New Delhi: If you are looking to holiday in Europe, why not begin at its heart – in the Austrian capital of Vienna? For centuries Vienna commanded a special place as the nucleus of Europe, forming a natural gateway between Western and European parts. Even today, this multidimensional city by the lovely Danube river, that is just a seven hours flight from India, is a charming cultural conduit to the rest of Europe, with diverse offerings. Reason enough for a growing number of Indians to choose a Viennese Vacation.
“Over 2017, Vienna’s tourism industry had its best year ever — 15.5 million visitor bednights — notching up an all-time high. Over 58,000 Indians spent nearly 128,000 bednights, representing an amazing 11% growth,” says Mr Norbert Kettner, Director of Tourism, Vienna Tourist Board.
With its red trams, magnificent museums, ornate palaces, atmospheric coffeehouses and its UNESCO World Heritage listed historic city centre, Vienna seamlessly combines a cultural break with the outdoors activities making it the ideal destination for family holidays.
Salzburg is the fourth-largest city in Austria and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to one of the best-preserved city centers north of the Alps — it’s also a gorgeous and luxurious place to visit year-round. If you’re looking to stay in this picturesque destination, enjoy only the best at one of these top luxury hotels.
Hotel Sacher Salzburg
Stay in Salzburg’s grand, 5-star Hotel Sacher Salzburg. Located on the shores of Salzach River, it offers views of the city’s Old Town and is in close proximity to some of the best sites the city has to offer.
This historic hotel is located in the heart of Salzburg, close to the Mirabell Palace and the Festival Houses. The elegant rooms are spacious and updated, while still offering historic charm.
Hotel Goldener Hirsch
This captivating 5-star hotel is located in Salzburg’s historic Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stay right in the thick of Salzburg’s most famous attractions and relish in the beautiful antique touches.
Austrian capital Vienna is one of the finest places to visit with your family in 2018. Here’s why!
At a time when Vienna’s tourism industry looks back at 2017 as its best year ever – 15.5 million visitor bed nights – Indian travelers too hotfooted to Vienna, known for its imperial history, magnificent palaces and gardens. In 2017, over 58,000 Indians spent nearly 128,000 bed nights in the Austrian capital, an impressive 11% increase over 2016.
“The welcoming attitude of the people of Vienna helped ensure that visitors have delightful experiences and return to their homes with wonderful memories,” says Isabella Rauter, Public Relations Manager for Vienna Tourist Board.
With its red trams, magnificent museums, ornate palaces, atmospheric coffeehouses and its UNESCO World Heritage listed historic city centre, Vienna seamlessly combines a cultural break with the outdoors activities making it the ideal destination for family holidays. The city‘s efficient public transport system comprising tram, bus and metro is as convenient for small children in strollers as it is for the elderly.
UNESCO says that for sites to be included on its World Heritage List, they “must be of outstanding universal value and meet at least one out of ten selection criteria” — which include (but are not limited to): having a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared, having aesthetic importance to an area, and exhibiting an important interchange of human values.
But just because a site has earned itself a place on the List, it doesn’t necessarily mean it will keep it’s spot. Armed conflict, natural disaster, severe weather, unplanned urban developments, pollution and more can all play a part in threatening a sites’ status.
Below you can find 21 of the sites that have been places on UNESCO’s List of World Heritage in Danger. For more information, visit the website.
Vienna, Austria Río Plátano, Honduras Sumatran Rainforest, Indonesia Historic Center of Shakhrisyabz, Uzbekistan Medieval Monuments in Kosovo, Serbia Potosí, Bolivia Niokolo-Koba National Park, Senegal Kasubi Tombs, Uganda East Rennell, Solomon Islands Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works, Chile Atsinanana Rainforest, Madagascar
This is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the majestic glories of three of central Europe’s great imperial capitals. Contrast Vienna’s elegance with Prague’s unique charm and Berlin’s history on this ten-day tour by rail. Highlights range from Mozart’s residence in Vienna and the historic old town of Prague to Berlin’s fascinating, storied past.
