Top 5 reasons to visit Austria
Whatever time of year you are planning to visit Austria, make the most of your trip by booking a guided tour before you leave home.
Our top 5 reasons to visit Austria include:
Aside from its natural attractions, you will see many man-made wonders when you visit Austria, which include medieval grand palaces like the Hofburg Imperial Palace and Schonbrunn Palace, where the Habsburgs once lived, the Belvedere Palace and Arstetten Castle, as well as cutting-edge modern architecture like the Kunsthaus Graz and the stations on the Tirol railway.
Another top 5 reason to visit Austria and Salzburg, in particular, is to retrace the steps of the Von Trapp family from the well-loved Sound of Music film and musical. Take a picture in front of the Mirabell Gardens where the famous Do-re-mi scene was filmed, take a stroll on the banks of the Leopoldskron Castle Lake, then visit the Nonnberg Abbey, one of the oldest abbeys in Austria where Maria was a novice. Don’t forget to drop by the Mondsee Church as well, where Maria and Captain von Trapp got married in the film, or the village of St. Gilgen where Maria sings her first lines.
Crisp apple strudel is an Austrian delicacy mentioned in ‘The Sound of Music’, and is easy to find in restaurants once you visit Austria. Indeed, Austrian cuisine may not be one of the most popular in the world, but it definitely has its own distinct great taste with Italian, German and Hungarian influences. Aside from apple strudel, other notable Austrian specialties include tafelspitz (boiled beef served with apple sauce), kaiserschmarrn (fluffy pancakes) and sachertorte (chocolate cake with apricot filling).
Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, Strauss, Beethoven – these are just some of the famous classical composers who were born or lived in Austria, particularly Vienna, which is why it comes as no surprise that Vienna has earned the designation of being the world’s Capital of Classical Music. Here, you can listen to their compositions played by one of the world’s best orchestras, the Vienna Philharmonic, the same orchestra they once collaborated with, or easily watch a world-class opera.
Discovering more information about Austria’s great composer is definitely another top 5 reason to visit Austria.
Aside from Vienna’s concert halls, you can also listen to classical music during mass at its medieval chapel on a Sunday and hear the angelic voices of the famous Vienna Boys’ Choir.
The Austrian Alps
Austria also has its share of natural attractions, mainly the Austrian Alps. Located in upper Austria, this sparkling mountain range offers breathtaking views of diverse natural landscapes from snow-capped mountains to sweeping valleys and glittering lakes, and is also a great spot for various sports and recreational activities such as hiking, hang-gliding, cycling and kayaking in summer and skiing in winter.