hold a special meaning and let you become familiar with some of the most beautiful aspects of the country: deeply-rooted folk traditions come alive in colorful, romantic events.
Advent, the period of preparation for the festival honoring the birth of Christ, begins on a Sunday four weeks before Christmas Eve. This is the day when in living rooms all over the country advent wreaths, woven from evergreen twigs and decorated with ribbons and four candles are hung or prominently placed. On each of the four Sundays leading up to Christmas, one more candle on the wreath is lit at dinnertime, many families pray, read Christmas stories or sing carols together.
Christmas markets are a long-standing and typically Austrian tradition. In Vienna, for instance, the market is held in the large square in front of City Hall. This market can be traced back to the year 1298. Innsbruck opens its romantic Christmas market in the narrow medieval square at the foot of the Golden Roof. In Salzburg, the Christmas market takes over the square in front of the Cathedral with its picturesque stalls, while the tree vendors occupy Residenzplatz on the side of the huge Cathedral. However almost every small town has its own Christmas market.
The Christmas tree plays a very important part. Every town sets up its own huge tree on the main square and frequently there will be an extra one, adorned with bread crumbs, for the birds. In families the tree is decorated with gold and silver ornaments or stars made out of straw, sweets and candy wrapped in tinfoil, gilded nuts, etc.
Austria and culture: these two words are virtually inseparable. A visitor on summer holidays will encounter one of the country’s many festivals wherever they turn. Bregenz’s famous floating stage is the stupendous setting for Puccini’s riveting opera “Tosca” – an extraordinary experience combining classical music with state of- the-art light and sound engineering against the picturesque backdrop of Lake Constance. And the Wörthersee Festival features opera greats as well as stars of pop music and musicals.
Featuring opera, concerts and drama, the Salzburg Festival enjoys worldwide recognition as one of the most outstanding classical music events today.
Vienna Festival Weeks
Encompassing everything from symphonic concerts and opera to theater performances and exhibitions, this significant festival spices up Vienna’s cultural life during the summer.
Music in Austria
In Austria you can expect a first-class musical experience, whether it's a concert in the rooms of a Baroque palace, at the Opera House or at one of the many festivals.
Castle Grafenegg Music Festival
Every year in August, audiences flock to hear performances by the London Symphony Orchestra and the likes amid the beautiful setting of a centuries-old castle and adjacent park.
Innsbruck Summer Festival
Historically informed performances of Old Music are the focus of this festival in the Tirolean capital.
Famed conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt is the father of this festival which features performances of the Concentus Musicus Wien, an ensemble performing Early Music on period instruments and the extraordinarily dynamic Chamber Orchestra of Europe. .
Summer Festival at Lake Constance
Known as the “Bregenzer Festspiele”, this event draws crowds with opera and concert performances by the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra and the largest floating stage in the world.
Tirolean Festival Erl
With the Tirolean mountains as an impressive backdrop, the performances of Wagner’s oeuvre are truly awe-inspiring and receive outstanding reviews.
The annual meeting place for an international audience that seeks an exceptional cultural experience: hearing music performed by outstanding artists in idyllic surroundings.
Operafestival St. Margarethen
An old Roman quarry is the setting for this exciting summer festival in Burgenland. International stars and popular operas guarantee a spectacular experience.
Mörbisch Festival on the Lake
The picturesque town of Mörbisch is the location of the world’s greatest operetta Festival. Once you have seen the impressive open air stage you will be captivated.
The works of Joseph Haydn is at the heart of the festival in Eisenstadt, where Hayden was head of the court ensemble at the Esterhazy castle.
The Linz Klangwolke (Cloud of Sound)
The opening event for the Bruckner Festival in Linz is a spectacle of pioneering classical music performances and electronic visualization.
“ImPuls-Tanz” is Europe’s largest festival for contemporary dance, which takes the stage in Vienna and can be experienced at the city’s most magnificent venues – from the Burgtheater to the Schauspielhaus.
Digital Art & Film
Fans of digital art will be drawn to Linz, the venue for the annual Ars Electronica, the most important festival of its kind in Europe. Movie buffs will also feel like they are in paradise in Austria: every spring the Diagonale festival in Graz celebrates Austrian film, and the Viennale, held in October, has long become an internationally acclaimed film event.
New Year’s Celebrations: Vienna, Innsbruck & Graz
It has long been a Philharmonic tradition at the New Year to present a program consisting of the lively and at the same time nostalgic music from the vast repertoire of the Johann Strauss family and its contemporaries. On both evenings, the State Opera and the Volksoper give gala performances of Johann Strauss' "Die Fledermaus". Another elegant way to toast the turn of the year is at the New Year's Eve Le Grand Bal. Vienna's entire inner city is one big celebration. The Sylvesterpfad "new year's path" starts at 2 pm on December 31 and ends at 2 am on January 1. Enjoy concerts on the streets of Vienna. Dance to the ever-present sound of the waltz and experience the fireworks. All throughout Austria, you will experience fireworks. Innsbruck, for example, has brass band parades and evening fanfares in the Old Town at New Year's; Graz and other smaller cities also stage a string of events to celebrate. And at the stroke of midnight all church bells throughout Austria ring in the New Year. In major cities people dance in the streets into the New Year to the tunes of the famous Blue Danube Waltz.
In recent years Austria has emerged as a paradise for anyone who enjoys pampering the palate. Farmers, wine makers and restaurateurs have discovered a new sense of identity and sophistication. The outcome is a modern-day Austrian cuisine composed of the very best produce to be found in Austria’s woodlands and mountain pastures, its orchards and vineyards.
The leading Austrian chefs de cuisine are making their mark on the international culinary scene, while the country’s foremost wines regularly garner top prizes. Regional delicacies like pumpkin seed oil and apple balsamic have found their way into the kitchens of noted restaurants all over Europe, while Austria’s award-winning gourmet restaurants attract discerning guests from near and far.
All about Beer
Brewing is an ancient trade, but over the centuries it has reached such a pitch of sophistication that modern-day beers bear little resemblance to the produce of the brewing vats of old. For beer lovers, Salzburg is the unofficial beer capital of Austria and there are several breweries and beer gardens for you to experience their local excellent brews.
Brewing is basically applied biotechnology. It makes use of natural processes to transform natural raw materials into a natural beverage. Add to that generations of expertise and Austria’s stringent foodstuff regulations – on which many other countries have modeled their legislation – and you get a superbly pure and unspoiled glass of beer.
