A PLENTIFUL PALETTE
Experience Vienna - Graz - Burgenland
Explore the eastern part of Austria, where the landscape changes at every destination - the gently rolling hills of Vienna, the Mediterranean feel of Graz, or the steppe-like surroundings of Burgenland's Lake Neusiedl.
When to go: The best travel times are March through October. We recommend a minimum of three full days in Vienna and two days each for Graz (2 1/2 hrs from Vienna) and Lake Neusiedl in the Burgenland (1 hr from Vienna).
How to get there: Austrian Airlines flies from New York, Washington DC, and Toronto directly into Vienna. To reach Graz and travel into Burgenland take the train or rent a car.
Our tip for Gourments: In Graz, enjoy the view from the top of the city mountain at the Aiola Upstairs; Walter Eselböck's Michelin two-star Taubenkobel is the leading restaurant in the Burgenland. And don't miss Vienna's Ein Wiener Salon, where the combination of kitschy Baroque decor and a designer turned chef resulted in a culinary sensation.
Experience Salzburg - Tirol - Vorarlberg
If Alpine charm paired with fantastic modern architecture is what you are looking for, this itinerary is made for you. From Mozart's birthplace in Salzburg to Tirol's charming villages, on to Vorarlberg's breathtaking landscape, you'll be surrounded by beautiful Alpine scenery as well as modern architecture and exhibitions on the other.
When to go: Unless you are interested in skiing the Alps, the best time to travel is April through September. We recommend staying two nights in each area to allow enough time to soak up the local lifestyle.
How to get there: Two major international airports, Munich and Zurich, serve this area. To travel between the cities we suggest the train or if you plan to visit side valleys rent a car. If renting a car outside of Austria, make sure to inquire about the toll sticker (vignette).
Our tip for Gourmets: A different top-flight chef from around the world takes over the kitchen each month at Salzburg's Ikarus Restaurant. In Tirol, stop at the Hotel Restaurant Batzenhaeusl near Innsbruck, where two chefs conjure up exquisite dishes based on Austrian specialties. And in Bregenz, the restaurant at the Hotel Deuring Schloessle provides excellent cuisine as well as gorgeous views over Lake Constance.
Where to book:
The Austrian Vacation Center offers reasonably-priced and flexible vacation packages to Vienna and Salzburg.
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Experience 900 years of Culture
Klosterneuburg Abbey provides a treasure trove of unique experiences. It has been a custodian of valuable art of centuries and features world famous items such as the Verdun Altar. The abbey is also Austria's oldest wine estate and its many award winning wines have earned a stellar reputation. As of May 2011, another highilght awaits visitors: the opening of the Abbey's treasury holding the Archducal Crown of Austria.