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Austria's City Life

From Vienna's coffee house culture to music festivals with the latest line-up, Austria's cities have plenty to offer.

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Vienna's Coffee House Culture
wiener kaffeehauskultur
With a 300-year tradition in the city, the famed Kaffeehaus Culture Vienna has become a true institution, spurring a whole culture that has developed around coffee drinking. Take your seat in an era far removed from the daily rush. Your ticket is a cup of coffee, just as it has been for generations. Once you have ordered, just relax and do as you like: read a complimentary newspaper, browse the book you brought with you, surf the internet with free Wi-Fi, discuss religion, world affairs, or talk business. The Viennese Kaffeehaus is like an extended living room, you feel at home as soon as you step inside. 
 
Kirchtag - Traditional City Festivals
villacher kirchtag
The Villacher Kirchtag, Austria’s largest traditional folk festival, is a dynamic one-week celebration of well-preserved customs
from Carinthia, the Alps-Adria region, and across Europe. Musical performances, spirited dancing, tasty treats, displays of time-honoured fashions, and even a fairground with rides, take place all around Villach.
 
Frequency Festival
frequency festival
The Frequency Festival, organised by radio station FM4, is one of Austria’s largest music festivals. With previous locations in Vienna, Salzburg, and now in St.Pölten, some of the names to have appeared – Foo Fighters, The Kooks, The Chemical Brothers and Kaiser Chiefs.
 
"World's Toughest Team Relay Race"
dolomitenmann
The Red Bull Dolomitenmann (Dolomite Man), held in Lienz, eastern Tirol, is a relay race like no other. Four adrenaline-inducing components – an 11km mountain run, a 2,441m paraglide with precision landing, white water kayaking with jump, roll and upstream manoevering, and finally a 17.4km uphill and 9.4km downhill mountain bike, make up the course of this 60km route with a 6700m difference in altitude. 110 teams (a total of 440 participants) compete for a prize pot of EUR 40,000.

 

Small Historic Towns
museum der stadt bad ischl
Visitors have long been charmed by the sense of tradition, love of life and warm hospitality that defines life in some of Austria’s gorgeous small towns. In fact, hidden all over Austria like precious gems, far from the city hustle, 14 towns are part of the collection of Austria’s Small Historic Towns, all specially selected according to very special criteria. Bad Ischl - ‘the Emperor’s town’, Feldkirch - ‘the medieval town, Gmunden - ‘the town of ceramics’, and Zell am See - ‘the medieval town of tradesmen’ to name just a few. Each season has its own special appeal in the Small Historic Towns. Whether you stay for a weekend in one town, or plan a small trip through
various towns, discovering the marvelous lake and mountain scenery nearby, you’ll be enchanted everywhere.