The multi-ethnic Habsburg Monarchy became a culinary melting pot from which the classical dishes of the modern-day Austrian cuisine emerged. The Wiener Schnitzel began life in Milan, the goulash from Hungary, and the glories of the dessert repertoire had their origins in Bohemian kitchens. Even the Strudel started life in Turkey and found its way to Austria via Hungary.
Viennese cuisine – the new trend in the culinary world. This Cuisine is based on different national influences going back to the days of the Habsburg monarchy. A well balanced combination of culinary flavors! One finds it everywhere in Austria – from the pub around the corner to the elegant Haute-cuisine restaurants of leading chefs.
Exploring the enticing world of Vienna’s renowned confectioneries is a voyage of discovery to boundless delights. Among innumerable traditional confectioners, perhaps the most celebrated is the one-time Imperial & Royal Confectioner Demel.
Vienna is the world’s only capital city which doubles as a wine producer. With 700 hectares of vineyards, the city’s wine makers produce mainly Veltliner, Riesling and Zweigelt, which can be savored in the cozy atmosphere of a traditional ”Heuriger” wine tavern. This makes Vienna a paradise for anyone with a taste for enological adventures.
The traditional recipes of the Salzburg countryside include home-cured pork, cranberry noodles and baked apple slices, best rounded off with a farm-distilled fruit brandy. Salzburg also boasts a number of small but very fine breweries. The brook trout which live in Fuschlsee are a delicacy not to be missed on any account. SalzburgerLand has developed culinary paths, called the “Via Culinaria” which highlights various types of food experiences and where you can go to experience them.
What you will encounter wherever you go in Tirol, is the province’s fine tradition of dumpling making – in every shape, size and flavor. Typical examples are bacon dumplings and liver dumplings.
Styria’s cuisine is as diverse as its scenic beauties. Its culinary specialties, which vary widely from region to region, include Styrian lamb, free range chicken, pumpkin and of course Styria’s “black gold,” the famed pumpkin seed oil.
Don’t miss the chance to savor one of the region’s famous omelets with the dark brown oil, ideally washed down with a glass of rosé Schilcher. For those with a sweet tooth, Styria’s renowned apples make the perfect ingredient for a traditional apple strudel.
The people of the Wachau are especially proud of their apricots. For generations now great effort has gone into fostering the quality of the fruit, and in 1996 these endeavors were rewarded when the European Union included the “Wachau Quality Apricot” as an internationally protected brand designation. You can taste the loving care put into growing the apricot in that superb local delicacy, the Wachau apricot dumpling: even those who would swear they don’t put any store by desserts can be induced to change their minds by the fluffy curds-based covering and the bitter-sweet juiciness of the fruit concealed inside.
There are two dozen and more restaurants here specializing in fish dishes – trout, carp and pike perch, but also fish varieties which are found nowhere else. Upper Austria produces a wide range of beverage which makes an excellent accompaniment to a fine meal: cider, beer and wine, for instance, are all produced here.
The Bregenzerwald Cheese Route is an invitation to explore the scenery, hike to your heart’s content and eat your fill of locally produced cheeses. The route is punctuated by 46 eating-places specializing in cheese. The related activities include hikes and excursions to find out more about hill farming and alpine dairy farms, and above all how they make the famous ”Bergkäse,” a typical Vorarlberg product officially classified as a protected EU brand name.
Like any other region renowned for its fine wines, Burgenland is also known for its exquisite cooking. Generations of culinary skill have, for instance, gone into the art of roasting a suckling pig so that the crackling really crackles. Burgenland’s cuisine owes its richness and spiciness to the influence of neighboring Hungary and Slovakia.
A typical Carinthian specialty is the soup known as ”Saure Suppe,” which is traditionally served at county fairs and folklore events during the summer months. The original recipe for this soup calls for several different kinds of meat and many herbs, along with sweet and soured cream. Its unique flavor comes from fennel and aniseed, its characteristic yellow color from saffron.
Carinthia’s best-known dish is Kasnudel, however. The pasta dough is rolled flat, fashioned into fist-sized pockets and filled with a blend of various delicacies. The classical ”Kasnudel” contain curds and mint, but there are variants with other fillings – meat, or spinach, potatoes and mushrooms, or (in a sweet incarnation) prunes. Another type of Carinthian ”Nudel” is the ”Schlickkrapferl,” a smaller pastry pocket with a filling of offal and fresh herbs.
Austria recaptures the spirit of a bygone era: Ornate palaces, imperial monuments and echoes of Mozart’s music abound – all remind travelers of life as it once was. Nowadays, visitors to Austria discover exciting movement afoot. Austria’s vibrant wine scene has earned a worldwide reputation for quality and innovation and is the destination for those seeking energy, culture, and charm.
Austria’s wine production has a substantial impact on the landscape and culture of the wine making regions, which is manifested in the typical taverns, wine abbeys, wine inns and even wine academies. And because of their excellent quality, Austria’s wines continuously rank in top places in international competitions.
There are currently more than thirty grape varieties licensed in Austria for the production of quality and vintage wines. They include such illustrious grapes as Sauvignon blanc, muscatel, Blauer Portugieser and Zweigelt.
Today’s coffeehouse business is booming as more and more people seek a place to rest, work, eat or socialize in busy cities. Looking at how cafés were an essential part of Viennese life raises interesting questions about how they live and socialize in the modern city today. The Viennese café was a monument to the fruitful wasting of time: an idea that has much to offer today’s time-starved city-dwellers.
Castles & Palaces
The palace, established in 1714 to 1723 by order of Prince Eugen, consists of two building complexes, the Upper and the Lower Belvedere. Located inside are a conference hall and audience hall, as well as the mirror cabinet and the main hall with ceiling fresco, a gift of honor from the pope.
Imperial Palace (Hofburg)
From the Austrian imperial crown to the royal effects of the Holy Roman Empire, from the golden cradle of Napoleon’s son to embroidered robes from the Order of the Golden Fleece, the Hofburg Palace's Imperial Treasury Vienna boasts an astonishing collection. Objects otherwise mired in legend -- an eighth-century Holy Lance, the agate bowl once regarded as the Holy Grail, the eight-foot-long horn of an alleged unicorn -- come to life here. (The jewelry alone is spell-binding: the world's largest cut emerald, as well as pieces worn by Empress Elisabeth herself.) But this is more than a history lesson. For connoisseurs of art and design, these artifacts put the latest trends into context -- an invaluable service performed by the most valuable treasures. The Treasury is located in the Schweizerhof of the Hofburg Palace and is open daily (except Tuesday) from 9am to 5.30pm.
