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Is Austria travel on your agenda? If you are wondering about the best things to do in Austria and which cities in Austria to include in your trip, you’ve come to the right place!  The Austria travel blog articles below will help you plan your ideal Austria holiday. Can’t decide how to travel around Austria? Train and car are both great ways to explore the country.  Read the articles below to find out more.



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Travelling isn’t just a summertime activity, and whilst most cities can be enjoyed at any time during the year, the well-known Austrian city of Salzburg is particularly delightful during the colder months.  

There are so many reasons to enjoy Christmas in Austria.  Cities are dressed to impress with twinkling fairy lights and giant Christmas trees, Christmas markets entice visitors with their tempting aromas of roasting chestnuts and gingerbread, and snowy landscapes put everyone in the festive spirit.

Whilst there are plenty of Vienna tourist attractions to fill your time in this beautiful city, it’s also a great base from which you can explore a number of other popular European destinations.

For a relatively small country, Austria certainly delivers big time.  Glorious scenery, delicious food, stunning architecture, history and art are just some of the delights on offer. And to me, the best way to discover Austria is by car.  This 3 week self-drive tour itinerary of Austria visits the country’s major cities, gorgeous lakes and the Danube, making for the perfect Austrian holiday.

Austria has always held a special place in my heart since my very first visit but whilst I'd visited Salzburg a couple of times previously, it wasn't until I did a self-guided cycling tour of the Austrian Lakes that I explored the lovely villages in the pretty Salzkammergut region.

Seeing the countryside of any destination from the saddle of a bike is a totally different experience to the one you get from inside a car or train.   Not only are you travelling at a slower pace, you also get to enjoy the sounds and smells of nature, and my cycling holiday around the beautiful Austrian Lakes is one I remember fondly.

Melk Abbey in Austria was never one of those ‘must visit’ places on my European bucket list but as I was practically passing the front door, I felt it deserved a visit. I’d seen it featured many times in European river cruise brochures as it is perfectly situated alongside the Danube and, being about half way between Vienna and our destination of Niederranna, it made sense to enjoy our lunch stop at Melk that day.

I'll admit I was a little nervous as a cycled alongside the lake towards Hallstatt. The lake itself (Hallstatter See) was everything I'd imagined it would be but would the town live up to my lofty expectations? For so long I'd wanted to visit the Austrian town of Hallstatt that I was a little worried that I might have been expecting too much and that it might disappoint. I needn't have been anxious, though, for it was everything I hoped it would be - and more!

Visiting Vienna was something that I'd long wanted to do. On previous trips to Europe it had just seemed a little bit too far east to fit into our itinerary, but this time I was determined to visit the much-talked about capital of Austria. With its abundance of culture and famous cuisine, not to mention those Viennese coffees, there was plenty to look forward to. This is my 3 days in Vienna itinerary.