Vienna to Innsbruck by Train
Austria's reliable and comfortable trains make it a pleasure to embark on this 12-day journey (or even parts of it) that takes you from Vienna via Salzburg to Innsbruck.
Austria's reliable and comfortable trains make it a pleasure to embark on this 12-day journey (or even parts of it) that takes you from Vienna via Salzburg to Innsbruck.
Salzburg lies in the heart of Europe. But for six weeks a year Salzburg is the center of the world, when the most prestigious music festival on earth opens with a huge celebration on the city’s squares and streets.
One of the most famous gourmet restaurants of the city can be found in one of the most beautiful parts of Vienna, in the middle of the Stadtpark and on the banks of the river: the Steiereck and its sister establishment, the Meierei next door.
Pure pleasure in the powder.
Ultra-modern architecture and exceptional wellness offers in one of Austria’s oldest wine regions: this is a winning concept, as the 4-star Superior Hotel Loisium in Langenlois demonstrates.
A mere five-minute walk separates the Hotel Kitzhof from Kitzbühel’s fashionable town centre. But there is a world of difference between the hustle and bustle of the chic ski resort and the peace and quiet of this 4-star hotel with its modern Alpine ambience.
The Rogner Bad in Blumau is much more than just a spa: this facility, designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser, unites therapeutic springs, sauna worlds, a hotel, and a park to create a harmonious total work of art.
Visitors to this sculpture garden surrounding the living quarters of the sculptor sometimes receive a guided tour by the artist himself and catch a glimpse of his “egg-citing” private collection.
Whether it is a mushrooming trip with contemporary composers or the traditional “pilgrimage” that in the course of one day leads to the various performance venues: each September this festival of contemporary music follows unconventional paths.
The gourmet restaurant “Verdi”, together with the next-door bistro known as “Verdi-Stopover”, are a culinary couple of acknowledged preeminence reigning over the city of Linz.
In this splendidly restored old farmstead estate, a modern restaurant forms the exciting counterpoint. The link which ties the two together? Great food.
Restaurant Guth is a modern temple of fine dining without requiring any inhibitions to cross the threshold. Here, the natural lightness of enjoyment is celebrated without limit and by everyone.
Situated high above the Danube, the Landhotel Falkner is an exclusive hideaway for anyone who enjoys hiking, fine dining, and discovering the cultural offerings of Upper Austria.
Princely pleasures on Lake Achensee: that one lives like royalty at the Travel Charme Hotel on Lake Achensee is no coincidence – it was, after all, built some 550 years ago. And it is not only the fact that this is the only hotel located directly on the lakeshore that makes the Fürstenhaus so exceptional.
Marveling like a child is rare these days, but one cannot help it when standing in the interior of a huge crystal, watching light refracted in hundreds of mirrored surfaces. The imposing Crystal Dome is the showpiece of the “Swarovski Crystal Worlds”.
Wunderkind, piano virtuoso, playboy and abbé, citizen of the world, and self-proclaimed “gypsy musician”. Franz Liszt’s music is as versatile and contradictory as its creator. In 2011 Burgenland celebrates the composer’s 200th birthday.
The familiar and the unknown, the innovative and the traditional meet at the Carinthian Summer, a festival for new music.
First, take the freshest regional produce you can find, add top wines and serve them together in a wonderfully both-feet-on-the-ground ambience: that is the secret recipe that catapulted Josef Floh, chef and owner of the eponymous inn in Langenlebarn on the Danube, to the uppermost echelons of Austrian restaurants.
Mooslechner’s Bürgerhaus is a little piece of paradise in the heart of Rust. It has a highly individual hotel and a first class restaurant.
For music festival visitors who have a tendency towards enjoyment, as well as for many others, the Pfefferschiff has become a fixed star in the culinary heavens of Salzburg.
At the foot of the mighty Schattenburg fortress, Reinhard Rauch has built up his own little culinary kingdom, whose heartbeat is the ‘Rauch’ at city center of the historic town.
Nestled in the gently rolling hills of Eastern Styria is the Steirerhof – a 5-star wellness hotel perfect for relaxation and regeneration.