Park Inn Berlin-Alexanderplatz, Berlin
The 4-Star Park Inn Berlin-Alexanderplatz is situated on Berlin’s famous Alexanderplatz, opposite the television tower and within walking distance of Unter den Linden and the State Opera House. The hotel has the distinction of being the ‘highest hotel in Berlin’, standing at 150 metres high and with 39 floors. The Park Inn has three restaurants, two atmospheric bars, a beer garden and a roof terrace from which to enjoy the fabulous views over Berlin. Leisure facilities include a sauna and a gym.
Along the Danube, the 40-km Wachau Valley in Austria, with its hilltop ruins, castles, vineyards, historic towns and quaint villages, is of special significance to mankind. As UNESCO calls it: a landscape of high visual quality. Then there’s the magnificent Melk Abbey!
Just like the landscape of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley is protected by UNESCO, the Danube has its own area of special significance: the 40-km Wachau Valley in Austria, between the towns of Krems and Melk. And like that Rhine stretch, Wachau has hilltop ruins, castles, vineyards, historic towns and quaint villages. As UNESCO calls it:
a landscape of high visual quality.
One of the villages along Wachau is Willendorf. Sound familiar, but can’t quite place it?
I snuck this pic of one of the shelves in Alexandra’s ancient artefacts cabinet (yes, I have a geeky kid), that might jog your memory.
Vienna, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, is famous for its wealth of culture, well-stocked museums, music and wine.
Nestled in the heart of Europe is Vienna, the federal capital of Austria. With its long history, different cultures, elegant architecture, beautiful music and top-notch cuisine, this exuberant city all year round attracts tourists — approximately 1.5 million a year — almost equal to its population of around 1.8 million.
Covering an area of 415km², the city’s boundary stretches from the banks of the Danube River to the northeasternmost foothills of the Prealps mountain range. It has an amenable temperate climate with an average temperature of 12C. The city centre where St Stephen’s Cathedral sits is 171m above sea level.
Vienna is also well-known for lush parks and tree-lined streets. Half of its total area is covered by gardens, forests, parks and farmland.
We asked some of the country’s top sommeliers what wine regions you shouldn’t miss in 2018, and here’s what they had to say.
Just an one-hour drive from Vienna, the Wachau is one of Austria’s most picturesque valleys. Old castles, monasteries, and quaint villages flank the Danube river in this UNESCO World Heritage site. Add to that outstanding wineries, and you begin to understand why the Wachau is a wine lover’s paradise. Rent a bike to tour the historic sites and stop by a winery or two to sip dry to off-dry rieslings and grüner veltliners. Among the top wineries, “Knoll, Jamek, and Hirtzberger have great tasting rooms and excellent restaurants,” says Rajat Parr, winemaker and partner at Domaine de la Côte.
Central Otago, New Zealand
The name is misleading, because Central Otago is located on the southern tip of New Zealand.
Enjoy a white Christmas in this beautiful city in Austria our travel guide has everything you need.
Where is Salzburg?
Salzburg is an Austrian city, bordering Germany and with views of the Eastern Alps. One of the best places to go for an authentic white Christmas experience complete with snow, festive markets, Nordic festivities and more. It is known for being the birthplace of the music legend Mozart.
How to get there?
You can either fly from Dubai on a non-direct flight to Salzburg; or you could make a trip of it and fly directly to Vienna, and then take the train to Salzburg, which takes around 2.5 hours.
Where to stay
Our top recommendation would be Blaue Gans, the oldest inn in the whole city converted into a boutique hotel.
There’s nothing in the world quite like Christmas in Europe—wooden chalets in historic towns dating to the 13th century, snow-covered cathedrals, and all the hot mulled wine you can drink. Here are 12 of the continent’s can’t-miss markets.
Old Town and Wenceslas Square, Prague, Czech Republic
Just five minutes’ apart by foot, Prague’s Old Town and Wenceslas markets are the best in a city that already tops our list of places to spend Christmas. What sets these markets apart are their treats: Don’t miss the barbecued pork or trdelník, a hot, rolled pastry rolled in cinnamon and sugar and cooked over a grill.
Tallinn Christmas Market, Estonia
In addition to Estonian Christmas dishes like black pudding and sour cabbage (it’s better than it sounds, we swear), Tallinn’s market also has a Santa who arrives by reindeer-pulled sleigh.