Austria's Music History
It is commonly said that travel broadens the mind. This is especially true of musicians. The works of Mozart, Haydn, Liszt and Mahler would be unimaginable if their composers had not spent much of their lives travelling. In the greatest cities of Europe they not only captivated audiences with their music; they also found inspiration for many pieces.
Cultural and Theme Routes
Roads used to be for the sole purpose of getting from A to B. Today one can experience all sorts of interesting and delightful things while “on the road” on one of Austria’s theme routes.
Burgenland: Architectural highlights
There is no avoiding the subject of wine when travelling through the province of Burgenland. But then again, who would want to? Especially since a growing number of modern wine estates boast not only exceptional wines but also exquisite architecture.
Austria's Top Attractions
Austria and culture are an inseparable unit. Here is a selection of top attractions that should undoubtedly not be missed when visiting Austria.
Rent a Chalet, Villa or Apartment
Looking to rent a chalet, villa or an apartment for your stay in Austria? We have compiled a list with properties throughout Austria.
Budget Hotels in Austria
Traveling on a shoe-string budget? Throughout Austria you'll find great budget hotels.
Indigo Printing Burgenland
Indigo printing revolutionized Europe’s textile industry in the 17th century, when thousands of companies opened up. Nowadays this handcraft is only practiced by two printers in Burgenland in a workshop where everything is old except the designs.
Kloster am Spitz
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.
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.
Wander Bertoni’s Open-Air Museum
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.
Opera at the quarry St. Margareten
Bizarre rock formations on Europe’s largest natural stage form the impressive backdrop for opulent opera productions every summer.
International Chamber Music Festival Lockenhaus
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.
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 name is slightly misleading, since the only thing old about this place are the ancient walls. The cuisine is young, fresh and highly classical.
In this splendidly restored old farmstead estate, a modern restaurant forms the exciting counterpoint. The link which ties the two together? Great food.
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.
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.
Mole West on Lake Neusiedl
Austria. Moments of Bliss
Nothing is as inspiring and invigorating as new discoveries. Our selection of extraordinary travel experiences throughout Austria will make your trip even more special. Find "off the beaten path" wine taverns, attend world class concerts or explore the best scenic hiking trails...
Gut Purbach: Fine Art & Cuisine
Gut Purbach’s Chef Max Stiegl is known among epicureans as a “nose-to-tail” chef with a penchant for ingredients from the Leithaberg Forest and Lake Neusidl. To complement this unique and location-specific cuisine, Dr. Hans Bichler, an art-collecting attorney and vintner, selects wines from a community of local growers in the Burgenland.
Burgenland: Home of Legends
Meet Franz Liszt, Wunderkind, piano virtuoso, playboy and abbé, citizen of the world, and self-proclaimed “gypsy musician,” in the hills of Central Burgenland, Austria’s eastern-most region.
A Cyclist’s Dream – Lake Neusiedl
Cyclists are welcome to Austria’s Burgenland region, where the sun shines more than 300 days and the horizon stretches into the distance for what seems like an eternity. The Lake Neusiedl World Cultural Heritage Site and National Park enchant visitors with vinyards and cherry blossoms, villages and homemade culinary delicacies.
Paprika, Pigs and Pike-Perch
This quaint Podersdorf restaurant is one of the best places for a meal east of Lake Neusiedl. Dishes from “Zur Dankbarkeit” combine influences from Eastern and Western cultures to transport regional dishes to another dimension. Local ingredients are sourced from the lake, marshlands, and the Pannonian Plains to create a genuine taste of the region.
Barely an hour's drive from Vienna, Burgenland offers innovative vintners, chefs and artists determined to both preserve wonderful old traditions, and breathe new life into them. It is a noticeably warmer region, hence the array of white, sweet and red wines, allthriving in a climate stabilized by the striking Lake Neusiedl.
Vacation on the sunny side of Austria. In the unusual and typical Pannonian accommodations life is at its glory.
Podcast series from the Wine Country
We have captured some of the voices of the Austrian wine country and invite you to listening in. Check back regularly as this is the beginning of an ongoing series.
The Burgenland is Austria's most easterly state. It used to belong to Hungary, but became a part of Austria in 1921, which makes it the most recent addition to Austrian states. The result is a region so multicultural and diverse, perfect for travelers with a free spirit, as Christian Zechmeister, Marketing Director of the Burgenland, explains in our podcast. Aside from 300 days of sunshine a year, there are many other things that make the Burgenland a fantastic place to visit.
As an experienced traveler of the Austrian region, American Erin Grace can tell you where to go and what to do on your first visit: from boat rides, to bicycling, to meeting the locals - Erin is here to help.
Austria's Wine Country
Austria recaptures the spirit of a bygone era: Ornate palaces, imperial monuments and echoes of Mozart’s music abound. Nowadays, visitors to Austria discover an exciting movement. Austria’s vibrant wine scene has earned a worldwide reputation for quality and innovation and is the destination for those seeking energy, culture, and charm.
Plan your trip to the Austrian Wine Country
Austria’s wine regions are both beautiful and easy to visit. In fact, once you step off the plane in Vienna, you have already arrived in one of the world’s most unique wine region. Vienna. Then about one hour south east of Vienna lies the Burgenland, and one hour west of Vienna is the region of Lower Austria with many beautiful valleys. Many of them along the Danube.
Dining Experiences in Burgenland
Looking for an upscale dining experience in Burgenland? We have compiled a list of restaurants, that will enhance you travel experience.
Austria's Wine Regions
The miracle of Austria is that all of its wine regions are incredibly easy to visit. In fact, once you step off the plane in Vienna, you have already arrived in one of the world’s most unique wine regions.
Austria's Eastern Edge
Burgenland is unlike anywhere else in Austria. Whereas Austria is known for rugged Alps, pirouette-inducing meadows or the excitement of Vienna, Burgenland sits on the edge of Central Europe’s vast Pannonian plain.
Bike and Beach on Lake Neusiedl
Escape to the beach on this easy self-guided cycle tour around Lake Neusiedl. Beginning in Podersdorf, Austria, you cycle pass picturesque villages, castles and vineyards, on your way towards the Hungarian side of the lake.
National Parks in Austria
Austria has six National parks, almost 60 nature preserves and „nature parks“, about 35 „hot spots“ for bird-watching, 20 Alpine gardens and many other opportunities to admire nature in its undisturbed, pristine beauty