A glass palace with panorama views: in terms of furnishings, The Penz, located in the heart of Innsbruck, is not much different than other 4-star hotels. That special something is to be discovered on the fifth floor, where the bar and restaurant offer spectacular views of Innsbruck by night.
A new way to climb a mountain: not far from Innsbruck’s famed “Goldenes Dachl”, an amorphous ice formation glitters in the sun. Upon closer inspection, however, it reveals itself as the lower terminus of the Hungerburgbahn hybrid funicular railway, whose striking appearance sprung from the imagination of star architect Zaha Hadid.
Bizarre rock formations on Europe’s largest natural stage form the impressive backdrop for opulent opera productions every summer.
A celebration of creativity in September: in astrology, Trigon refers to a constellation. Creating connections across time and space is also the motto of the Trigonale, Carinthia’s festival of early music.
Prize-winning wines, homemade schnaps brandies, a small but exquisite restaurant, and a smattering of guest rooms to overnight in - plus desserts flowing from the local variety of apricot known as marille. The Prandtauerhof in Joching on the Danube is more than 700 years old. The Holzapfel family radiates Wachau hospitality and serves the best this exceptional region can come up with, both from cellar and kitchen.
The Taubenkobel restaurant is one of the best in the country. And for those who are hesitant to enter such spheres, the light version in the form of a pretty bistro is just the ticket.
The Kirchenwirt, in the picture-perfect village of Leogang, was documented as early as the year 1326, making it the oldest inn of Salzburg province.
At the ‘Schönblick’, not only the views over Lake Constance, but also the culinary sights are worthwhile. And the fine wines for the well stocked cellar are also not to be ignored.
Small, stylish, and anything but conventional: at Graz’s Dom Hotel the guest resides in the colourful, artistic ambience of a time-honoured city palace.
The fact that you feel a good bit closer to the sky at the Hotel Krone, in the Vorarlberg town of Au, has to do with its location at a high vantage point in the middle of the Bregenzerwald. But you also feel as if you have found a bit of heaven when basking in the spectacular Sky Spa, high above the rooftops of the village, or enjoying the traditional hospitality of this 4-star hotel.
A shopper’s paradise on six levels: in the centre of Innsbruck’s historic old town, with its centuries-old buildings, English star architect David Chipperfield’s new Kaufhaus Tyrol provides a welcome contrast.
Great Art in an Intimate Setting: the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival, hailed by the New York Times as a European cultural treasure and one of “the two most refined music festivals of all”, transforms a small village into the center of the chamber music world for two weeks each July.
What began as a pilot project has become one of the world’s most important festivals for media arts, turning the city of Linz into the “capital of the cutting edge” each September.
The Loibnerhof is the longstanding classic pillar of restaurants in the Wachau. For decades, it has enjoyed cult status for its outstanding regional cuisine.
What can you expect to get on a high alpine pasture? Bacon and bread, perhaps? Homemade cheese and a glass of milk? Not far off, in general. But at the Knödl Alm in the lake district of Salzburg, you get far more besides.
This comfortable castle hotel grew out of an original “imperial tavern” on the lake. The cuisine grew out of regional products and organic produce.
Dietmar Griesser is one of those chefs who never want to leave the kitchen, for whom the guests are the uppermost priority in his life. These principles are visible, mirrored on the plates of his highly pleased guests.
Refreshing energy, perfect service and contemporary elegance in an old Salzburg villa: the Auersperg is the ideal hideaway for a wonderful weekend in the city of Mozart.
The Bregenzerwald lies between Lake Constance and the high Alpine mountain ranges and is a paradise for all those looking for culinary and cultural pleasures. No other region in Austria has so many award-winning inns. One of the loveliest and most historic: Schwarzenberg’s Hotel Hirschen.
A wide-angle view of history: this new, modern museum provides an impressive survey of Tirol’s turbulent history and its effect on the country and its people. The centrepiece of the museum is the gigantic panoramic painting known as the “Riesenrundgemälde”.
