Holidays in Austria give you a whole world in a week
Julie Andrews may have sung her way out of Vienna in the Sound of Music, but we'd rather waltz all the way to the centre of Austria. Stunning architecture nestles in close with awe inspiring scenery and a cultural heritage that has changed the face of classical music and art across the globe. When trying to work out who should go to Austria, it is more of a case of who in their right mind wouldn't want to go? lastminute.com loves holidays in Austria and we're convinced you will too.
The worst thing about Austria is not having enough time to do everything
Picking just one activity or even type of holiday in Austria is something of an impossible task. Entire trips could be eaten away wandering the streets of Vienna as you sample local chocolates and museums, or striding across the Austrian Alps to get a lungful of authentic pine air - none of the spray stuff here. Take a dip, relax, run around, visit an art gallery, eat delicious local wiener schnitzel and realise you’re walking the same streets that Mozart once took inspiration from.
The Austrian Alps provide a wonderful backdrop to an entire year’s worth of activities. Hikers, bikers and swimmers will obviously want to walk, cycle and swim their way through the extremely hot summer months of June to August, when the snow gives way to lush greenery. If you're in the mood for more comfortable temperatures, then it's best to aim for the couple of months either side of the summer period. Most music and cultural festivals take place between May and October, so there will always be plenty to do no matter when you visit. Skiers and snowboarders should remember that the winter high season falls between December and March.
Salzkammergut is a jewel in the Austrian Lake District and is a lovely area to entertain the family. The waters are historically renowned for their vitamin rich healing properties, so when mum takes a tingly dip or indulges in a thermal spa treatment, dad and the kids can get up to all kinds of mischief on top of the water. All kinds of water sports, boating and fishing are available. If you tired of splashing around, then tours of the salt mines or beautiful illuminated ice sculptures in the deep underground caves of Dachstein are available. This is the perfect example of what Austria can offer; family fun, personal wellness and amazing glimpses of past culture are all available across the entire country.
Prepare for a uniquely you Austrian holiday
Austria has something for everyone; the typical family who want fun and entertainment,the health hungry hikers and spa fans,the history buffs and culture vultures. Each of them could arrive on the same plane and have an entirely unique Austrian holiday from the second they set foot on the ground. We’re not saying a holiday in Austria is like walking into a world of limitless possibility… but it’s not far off.