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Explore the great outdoors of Innsbruck and its 25 holiday villages with our free Mountain Hiking Programme.
Explore the great outdoors of Innsbruck and its 25 holiday villages with our free Mountain Hiking Programme.
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.
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.
The Loibnerhof is the longstanding classic pillar of restaurants in the Wachau. For decades, it has enjoyed cult status for its outstanding regional cuisine.
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.
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.
Since more than twenty-five years the Schubertiade has accomplished the seemingly impossible: retaining its intimacy while becoming the world’s top Schubert festival.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Markterwirt is a place where many people think it’s probably been here forever...yet still has continued to evolve.
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 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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
You'll never guess from the outside. What matters here is on the inside: the perfect, deliciously rural Schwarz inn at Nöhagen.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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In a setting of lush fields, gently rolling hills and green forests, the Lipizzaner Stud Farm Piber couldn’t be more picturesque. Once you round the Baroque palace, which serves as the visitor’s center, your view opens up to include herds of elegant, gleaming white Lipizzaners and their black foals playing in their corrals.
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.
The Top Mountain Star in the Oetztal Valley is a high point in every sense of the word.
The combination of a historic castle, culinary pleasures, modern architecture, and world-class performances makes the Grafenegg Music Festival a delight for all senses.
Step into a time machine and journey to an age when the comforts of technology didn’t exist. Explore the complexities of rural Austrian life as you tour reconstructed homes and watch artisans hard at work on their trade. Wander through 50 hectares of land, five centuries of history, and enjoy a few surprises along the way.
Discover the birth place of the modern-day Dollar. In the historic town of Hall in Tirol, the ancient Mint Tower is an impressive reminder of a time when currency was literally as hard as the material it was produced from. Have fun exploring the history of money and mint your own coin as a souvenir.
For over twenty-five years the Schubertiade has accomplished the seemingly impossible: retaining its intimacy while becoming the world’s top Schubert festival.
Once upon a time - around 1990 - there was a master confectioner who thought that all the existing chocolate creations available were simply… boring. So he started to experiment and came up with the most fantastic creations, such as “hemp-mocha”. People liked them so much that he started his own factory and turned it into his own, very unusual, chocolate empire.
From the small village of Oberndorf near Salzburg, the world’s most famous Christmas carol has spread around the globe. Learn about the humble and most charming story of its creation.
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 Vinofaktur in Vogau, Styria, invites visitors to taste and experience the region’s truly spectacular culinary achievements in a stunning architectural masterpiece. There are plenty of discoveries that will bring even the most experienced foodies to swoon!
Hidden deep underground, the Salzwelten salt mines in Hallein near Salzburg, one of the oldest in the world, offers a tour that is adventurous, fun and interesting all at the same time! It includes a train ride, boat ride and cross border trek—all underground! Great fun, especially if you are with a small group of friends or family. As long as you’re not claustrophobic!
The World of Ice Giants brings you into the largest ice caves in the world. One of the true wonders on earth, the caves are a wondrous underground world of natural ice sculptures and formations. Discover a world of natural beauty.
Enjoy a spectacular hike to Austria’s highest waterfalls. The three stages of the hike, starting in the village of Krimml, take you to ever more spectacular views of the falls and the surrounding countryside. Bring your camera and capture the most beautiful section of the falls!
Discover the unique Alpine landscapes of SalzburgerLand with an invigorating hike. Whether you’re better suited for a simple walk or a challenging climb, this unique terrain invites all visitors to have an unforgettable mountain experience.
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.
Let go of everyday stress and rediscover what is truly important, at the Almdorf Seinerzeit, a remote hotel village in the mountains of Carinthia. Enjoy the closeness to nature, pamper yourself with all natural spa treatments, and enjoy a scrumptious breakfast buffet laid out in your own cabin. We promise: You’ll want to come back again and again.
Nestled between the edge of Hallstätter See and the towering Dachstein mountains, Austria’s oldest and possibly most photographed village is something like a mirage in the Salzkammergut Lake Region.
The Grossglockner High Alpine Road makes Austria’s highest mountain accessible for everyone. The famous alpine road leads you right into the heart of the Hohe Tauern National Park, the Grossglockner and its glacier, the Pasterze.
Once a year at the beginning of May, Austria’s best chefs and the top vintners from the Burgenland meet in Sölden to provide an extraordinary culinary experience amid the majestic peaks of the Ötz Valley.