A sign emblazoned with the name “Styria” greets travelers in twenty-five languages. This is a sign of a cosmopolitan spirit that is also found at the steirischer herbst.
Refined culture in an idyllic setting: as a bucolic answer to the Salzburg Festival, the Attersee Klassik festival brings outstanding cultural offerings to one of Europe’s most beautiful areas every July and August.
The Muhr in Gallbrunn used to be a village inn, until gourmet food made its grand entrance. But the old inn dishes simply refused to abandon the premises.
Austria possesses an incomparable source of richness which few people are consciously aware of: clear, clean mountain water. At Fish Restaurant Kulmer, with its own fish breeding facilities, guests have benefited from this wealth for decades.
It’s nearly impossible to simply walk past this inn, its characteristic red facade simply exercises too enticing a charm. It sends out signals which are fulfilled to perfection inside.
The Bregenzer Wald is not merely a blessed chunk of nature, it is also a true treasure chest of products made by the local farmers. At the “Schoolhouse” in Krumbach, these are prepared in masterly ways.
So close to the sky: at 1,800 metres above sea level, only a snowball’s throw from the ski slopes and cross-country trails of the Obertauern region, one finds the venerable Seekarhaus – a paradise for winter-sport fans, wellness aficionados, foodies, and other lovers of the finer things in life.
High-grade wellness, prize-winning cuisine, pristine natural surroundings, and award-winning architecture: at the Hotel Post in Bezau, these are the “four pillars of success”.
Each year a huge celebration in front of City Hall kicks off this festival, which combines cultural experiences of the highest order with socially relevant themes and objectives.
Electronic music is the most important thing on earth. This, in any case, is the point of departure for Graz springfestival, Austria’s largest festival for new electronic music, which is held each year over one long weekend in June.
If there was a superlative for “good traditional cooking”, it would be “best traditional cooking”, and this term is the perfect description of the food at Eckel, in Vienna’s Sievering neighborhood.
Jamek has been an institution in the Wachau for decades now. Both for the lusciously comfortable atmosphere and the quality of everything promised...and delivered.
Everyone knows that wine and food are a marriage made in heaven. At the Sattlerhof, they discovered this a long time ago. For more than 20 years, this happy symbiosis has been lived to the utmost: fine eating, fine living.
At the “Blaue Gans”, perched atop Salzburg’s city mountain, the Mönchsberg, they pursue an overall philosophy: eat, drink, feel good, stay awhile...
Bachler in Althofen is a primordial rock of Carinthia’s top dining culture, and a paradise for cheese aficionados. The funny thing is, it was never planned that way...
The fabulous setting on Lake Fuschl, the proximity to the city of Salzburg and its famed festival, the largest private spa in the Salzkammergut region, and the outstanding cuisine all make the Waldhof well worth a stay – any season of the year.
From an aging historic inn to a 4-star design and wellness hotel – that the Sonne, in Vorarlberg’s Bregenzerwald region, today shines brighter than ever before is due to the foresight of its owner and the commitment of its employees.
When for two weeks during the summer the stalls and boxes fill with exuberant music lovers, the annual Jazz Fest Wien has once again taken over the venerable Vienna State Opera.
A step toward overcoming barriers: every summer at the beginning of August, Graz becomes one huge stage for a festival of street and puppet theater.
In Vienna Figlmüller is synonymous with schnitzel: the city’s Figlmüller restaurant makes what is probably the best and most famous schnitzel in the entire city.
The name sounds icy. But your welcome is heartwarming at this enjoyable, typical country inn at the heart of splendid Pielachtal valley.
Delicate food is something you can rely on here, at this age-old country inn: both in the dining room and in the manufacture, where exquisite homemade products are made for the tasting, and to take away.
Carl Zuckmayer refers to this place in his memoirs, as do countless other celebrities, who have drunk this or that glassful at the Braustüberl. They did so for a good reason.
Two ferocious chefs are at work in the kitchen of The Bear in the Lavanttal: father and son Trippolt together bring their own ideas to ‘bear’ regarding top cuisine, and the fruits they ‘bear’ are worth savoring.
