Children and families
Whether diaper-changing courses on child-friendly slopes such as in the Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis ski areas, in the SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser/Brixental or in Lungau or whether holiday camps where the offspring can learn foreign languages, climb or experience adventure, Austria has a lot to offer children. Children’s hotels are very popular with families. Interesting for little people are also animal and wildlife parks such as the Alpine wildlife park Pfänder, horseback riding excursions, caves and grottos such as the Eisriesenwelt Werfen, high ropes courses, summer toboggan runs and leisure and adventure parks.
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Spas and Wellness
The thermal and climatic health resorts throughout Austria serve a spectrum from traditional to modern and offer, among other things, special offers for parents-to-be. Well-known health resorts include Baden, Bad Tatzmannsdorf, Bad Gastein, Galtür, Maria Wörth and countless other beautiful places. Health farms have a diverse program: bathing in whey, hay and herbal baths, llama trekking, alpine hikes, meditation and much more. Spa guests can also find rest and relaxation in monasteries such as the Reichersberg Abbey and the St. Lambrecht Abbey. More than 40 Kneipp spa hotels let their guests tread water according to Sebastian Kneipp.
Country of music
Austria is an integral part of music history. Famous composers such as Johann Strauss, Mozart, Haydn, Franz Schubert and Ludwig van Beethoven lived and worked in Vienna, the metropolis of music. The city deserves this title because of its nine annual Vienna Music Festivals, the Vienna Boys’ Choir, the Vienna State Opera and the Vienna Philharmonic, among other things. Among other things, Salzburg is famous for its Salzburg Festival and its Salzburg Easter Festival. The Austrians maintain the old tradition of folk music like aufhOHRchen at the folk music festival.
The seven national parks in Austria are the Donau-Auen National Park, the Kalkalpen National Park, the Gesäuse National Park, the Nockberge National Park, the Thayatal National Park, the Neusiedler See National Park and the Hohe Tauern National Park, which is the oldest in Austria and the largest in Central Europe. In the Hohe Tauern National Park you can visit the Krimml Waterfalls and, with a bit of luck, see ibexes and eagles.
Snow and toboggan good
Over 600 winter sports resorts and more than 500 ski schools and excellent ski instructors are available. Whether downhill, cross-country skiing, tobogganing or snowboarding, most of the winter sports offers can be found in the federal states of Tyrol, Salzburger Land and Vorarlberg. Kitzbühel, Kaltenbach/Hochzillertal-Hochfügen, SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental, St. Anton am Arlberg-St. Christoph-Stuben, Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis, Zillertal Arena, Mayrhofen/Penken, Ahorn, Rastkogel and the Eggalm in Tyrol as well as Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang and Hochkönig in Salzburger Land and Silvretta Montafon in Vorarlberg.
Museums, art and culture
Every federal state in Austria has interesting museums. From the Lentos Art Museum in Linz, the Kunsthalle Krems and Mozart’s birthplace to the Haydn House in Eisenstadt and historic Tyrolean farmhouses, the selection is huge. There is a whole range of world-famous museums in Vienna: the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Academy of Fine Arts, the Liechtenstein Museum, the Austrian Gallery in the Belvedere and the Albertina. A must is also the Hofburg with, among other things, the Imperial Apartments, the Sisi Museum and the Silver Collection.
Wines from beautiful countryside
Austria has three wine-growing regions: the wine-growing region of Austria consisting of Lower Austria, Burgenland and Vienna, the Steirerland in the federal state of Styria and the mountain region of Austria, which consists of Upper Austria, Salzburg, Carinthia, Tyrol and Vorarlberg. In Lower Austria, wonderful wine villages are lined up along the Danube from Melk to Klosterneuburg and its tributaries Krems, Trais and Kamp like pearls on a string of pearls. The wine adventure world Loisium is located in Langenlois. In the world-famous Styrian wine region, the vineyards of the South Styrian Wine Route, the Sausal Wine Route and the Schilcher Wine Route will enchant you. Bolzano in Tyrol is known as a wine town.
Lower Austria and Danube Valley Wachau
Lower Austria is the largest province in Austria. The Wachau, the 32 km long Danube valley between Krems and Melk, is one of the most beautiful river landscapes in Europe. The Danube Cycle Path leads directly through this area. Semmering, which is one of Vienna’s local recreation areas, is a popular skiing, hiking and recreation area. The old town of Krems is one of the best-preserved ensembles of Renaissance and Baroque buildings in Europe. The baroque Melk Abbey towers over the Danube, the most valuable piece of the monastery treasure is the Melk Cross, which was created around 1360.
Palaces and castles
The list of palaces and castles in Austria is long. The beautiful former noble and royal houses offer a deep insight into Austria’s history. Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna was once the summer residence of the Habsburgs. The golden-yellow palace is surrounded by a magnificent baroque park. Schönbrunn Palace and Park have been classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. With the Renaissance castle of Porcia and the castle of Hochosterwitz, Carinthia is home to two of the most important secular buildings. In Graz, Eggenberg Castle is worth seeing. Forchtenstein Castle and the Lackenbach Castle Museum in Burgenland attract visitors of all ages.