Landscape diversity and infinite offers for active holidays
Austria stretches from the snow-capped Alps in the west to the flat steppes of the Puszta in the east, from extensive forest areas in the north to landscapes with Mediterranean flair in the south. In between are hilly landscapes, wetlands and lakes with glittering lakes. The crystal-clear lakes in the Salzkammergut are among the most enchanting in the country and impress with their beautiful beaches, lakeside paths and surrounding mountains. Lake Neusiedl is almost completely surrounded by a reed belt, which provides a unique habitat for flora and fauna.
The six Austrian national parks with their vast steppes, wild primeval and shady floodplain forests and regions with eternal glacial ice also inspire with their rich fauna and flora. You can also experience them on foot or by bike. Tyrol, Styria, Salzburger country, Vorarlberg, Burgenland, Upper and Lower Austria or the Vienna region - Austria is a paradise for summer and winter active holidaymakers. Wellness is also taken care of: Thermae and spas offer opportunities for relaxation.
Beautiful castles and monuments
Austria, with its diverse history, is rich in castles, churches and cultural monuments. The list of UNESCO world heritage sites includes landscapes in the Wachau, prehistoric pile-dwelling sites in Carinthia and Upper Austria and the first modern mountain railway in Europe on the Semmering. Schönbrunn Palace near Vienna and the historic centre of Vienna, one of the most beautiful city centres in Europe are part of the world cultural heritage.
The capital city impresses city travellers and culture fans with its Gothic St. Stephen's Cathedral, theatres and upper houses, baroque and art nouveau buildings as well as modern architecture. The old royal seat of Graz was the cultural capital of Europe in 2003 and Linz in 2009.
Cuisine for connoisseurs
Austrian cuisine is one of the most popular cuisines in Europe. For historical reasons, its dishes are influenced by Bohemian, Hungarian, Italian and French cuisine. If you want to enjoy the typical dishes of the country, you can order Viennese Schnitzel, goulash or trout. World-famous Austrian specialities include apple strudel, Sachertorte and Kaiserschmarrn. Thanks to its great wine-growing tradition in Lower Austria, Burgenland, Styria and Vienna, the right wine can be enjoyed with any dish.