Austria is one of Europe’s most charming countries filled with natural beauty, culture, iconic architecture, and charming alpine villages. In Austria you can marvel at crystal clear lakes, waterfalls, and hillsides, take to the snow-capped mountains of the Austrian Central Alps for an unforgettable ski experience, and embark on an exciting culinary journey with mouth-watering local delicacies; a trip to Austria is incomplete without sampling the signature sachet- torte chocolate cake!
Austria is famed for its awesome music scene and concert culture which has been very much present since the 19th century. You can embark on tours of famous concert halls, attend concerts - many of which are free, visit the former residence of Ludwig Van Beethoven, and admire works of Mozart at some of Europe’s finest museums. Experience all of this and more with cheap Austria holiday packages offered by Brightsun Travel.
Austria is a small country, allowing visits to multiple cities a popular choice, with stops to the stunning Austrian countryside of course. There’s a great value bus and train network across the country, and all of its major cities are well-connected. Vienna, the Austrian capital is a must visit city, filled with iconic historical buildings. Then there’s Salzburg, a cultural gem and birthplace of Mozart.
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Vienna is a city bursting with culture, classical music, and a mixture of modernity and historic charm. The Austrian capital is best known for its coffeehouses which have been an important part of its cultural heritage for several centuries. Many of the city’s remaining coffeehouses have been around for hundreds of years, offering delicious Viennese coffee and signature sweet treats including the famed sachertorte.
There are plenty of architectural wonders to explore and admire in Vienna including former royal residences, baroque style structures, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The city also boasts boundless museums and galleries, showcasing artworks by famous artists including Gustav Klimt and Pieter Bruegel. The Albertina is worth noting, situated in the city centre where you can witness works by Monet and Picasso.
Vienna is considered as one of the world’s most liveable cities which is partly due to its endless amount of pristine parks, woods, and gardens. One of the city’s most stunning green areas is the Volksgarten on the grounds of the Imperial Palace, featuring a large rose garden and ancient temple. Finally, Vienna comes alive in the festive months with its famed Christmas markets that fill the city’s shopping streets and squares.
Currency: You’ll be spending Euros.
Local Time: Central European Time, which is two hours earlier than Greenwich Mean Time.
Flight Time from the UK: Approximately two hours, fifteen minutes.
Tourist Information: Visit the official Austrian tourist information site for lots of helpful information regarding upcoming events, where to go, what to do, and how to get around.
Health/Travel Restrictions: To travel to Austria, British citizens need a valid passport. A visa is not required. For up to date travel advice and health recommendations visit the government’s travel advice for Austria.
A: Vaccinations for hepatitis and tetanus are recommended, but not compulsory, for vulnerable people.
A: There's no longer any requirement to prove Covid-19 vaccination.
A: Accommodation is often heated by wood chips and most resorts are car-free.
The Austrian skiing season usually lasts from early December until mid-April. There are many ski resorts near Vienna including Pinzgau, Obertauern and Lungau. One of the most popular is Zell am See, where the Schmittenhohe and Gipfelwelt viewing platforms provide incredible panoramas of the surrounding mountain peaks.
In spring and summer, scenic tours through the beautiful Alpine scenery are an essential part of any Viennese holiday. Austrian lakes such as Attersee and Hallstatt include picturesque villages to explore. There are also hiking trails and watersports to enjoy. Attractions include Admont Abbey, an eleventh-century Benedictine monastery. The Abbey is famous for its extensive library which features eighteenth-century architecture and exquisitely painted ceilings.
The Austrian landscape becomes particularly atmospheric during the autumn. Special festivals include the Almabtrieb, a procession marking the return of Alpine cattle and goats from the mountainous pastures to the shelter of the valleys.
Classical music fans love to visit the Vienna concert halls where Johann Strauss introduced the waltz. In Salzburg, the house where Mozart was born is now a fascinating museum. Every year, both cities host Christmas Markets where the atmosphere is magical and inviting.
January is often the coldest month with low temperatures of -4°C (24°F). Regular snow showers ensure the ski slopes are at their best. July is often pleasantly mixed with rainfall of approximately 0.72" and the hottest temperatures of up to 30° C (86° F). June to August are reliably sunny and warm. The weather in September is usually mild and dry.
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