Whatever you’re looking for in the Alps, you’re pretty much guaranteed to find it in these 11 itineraries.
Europe’s highest mountain range — spanning a whopping 750 miles — naturally holds every kind of adventure one could possibly think of. The Alpine valleys of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland still hide idyllic villages where cheesemaking and woodworking reign supreme. Bustling cities like Zurich, Salzburg, and Munich mean world-class experiences at the foot of Mother Nature’s best work of European art.
But keep in mind that a trip to the Alps is all about who you are. These mountains, villages, and cities can hold whatever you want them to hold — which itinerary will you choose?
-1- Town And Country
Touch down in any buzzing Alpine city and you’ll be surrounded by snowcapped Alps, teeny villages, and bucolic landscapes spreading out into the horizon.
Austria has absolutely no shortage of absolutely stunning natural sights so you’re bound to find somewhere else say their valley is more beautiful but when you beauty is so renowned that it’s been award UNESCO World Heritage status, you kinda know you got that title in the bag!
Despite its UNESCO World Heritage status, the valley of Wachau (with the Danube River running right through it) is not a place I’d really heard about before visiting Vienna.
Wachau is only about 1 hour away from Vienna (perhaps 1.5 hours if you stop for snacks and photos), so deciding to visit was pretty much a no-brainer.
Carrying on in our theme of wine and food, our very first stop was Weingut Holzapfel-Prandtauerhof – a restaurant, vineyard and indeed a hotel in Weißenkirchen, a small village in Wachau.
We left Salzburg by train, after a 7:00AM taxi ride which our hosts graciously arranged for us. The Salzburg train station is easy to find your way around in and we had purchased our tickets for Hallstatt there a few days earlier.
The short train journey of less than 3 hours, including one quick train change around halfway, was through beautiful countryside and into the mountains dotted with small towns and the occasional castle.
It was just starting to rain as we got off at the Hallstatt stop. There is a small building here in the wilderness at the side of the track and a path leads down to a small walk-on ferry to take you on a 15 minute ride across the lake to the town of Hallstatt.
If you want to enjoy hiking or cycling along beautiful trails in Austria, make it a point to visit Salzkammergut. The place is one of the most breathtaking places to visit in Hallstatt. There are many activities that tourists can indulge in including discovering the charming landscapes, enjoying crystal clear waters and having the most delicious European food found in the world. This is the reason why Salzkammergut is one of the most favorite spots for people to visit from all over the world.
There are plenty of interesting things to do in Salzkammergut for those who have a thing for natural beauty. The village was included on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. The culture and custom of this village is depicted in the lifestyle of the inhabitants.
When you to travel to Austria, there are many wonderful places you can visit. In each town, there is something to see and behold. It’s ideal for both summer and winter vacation and popular with millions of visitors to enjoy the various attractions. When planning your travel, be aware that one visit is not enough to exhaust all the countries jewels, you will come back for more. Many famous composers have called Austria home and the locals preserve the rich inherited history.
Lies on the border of Germany and Austria, and offers visitors backdrops views of the Alps. The city had managed to retain the vibrant urban fabric since the 19th century when it was a single city state.
Visitors can visit the birth place of Mozart, the most popular location in Salzburg.
Capturing the best of Vienna through a lens requires perspective rather than tough search. After all, Wien is one of Europe’s most elegant cities, boasting a historic center that is a UNESCO World Heritage. Here are seven spots at both well known attractions and insider places that will add a unique angle to a Vienna photo and video story.
Thanks to a liberal policy, officials at Austria’s Ministry of Justice share their canteen and mind blowing roof terrace with the general public. Housed just off Ringstrasse boulevard, Justizcafé offers an eye level view of the most ornate domes, towers and rooftops: from St. Stephen’s Cathedral and Hofburg, to the Church of St. Peter, the Giant Ferris Wheel, Vienna’s City Hall and Votiv Church to the adjacent Austrian Parliament’s spectacular rooftop decorations. By the way, the canteen’s food is absolutely acceptable.
A visit to Melk Abbey in Austria is a combination history, religion, and art lesson.
It is a rainy windswept day when I visit Melk Abbey, an AmaWaterways river cruise excursion in Austria. We meet our very young guide (who looks more like a teenager than the scholar tour guide she is) in a grand inner courtyard before entering the abbey proper.
It was Abbot Berthold Dietmayr and his architects Jakob Prandtauer and Joseph Munggenast who were the driving force behind building Melk Abbey in the early 18thcentury on the foundations of a medieval monastery. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the biggest and most beautiful Baroque enclaves in Europe. Built on a cliff overlooking the Danube, it is Austria’s most visited art-historical site.