Austria

The birthplace of Mozart and setting of The Sound of Music, Austria provides mesmerising blend of culture, scenery, art and elegance. Read more...

Escape to Austria and discover an icon of Europe. Endless rolling hills, snow-dusted alps and quaint villages overlooking vast sapphire lakes – this is the scenery that awaits. But a trip to Austria is also one rich in romantic grandeur, with a vast history of fine art, music and architecture. It’s also a culinary adventure – expect to delight in apple strudel in Vienna, relax in a Viennese coffee house or graze on Austria’s finest cuisine in Graz.

Next to the Danube River, lies Vienna, revered as the City of Music. Learn about the world’s best-loved classical musicians like Mozart, Haydn and Strauss, partake in a waltz lesson and maybe even be privy to a performance of the Vienna Boys’ Choir. Opulent churches await, as well as architecturally impressive buildings like the State Opera and the Museum of Fine Arts.

For a change in scenery, a trip to the World Heritage-listed city of Salzburg is a necessity. Reminisce in unforgettable settings from The Sound of Music, including Lake Wolfgang and Nonnberg Abbey, where the wedding of Maria and Baron Von Trapp took place. Boat across pristine lakes, experience glorious panoramic views from the Bergisel ski jump, or head to Salzkammergut to breath in the fresh alpine air. Austria is also home to postcard-worthy towns like Zell am See and Innsbruck, where soaring mountains blend beautifully with pastel-coloured homes that look like doll houses.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Walk around the Museum Quarter of Vienna, a 300-year-old playground of arts and culture.
  • Tour the regency chambers and museums of the medieval fortress Hohensalzburg in Salzburg.
  • Hike or bike your way around the lakeside village of Hallstatt in Salzkammergut, the lake district of Austria.
  • Explore the decadent showrooms and sprawling gardens of Schönbrunn Palace, an hour outside of Vienna.
  • After a long day of sightseeing, grab a drink at the bar in the Do & Co Hotel or Bermuda Dreieck.
  • Don’t miss out on trying (or taking home!) traditional Sachertorte.