Austria is set in the heart of Europe, a country of just over 8 million people. It has a natural beauty from crystal clear lakes to ice capped, rugged peaks to picturesque mountain villages, dense woods and lush pasture land. Austria also offers a complete range of outdoor activities from swimming in the beautiful lakes to a variety of walking trails that cover the harder mountain terrain and easier lake shores.
Austria has an eventful history which is mainly dominated by the rule of the Habsburg dynasty. Their influence can still be seen in many of the buildings in Vienna and Salzburg. Graz's old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was the European Capital of Culture in 2003. The views from the clock tower are worth the walk. Don't miss the farmer's market on Lendplatz and try some of the home-made bread.
Rich in culture, food, architecture, scenery and hospitality, Austria offers a huge choice of holidays throughout the year, from opera and theatre under the stars at Lake Constance to the art and cultural treasures of Innsbruck.
And, if you love walking and activities, Austria's beautiful lakes and mountains - including the breathtaking beauty of the Austrian Alps - will make your stay unforgettable.
The Austrian Highlights
Salzburger Land is often referred to as 'White Gold', salt played a role in the region becoming important and, in turn, wealthy. The region offers an impressive combination of mountains, lakes and rivers, delightful villages and prosperous cities. It is a good mixture of both urban and alpine, with its splendid Baroque capital providing a centre point for visitors.
Zell am See is one of the most scenic and popular resorts in Austria. Beautifully located on the shores of Lake Zell, the village lies next to the Hohe Tauern National Park and the Grossglocker mountain range. It has a host of leisure and sporting activities including cycling, mountain biking, water sports, golf, walking and many spa and wellness facilities.
Tyrol is a picture-perfect region of outstanding beauty, where jagged, snow-capped peaks tower above fast-flowing rivers, green meadows and onion domed churches, offering wonderful walking tours in Summer.
Innsbruck combines tradition and modernity. The Nordkettenbahnen usually offers a cloud free breathtaking view of the city and the many valleys surrounding. Seefeld is especially suited for hikers and is an ideal resort to explore the surrounding valleys.
Kitzbühelis a picturesque village whose historic streets are lined with colourful houses, exclusive boutiques and beautiful cafes.
Fuschl am See is a small village offers excellent water facilities with swimming in the lake at the natural bathing beach a must!