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As the only 5* hotel in the alpine World Cup venue of Sölden, guests of Das Central can immerse themselves in warm Tirolean hospitality and the highest of standards.
As the only 5* hotel in the alpine World Cup venue of Sölden, guests of Das Central can immerse themselves in warm Tirolean hospitality and the highest of standards.
A tour through Austria's oldest sparkling wine cellars opens the door to a world of bubbling delights. Learn how the sparkle is created and enjoy ample opportunity to sample some of Schlumberger's best varieties.
Opened in 1866, the Sacher Salzburg is a grand, historic hotel situated on the banks of the Salzach river in the city centre, with magnificent views of Salzburg’s old quarter.
Hotel Sacher Vienna is one of the world’s great luxury hotels, providing the highest standard of comfort, superb service and every modern technology guests need.
Splendidly located amidst the alpine landscape reflected in the waters of Lake Zell, the 5*S family-run Salzburgerhof has not only been impressing with its surroundings.
The old adage “good things come in small packages” might just as well have been describing Hotel Kaiserhof in Ellmau, part of the Wilder Kaiser resort area.
The gourmet and culture festival with fresh food, summer beverages and live bands transforming the harbour area into one big celebration.
Roam snowy peaks on a winter night accompanied by torches and a delicious menu spread across several huts.
Not just great food and drink, but also a stylish ambience is on the menu at these establishments. Many of Austria's mountain top restaurants, lodges and hotels are true showpieces of alpine architecture.
These delicious cheese noodles from Carinthia can be drizzled with butter or complimented by your own topping.
“You are what you eat” - there is a deeper meaning to this well-known saying. It seems to suggest that one can understand a country’s mentality from what people eat. What would Austria’s many regional specialities reveal about its inhabitants? Undoubtedly that they are epicures and love their native cuisine.
The harvesting of the grapes is a crucial step in the winemaking process, and many Austrian vintners encourage guests to get involved. We have compiled a list of some of the best wine experiences per region.
This pork pot roast is a favourite from Styria, served with grated apple, horseradish and caraway potatoes.
When the Viennese talk about beef, they always mean boiled veal or Tafelspitz, the king of the beef dishes.
Although not invented in Vienna, the breaded and fried veal escalope has long become one of the city’s famous icons.
Try your hand at these traditional apricot dumplings, as made in the Lower Austrian Wachau Valley.
One of the best known Austrian deserts – Wiener Apfelstrudel served with icing sugar and Viennese coffee.
Austria's version of pancakes, Palatschinken are delicious with sweet and savoury fillings, or chopped into soups.
One of the popular après-ski drinks, this concoction will not fail to warm you on the slopes or at home.
Long distance pleasure hike from the majestic Großglockner through Carinthia and Friaul-Julisch Venetia to the azure blue sea of Slovenia.
Pure living pleasure combined with great atmosphere and a gentle breeze of modern architecture to please families, sport fans and health enthusiasts alike.
This idyllic escape in sunny Carinthia is just the place for nature lovers, families, hikers, mountain bikers, golfers and equestrians in summer, and a skier's dream in winter.
This Sound of Music country retreat is loved by couples, families, singles, organic foodies, vegetarians, skiers, hikers, bikers, golfers and allergy sufferers.
Where better to sample Austria's regional specialities than in the midst of its vineyards?
While there are those who can hardly wait to take their place on the barstool of an elegant club or lounge after having scaled Austria’s mountain tops, others would rather spend their time relaxing with friends around a warm tiled stove. Or treat themselves to an exquisite meal in one of the gourmet restaurants within easy distance of the pistes.
From famously big winter opening celebrations to legendary après-ski. If partying and the pistes go hand in hand for you, then Austria is where you will find the ultimate bashes. But not just party animals are served well here as there is a whole range of exclusive bars, rustic mountain huts and gourmet restaurants waiting to be discovered.
A good beer has only four ingredients: water, grain, a little hops and yeast. The rest depends on the brewer’s skill, but in Austria, thankfully, they have got plenty!
On the Pogusch, where foxes and rabbits used to wave each other goodnight, celebrities and those who love the finer side of life now come from near and far to enjoy whatever is on the menu.
The Linzer Torte is considered the oldest known cake in the world, yet who named or invented it remains a mystery.
Still a must at festive events, Queen Elisabeth was served this "royal" cake when she visited Tirol!
If you are craving a taste of Austria, then why not don your apron and recreate your favourite regional specialities at home? We have compiled a list of some of Austria's delicious all-time classic recipes.
Austria's most peppery white wine is grown in the Weinviertel DAC region. As is typical for the area north east of Vienna, it is made from Grüner Veltliner grapes.
An award-winning restaurant in Burgenland. When gourmets from all over the world make their pilgrimage to the village of Schützen they have one destination in mind: the Taubenkobel.