“Indulge the urbane life of Mozart’s city”, is the motto of the art hotel in the middle of Salzburg’s historic downtown. And this attitude has earned the ArtHotel Blaue Gans the appreciation and affection of artists and guests alike.
A hotel straight out of a fairytale: guests at the Hotel Gams sleep in a cocoon of flowers and bathe in cream, chocolate, and honey. And couples are given plenty of cuddle time just for the two of them.
For five weeks each year, thousands of professional dancers, choreographers, and students from around the globe turn Vienna into the dance capital of the world.
In this rustic urban inn, located right near two of the city’s most prominent cultural institutions – the Akademietheater and the Konzerthaus – time seems to have stood still in an agreeable way.
The Heurigenhof Bründlmayer is no ordinary heuriger buffet. In this preciously beautiful ensemble of historic buildings, you enjoy superb cuisine and the preeminent stars of the Austrian wine scene, courtesy of Bründlmayer.
On the castle mountain of Kapfenstein, you can eat, drink and live in ways not possible anywhere else in Styria.
The “permanent cooking experiment” conceived and carried out via the devices of Eckart Witzigmann in Hangar 7 was a grand success. Celebrity guest chefs from all over the world are the ones who have assured and perpetrate that success.
For decades, Tschebull is a treasured jewel in Carinthia’s restaurant scene. It is even a monument, an institution, in matters of maintaining Alpine-Adriatic culinary traditions.
Vacation in a mountain hut? Behind the authentic Alpine ambience of the Almdorf Seinerzeit, perched high up in Carinthia’s Nockberge, guests encounter a great deal of privacy and even more luxury.
Old and new, tradition and modernity – Vorarlberg’s Bregenzerwald region is virtually unrivalled in its focus on combining contrasting elements in its architecture. The Hotel Schwanen in Bizau goes one step further, however: it even serves contemporary gourmet cuisine prepared according to medieval recipes.
This celebration of the “Vienna sound”, which takes place each May, is not concerned with the stubborn preservation of the typical “Wienerlied”, but with its continuing evolution.
The imposing Alps, deep-green mountain pastures, and a lovely lake form the backdrop for Europe’s most important festival for contemporary jazz.
Huth is a prime example of a contemporary Viennese inn: modern in appearance, but classic when it comes to hospitality and cuisine.
Landhaus Bacher has been one of the first culinary addresses in the Wachau for many years. It is one of Austria’s very best restaurants.
Gerhard Fuchs numbers among the greatest chefs as far as the eye can see. On the Pössnitzberg, nestled in a cluster of wine estate and tip-top hotel buildings, he has found the ideal backdrop to celebrate his art(s).
Historic, comfortable, wood paneled dining rooms create an incomparable and genuine atmosphere at “Sigwart’s Tiroler Weinstuben” underscored by luscious, straight-forward cuisine which never loses sight of its Tyrolean roots.
The Austrian dining landscape simply would not be what it is, without ‘Sissy Nationale’. The way she combines the best elements of the Alps and the Adriatic right here in Carinthia is what makes her incomparable and unparalleled.
A trendsetting combination of sustainability, design, and a touch of luxury: the world’s first hotel with a net zero energy balance is located in the heart of Vienna.
A touch of the East and plenty of local hospitality: the Hotel Hochschober, on the Turracher Höhe, is the perfect hotel for winter-sports enthusiasts, wellness fans, bookworms, and every other guest who appreciates quiet luxury.
From drab to fab: with a great deal of commitment, hard work, vision, and even more good taste, the owners of the Walliserhof have succeeded in turning a dreary 1970s-era hotel into a stylish, relaxed design hotel.
At two very different venues – the nearly 900-year-old Klosterneuburg Monastery and the contemporary Kunstmuseum Essl – visitors can join the monthly Art Breakfast.
The SommerSzene Salzburg aims at moving people and opening up fields of the future by presenting the most important trends in international stage art every year in July.
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.
Heinz Hanner is doubtless the most avant-guard top Austrian chef there is. And one thing is also certain: nothing here can ever get boring.
