Austria Road Trip. From West to East
This 9-stage itinerary takes you from Vorarlberg, Austria's westermost provice through the Alps to the lowlands of Burgenland.
This 9-stage itinerary takes you from Vorarlberg, Austria's westermost provice through the Alps to the lowlands of Burgenland.
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.
Exploring the countryside around Vienna often leads to discovery of quaint villages in picturesque wine regions. Unique wine hotels offer much more than just views of vineyards. These hotels are often family run, modern and trendy, and are located in destinations where wine is celebrated. A favorite for foodies, as well, these hotels translate into excellent dining destinations to explore wines and the food that complements them.
Not only does Vienna have its own wine-growing area, but it's the world’s only major city that produces wines within city limits. Explore its vineyards & sights, and drive through the surrounding countryside to visit castles, culinary temples, wine cellars, small towns & beautiful vistas. The result is a cross-section of Austria’s imperial heritage and the region's storied wine culture, stronger than ever after over two millennia.
Austria’s wine regions are hidden gems for travelers looking to discover authentic Austrian viticulture and cuisine. At the heart of Austria’s wine culture are its vinotheques, a tasting bar -meets-wine store. Visiting a local vinotheque will help you find a wine perfectly matched to your personal tastes, as well as offer a glimpse into one of Austria’s most delicious traditions. The best part? Most vinotheques price the wines as if you were buying directly from the vineyard, and many will even ship their wines worldwide.
Lower Austria’s architectural highlights are not limited to a few areas; they are to be found everywhere, from the Wachau Valley and the city of Krems to the provincial capital of St. Pölten and the Kamp Valley.
Austria and culture are an inseparable unit. Here is a selection of top attractions that should undoubtedly not be missed when visiting Austria.
Traveling on a shoe-string budget? No problem. Throughout Austria you'll find affordable hotels and inns that don't lack the typical Austrian charm.
Looking to rent a chalet, villa or an apartment for your stay in Austria? We have compiled a list with properties throughout Austria.
In Lower Austria, the vines were planted on fruitful soil: from the time when the Romans planted vines on the favoured sites in this northern province of their Empire, wine has been prized here as a pleasurable cultural heritage and elevated to cult status by committed wine-growers.
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.
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.
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.
You'll never guess from the outside. What matters here is on the inside: the perfect, deliciously rural Schwarz inn at Nöhagen.
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.
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.
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.
The name sounds icy. But your welcome is heartwarming at this enjoyable, typical country inn at the heart of splendid Pielachtal valley.
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.
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.
The Loibnerhof is the longstanding classic pillar of restaurants in the Wachau. For decades, it has enjoyed cult status for its outstanding regional cuisine.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Geographically, politically, artistically and culinarily, all roads have led to Vienna for centuries. The results speak for themselves. Imperial grandeur. Cutting-edge culture. Stunning natural beauty. Austria doesn't just embody the great European traditions -- it's the essence of Europe itself.
Regional specialities, sampled in the midst of vineyards.
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.
Chickens peck under the fruit trees. A regional breed of cattle grazes in the pasture. Ducks and geese wander on the edge of the vegetable garden. The ingredients for the Salomon family’s award-winning restaurant are sourced from the estate’s bio-dynamic farm...
Rustic wine cellar festivals and boisterous food and wine celebrations. Or luxurious seven course menus in elegant gourmet restaurants and glamorous gala evenings. Tour by bike, foot, car or boat. Whatever your preference, there is a choice of 800 delicious events during the Lower Austria Fall Wine Festival and it is easy to plan.
Domäne Wachau is located in one of the world’s most stunning vineyard landscapes just below the Dürnstein castle ruins where Richard the Lionhearted was once held captive. The friendly, knowledgeable staff guides you through wine tastings from the valley’s best vineyards in their stunning tasting room, open 7 days a week.
Every year since 1997 artists from all over the world have been coming to Krems and vicinity to explore their own musical roots in an innovative, off-beat, and often surprising manner.
The combination of a historic castle, culinary pleasures, modern architecture, and world-class performances makes the Grafenegg Music Festival a delight for all senses.
On the edge of the Wagram loess precipice, the new regional wine event center, Weritas, is suspended between dreamy blue skies and lush rows of grape vines. Visit this shimmering glass structure for a “Wine Brunch” in a restaurant bathed in sunlight and surrounded by views of vineyards. Indoor and outdoor seating is available.
Splendid things happen when heaven and earth meet. Truly one of the architectural jewels of Austria, the baroque Klosterneuburg monastery has been the center of spiritual, economic, social and cultural life in the region for 900 years. It is also Austria’s oldest and largest winery, and as the country’s first carbon neutral wine producer, it continues to be one of the most visionary.
For experienced bikers and novices alike, there can be no more serene or memorable experience of Austria's wine hotspots than breezing along the marvelous “Rieden Tour Süd” bike trail. With the wind in your hair, you'll wend your way from village to breathtaking castles to renowned wineries, while making leisurely stops sampling local treats.
The unmistakable quality of the Wachau apricot is the combined result of climate, soil and centuries of cultivation. As a tribute to this unique fruit, the festival of the apricot takes place annually in the historic Old Town of Krems.
The beauty and lifestyle here seem inconceivable in this day and age - areas this pure and authentic in many parts of the world seem to be trading in those very qualities. And locals here have chosen to embrace their heritage gastonomically, viticulturally and agriculturally.
A classical music festival in a romantic setting. Grafenegg offers the historical backdrop for musical masterpieces from past centuries.
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.
The largest open-air museum of Lower Austria is an entire village: Where 80 historical buildings were disassembled from all over the Weinviertl and rebuilt again true to their original construction at Niedersulz.
...is the head of wine exports at Winzer Krems, a unique wine production business, with over 1000 members who contribute to the production. The grapes are combined to create outstanding wine at the Winzer Krems' winery: Sandgrube 13. In our podcast he explains "Winzer Krems" and also reminisces about the largest festival for traditional Austrian music: "Glatt und Verkehrt" - a festival you should not miss on your next visit.
An eccentric, wacky village and a museum for inventions no one needs.
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.
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