Schloss Schönbrunn, the former imperial summer residence, is one of the most popular sights. The sumptuous palace with the beautifully tended formal gardens, the Gloriette monument, the Palm House, and the zoo attract many of visitors each year. Even dine like an emperor and sleep like a princess in their magnificent suite, with imperial charm at every turn. The only hotel suite in the famous Schönbrunn Palace was carefully restored in line with its status as part of a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. Its royal touches include butler service and views over the Gloriette, the 160-hectare Palace Park and the Privy Garden. Today the suite offers an extraordinary castle experience with top-notch amenities and service
To be able to live in a real castle once - here this dream could come true. Annually, many young people spend their holidays during the summer months here, as during this time the castle is operated as a youth holiday home.
The castle, built in the eleventh century, is the most important country castle near the Hohensalzburg fortress. The architecturally remarkable building, once the archbishop’s defense fortress, is today an excursion destination well-worth seeing: an interesting weaponry exhibition as well as flight shows of the local falconry await visitors.
Hohensalzburg is the largest entirely preserved castle of Central Europe. Until 1803, the castle was the seat of the archbishops; today it is open to the public as a museum.
Laudegg Castle is called the "most beautiful castle of northern Tirol" – and rightly so. With an enormous residence tower, keep, wall, gates, chapel and renovated residential building it today serves as living quarters.
With its 26,000 m2 surface area, the fortress encloses a bigger area than the Old Town of Kufstein. With the panorama rail one can easily reach the well preserved fortress located on a hill.
Schrofenstein Castle Ruins
To the north-east of Stanz in the Upper Inntal valley, the ruins lie on a high cliff. The castle, which is accessible only over a narrow drawbridge, was inhabited as early as the end of the12th century.
The castle, built in1278, controls the whole Saint Gallener valley and from nowhere else does one have such a wonderful view.
This mighty castle is situated majestically on a 482 meter high volcano. The Riegersburg, built in the 11th century, got its present form in the 17th century and through its position and strong defense enclosures, is the most important border fortress in eastern Styria.
The fascination of the biggest baroque castle in Styria lies undoubtedly in its architectural concept: 365 windows offered the castle’s inhabitants a different view every day of the year.
Schloss Hof Palace
Built in 1726 for Prince Eugene of Savoy, Hof Palace was renovated and enlarged under Empress Maria Theresia to create Austria’s largest country palace.
Built in the second half of the 12th century, the Rappottenstein castle belongs to the most important and best preserved castles of Austria. The magnificent construction is inhabited to this day and is open to the public.
The ruins lie above the charming city Dürnstein in the beautiful Wachau. Only the walls of the main castle remain, but are visible far into the Danube valley.
It is among the best preserved castles in Austria and was built in 1149. It is inhabited to this day and is now and again the setting for concerts of classical and modern music.
Today’s Cultural Arts Centre was first documented in 1285 and impresses its guests above all with its unique construction.
The castle is located on the banks of the Danube in the capital of Upper Austria and awes guests, above all, with its impressive view of the city and the Mühlviertel.
From the former castle in Vorarlberg’s capital only the gate, walls, keep and the outer wall of the chapel are still recognizable today. After extensive restorations, the castle is a pilgrimage church and an observation point.
Feldkirch’s present landmark originally served to protect the city and its citizens. The museum of local history and the lookout tower are also open to the public.
The castle, built in 1343, can be reached over a steep driveway and a drawbridge, under which there is a charming pond and a fountain chiseled out of a rock.
Built on a volcano hill in the midst of the magnificent landscape of southern Burgenland, the romantic fortress Güssing is one of the most beautiful castles of Austria – and rightly so.
Once the oldest defense fortress of Burgenland, the Bernstein Castle today accommodates a hotel and restaurant.
Out of a completely maintained armory chamber with weapons, valuable booty treasures and trophies from the Turkish wars as well as silver jewelry and Exotica from far away countries can be found in the exhibition rooms.
Carinthia’s landmark is one of its kind and is among the most impressive castles of Austria. Today, one can visit the castle museum and view its collection of weaponry, amour and objets d’art.
Located in one of the most beautiful valleys of Carinthia, Hollenburg is majestically situated on top of a steep cliff. A special attraction for its guests is the 80 m long, covered bridge over which one gets to the castle gate and to the castle courtyard.
Located near the enchanting lake Ossiachersee is one of the most beautiful such constructions of Carinthia. The foundation walls of a fortress from the 14th century form the fundaments of the castle built in 1552.
Mozart’s Birth House, Salzburg
Getreidegasse 9 is a must-see while in Salzburg. This is where Mozart was born on January 27, 1756, and lived with his family for the next few years. Upon entering you feel as if you had been transferred into another era: uneven staircases, low ceilings and original furniture heighten the sense that you are in the same environment that fostered a musical genius.
The old Prince Archbishops private residence and galleries are open to the public for the first time in over 200 years. Salzburg's Cathedral Quarters -- 15,000 magnificent square meters – 2,000 stunning exhibits – 1,300 moving years. A tour of the Cathedral Quarters lets you explore a unique highlight in the heart of the city. History comes alive in the grand rooms while you enjoy impressive views of the city throughout the tour.
The Kunshistorisches Museum, Vienna
Built by Emperor Franz Joseph to house the fabulous Habsburg collections, the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna now figures among the world’s most important museums. From Rubens to Rembrandt, Vermeer to Velazquez, Titian to Dürer, what started as a repository for the Habsburg collections has evolved into an international treasure. The world’s most extensive collection of paintings by Pieter Bruegel the Elder resides here.
Imperial Carriage Museum, Vienna
Located near Schönbrunn Palace, the Imperial Carriage Museum’s unique collection invites you on a tour through Austria’s history. The Wagenburg building is home to the vehicle fleet of the former Viennese Court. Following the demise of the monarchy in 1918, around 100 carriages, sleds, sedan chairs and litters along with their associated harnesses, saddles and caparisons remained. Since that time, the collection has been expanded to a total of 170 vehicles.
