Luxury Holidays in Austria
From Alpine sports to architecture, Austria has plenty to offer all year round. A holiday in Austria can be an action packed adventure, with amazing ski-slopes and world-class ski schools or relaxed and cultural as Austria is famed for its baroque architecture and being the birthplace of Mozart.
Austria lies between Germany and Italy and is home to some of the world’s most spectacular scenery. In winter, the eastern Alps which dominate the country play host to the wintersports enthusiasts who arrive to ski, snowboard and toboggan their way down the faces of Austria’s mountains. When summer arrives and the snow has melted and the adrenaline junkies are long gone, Austria’s mountain meadows and lakes reveal themselves to be the perfect place for a lazy summer holiday, whereas the ski runs of winter transform into a vast network of Alpine trails which attract mountain bikers, hikers and climbers. No matter where you stay in Austria, you are never far from nature.
Austria is no stranger to culture. Whether you visit the Cathedral of St James in Innsbruck for its ornate baroque styling or take a trip to Salzburg to visit the birthplace of Mozart, Austria has plenty to offer the culture seeking traveller. Travel to Vienna, once the centre of political power in Europe and now a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and lose yourself among the mix of historically grand buildings, the modern shopping complexes and distinctive traditional markets.
As the birthplace of both Mozart and The Sound of Music, music is a big part of Austrian culture. You can take a tour of the locations featured in the 1965 musical-film starring Julie Andrews, watch white Lipizzaner horses dance to classical music, attend a masked ball or visit the opera at Festival Hall.
After a day on the slopes or out and about sightseeing, replenish yourself with a hearty dish of local Austrian cuisine. Known for their hand-made sausages, filling dumplings and hearty stews, Austrian food is a appetising fusion of traditional comfort foods and international flavours. Try Austrian specialities such as sauerkraut or veal, visit the Christmas markets for a warming gluhwein or bowl of bosna, Austria’s answer to curry.