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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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With its abundance of stunning architecture and rich history, Vienna is the jewel in Austria's crown.  As the home to the Vienna Boys' Choir, the beautiful Lippizaner stallions of the Spanish Riding School, and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the city has a rich cultural flavour but it also proudly boasts a strong cafe and culinary scene, too.  

My first introduction to Swarovski crystal came on a Contiki tour of Europe way back in 1988.  As part of our tour, we were taken to the Swarovski crystal factory in Wattens, just outside of Innsbruck, to have a look at the gorgeous products, and of course, like many on the tour, I came away with my very own piece of Swarovski crystal. A couple of years, and a few purchases later, I joined the Swarovski Collector's Society (now called the Crystal Society) and I'm still a member today.  Over the years, I have added to my Swarovski collection and have been lucky enough to return to Wattens on a number of occasions. 

Although it's worthy of at least a couple of days' visit, it is possible to get a great feel for Salzburg in just 24 hours. This beautiful Austrian city, made famous by Mozart and the classic movie, The Sound of Music, has a long, proud history and plenty to offer the visitor.

Innsbruck, the capital of Austria's Tirol region, really is the city for everyone.  Where else can you have lunch in town, browse the shops and then move on to a mountain restaurant for a leisurely afternoon coffee?  There are plenty of things to do in Innsbruck, Austria to keep you entertained, no matter what your interests.

A few years ago, whilst looking for somewhere to stay in Austria after seven weeks on the move, we came across a little piece of paradise quite by accident. Our criteria was fairly simple – all we wanted was somewhere to chill out and relax for our last week away but it had to be somewhere that the kids could be occupied too!  Scrolling through a list of place names, we came across Zell am See, and it turned out to be a great choice because there lots of things to do in Zell am See, Austria to keep the whole family amused.

The picture-postcard country of Austria is a favourite amongst travellers and whilst it may be small in size, Austria is big on things to see and do.

In winter, the beautiful Austrian Alps offers some of the best skiing in Europe with world famous resorts such as Kitzbuhel, and the ski resorts are all very accessible. The Tyrolean capital, Innsbruck, is just a 25 minute funicular ride to the ski fields so there's more time for skiing on the huge array of ski runs.


Twinkling fairy lights, softly falling snow, the smell of freshly roasted chestnuts tickling your nostrils, a mug of hot Glühwein (mulled wine) to warm your insides, brass bands marching through the streets……. it sounds like a fairytale, but this is real. This is Christmas in Vienna.