Tranquillity, simple pleasures, flower-strewn meadows and starry skies that city dwellers can only dream of. Discover the true luxuries of our time at an altitude of 1,400 metres in the mountain valley of Villgratental in East Tirol.
A culinary voyage around the world does not take 80 days, but minutes at Vienna’s Naschmarkt, named the “city’s stomach” by locals. The Naschmarkt has existed since the 18th century and is Vienna’s largest inner city market.
The Wachau is a region which straddles the banks of the Danube, rich in history and blessed with a mild climate and outstanding wines. This UNESCO cultural heritage site is a magical holiday destination throughout every season.
Take a walk along Bregenzerwald's famous Cheese Trail and sample regional delicacies by farmers, alpine dairymen, cheesemakers and restaurants while en route.
Austrians are the world's fourth most assiduous beer drinkers, averaging 109 litres per head per year. Find out about the different glass sizes here.
Austrians take their food seriously and this dedication shows in their gastronomic rituals. Learn about the beloved Austrian cuisine and mealtime traditions.
Drinking has its own ceremonial protocol in Austria, in which eye-contact plays a central role. Prepare for your holiday with our guide on how to enjoy a drink with Austrians!
After a long night of revelry, there is nothing like a hearty snack to avoid a rude awakening the next day. In Austria there's the Würstelstand, which serves a wide range of sausages and stays open until dawn.
Known as Gröstl, this bacon, onion and potato fry-up is a real Alpine filler and tastes great served with a fried egg.
On an Austrian menu you will not just find regional specialties, but also dishes from the former crown lands of the monarchy. Sometimes not even the Austrians know the origin of their favourite dishes.
Picture-book scenery combined with elegance, tradition and rustic design awaits nature lovers, couples, hikers, skiers and families at Hotel Edelweiss & Gurgl.
This contemporary, unconventional yet elegantly styled boutique hotel is situated amidst historical buildings directly in the heart of Vienna.
This light and fluffy dessert may remind some people of Salzburg’s snow capped-mountains - but it is definitely a real treat for gourmets. Legend has it that the famous Salzburg prince archbishop of Raitenau loved his mistress Salome mainly because of her exquisite Salzburger Nockerl.
Imagine the lights of a Christmas tree rivalling with glistening tiles of the Golden Roof, the aroma of freshly made “Kiachln” (piping hot doughnuts laced with Sauerkaut) and the sound of Christmas carols. This is Christmas time in Innsbruck.
Step into the joy of Christmas with the beautiful streets of Vienna as your backdrop. Punch and chestnut stands draw customers with delicious delights, and stallholders get shoppers in the spirit with their handcrafted goods.
The pealing of countless church bells reminds us that Christmas is near, and the Salzburg Christmas markets will fill you with warmth as you look out to the city's snow-covered roofs, domes and towers.
The fragrance of gingerbread and Linzer Torte from the Christmas Markets, pastry shops and cafes, the lights of the city skyline combining old with new, and the enticements of shopping in the city of Linz all bring you that step closer towards Christmas Eve.
Enjoy the highlights of Advent in Graz, the capital city of Styria. Let yourself be enchanted by the romantic lights, the gleaming ice crib, the giant Rathaus Advent calendar and the spectacular Christmas Markets.
Home-made bread is an expression of wealth and the joy of living in the Lesachtal valley in Carinthia.
For centuries, the tradition of three-level pasture management in the Alps has been practised in Vorarlberg. This results in some unusual and rare types of cheese. The “Käsestrasse Bregenzerwald” (Bregenzerwald Cheese Trail) invites you to experience this cultural heritage, the people, their hospitality and, of course, the cheese.
The Viennese say they looted sacks of coffee beans after the Turks withdrew following a failed siege in 1683. But it was a spy on the payroll of the Royal Court who gave the city its real taste for coffee. Born in Istanbul, he founded Vienna’s first Kaffeehaus in 1685.
Created in 1832, the Sacher Torte must be the most famous chocolate cake in the world today.
The chopped pancakes known as Kaiserschmarren are not only a long-running favourite in Austria.
Macaroni & cheese à la Austria! This hearty dish tastes especially good after a walk in crisp mountain air.
That the Austrians actually drink far more beer than wine can be confirmed not only by statistics, but with a tour of the many beer establishments and beer gardens. Among those in the know, Vienna is famous as the origin of the Viennese lager beer.
There has always been a very special connection between a country’s cuisine and its wines. When it comes to Austrian wine and food, they’re a match made in heaven.
A number of regions have got together in Austria to create themed routes that invite you to explore rural history with gastronomic delights all along the way.
The array of markets and magnificent concerts and operas will entice you to return to Vienna for Easter every year.
The historic village inn in Stumm, home town of skiing legend Stephan Eberharter, is itself an enticing invitation that everyone hastens to accept: to savour awhile, to linger awhile.
Not merely the farmer’s mountain bacon is homemade here. That’s why everything at Gasthof Kreuz in Tirol tastes precisely the way it’s supposed to: delicious, genuine and original.
