Austria – the perfect combination of snowy rural landscapes and bustling cities that will leave every type of tourist mesmerised. The rolling mountains of Tyrol offer an idyllic retreat whilst the capital city of Vienna offers everything a city-lover would thrive upon. Grab the opportunity to try some of the most eclectic food in the world as well as the crème de la crème of classical music – your cultural appetite is sure to be fulfilled!
There isn’t a shortage of beautiful things to see; arts, architecture and classical music are just a few of the gems that Austria is known for and that will entice you into exploring its hidden gems. If skiing is your thing, Austria is also the perfect hotspot for season skiers that desire a luxurious stay and a jam-packed schedule full of skiing.
City breaks are becoming more and more popular with tourists. It’s a great way of exploring the famous sights and monuments of a city without the extra relaxation time which isn’t always necessary. Vienna may not be at the top of your list, but there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be. It is decorated with some of the finest and most impressive architecture in the world with an abundance of museums and other attractions for visitors to take it all in. A must see visit is the Vienna State Opera, a beautifully crafted building which is home to a number of opera and ballet performances. Also, in the summer months around 150 performances are screened live outside in front of the opera house so visitors can enjoy free entertainment while taking in the fresh air and the sights of the city.
Discover the city from above by taking a seat in the giant ferris wheel that featured in the film The Third Man, gaining a 360° view of the magical city that is bustling below. Vienna isn’t just full of traditional architecture – there are modern structures too. Friedrich Hundertwasser is an Austrian icon who created some of the best-known buildings in Vienna in the 1980s. One of his most famous structures is Hundertwasser House, one of the most visited places in Austria.
A weekend away gliding along the slopes of Austria sound like your cup of tea (or hot chocolate if you prefer)? You do not have to book a whole week away, a weekend break relaxing in your own luxury chalet can be just what the doctor ordered. A popular skiing hotspot is St. Anton, which lies deep in the Arlberg region at the western end of Austria. It is just two hours away from international airports and is home to some of the finest resorts, which are accompanied by stylish restaurants and chalets.
Eat. Relax. Stay
You can experience some culinary masterpieces in Austria. The two Michelin Star restaurant, Steirereck, is a local favourite that serves up cultural food with a sprinkle of modern cuisine. Dishes that you can expect on the menu include roast pigeon with chard, parsnip and lychee tomatoes; for dessert – preserved Calamansi with cream cheese, gingerbread and walnuts. Delicious!
When in Austria, a schnitzel is a must. As Austria’s food icon you can expect some of the yummiest schnitzels in the world. One of the local favourites is Figlmueller, which is located on Wollzeile in central Vienna; they serve up freshly coated schnitzels all day long with 13 expertly prepared Viennese dishes.
No weekend break is complete without having the perfect base to come back to. Hotel Sachar (www.sacher.com) is a luxury hotel situated in the cultural heart of Vienna, opposite the magnificent opera house, and yes it is the original creator of the Sachar torte – the most famous chocolate cake in the world!
To fully indulge and relax the Sachar spa offers a chocolate themed spa treatment, using cocoa based ingredients to soften and treat the skin. If you do not fancy a sweet treat, they also offer a range of other relaxation treatments that will enable you to take a step back from the hustle and bustle of the city, which is just a stumble away from your hotel room.
A great way to commemorate your stay is to explore the winding alleyways of Vienna’s famous flea markets. You never know what you will find and may even discover a hidden treasure that you simply cannot leave behind. Take a stroll either side of the Wien River to experience music in the park or get a true taste of Viennese vino in the seven square kilometres of vineyards that are located just outside the city. If you’re an animal lover or love historical places you can visit the oldest zoo in the world which was built on the site of Franz Stephans’ royal menagerie in 1752.
What’s not to love?