Known as the heart of Europe, Austria is the one destination which makes you feel as though you have been offered the best of Europe. It holds all that you could hope for in a holiday destination- effortless grace and beauty, excitement, beautiful landscapes and friendly people.
At first glance, from an outsider’s perspective, Austria’s charm is part and parcel of the European experience. With its rich history and pristinely preserved buildings and artworks, Austria holds all the regal qualities of an Empire that once was. Then, once you have walked its streets, it unravels itself to you in a way that you didn’t expect. What makes Austria so unique is its accessibility. Sure, lots of cities are accessible, this seems a redundant statement, but Austria truly lends itself to you in a way that can only be experienced first-hand. When you stand in front of one of Vienna’s beautiful city buildings, you get a true sense of its history and culture. The grandeur of this capital city does not leave a gap between yourself and the regality of your surroundings. You truly feel ‘close’ to this city and its charm and warmth truly draws and welcomes you in.
Expect a lot from this destination. Whether you’re single, a couple or a family, there will be something for everyone to enjoy along the way. From the ski slopes, to the art galleries and the fine dining, your mind and senses will be stimulated. The country also borders Germany and the Czech Republic to the north, Slovakia and Hungary to the east, Slovenia and Italy to the south, and Switzerland, giving the country a unique cultural tone and feel. The country has an estimated population of 8,080,000 with German spoken as the national language- English is also spoken widely.
Home to the world famous artist Gustav Klimt, Austria boasts a world class collection of artwork. Klimt’s portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer is to date the world’s most expensive painting ever sold, selling for US$135,000,000. You can view a collection of Klimt’s work at the Leopold Museum in Vienna and also view a large collection of Egon Schiele who is famous for his self portraits. Visit the Austria’s answer to Versaille in France, Schönbrunn Palace, and learn about Austria’s royal family the Hapsburg’s. Opera lovers can also book a night of world class music with the Schönbrunn Palace orchestra. Dine in the Orangery Schönbrunn where Mozart himself performed on several occasions and be serenaded by the Opera singers and dancers.
Foodies will be impressed by the quality of Austrian cuisine. Home to the Wien Schnitzel, Austria’s culinary palette is rich. If you are looking for that extra special experience, travel to the small village of Lans in Innsbruck and have a traditional home cooked Austrian meal. The beef in this area is spectacular as the cows graze high quality foliage and herbs from the mountains, it will literally melt in your mouth. The views of the mountains from this city are incredible; The Sound of Music didn’t do justice to the scenery in Austria.
Getting around Austria is also very easy. The trams in Vienna are fast, efficient and cheap. You can purchase a Vienna card which is valued at 16.90 Euros and will be more than enough to make your way around the city circuit. On top of covering all public transport, the Vienna card will get you reduced admission rates for major attractions and even discounts on some tours and shopping.
Austria will offer you not only an invaluable experience, but a new found perspective. Experience the unique differences of Austria yourself.
“Vienna – up close and