Step into spring with local customs such as "Palmbuschbinden" on your Easter break in Styria.
Visit Innsbruck Easter Market and nearby Hall and Kufstein, plus don't miss the Easter Festival Tirol.
Artistically designed decorations, traditional crafts, delicious Carinthian cuisine and colouful Easter gifts.
Reindling originated as an Easter treat in Carinthia, but today there's no need to wait for a celebration to enjoy it.
At the foot of the mighty Schattenburg fortress in historic Feldkirch, Reinhard Rauch has built up his own little culinary kingdom.
Heinz Hanner is without a doubt Austria's most avant-garde top chef. And one thing is also certain: nothing can get boring at Restaurant Hanner.
Plachutta is to beef what Figlmüller is to schnitzel. In keeping with the tradition of fabled Viennese beef establishments of the past, the Plachutta restaurants have now become legends themselves.
If there was a superlative form for “good traditional cooking”, it would be “best traditional cooking”, and this term is the perfect description of the food at Restaurant Eckel, in Vienna’s Sievering neighbourhood.
Figlmüller is synonymous with Schnitzel in Vienna, making what is probably the best and most famous Schnitzel in the entire city.
All kinds of Austrian wines complement a vast range of dishes,including Asian food. Test your own sommerlier's skills and enjoy finding out which wine goes best with what.
At the “Blue Goose”, perched atop Salzburg’s Mönchsberg, there is an overall philosophy: eat, drink, feel good, stay a while...
Huth is a prime example of a contemporary Viennese inn: modern in appearance, but classic when it comes to hospitality and cuisine.
The UK is a cider-loving nation, but it may come as a surprise that Lower Austria's Mostviertal (cider region) boasts Europe’s largest continuous area of pear orchards. Our tip: take a leisurely drive along the winding 200km panoramic Cider Trail, with plenty of stops along the way.
Glühwein is enjoyed at traditional Christmas Markets or after a day on the Austrian slopes at one of the huts.
Enjoy a little Austrian Christmas atmosphere at home with this wonderfully light, crescent-shaped cookie.
Austria’s diverse cultural offerings include over 200 festivals, stretching from world scale events to small regional gatherings. Many of them make use of Austria’s beautiful surroundings, and most of them offer an outstanding culinary menu to accompany the cultural experience.
Austria is not only the land of wines, but it also has a firmly established beer culture. From ingredients, measurements and favourite brands, to dedicated beer hotels, find all you need to know here.
The Nordkettenbahn takes you straight from the town centre to Innsbruck's highest chillout zone in just 20 minutes. Relax with a glass of bubbles, a chilled beer or a fruity cocktail at 1900m.
The world-famous artist Daniel Spoerri purchased two Baroque style houses in the small wine village of Hadersdorf in Lower Austria and developed them into complete works of art.
In the center of Burgenland's wine-growing village Neusiedl am See you will find one of Austria's most impressive wine cellars.
In the opinion of many gourmets, the brothers Karl and Rudi Obauer are Austria's greatest success. Every year their restaurant achieves the highest nominations by national and international gourmet guides.
Once the famous chef of the well-established Hotel Sacher in Vienna, Hans Peter Fink took over the traditional rural inn of his in-laws in Styria and was awarded with two "Gault Millau" hats right away.
In Styria's Schilcherland with its vineyards and wine taverns you will find a gastronomic piece of art. The Rauch-Hof welcomes you to lounge within the idyllic setting, enjoy outstanding food, and discover unique culture.
Supposedly time passes by slower in the Schilcherland than anywhere else. At least this is claimed by anyone who has spent some time enjoying a glass of wine at a typical wine tavern - known as “Buschenschank” - within the soft hills of south-western Styria.
An exceptional hotel for spa lovers, night owls and those in search of adventure. In Austria's Mühlviertel you can experience indulgence and culture with heart and soul.
Award-winning chef Klaus Fleischhaker, who operates the gourmet restaurant Pfefferschiff in Salzburg, has made his dream come true in Vienna: He has created a hotel in which everything is dedicated to wine.
Austria and culture are an inseparable unit, and the cultural programme is accordingly packed to the brim. Here is a selection of this year's top events that should undoubtedly not be missed when visiting Austria.
With first-hand local knowledge, we've compiled a list of the best Austrian eateries, to guarantee a gourmet gastronomic break, whatever time of the year you might be visiting.
With 13 percent of cultivated land and 10 percent of its farmers organic, Austria is an international organic champion - and this benefits everybody.
After you have returned back home you can still enjoy the tastes of Austria: Styrian pumpkin seed oil, Zotter chocolate, Manner Schnitten hazelnut wafers and the famous Mozart chocolate balls are all popular culinary souvenirs.
Farmers’ market, flea market or potters’ market: Markets are a feast for all senses and a celebration of colours, scents and voices.