Where once upon a time the host of the church inn ran a rather modest establishment, Thomas Riederer today operates one of the most exciting and least conventional kitchens in Styria.
If you try to imagine the ideal, typical, country inn in the ideal site, the picture your imagination comes up with is devilishly close to the actual Gannerhof in Innervillgraten. Everything here is just...picture perfect.
This country inn and the fabulous site where it is located are so lovely that it appears to have jumped out of a painting. And the fact that you can also dine so beautifully here, fits the picture, too.
In the heart of Vienna’s historic centre, only a stone’s throw from St. Stephen’s Cathedral, lies the Kärntnerhof – a hotel for travellers who are budget-conscious but still want style, elegance, and top-notch service.
Tradition at its trendiest: Lake’s, located right on Carinthia’s Lake Wörth, offers a new take on the good old summer holidays in the country. This hotel is more like a chic private club – and it’s the perfect place for lounging, chilling out, sunbathing, enjoying sports activities, and simply having fun in a stylishly modern ambience.
“White gold” has been produced in Vienna for nearly 300 years. This fine porcelain is still made entirely by hand, and one can observe the production from up close on a tour of the Porcelain Manufactory Augarten.
The combination of culinary pleasures, the historic castle and landscape gardens, the modern architecture, and a world-class concert program makes the Grafenegg Music Festival a delight for all the senses.
It wouldn’t be Wolfgang Flatz if one could simply walk into his museum like into any other. But one can enter the former Natural History Museum of Vorarlberg only after having ascended a work called “Book Stairs” and cleared heavy punching bags out of the way.
Hans Weibel was an early champion of cultivated wine-drinking in Vienna, which is why this beverage plays such a key role in all of his establishments. But man does not live from wine alone.
You'll never guess from the outside. What matters here is on the inside: the perfect, deliciously rural Schwarz inn at Nöhagen.
The Jagawirt is perched way up in the wooded sectors and wine regions of west Styrian Reinischkogel. Unlikely as it may seem, this is an aged institution. Moreover, it fulfills every promise it makes.
The only thing ‘wild’ about the Wilder Mann is, perhaps, what happens in the kitchen during the season of ‘wild game’. This snugly old country inn has been popular for centuries for travelers and guests from far and near alike.
For whoever has a yearning for the best fish you can eat, this restaurant is a safe-and-sure tip. Char and trout flip from the pond onto the table, as it were. And the char caviar from this house is known far and wide.
In the middle of the city’s 7th district, behind the splendid façade of an old patrician house, one finds the Hotel Altstadt Vienna. Since its opening in 1991 the stylish 4-star hotel has been a favourite hideaway for art-lovers, musicians, and non-group travellers from all over the world.
At the Apart Hotel Legendär, located directly on the shores of Lake Ossiach, guests are greeted not only by water, mountains, and pristine natural surroundings, but also by Casanova and Al Capone.
Discover Vienna on the run: with the guides from Vienna Sight Running you can get to know the Austrian capital from a completely different side – and at the same time do something for your own fitness, stamina, and health.
From the center of the vineyards rises the aluminium-clad cube of the Visitors’ Centre Loisium, a symbol of how adept the winegrowing town of Langenlois is at linking the modern and the traditional. This theme is also taken up each year in March by the Loisiarte music and literature festival.
Since more than twenty-five years the Schubertiade has accomplished the seemingly impossible: retaining its intimacy while becoming the world’s top Schubert festival.
Zum Schwarzen Kameel is much more than just a culinary meeting place for celebrities: for nearly 400 years it has been a Viennese institution.
The Bärenwirt (“The Bear”) owes its label to the legend of a medieval knight who vanquished a menacing bear. Nowadays, bears are not on the menu, but arriving guests tend to be hungry as a bear nonetheless.
The so-called Saziani Stub’n is the culinary pinnacle of an all-encompassing work of the art of fine living which the Neumeister family has created on the Sazianiberg in Straden.
Even the farmer’s mountain bacon is homemade here. That’s why everything at the Kreuz in Reutte/Tirol tastes precisely the way it’s supposed to: delicious, genuine and original.