One of the largest art and culture complexes in the world sits like an urban living room in the heart of Vienna. Combining art and living space, the Museums Quartier Wien is ideal for people watching in the outdoor cafes surrounding the open space. Don’t miss the Leopold Museum which includes the world’s largest and most important holdings of masterpieces by Egon Schiele (1890-1918) alongside highlights of Art Nouveau and Classical Modernism. The museum moderner kunst stiftung Ludwig wien (mumok) is the largest museum for modern and contemporary art in Central Europe. Numerous cultural events use this wonderful space as their stage throughout the year and take place in the MQ courtyards.
Haus der Musik, Vienna
Ever wondered what it's like to conduct an orchestra? Wonder no more, thanks to a remarkable interactive feature at Vienna's beloved House of Music. For music lovers it's a dream within a dream, guiding your own all-star ensemble in the world's capital of classical music. A museum about sound and music, this interactive museum is a must-see for music lovers.
Galerie Belvedere - Vienna
This Baroque masterpiece houses one of Europe's most important museums. In the Upper Belvedere the world's largest collection of paintings by Gustav Klimt, alongside works by Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka are on display. The Belvedere also features a fascinating group of masterpieces by French impressionists like Renoir and Monet, and works by an Gogh, while a large Biedermeier collection will delight fans of 19th century art.
Wiener Werkstätte, Vienna
Founded on May 19, 1903 by the artists Josef Hoffmann and Koloman Moser among others with the goal to create design and art for the masses. To this date companies such as Lobmeyr, WOKA etc. are still reproducing from original designs which can be purchased. The Wiener Werkstätte created works of craftsmanship in a very distinctive style, the Wiener Werkstätte Style. The workshop mainly dealt with creating jewelry, fabrics for clothing, ceramics and pottery, and furniture, all characterized by simple shapes, minimal decoration and geometric patterning.
Open Air Museum in the Weinviertl
The largest open-air museum of Lower Austria is an entire village: Where 80 historical buildings were disassembled from all over the Weinviertl and rebuilt again true to their original construction at Niedersulz.
Art Breakfast in Klosterneuburg
At two very different venues – the nearly 900-year-old Klosterneuburg Monastery and the contemporary Kunstmuseum Essl – visitors can join the monthly Art Breakfast.
The building, designed by Peter Cook and Colin Fournier, has an organic shape with a skin made of iridescent blue acrylic panels. One of the most unusual museums you'll ever visit. At night, the building glows by way of a computerized lighting system beneath the transparent skin. With large, tube like "nozzles" for windows that stick out from the curved roof, the structure undeniably reminds of an outer-space creature that has landed in the middle of Graz's historic town center.
Inside the historic buildings are thousands of objects displayed, which were collected in the villages of the Weinviertl: from painted farm furniture to wooden wine presses, which were used for centuries for processing the harvested grapes. In addition is the Museum-Village a center of rural garden culture: outside of the houses bloom glorious front gardens in historic farm garden style.
Nonseum in Herrnbaumgarten
An eccentric, wacky village and a museum for inventions no one needs.
In a tiny, eccentric village at 212 meters altitude, just an hour by car from Vienna, in Herrnbaumgarten, you can view the world from a slightly, shall we say, distorted perspective. It provides a cheerful balance between subtle contrarian thinking, an amiable professional approach and benevolent misconception.
Arnulf Rainer Museum
Arnulf Rainer’s hometown of Baden pays tribute to this versatile and busy painter with a museum devoted to his work – and housed in a former bath that is a gem of 19th-century architecture.
This museum honors the Rainer by presenting two new exhibitions each year. These shows are, as it were, commented on by the master himself – by Rainer’s aphorisms and quotations found throughout the exhibition spaces, and through a revealing film portrait.
It wouldn’t be Wolfgang Flatz if one could simply walk into his museum like into any other. But one can enter the former Natural History Museum of Vorarlberg only after having ascended a work called “Book Stairs” and cleared heavy punching bags out of the way.
The name says it all. The “Art Mile of Krems” extends from the historic town center to the medieval village center of Stein, and from museums and concert venues to gourmet restaurants, ensuring an abundance of stimulating cultural experiences.
An absolute must is a visit to the Kunsthalle Krems and the neighboring Caricature Museum. The Kunsthalle has taken as its focal point the presentation of both established and new artists of the modern age (from the end of the 19th century to the present).
The Caricature Museum sees itself as a mass-appeal platform for satirical art from Austria and abroad. Manfred Deix, one of Austria’s most important satirical artists, is represented in the museum with a permanent exhibit.
Swarovski Crystal Worlds Wattens
Marveling like a child is rare these days, but one cannot help it when standing in the interior of a huge crystal, watching light refracted in hundreds of mirrored surfaces. The imposing Crystal Dome is the showpiece of the “Swarovski Crystal Worlds”.
A wide-angle view of history: this new, modern museum provides an impressive survey of Tirol’s turbulent history and its effect on the country and its people. The centerpiece of the museum is the gigantic panoramic painting known as the “Riesenrundgemälde”.
The Mint Museum Hall, Tirol
Discover the birth place of the modern-day Dollar. In the historic town of Hall in Tirol, the ancient Mint Tower is an impressive reminder of a time when currency was literally as hard as the material it was produced from. Have fun exploring the history of money and mint your own coin as a souvenir.
Art Brut Center Gugging
The cultural center at the former psychiatric hospital in Gugging offers an impressive and unconventional introduction to “Art Brut”. And part of the Gugging experience is sometimes encountering the very artists who created these works.
The Zeughaus (Armory) in Graz: Arms, Arts & Armor
The only original historic armory left in the world. Built back in 1642, it contains about 32,000 arms and military equipment dating from the late 15th to the early 18th century, enough weapons to equip an army of 5000 men.
Austria has six National parks, almost 60 nature preserves and nature parks, about 35 hot spots for bird-watching, 20 Alpine gardens and many other opportunities to admire nature in its undisturbed, pristine beauty.
Tirol, SalzburgerLand and Carinthia
Nationalpark Hohe Tauern
The largest national park in Central Europe is shared by Tirol, Salzburg and Carinthia. The park is home to many scenic treasures, including both the majestic Grossglockner and Grossvenediger massifs, the ancient woodland of the Rauris Forest and the thunderous Krimml waterfalls. The journey over the Grossglockner High Alpine Road takes you to an altitude of 0.9 miles and through a range of climate zones. We recommend the drive up the Grossglockner High-Alpine Road from Salzburg to the national park.