Located in the Southern part of Styria, the Südsteirische Weinstrasse (South Styrian Wine Road) is often compared to Italy’s Tuscany. Almost no other Austrian wine region has undergone such dramatic transformations in the past 20 years as this region, 1 hour south of Graz.
The best city tours not only give you a good overview, but show you facets of a destination that you would probably not stumble upon on your own. Explore the lesser known sides of Vienna and its hidden cultural gems with Vienna Walks & Talks, or discover the shadowy world of Orson Welles’ Vienna on “The Third Man” Tour. Whatever your preference, you’ll come out of the experience feeling like a destination expert.
Leave the commotion of city life behind and surrender to the unharnessed beauty of South Styrian vineyards with a stay at Wine-Genuss Pössnitzberg. From the comfort of your hotel room, enjoy tranquil views of Leutschach’s vineyards surrounding this boutique hotel. Pamper yourself in the on-site spa, and enjoy regional dishes with rare Styrian wine specialties at the hotel’s restaurant.
Seven culinary pathways and 200 culinary addresses in SalzburgerLand. The popular Via Culinaria puts the variety of regional products front and center, weaving a SalzburgerLand vacation with the true gourmet's dream. Pick a theme - or pick multiple themes - and give yourself the most mouthwatering way of getting to know a beautiful piece of Austria.
Venture to Ottakring, Vienna’s 16th district, to experience an eclectic side of the city where old world meets new. Explore one of the largest open-air markets in Vienna, and then meander over to Yppenplatz to browse through trendy shops and restaurants.
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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.
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.
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.
A vacation in Austria gets you close to nature and allows you to get to know the people and the wonderful traditions. Austria's landscapes are incredibly varied and the options are endless. Be it a relaxing walk or experiencing the great outdoors in the Austrian Alps. Keep in mind that you are never far from historic city centers, cultural events and gourmet restaurant.
Grosses Walsertal in Vorarlberg is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The credo for its people is: “Use nature without harming it”.
FACT: Austria is one of the world's best destinations for sustainable tourism, as recently recognised in the World Economic Forum's Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report.
EDEN is a project that promotes sustainable tourism development across the European Union. The untouched Grosses Walsertal valley in Vorarlberg was given this highly regarded accolate for 2009.
Austria's topographic diversity accounts for a great variety of flora and fauna, including endemic species that are under protection.
There are numerous ways to explore and experience a destination but none as intimate and personal as taking the time to enjoy your vacation destination on foot. Walking and hiking in Austria will get you close to nature and allow you to get to know the people and the wonderful traditions in Austria.
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.
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.
The Cheese Route through the Bregenzerwald in Vorarlberg is the ideal way to explore the region and its close ties with cheese-making: from dairy farms to cheese speciality inns, and from alpine pastures to milkmaids. If you’re a cheese connoisseur, this is for you.
Walking Tour: This wine tasting tour starts with visiting vintners in Vienna itself (the only European capital with vineyards in its boundaries). Then by public transportation eastward to the province Burgenland; after that travel to the Wachau valley (Danube valley) northwest of Vienna. In each area you will hike to and thru the vineyards tasting local wines.
As more and more of us strive to live a less energy-intense lifestyle, Austria is now firmly on the map as an eco destination. Organic products are on offer whilst the consumption of energy and waste is carefully watched.
Visit 2 well-known UNESCO listed-world heritage sites in Austria: the baroque city of Salzburg as well as the picturesque town of Hallstatt.
Since December 1997 the "Hallstatt Dachstein/Salzkammergut" region in Austria has joined the list of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites. We invite you to discover this great part of Austria with us.
Lush green pastures, the tinkling of cowbells, crystal clear brooks teeming with trout and villages with intricate murals and wooden balconies. Too much of a cliché to be true? We don't think so. Come and see for yourself!
It's no coincidence that Igls is known as the hiking village. Sitting on a glacial plateau at 3,000 feet above sea level and only 2 1/2 miles from Innsbruck, an Igls visitor has everything available from their hotel door. The area boasts miles and miles of carefully maintained walking and hiking trails, with guests led by certified hiking guides from one of Austria's most prestigious hiking organizations.
Everything you expect from a perfect walking vacation, you will find on this picturesque tour through the Alpbach Valley: beautiful scenery, charming accommodation and walks amid rolling pastures and authentic flower villages.
To spend a vacation in the Wildschoenau in Austria is to experience a lush valley whose people have kept alive many customs, long forgotten in other places. Known for its wild beauty, this valley embodies “pristine” Alpine living.
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