Refreshing country air and culture: the finest in cultural events in one of Europe’s loveliest regions is what the Gmunden Festival offers visitors every year from June to September.
Boutique hotel, design refuge, living room for globetrotters and the pampered jetsetters: the Hollmann Beletage is all this and much more – a Viennese jewel in the truest sense of the word.
An abundance of art, a small number of rooms, a distinct environmental consciousness, and an idyllic setting in the Nockberge all have made the Art Lodge one of Austria’s most extraordinary hotels. And it was precisely these qualities that earned it the coveted “2010 Carinthian Tourism Award”.
Discover off-beat boutiques in small backstreets, meet and talk with designers personally during your shopping excursion, and explore one of Vienna’s trendiest districts.
A Festival of Flights of Fancy: the donaufestival Krems, held each April, is regarded as t h e festival for current artistic positions at the interface of performance and acoustic art, experimentation, pop, and subculture.
Every Tuesday evening from the end of July to the end of August the combination of a picturesque village backdrop and urban, cosmopolitan music awaits visitors to Bezau Beatz, the festival of the Bregenzerwald town of Bezau.
This bistro is a wee bit hard to find, located atop the old city walls of Vienna. With its romantic garden, it is a popular watering hole for a widely diverse crowd.
The village of St. Ägyd am Neuwald is located on the ancient pilgrimage route to Mariazell. But since the “Blumentritt” is also on the selfsame route, it is possible that your pilgrimage might be delayed a bit.
Behind the massive, thick walls of this dignified country estate in the center of Trautmannsdorf, you will find a tried-and-tested country inn, but with one of the best mealtime offers in Styria.
In wintertime, you can get here only on skis, and are well advised to spend the night. The reason is simple: the culinary and wine offers on the Angerer Alm can simply not be resisted.
Small, friendly, family-run hotels – the kind where one immediately feels as if one is at home or visiting good friends – really do still exist. And one of them is Vienna’s Hotel Schwalbe.
Winter vacation in your private chalet with room for up to eight people, your own wellness oasis, optional hotel service, and the ski lift right by the front door? Yes it is possible: the five new chalets at the Maierl Alm offer all of this – and at affordable rates!
During a visit to the Schärf World, visitors find out all they ever wanted to know about growing, refining, preparing, and – above all – enjoying coffee.
World Music from the Waldviertel: Litschau, Austria’s northernmost city, is the birthplace of the traditional “Schrammel” music. In July, the area surrounding the Herrensee and the Herrensee theatre serves as the location for three days of Austrian folk music, sometimes conventional and occasionally eccentric.
Linking the moment with the imagination is what the Bregenz Spring Festival, held every year from March to June, is all about.
The inn known as “Zu den drei Hacken” (“The Three Hatchets”) is one of the city’s oldest. It is lovingly maintained, and serves utterly contemporary foods and wines at their best.
In the epicentre of the vineyards, this cluster of winemaking facilities, hotel and restaurant emanates the aura of a fairy tale. And this is not, we emphasize, simply a matter of history.
On the Pogusch, where foxes and rabbits used to wave goodnight to each other before retiring, nowadays celebrities and enjoyment-seeking guests from far and near come to enjoy whatever is on the agenda.
The historic village inn in Stumm, home town of skiing legend Stephan Eberharter, is itself an enticing invitation that everyone hastens to accept: to savor awhile, to linger awhile.
There are no longer monks living in this refuge, but there is a fine hotel with fabulous views, a country inn with sinfully good food, and outstanding wines that one will not soon forget.
From a modest country inn to an award-winning boutique hotel: guests are drawn to Kitzbühel’s Schwarzer Adler for its traditional hospitality, modern architecture, and stupendous views across the entire city from the longest rooftop pool in the Alps.
The Austrian daily “Kurier” called it “Austria’s most beautiful regional wine shop”. The brainchild of local authorities and some forty top winemakers from Wagram, planned by the Viennese architectural team of “gerner°gerner plus”, and opened in September 2009, Weritas Wagram is a centre for the entire region.