Nationalpark Neusiedler See - Seewinkel
With its delicate wetland reed beds, salt-water ponds and flood-meadows, this national park is the only steppe national park in Central Europe. The national park straddles the border between Austria and Hungary and boasts an enormous diversity of flora and fauna: around 300 species of birds can be watched. Explore the park by foot, bike, or on horse.
Located just outside Vienna lies the great, undeveloped flood plains, which offers ideal living conditions to its fauna and flora.
This park, situated in the northern part of Lower Austria, is located at the border of the Czech Republic. Countless species of fauna and flora, some of them very rare like the black stork, are at home in this park. Castles and ruins dominate this national park.
This park houses the largest protected woodland in Austria. Guided tours of the cave system allow you to explore the fascinating underground world of the Kalkalpen.
Located in northern Styria, this park was formed by the roaring waters of the Enns River, which run through the rocky canyon. Besides hiking and walking, experience white water rafting.
Austria’s capital offers a unique blend of imperial traditions and stunning modern architecture. It is famous for its cultural events, imperial sights, coffee houses, cozy wine taverns, and the very special Viennese charm. One of Europe’s “must-see” capitals, it is a unique blend of historical and contemporary in a compact walkable city also known for its’ excellent Viennese Cuisine and fine wines. For further information, see 'City Guide' to Vienna.
Salzburg, the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is dominated by churches, castles and palaces. Its picturesque old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and world famous as the locations for the film, “The Sound of Music”. For further information, see 'City Guide' to Salzburg.
The surrounding SalzburgerLand has some of the most magnificent sights and beautiful countryside in Austria. The Giant Ice Caves, Salt Mines in Hallein, Hohenwerfen Castle and their falconry show, the Silent Night Memorial Chapel and Krimml Waterfalls (Europe’s Highest) are just a few of the attractions. The Grossglockner High-Alpine Road is one of the most scenic in Europe and leads to the Hohen Tauern National Park.
Vorarlberg’s capital is beautifully located at Lake Constance, Central Europe’s third largest lake. It offers a dense cultural program coupled with a wide range of outdoor activities.
The capital city of Upper Austria is enjoying its role of mediator between tradtional and contemporary arts.
Culture in Linz is extraordinarily diverse. There’s interactive art in the virtual worlds of the Ars Electronica Center, which is now housed in a fabulous new facility. On the opposite bank of the Danube, architectural masterpieces of the 19th and 20th centuries are on display in the striking glass-and-steel Lentos Museum of Art. Plus, you can enjoy world-class music and drama in the Brucknerhaus and the Landestheater, leading-edge offerings in the OK Offenes Kulturhaus Oberösterreich, and exhibitions in the Museums of the Province of Upper Austria. Big events highlight the cultural calendar in Linz: the Pflasterspektakel Festival of Street Art, Danube Summer, Ars Electronica Festival, Linzer Klangwolken (Cloud of Sound), Brucknerfest, Linzer Advent and Winter Culture offer regional and international art and culture for every taste.
Linz’s Old City is the ideal setting for strolls through charming cobblestone streets and past centuries-old architecture. Its spacious Main Square is one of the largest in Central Europe. The continent’s steepest traction railway takes you on a leisurely ride up Pöstlingberg for a panoramic view of the city; when the visibility’s good, you can see all the way to the Alps. And what better way to follow that up than with a boat ride on the beautiful blue Danube? Needless to say, culture and scenery aren’t all that Linz has to offer. One of Austria's most popular shopping districts is right in the heart of downtown Linz. And when you’re ready for a refreshing break, consider dropping in on one of Linz’s many gemütliche cafés and trying a world-famous Linzer Torte!
Past and future meet in the heart of the Alps, where Innsbruck’s world-famous sights, which testify to the Tirol province’s great past, stand alongside post-modern international architecture to create a fascinating blend.
The Imperial Palace, Ambras Palace, Ottoburg and the Wilten Basilica all tell of Innsbruck’s eventful past and its great figures including Philippine Welser, the secret wife of Archduke Ferdinand I, Andreas Hofer, the Tirolean freedom fighter, and last but not least Emperor Maximilian I, who built many of the monuments that survive today, e.g. the Golden Roof and his tomb at the Imperial Church.
With Dominique Perrault’s Rathausgalerie and Zaha Hadid’s Bergisel Ski Jump and Hungerburgbahn, outstanding new landmarks have recently been added to Innsbruck’s modern cityscape. Just image to board the Hungerburgbahn and 20 minutes later you are on top of the Nordkette looking down at the city of Innsbruck.
The diverse attractions of the city – ranging from the famous Dance Summer to the Innsbruck Festival Week – coupled with the beautiful scenery make Innsbruck a destination that offers something for everyone.
Innsbruck is scenically squeezed between two impressive mountain chains and an absolute must on every visit to Innsbruck is a gondola ride up Seegrube (2000m) from where you enjoy spectacular views of the Inn valley and the surrounding mountains.
Innsbruck, host of the Olympic Winter Games in 1964 and 1976, is of course a major winter sports center. Popular activities include skiing, snowboarding, ski mountaineering, snowshoeing, and skating. In the summer the region also boasts a whole host of outdoor sports such as cycling, mountain biking, paragliding, and, of course, hiking and walking in areas of great natural charm such as the Karwendel Alpine Park or Zirbenweg trail on Patscherkofel.
While in Innsbruck don't miss a visit to Swarovski Crystal Worlds in Wattens. Designed by Andre Heller this underground fairy tale world lures you into a very different and sparkling world.
Despite being Austria’s smallest provincial capital, this former seat of the noble Esterhazy family and home to some 13,000 inhabitants, has plenty to offer its visitors.
For summer vacations Klagenfurt is ideally located near Lake Wörthersee, one of Europe’s largest and warmest Alpine lakes. The city is enjoyable throughout the year with its Mediterranean climate, sunny winter days, colorful autumn and a mild spring.
The Styrian capital Graz, whose roots date back to the Roman age, lies on both sides of the River Mur, and is well-known for its medieval city center and modern architectural highlights. Graz, with a population of 250,000, has a great number of interesting sights ranging from old and time-honored to dynamic and modern.
Graz is dominated by the Schlossberg, a forested mountain which rises over the medieval town center and is crisscrossed with walks from all sides. At the top is a bell tower which formed part of the now demolished castle and once was the emblem of the city. Graz’s new landmark, the Kunsthaus (House of Modern Art) was constructed right next to the River Mur in 2003 where it floats like a giant, bluish bubble.
