One of the most romantic ways to see Austria is by train. You sit in a comfortable car and watch the dramatic scenery roll past you, without having to worry about anything else. Getting around this way is also easy, convenient, and cost-effective: Over 3,700 miles of railways run through Austria and connect both large cities and small villages. You can tour the whole country using the rail system, and this itinerary shows you how.
Most buildings of interest are in the old town. Here you will find the Gothic St. Stephen's Cathedral where Mozart got married, the Imperial Hofburg, plus countless narrow streets and hidden squares. In the evening, enjoy a casual dinner with popular local music at a traditional tavern in the neighbourhood of Grinzing (take tram 38). White wine such as the Grüner Veltliner is the Viennese speciality and it goes particularly well with a good pork dish.
Use Day 3 to see Graz’ contemporary landmarks. The Kunsthaus contemporary art museum is a sight in itself. Blue and bubble-shaped, the construction looks like a space ship landed in Graz’ stuccoed Old Town. The “Friendly Alien,” as locals call it, is right by the up-and-coming Mariahilferstrasse, lined with cute design shops and coffee shops. Don’t leave without venturing onto the Murinsel, an artificial island suspended inside the Mur river. The shell-like construction is another contemporary accent in the city scape. Graz’ innovative architecture follows you all the way back to the train station. The main terminal’s interior is decorated with abstract graphics and the platform shelter is one undulating metal wave.
Austria's extensive train system is easily one of the most convenient ways to travel between its major cities and small forgotten hamlets. Here is what you need to know before hopping on board!