The crystal-clear waters of Lake Lunz and the forests and mountains of Lower Austria’s Voralpen region provide the backdrop for a July festival that devotes itself to transcending all borders between styles and genres.
At the Bregenz Festival, held in July and August, an evening of opera begins long before the conductor lifts his baton; guests are brought over the lake directly to the floating stage by ship – and thus become part of the spectacle themselves.
Christian and Simone Göttfried are masters at their craft. He reigns in the kitchen, she with the wines. And at the “Schrot” you will find the perfect refuge to enjoy - and celebrate - their art.
The inn known as “Zur Dankbarkeit” (“The Gratitude”) has been a beloved classic for a long time in the Pannonian restaurant scene. It is a popular meeting place for everyone who loves delicious, down-to-earth food.
The Markterwirt is a place where many people think it’s probably been here forever...yet still has continued to evolve.
At the Metzgerwirt in Uderns, it is far from ‘all sausage’, nonetheless you shouldn’t depart without have tasted that, too. It is homemade, and it is scrumptious.
Luxurious apartments, typical wine-tavern cuisine elevated to gourmet levels, and world-class wines from the region: the Zuschmann-Schöffmann Winery presents Lower Austria’s Weinviertel region from its most elegant side.
When a hotel is voted “Europe’s most beautiful environmentally-friendly hotel” for the third year in a row by an expert jury of the German travel magazine “Geo Saison”, it must be something special. And it is: the Waldklause!
The name says it all. The “Art Mile of Krems” extends from the historic town centre to the medieval village centre of Stein, and from museums and concert venues to gourmet restaurants, ensuring an abundance of stimulating cultural experiences.
Arnulf Rainer’s hometown of Baden pays tribute to this versatile and busy painter with a museum devoted to his work – and housed in a former bath that is a gem of 19th-century architecture.
In the middle of Tirol’s Alpine landscape, one is treated to a close-up look at the lifestyle of prominent Austrians of the past, such as Empress Maria Theresa and “Sisi”: Innsbruck’s Hofburg, one of the three most important historical buildings in Austria, was once a favorite residence of the Habsburgs.
The antiquated name “Waldschänke” sounds inviting, even if it doesn’t reveal what might lie behind it: namely, one of Austria’s very best country inns.
The name is slightly misleading, since the only thing old about this place are the ancient walls. The cuisine is young, fresh and highly classical.
Maestosa Johanna Maier celebrates in the tiny world of a village in Pongau at 1,000 meters altitude the great, grand world of high cuisine.
The Deuring-Schlössle (“Deuring little castle”) is one of the loveliest spots in the country to savor a meal, linger a few days and, last but not least, highly treasured by the visitors to the Bregenz Festival.
This golden star shines brilliantly. It comprises a gourmet restaurant, an inn (“Bürgerstube”), a fantastic vinotheque and a butchery with its own delicatessen.
This traditional Viennese company has manufactured cloth and furniture fabrics of highest quality since 1849. It also has the largest archives in the world of original Wiener Jugendstil designs.
The cultural centre at the former psychiatric hospital in Gugging offers an impressive and unconventional introduction to “Art Brut”. And part of the Gugging experience is sometimes encountering the very artists who created these works.
As a fascinating counterpoint to the historic Imperial Apartments of the Hofburg Innsbruck, a special show in a modern exhibition space one level below examines the subject of Alpinism.
In the Renaissance and Baroque, Innsbruck was one of Europe’s most important centres of music. The Innsbruck Festival, the oldest existing festival for early music, carries on this tradition each August.
The combination of a protective wall and an exhibition space makes the Alpinarium Galtür and its architecture unique in all of Europe.
Summer after summer Nikolaus Harnoncourt’s styriarte festival in Graz is the place to be when it comes to new interpretations of old masters.
Salzburg lies in the heart of Europe. But for six weeks a year Salzburg is the centre of the world, when the most prestigious music festival on earth opens with a huge celebration on the city’s squares and streets.
All are of one opinion, from Time magazine to wine pope Robert M. Parker: without the glasses of Tirol’s glassmaker, wine wouldn’t taste half as good.