Part of your ticket to the Kunsthaus is the entrance to Eggenberg castle with its amazing parks. Schloss Eggenberg relies on the Gregorian calendar as a basis for this constructed universe. The palace has 365 exterior windows, one for each day of the year. Of these, 52 are on the 24 rooms of the piano nobile representing the weeks of one year. The 2nd storey contains these 24 state rooms in a ring-shaped arrangement which symbolize the hours in a single day. Every floor in the building bares exactly 31 rooms counting the maximum number of days in a calendar month. The 52 windows of the piano nobile with the 8 windows of the Planetary Room make a total of 60, representing both the number of seconds in a minute and the minutes in an hour.
The late-gothic cathedral is reminiscent of the times when Graz was still an imperial seat. The baroque Mausoleum of Emperor Kaiser Ferdinand II next door is an impressive sight. The 5-story Landeszeughaus (provincial armory) houses an incredible 32,000 historic armor and weapons. The Landhaus with its Renaissance arcaded courtyard almost looks like a Venetian palazzo.
Joanneum, donated by prince Johann at the beginning of the 19th century, is Austria’s largest provincial museum and spotlights nature, culture and arts in Styria. The Murinsel - Island in the river Mur - is an artificial floating platform in the middle of the Mur. It was constructed by the New York artist and designer Vito Acconci on the occasion of Graz becoming the 2003 European Capital of Culture.
Special events include the "Styriarte", a music festival dedicated mainly to early music, the “Steirischer Herbst” (Styrian Fall), a festival spotlighting theater, the fine arts, literature and music, the Jazz Summer, and the Eggenberg Palace Concerts. Event centers like Kunsthaus, Stadthalle, the Opera, the theatre and forum stadtpark host great cultural activities throughout the year.
Gourmet Restaurants in Vienna
At times it is really hard to differentiate between the exquisite and the simple. It is hardly surprising, therefore, that in Vienna, the city for connoisseurs, you’ll find simple diners jostling alongside gourmet temples catering to the most exacting demands with respect to both food and drink, ambience and service. A reservation is necessary at all restaurants!
Tel. +43 1 512 98 71
Top chefs are always on the go in the little restaurant of Walter Bauer. Refined French cuisine is currently offered. The wines are also worth recommending.
at Palais Hansen Kempinski
Tel. +43 1 236 1000 8082
Outstanding cuisine to a high international standard, with regional and seasonal components by chef Anton Pozeg, awarded one star by the Michelin Guide.
Tel. +43 1 532 22 22
Cosmopolitan trendy restaurant with excellent Italian cuisine and an excellent service team. Popular with celebrities.
Restaurant Konstantin Filippou
Tel. +43 1 512 22 29
The exceptional chef opts for modern quality cooking with a personal style in his own restaurant named after him in downtown Vienna. The ambience is kept deliberately unfussy. Next door, there's a winebar that specializes in natural wines and small dishes.
Restaurant - Shop
Währinger Straße 46
Tel. +43 664 4258866
Top chef Sohyi Kim is one of the few women on Austria’s premium dining scene. Her restaurant has a maximum of ten seats. The Korean-born chef dispenses with a menu and serves a ten-course menu that promises innovative and experimental taste experiences.
Obere Weißgerberstraße 6
Tel. +43 1 712 90 00
The legendary temple of gourmet food has been revived and offers international cuisine in an opulent ambiance. The extensive wine list includes about 700 select specialities.
Mraz & Sohn
Tel. +43 1 330 45 94
Modern and creative cuisine by the Mraz family in an unpretentious setting – awarded one star by the Michelin Guide. A total work of art with wonderful garden for guests.
Silvio Nickol Gourmet Restaurant Palais Coburg
Tel. +43 1 51818-800
Silvio Nickol has cooked up two Michelin stars for the Palais Coburg in no time at all. The ambience and cuisine are extraordinary and offer pleasure culture at luxury level. Treasures from the unique wine cellar are also served.
Kärntner Ring 16
Tel. +43 1 501 10 389
Exquisite, light Austrian dishes inspired by global trends are served here in a beautiful setting designed by Josef Hoffmann in the 1930s. The finest produce from our kitchen and cellar, creatively prepared to first-class standards – from lobster to turbot.
Patara Fine Thai Cuisine
Tel. +43 1 997 19 38
Authentic and yet modern haute cuisine from Thailand is offered by this Austrian offshoot of the luxury chain. Unique Thai cooking in a refined ambience.
Tel. +43 1 514 56 840
This restaurant is just as multifaceted as the character of its namesake, the legendary Grande Dame Anna Sacher. Chef Dominik Stolzer pampers guests with his contemporary Austrian cuisine.
Japanese Fine Dining - Brasserie - Bar
Tel. +43 1 512 73 97
Vienna’s new refined Japanese restaurant presents contemporary Japanese cuisine with European accents in a modern ambience created by architecture office BEHF.
Steirereck at Stadtpark
Am Heumarkt 2a
Tel. +43 1 713 31 68
Still the best restaurant in Vienna: 2 Michelin stars, 4 Gault-Millau toques and in 15th place in the "World's 50 Best Restaurants". Heinz Reitbauer presents the very best in contemporary Austrian cuisine using local products.
Tian restaurant Vienna
Tel. +43 1 890 4665
Vegetarian restaurant in a class of its own. Chef Paul Ivic has cooked his way to three toques and a Michelin star with his creative dishes in the meat-free gourmet temple.
Restaurant "das Turm"
Business Park Vienna
Tel. +43 1 60 76 500
Culinary delights expertly prepared that have been awarded two Gault Millau toques – be it a business lunch or a candle-lit dinner. Add to all of that a breathtaking view over the city.
Gourmet restaurants in the city of Salzburg
The most spectacular address is probably Hangar-7. A different celebrity chef from the best restaurants around the globe is flown in each month. Red Bull has carried another, no less revolutionary gastronomic concept to fruition in historic Getreidegasse "finest fingerfood" at the Carpe Diem.
