Place's to visit in Austria

Austria is the perfect holiday destination for all types of travelers and tourists. No matter for how long you stay in Austria, it is never enough to soak in completely to the architectural marvels, cultural experiences and the enchantment of natural landscapes the country has to offer. From honeymoon couples who intend to make their holiday all the most special amidst the picturesque Alps, its meadows and the surrounding lakes to cultural tourists and solo travelers who are on the quest to understand mankind, cultures, diverse heritages, legacies and ways of lives from around the world, Austria ensures it has answers to all the questions and curiosities of its visitors through its offerings.

Just when you think you have seen it all in Austria, a simple visit to a coffee house or a concert hall will make you have second thoughts on if you have actually seen everything in this idyllic country. With every avenue and street being postcard-worthy, you will start falling in love with the place and seriously start contemplating on returning back. If Austria is in your mind now, you might want to explore Thomas Cook for a Austria Visa Application. 

A secluded land, landscape with hues of green, a hillock and a gigantic castle with 14 gates built on top of it. Does that sound something out of a fairytale or fantasy fiction? Well, that’s how the Hochosterwitz Castle looks like. The castle is complex in its architecture just like its pronunciation. Located at an altitude of 664 meters above sea level, this is one of the most beautiful castles of the medieval period in Austria. It is immensely popular with tourists and you can actually see the castle at a distance of approximately 30 kilometers on a sunny day. A walk through the 14 gates and over 620 meters will get you to the majestic castle that has been humbly witnessing the passage of time since 1576.

 

Location: Hochosterwitz 1, 9314 Launsdorf, Austria

Known for: Its architecture, location over a dolomite hillock, number of gates, and rich history

How to Reach: You can easily reach the castle by car, whose entry ticket is inclusive of the parking charges. If you are taking the train, you can get down at the Launsdorf-Hochosterwitz station and hike from there. A rail pass will help in a less expensive commute. 

Approximate Cost: The entry fee is charged at approximately Rs. 1000 for adults and Rs. 600 for kids below 16 years. For seniors above 60, the price is approximately Rs. 800. If you decide to take the elevator to reach to the top, you can pay an additional of Rs. 683 per person. 

Operating Hours: The castle is open to the public from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on all days.

Any Precautions: It takes over 30 minutes on foot to reach to the top. Make sure you are fit enough for the hike. If not, take the elevator. Keep adequate water and a fully-charged camera – you will need it. Wear comfortable shoes.

Type: Historic Site

The name literally translates to the world of ice giants in German and does complete justice to it. If Hochosterwitz was a man-made wonder – an architectural wonder – the Eisriesenwelt is its natural counterpart that can blow your mind with its simplicity. It is a limestone and ice cave that gives you new spelunking goals and takes you to the lap of nature’s best-kept secrets. If you didn’t know, this is the world’s largest ice cave and stretches to over 40 kilometers. Inside the Alps, this cave is home to some of the most surreal formations of limestone and ice. You are in for some magic inside the cave that looks normal and humble from the outside.

 

Location: Eishohlenstrasse 30, 5450 Werfen, Austria

Known for: Being the world’s largest ice cave. It is visited by over 20,000 tourists every year.

How to Reach: To reach Eisriesenwelt, you need to take a train from the Wesfern railway station. Once here, you can use the Eisriesenwelt shuttle services outside the railway station to reach the visitor center. You get the tickets there and from there, you can either take the cable car or hike to the cave. You can also reach the place by cars or cycles. 

Approximate Cost: It approximately costs Rs.1800 per adult and Rs.1000 for children. The price includes entry to the cave and the cable car. 

Operating Hours: The cave is open only during the months of May, June, September and October from 10:00 AM to 3:45 PM. 

Any Precautions: The temperatures inside the cave are sub-zero. So you need to carry appropriate clothing to survive the freezing temperatures. Photography is prohibited inside the cave and you are required to actively follow the guided tour. If you are claustrophobic, the cave can either help you outgrow it or make it worse. 

Type: Cave

A tiny idyllic town in the Austrian countryside is an attraction by itself. You cannot see an Austrian tourism guide without a mentioning of the place, which is known for its amazing blend of different hues of nature. If you didn’t know, the place is located in the southern region of Salzburg and is one of the most popular Alpine destinations. The meadows beautifully give rise to a small district, overlooking the Zeller See –the lake at the tip of the settlement. What makes the entire place so special is the surreal view of the snow-capped peak of Hohe Tauern and the presence of a 16th-century castle. From a picnic spot to offering diverse options to cycle, fish and explore the district, the entire place comes alive during spring.