Every year during the pre-christmas season in Salzburg’s old town, Stiftskeller St. Peter is turned into a Christmas wonderland, with 9 kilometers of light chains, 150 Christmas trees and about 8,000 Christmas tree ornaments.
Once upon the time around 1990 there was a master confectioner who thought that all the existing chocolate creations on the market are simply a little bit too boring. So after business hours he started to explore in the quietness of his company’s back room...
In the Nock mountains, located in Carinthia grows a worldwide unique medical plant. Its special scent and its exceptional healing power can be discovered by hikers strolling in the mountains.
The world-famous artist Daniel Spoerri has purchased two Baroque style houses and developed those in a complete piece of art providing enjoyment and culture.
A jewel of the Baroque era meets contemporary art. 70.000 restored books, ceiling frescoes and sculptures in the magnificent library meet creations of Erwin Wurm, Rudi Molacek and Lois Renner.
Mysteriously hidden in the wild and romantic landscape of the Feistritzklamm is located one of Austria’s most famous castles: Castle Herberstein
In the opinion of many gourmets the brothers Karl and Rudi Obauer are the most successful in the country. Every year their restaurant achieves the highest nominations by national and international gourmet guides.
Until recently he was the famous chef of the well established Hotel Sacher in Vienna and now Hans Peter Fink took over the traditional rural inn of his in-laws and was awarded with two "Gault Millau" hats right away.
In the Schilcherland with its vineyards and wine taverns is situated an entire piece of art: At the Rauch-Hof you are welcome to lounge idyllic, enjoy outstanding food and discover unusual culture.
An exceptional hotel for Spa lovers, people looking for relaxation, night owls and those in search of adventures – at the Mühlviertel you may experience indulgence and culture with heart and soul.
The mountains, peace and a little bit of luxury – vacation at the 4* resort Forsthofalm is a sensual experience, and an unusual one as well: the hotel was built entirely out of wood.
Vacation on the sunny side of Austria. In the unusual and typical Pannonian accommodations life is at its glory.
Award-winning Chef Klaus Fleischhaker, who operates the well-known Gourmet-Restaurant Pfefferschiff in the City of Salzburg, has made his dream come true in Vienna: He created a hotel in which everything is dedicated to wine.
An eccentric, wacky village and a museum for inventions no one needs.
The most peppery white wine in Austria is grown in the Weinviertel region and, typically for the land north east of Vienna, is made from Grüner Veltliner grapes. It makes both wine professionals and connoisseurs eager to spice up their lives.
The Viennese singer songwriter scene comes together every year with international guests to perform at a small but highly acclaimed festival.
Austria’s most unusual school can be found high on a mountain pasture. Visitors can learn about the bread and butter of life in a centuries-old farmhouse.
A new work is added every year, forming its own dialogue with the baroque heritage of the Mozart city and the juxtaposition always creates lively debate.
Innsbruck’s futuristic new landmark is the Bergisel ski jump, known particularly as one of the venues for the international Vierschanzentournee ski jump competition.
The region is as fresh and green as the name promises. Dense forests, tranquil lakes and peaceful places, where you can find some inner harmony and revel in nature’s treasures. A secret hideaway, not just for bird watchers.
Guests at this hotel can improve their wellbeing with an individually tailored program. The future of your sustained good health lies in Tirol.
Everything is 100% organic here, and there’s clean air, a bracing altitude, pristine nature and, if you so desire, a complete pampering program.
Enjoy the luxuries of the good life – simply live in beautiful surroundings, eat and drink well and savour the landscape. A recipe for total relaxation.
A culinary voyage around the world takes not 80 days but minutes in Vienna’s Naschmarkt.
The gardens of the Kamptal have been especially blessed by nature and 19 unique oases of green can be visited in one of the most beautiful valleys in Lower Austria.
A small village in the Waldviertel has devoted itself totally to the poppy: the inhabitants of Armschlag have even patented the unique Waldviertel grey poppy seed.
A stunningly located hideaway in the heart of the Alps combines the style of the 1920s with modern design.