Tel. +43662 451052
Münchner Bundesstraße 69
Tel. +43662 434535
Tel. +43662 877694
Carpe Diem Finest Fingerfood
Tel. +43662 848800
Müllner Hauptstraße 33
Tel. +43662 870899
Tel. +43662 8084-861
Ikarus, Restaurant im Red Bull Hangar-7
Tel. +43662 2197-0
Tel. +43662 840332
Nonntaler Hauptstraße 55
Tel. +43662 834017
Sacher Salzburg - Roter Salon
Tel. +43662 88977-0
Your Guide to Culinary Salzburg
From fish to cheese to sweets, internationally acclaimed restaurants to alpine huts and organic farms, these year-round tips and recommendations are perfectly suited to travelers with ambitious gourmet tastes. The paths (based on culinary themes) double as a great excuse to crisscross Salzburg City and the surrounding SalzburgerLand. Follow the trail and gradually immerse yourself into this wonderful place, with your taste buds leading the way.
For years now, the SalzburgerLand boasts the highest concentration of internationally acclaimed restaurants in Austria, giving it the nickname "top chef country."
The culinary pathway for gourmets brings together the province's very best kitchens, from country inns with deep regional roots, to cosmopolitan inner-city eateries, all rated highly by leading reviewer Gault Millau. (On a side note, Michelin does not rate restaurants in Austria, with the exception of Vienna and Salzburg)
Try Esszimmer in Salzburg, an avant-garde culinary haven created by Chef Andreas Kaiblinger, who has been awarded three toques and one Michelin star.
The IKARUS at Red Bull’s Hangar-7, features a different international celebrity chef each month. The constantly changing menu is executed by the Ikarus’s experienced kitchen crew. Diversity at an exceptional level of quality is guaranteed.
The Döllerer in Golling, about 30 minutes by car from of Salzburg, is where Chef Andreas Döllerer takes you on a culinary journey through the region with his ‘Cuisine Alpine.’ He serves up sensational dishes with local and organic Pinzgau beef, Tauern lamb, or Bluntau char.
Nestled in a fairytale castle along Lake Fuschl, just 20 minutes from Salzburg, Schloss Restaurant at Schloss Fuschl is a gourmet destination in its own right. Try freshly caught fish from the on-site castle fishery and savor a wide selection of Austrian wines from the castle's wine cellar. The experience is best enjoyed al fresco on the legendary lake terrace.
At Obauer, brothers Karl and Rudi Obauer have been awarded 4 chef hats by “Gault Millau”, 5 crowns by the gourmet guide “A la Carte”, as well as 2 stars by “The Michelin Guide”. The Obauers have been operating their trend-setting restaurant in Werfen since 1979. The Obauer cuisine is characterized by regional products, artisan principles, and harmonizing flavors from around the world.
It’s All About the Cheese
Whether enjoyed as a traditional snack in a mountain hut or the crowning conclusion of an exquisite gourmet dinner, cheese is very much ingrained in Austria’s cuisine – and culture. Especially in the SalzburgerLand, cheese is held in high regard. From the Pinzgau beer cheese to the Tennengau hill cheese, Flachgau hay-milk cheese to goat cheese specialties from the Lungau region, local cheesemakers constantly create new specialties.
In fact, many huts along hiking trails serve some of the most delicious homemade cheeses and cheese dishes you have ever tasted!
Taste some of the best local cheeses in these restaurants, huts and farms:
Winterstellgut in Annaberg-Lungötz
Hofkäserei Fürstenhof – A cheese maker in Kuchl
Feinkost Lumpi – A local delikatessen in Zell am See
Schwaigerlehen-Berngarten - a farm
For Fish Lovers
The province of SalzburgerLand is the land of crystal-clear Alpine lakes, rivers and streams and thus perfectly suited for fantastic regional fish specialties. Salzburg's fish experts are personally involved in every step of the way before the fish actually makes it on to your plate, including running their own fisheries or working their magic in the smoker.
Try the following fish restaurants along charming Alpine lakes. And while you’re at it, don’t miss taking a dip in these wonderfully refreshing lakes during your summer day trip:
Restaurant Seehotel Winkler in Neumarkt on Waller lake
Gasthof Fürberg in St. Gilgen on Lake Wolfgang
Landhotel Erlhof in Thumersbach on Zeller lake
Schloss Restaurant at Schloss Fuschl on Lake Fuschl
For your Sweet Tooth
Nibble your way from cafe to bakery and taste the pastries, cakes and gateaux from our renowned confectioners and chocolatiers. The sweetest and most famous creations in Salzburg include Bach Würfel truffles, Salzburger Nockerl and Mozartkugeln chocolate balls. Some of the newer creations are organic chocolate bars, such as "Almsommer” by Berger Feinste Confiserie. Filled with local herbs, these bars promise an exhilarating experience for your taste buds.
We recommend the following sweet spots: < br/> Konditorei Braun in Hallein < br/> Confiserie Berger in Lofer< br/> Cafe Konditorei Fürst in Salzburg – home of the original Mozartkugel< br/> Cafe Tomaselli in Salzburg< br/> Cafe Konditorei Pletzer with the Tauernkogel chocolate
If you are an avowed meat lover, exploring SalzburgerLand’s incredible selection of regional meats is a must. Here, masters of meat, award-winning chefs and local innkeepers raise lamb, young beef, hill-country pork, goat and wild game to an unimagined level of culinary perfection.
Local meat favorites are tender Tennengau mountain lamb, Pinzgau baby goat, Pongau wild game, or the world-famous Pinzgau beef.
Our recommendations include:
Romantikhotel Gmachl in Elixhausen bei Salzburg (with its own butchery)
Sonnhof in St. Veith im Pongau
Dorfwirtshaus Kirchenwirt in Leogang
Romantikhotel Wastlwirt in St.Michael im Lungau
This traditional Viennese company has manufactured cloth and furniture fabrics of highest quality since 1849. It also has the largest archives in the world of original Wiener Jugendstil designs.
Erich Stekovics has scoured the world for tomato seeds in his quest to revive some nearly forgotten flavors. Today more than 3,200 varieties of tomato thrive in his fields near the Neusiedlersee.
Porcelain Manufactory Augarten
“White gold” has been produced in Vienna for nearly 300 years. This fine porcelain is still made entirely by hand, and one can observe the production from up close on a tour of the Porcelain Manufactory Augarten.
A shopper’s paradise on six levels: in the center of Innsbruck’s historic old town, with its centuries-old buildings, English star architect David Chipperfield’s new Kaufhaus Tirol provides a welcome contrast.
