If you’ve ever dreamed of strolling through a city steeped in musical history, nestled against a backdrop of stunning Alpine scenery, then Salzburg is your go-to destination. With a mere 48 hours at your disposal, you might think that the city of Mozart and “The Sound of Music” is too rich to explore in such …
Austria is one of the most beautiful countries in Europe. That applies to visual beauty like the mountains and forests, as well as cultural beauty like music and European history. Austria is a country of palaces, architecture, ancient cities, and skiing.
I made just a few notes about my experiences on my visits to Austria, which you may find fascinating. So, I have recommendations, including itineraries, where to stay, tips, and more.
It’s time to get stuck in!
Any visit to any country could do with an itinerary, whether detailed or basic. In the case of Austria, with so much to see, there are a couple of itineraries to choose from.
On the face of it, 5 days in Austria is barely enough to get the best out of a visit. But if your time is limited, you can still experience its finest offerings with a plan.
If you have a couple more days to spare, it would be well worth the time to do so. A 7-day Austria itinerary should still include stops in Vienna and Salzburg. Moreover, it could also factor in a holiday in Austria’s third city, Graz.
A special note on Salzburg: As a city of music and culture, Salzburg remains one of Europe’s real gems, and this Salzburg 2-day itinerary will help you experience it all.
Spas and Hotels
Austrian culture has long placed hospitality near the very top of its list of priorities. The Naturhotel Forsthofgut is one of my absolute highlights when it comes to hotel and spa stays. Besides an exquisite room, the choices for treatments, food, and relaxation facilities were second to none.
I also managed to stay at the Hotel Arosa Kitzbühel, and it was a delightful all-round experience, especially for its excellent buffet breakfast. It’s also set in the picturesque countryside near the Austrian Alps.
Notable Towns to Visit and Things to Do
Aside from the main towns mentioned above, you may have an opportunity to visit one of Austria’s other iconic cities and regions. In some ways, Vorarlberg is Austria’s worst-kept secret for discerning skiers.
This state is very mountainous and sits on the Swiss, German,and Liechtenstein borders. The state capital, Bregenz, is a good base from which to start, as it sits on idyllic Lake Constance. I particularly like the idea of mountain biking in the pristine mountain, but here are the best things to do in Vorarlberg if you need more convincing.
The previously mentioned Graz, the second-largest city in Austria, is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. It features the magnificent Hauptplatz.
In 2011, it was nominated as a World City of Design. So it is one of the most exciting cities in the world to visit. Of the many fantastic things to do in Graz, visiting Freiblick Tagescafe should definitely be included.
Innsbruck is the capital of the state of Tyrol in western Austria. Tyrol – and Innsbruck, by association – are known for skiing and other winter sports.
For an old city (it became a capital in 1429), Innsbruck’s modernity is somewhat impressive, especially for facilitating leisure tourists. Look toward its funicular and very modern-styled stations as a few examples. If your vibe is walking tours and photo opportunities, I highly recommend trying these Innsbruck highlights.
If the thought of sipping Viennese coffee in a historic café or wandering through the Baroque streets of Salzburg makes your heart flutter, then this 5-day Austrian itinerary is your dream come true. Austria, a country that boasts an unparalleled fusion of cultural richness and natural beauty, has captured the hearts of travelers for generations. …
There is one serious problem when staying at Naturhotel Forsthofgut. How on earth will you experience all the fantastic food options, pool choices, spa treatments, and activities in the area AND appreciate your lovely room? There’s a reason this Austrian Spa hotel earned a spot on the 2023 Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best list …
Austria might be best known as a winter skiing destination, but this dazzling Alpine country has far more up its sleeve than just the snow. When it comes to the mountains, the region of Tyrol is the first to roll off the tongue. Known for its skiing and hiking, this region of Austria is one …
Austria is often underrated. It can be so closely associated with Germany that it often gets left behind as a must-see European country. This is such a shame as when it comes to what to do in Austria there are so many fantastic options. I have now visited Austria 6 times and am always finding …
Who needs Vienna? Lovely Graz is the second biggest city in Austria and for me much cuter than its older sibling. It is easy to see why Graz Austria was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. Add to that its 2011 nomination as a City of Design and you can see why it …
I stayed at Hotel Arosa Kitzbühel for a Social Media conference so I spent a lot of my time in presentations and seminars. It was a great conference but it was a shame that I didn’t have all the time I would have liked to appreciate this stunning hotel. Arosa Hotel Kitzbühel has so much …
I had always wanted to go to Innsbruck. I had missed out on previous opportunities to visit on Austria trips so when I was heading to a conference in Kitzbuhel I decided this was the time to make sure I saw Innsbruck Highlights. However, I was keen to not be away for too many evenings …