 

Location: Zell Am See, Salzburg

Known for: Its scenic location, recreational activities, castle and views of the Alpine peaks

How to Reach: You can reach by car after a 1.5-hour drive from Salzburg or take a train and deboard at the Zee Am Sell railway station, enjoying the majestic views of the place. 

Approximate Cost: NA

Operating Hours: 24/7

Any Precautions: This is a very photogenic town in Salzburg. Besides, this is also located in the most mountainous region of Austria – Pinzgau district. So the weather can become chilly as evenings unfold. Carry winter garments to tackle sudden weather changes. 

Type: Landmark

If you Google Vienna, one of the very first images you will see is of the Hofburg Palace. With an amazing architecture, the gigantic monument is of historic importance in Austria. It was built in the 13th century and has been an imperial palace earlier. Having been the administrative seat for the rulers of the Habsburg dynasty, the palace is the office of work for Austria’s president today. The palace signifies intricate design, European architecture, an engineering marvel and a house of luxury. Definitely one of the best attractions in Austria that definitely needs dedicated time for appreciation.

 

Location: Michaelerkuppel, 1010 Wien, Austria

Known for: Being the seat of power for Austria’s President and being one of the oldest palaces to be constructed in Austria

How to Reach: You can easily reach the Hofburg palace as it is located at a prime spot in Vienna, Austria. You can take the orange line in the city’s underground and get down at Herrengasse. If you are taking the tram, you can board the routes 1, 2, 71 or D and get down at Burgring. You can also board the 1A or the 2A bus and get down at Hofburg. 

Operating Hours: The palace is open from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM in the months of September through June and between 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM in the months of July through August.

Any Precautions: Photography is prohibited and you cannot visit the place with pets and baggage. 

Type: Historic Monument

Why you should attend this event?

Summers in Salzburg are dedicated to this festival. Being celebrated since the year 1920, the Salzburg Festival is a cultural fest in Austria, where veteran musicians from the country and the globe come down to this Alpine city and perform. With an artistic vibe filling the air and music being created in all its grandeur, the festival is a must-attend. 

Who should attend this event?

Anyone who loves music and gatherings over music should attend this festival. It happens during the summer months of July and August. Prior booking of tickets is necessary.

Why you should attend this event?

Though another musical event, Bregenz differs in the fact that it is dedicated to opera. The festival unfolds in two stages – one in the conventional opera houses and the other in the open-air stage set up by the lakeside, overlooking the picturesque landscapes of Bregenz, musicians coming together to perform opera nestled amidst natural landscapes is truly a reminiscing experience. 

Who should attend this event?

If you are looking for unique experiences in Austria and chances to mingle with the locals and understand their place, culture and music better, this is your chance. It happens during July and August and you need to book tickets in advance.

Hiking is one of the first things travelers look forward to doing in Austria. The altitude, the weather conditions, the views and the Alpine slopes make it perfect for a hike in Austria. The best part about the hiking trails in Austria is that they are all organized, supervised and maintained for optimum safety. You can just pack your bags and get on a trail without having second thoughts about the trail. Under appropriate weather conditions, hiking in Austria can be liberating, enchanting and even life-changing.

 

Location: East Tyrol

For: Groups of friends and solo travelers

Difficulty Level: Moderate to difficult

Approximate Cost: Approximately starting at Rs.76,000 per person

Why you should do it: To catch a glimpse of the gigantic views of the Alps, to achieve a sense of accomplishment in a foreign land and to feel good about yourself

Tips: The altitude in this trail can get higher than 3,000 meters sometimes. So ensure you do not have altitude sickness and that you are physically fit for the hikes. Have adequate water with you always and carry snacks all the time. Look out for rainy seasons and plan accordingly. You can also get guided hikes from several adventure operators.

If you were in Austria and did not happen to experience the feel of being in the place where the classic Sound of Music was shot, what is the use? The landscapes, the hills and the castle still resonate the songs from this 1965 epic. Whether it’s the Edelweiss, Do-Re-Mi or the Climb Ev’ry Mountain is your favorite pick from the movie, you can relive your favorite moments and the songs from the classic in this one-of-a-kind activity in Austria. It is simply content to be in a place that you’ve seen only on televisions.

 

Location: Salzburg

For: Family, groups of friends and solo travelers

Difficulty Level: Easy

Approximate Cost: Approximately starting at Rs, 3800

Why you should do it: If you are a movie buff and love tying back personal experiences to movies, you should definitely visit this place. This will bring you some of the most nostalgic memories from the 1960s and take you back in time to the good old days. 

Tips: The tour can take up to four hours to complete. Plan your schedule for the day accordingly. Try memorizing a few songs as they allow you to sing along to the popular tracks.