Swarovski Crystal Worlds Wattens, Tirol
Stand inside a huge crystal and watch the light reflect off the various surfaces. The imposing Crystal Dome is the showpiece of the “Swarovski Crystal Worlds”.
Salzburg. Walk This Way
Fall for the charm of Salzburg by strolling through the city’s historic streets and alleys. Here, each house tells a story, and building preservation continues to be a guiding principle.
The former purveyor to the court is well-known all over the world for its glass culture and chandelier design.
The name Schullin is synonymous with exclusive design and exquisite quality jewelry. Located in a tiny storefront - designed by Hans Hollein, a Pritzker Prize winning architect - in one of Vienna’s best addresses, the Kohlmarkt.
Scenic Bike Trails
Biking throughout Austria's countryside is another great way to experience the beautiful country. Whether you are a soft-biker or enjoy rugged landscapes, there are biking trails for every type.
Vorarlberg Trail and Lake Constance Loop
Cyclists experience the diversity of Vorarlberg's (Austria's most western province) scenery on the bike trail between Bludenz and Bregenz. Surrounded by a majestic mountain backdrop and nestled between five valleys, the medieval Alpine town of Bludenz is the perfect starting point for this Alpine Adventure.
The Tauernradweg along the Salzach and Saalach River
This may very well be one of the most exciting cycling tours in Europe. Scenic beauty, Europe's highest waterfalls, a visit to Salzburg and countless attractions are all along the way. The starting point of this bike trip is the small village of Krimml, in midst of the Hohe-Tauern National Park region.
The Salzkammergut Lake District Tour
The "Salzkammergut" salt chamber district of Austria, with its many lakes in a beautiful alpine environment, has become one of the most popular vacation spots in Austria. This bike trip will lead you by no less than 13 of these lakes, offering you a chance to break up your cycling with swimming, fishing and sailing and hiking.
The Danube Bike Trail from Passau to Vienna (or on to Hainburg)
The most prominent of all bike routes in Austria, this tour will take you some of Austria's most impressive cultural sites. Starting at the historic German Border town of Passau, the trail follows the Danube River (Europe's second largest) into Vienna. See the city of Linz, the baroque abbey of St. Florian and the many castles along the way and of course, the famous "Wachau" region with its charming villages, vineyards and romantic fruit orchards.
Vienna Bike Paths
There are marked bike paths in the city of Vienna, which allows easy access to the Ringstrasse and all the historic buildings in the downtown section. Excellent riding also in the Prater, the major park in the city, and bike rentals available.
There are numerous ways to explore and experience a destination but none as intimate and personal as taking the time to enjoy your vacation destination on foot. Walking and hiking in Austria will get you close to nature and allow you to get to know the people and the wonderful traditions in Austria.
Krimml Waterfalls, SalzbugerLand
Enjoy a spectacular hike to Austria’s highest waterfall. The three stages of the hike, starting in the village of Krimml, take you to ever more spectacular views of the falls and the surrounding countryside. Bring your camera and capture the most beautiful section of the falls!
Explore the Horizon Field
Walking, hiking or skiing amidst the breathtaking landscape of the Vorarlberg, Austria’s most western region, provides plenty of reasons to visit.
Horizon Field consists of 100 life-size, solid cast iron figures of the human body spread over an area of 58 square miles. The figures are placed at exactly 6690 feet above sea level in this beautiful Alpine environment. This number has no specific metaphorical or thematic relevance, rather it is an altitude that is readily accessible and at the same time lies beyond the realm of everyday life.
Nationalpark Hohe Tauern
Bordering the Austrian provinces Carinthia, Salzburg and Tirol the National Park, Hohe Tauern is the largest national park in Central Europe. With peaks like the Großglockner, the highest mountain of Austria, wide glaciers as well as the impressive Krimml Water Falls the National Park Hohe Tauern is a complex wonder of nature. In the center, nature is completely untouched and in the outer areas is a harmonious companion of sustainably cultivated landscape and a living space full of nature.
Ski & Snowboard
Austria's mountain resorts offer activities for the skier and non-skier alike. Regions like the Arlberg, Kitzbuehel, Innsbruck & Stubai Glacier & the Montafon ski region offer not only great outdoor activitie,s but also great culinary delights.
Lech, Zuers, St. Anton. The Arlberg region is not only the birthplace of modern Alpine skiing, but also a most popular playground for Europe's Royal families. It has all the right ingredients for winter fun in the Austrian Alps punctuated by variety, historic charm and world class amenities. Enjoy the many Ski bars, tennis and squash, ice-skating, alpine curling, tobogganing and horse-drawn sleigh rides. The cuisine is as dazzling and varied as the terrain.
A perfect Tyrolean town and the world’s most famous ski race "Hahnenkammrennen" define this center of Alpine Skiing. This jewel of a town has a decades-long tradition and an international reputation that has helped define winter sports and the entire ski industry. There is probably no winter sport, which cannot be practiced in Kitzbühel. The ski area is an eldorado with ninety-nine miles (160 kilometers) of manicured pistes, a top-notch fun park for snowboarders, deep-snow slopes, and mountains perfect for ski tours. The town is famous not only for sports but also for its hospitality. Enjoy Kitzbühel's excellent hotels, culinary delights, après-ski excitement, and its nightlife!
Kitzbühel - A Name Full of Magic
Let yourself be enchanted by the Kitzbühel-Reith-Aurach holiday region at the foot of the world-famous Hahnenkamm. Tradition and a cosmopolitan atmosphere combine to produce that distinctive Kitzbühel flair.
Innsbruck & the Stubai Glacier
Innsbruck has earned the reputation of winter sports capital. The city works hard to maintain and improve its twin character as a top-class ski area and sophisticated urban center. Innsbruck, with its striking location at the foot of the Alps offers winter guests a tempting choice of great skiing and snowboarding in six different areas. For all people longing for the genuine winter sports fun, the Stubai Glacier is the optimum opportunity!
Montofon has villages with a casual, sporty atmosphere and a varied program of leisure activities, cozy localities suitable for families, as well as quiet Alpine villages perfect for relaxing.
Bergisel Ski Jump
Innsbruck’s futuristic new landmark is the Bergisel ski jump, known particularly as one of the venues for the international Vierschanzentournee ski jump competition.
The Bergisel ski jump installation is a triumph of style and structure, designed by star architect Zaha Hadid in 2001. The sinuous and dynamic form of the main tower accommodates a restaurant, viewing terrace and the ski jump starting ramp.