Whether you’re visiting Austria for an action-packed weekend away or a relaxing time under the Austrian sun, one thing that is sure to impress visitors, regardless of plans and desires, is the stunning scenery. Massive altitudes means you can see the true beauty of the mountains from ground level, taking in the paper-white snow and bright blue skies. The many different areas of this outstanding country means that snow isn’t the only terrain you see – vibrant green grass is also sat at the bottom of the mountains, giving visitors a break from the bright and sometimes overbearing snow when needed. Additionally, tiny, rustic-style villages and calm, blue lakes make for intimate and soothing walks and the lack of street commotion gives visitors a reasonable amount of space and freedom to do as they please.
When thinking of a winter trip to countries such as snowy Austria and Switzerland, skiing is the first activity that comes to mind, and large amounts of people see these locations just as ski resorts. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Despite the fact that there are ski resorts scattered all over the place, as a cultural and historic country, Austria has so much more to offer: from sleighing and ice skating to spa facilities and Austrian boutiques.
Because of Austria’s close proximity to other cities such as Prague and Budapest, there will never be a dull moment during your trip. Why not take a coach tour through the landscape of western Hungary through to the captivating city of Budapest, where you’ll be given the chance to enjoy a delectable lunch whilst admiring the main sights of the city – including the Vajdahunyad castle, Opera house or the Citadel? Or if sightseeing doesn’t tickle your fancy, take a day out in the Austrian countryside for a wine tasting tour where you can satisfy your cravings with a delicious lunch at a traditional wine tavern whilst trying out all the weird and wonderful reds, whites and roses. You are then given the opportunity to end your day with an hour-long, picturesque river cruise between the remote villages of Spitz and Melk. If wine is your area of interest but, not so much boats, then you could always try the wine tasting bike tour through the Wachau Valley.
For those of you who are seeking a more action-packed and adventurous break, the Vienna City Segway Day Tour is also available, allowing people in attendance to explore the city at their own pace. Also departing from Vienna, the tour allows guests to cruise effortlessly through the city, morning, afternoon or evening, making pit stops at beautiful parks and cafes while learning fun facts about Vienna’s deep history. In addition, Schonbrunn Zoo or ‘Vienna Zoo’ is located around the grounds of the Schonbrunn Palace, just waiting for the animal lovers out there to learn about the 4000 animals it is home to. Founded in 1752, it is one of the oldest zoos in the world and focuses on nature conservation as well as educating visitors on the many different, wonderful species of animals.
It’s clear to see that, with exceptional views, interesting history and an array of fun activities, Austria makes for a flawless holiday destination this winter season for people from all walks of life, so get booking!