Classy, contemporary and quirky, the restaurant is one of Austria’s finest and has been featured on the list of top 50 restaurants in the world. Apart from being a family-owned, run for generations sort of a place, this restaurant offers quirky delicacies that speak of fusion and experimental cooking. From fresh local ingredients to precise and contemporary cooking techniques, this the perfect place to experience the Austrian cuisine. A Michelin-rated restaurant!

 

Must Eat: Cheese tart, tasting menu, amuse-bouche

Approximate Cost for Two: Approximately Rs. 6000

Address: Am Heumarkt 2A, 1030 Wien, Austria

Contact: +43 1 7133168

Opening Hours: 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM

If a Michelin-starred restaurant is not what you are looking for, we have the best of the budget restaurant too. Called the Wiener-Wiaz’haus, the place is a cozy place serving the best of good food in Austria, especially Vienna. The place is always crowded and is flocked by the locals. As they say, if the locals like a place, it has to be worth the price. The reviews of this place are phenomenal and due to the same reason, it is quite difficult to get a seat. If you managed to get one, you could choose between indoor and outdoor seating. With excellent service, this is one place we will highly recommend during your vacation in Austria.

 

Must Eat: Potato salad, pretzels schnitzel, raspberry spirit

Cost for Two: Approximately Rs.1500

Address: Gußhausstraße 24, 1040 Wien, Austria

Contact: +43 1 5054507

Opening Hours: 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Opened in the 90s, Porgy and Bess is one of Europe’s top 10 jazz clubs and also the place for the cabaret scene in the country. Apart from the food and drink, it’s the crowd here that makes the entire place special. It is an artist’s delight when his or her crowd listens and respects the art he or she brings to the table and what happens in Porgy and Bess is just that. If you love your drink and your music preferences, this is where you go for the perfect evening.

 

Must Try: Gin based cocktails, homemade ice teas and some classic jazz

Opening Hours: 4:00 PM to 12:00 AM

Location: Riemergasse 11, 1010 Wien, Austria

Travel Shack Vienna: If something more interactive, fun and engaging is your cup of tea, we recommend the Travel Shack Vienna for all things fun. Located in Vienna, the place is famous for its drinking games, sports screenings, pool tables, theme nights and fun vibes to its visitors. The drinks are less expensive, the crowd is fun and young, there is a karaoke option, great selection on drinks and some amazing food to make your evening in Austria one of the best with the locals. 

Must Try: Chuck Noris shots, flaming shots, cocktail varieties

Opening Hours: 6:00 PM to 4:00 AM

Location: Mariahilfer Gürtel 21, 1150 Wien, Austria

If something more interactive, fun and engaging is your cup of tea, we recommend the Travel Shack Vienna for all things fun. Located in Vienna, the place is famous for its drinking games, sports screenings, pool tables, theme nights and fun vibes to its visitors. The drinks are less expensive, the crowd is fun and young, there is a karaoke option, great selection on drinks and some amazing food to make your evening in Austria one of the best with the locals.

 

Must Try: Chuck Noris shots, flaming shots, cocktail varieties

Opening Hours: 6:00 PM to 4:00 AM

Location: Mariahilfer Gürtel 21, 1150 Wien, Austria

If you think Europe is renowned only for its wine, you are wrong. Some of the finest varieties and flavors of teas have originated in Europe and especially Austria. And Tea Please offers you the best of teas and tea accessories for you to buy and enjoy back home. If you are a chai person, the shop is your Disneyland wits innumerable varieties of tea flavors. You can communicate in English at Tea Please and get to know your tea better before you purchase. Truly, it’s an experience more than shopping here.

 

Location: Hernalser Hauptstraße 54, 1170 Wien, Austria

Timing: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Known for: Varieties of teas and tea accessories, oolong tea

Bargaining: Not required

Cozy, quirky and colorful, MQ Pont is probably the coolest place to buy souvenirs for your friends and family. Honestly, however, you will often find yourself getting gifts for yourself after looking at their selection of postcards, keychains and other quirky souvenirs. From oldschool to contemporary, the place houses it all.

 

Location: Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Wien, Austria

Timing: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Known for: Keychains, postcards and other interesting gifts

Bargaining: Not required

The shop is as interesting as its name is. For those of you looking for that perfect not-so-expensive souvenirs that won’t take up much of your baggage space too, here is a shop that you will love. Called the Blume + Duft, the shop is home to spice arrangements and dried flower indigenous to Austria. Good for home décor and gifting, these are the more unusual things you were looking for on your shopping list.

 

Location: Salzburg, Österreich, Salzburg

Timing: 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM

Known for: Dried flowers, cinnamon and herbs arrangements

Bargaining: Not required

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