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Austria

We recommend Austria for...

  • Elegant cities such as Vienna and Innsbruck
  • Simply magnificent Alpine beauty, with picture-postcard Alpine villages set amidst dramatic scenery
  • The musical heritage of Mozart’s Salzburg and the Sound of Music
  • Majestic mountain railways, including Achensee Train, Europe’s oldest rack and pinion railway
  • The beautiful region of Carinthia, with fabulous lake and mountain scenery, a relaxed Mediterranean feel and a warm climate

A land of simply magnificent Alpine beauty, Austria has a majestic beauty that will leave you breathless. From elegant cities such as Vienna and Innsbruck and picture-postcard Alpine villages set amidst dramatic scenery, to the musical heritage of Mozart’s Salzburg and the Sound of Music, Austria is a country steeped in tradition that is bound to seduce.

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Close this result item Little Trains of Austria 9 days 

Zillertalbahn

A backdrop of Austria's breathtaking mountain scenery is perfect for capturing the romance of this holiday's epic railway journeys. Exhilarating rides on steam locomotives are offered along with exciting excursions, while your welcoming base is a traditional Tyrolean village.

Hotel Sonnhof , Wiesing

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9 days from only £599 per person.

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Close this result item The Classic Danube By Air 7 days 

Budapest

Enjoy a classic cruise along the famous Danube River, as it snakes its way through central Europe. We’ll be sure to witness stunning scenery as we cruise along the beautiful valleys of the river and discover historic cities and villages as well as architectural wonders - a truly unforgettable experience awaits you.

MV Esmeralda

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7 days from only £1019 per person.

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Close this result item Splendours of the Tyrol - Grand Tourer 10 days 

Konigsee

Discover magical Castle Rosenegg on a unique stay at the charming Schlosshotel, dating back to the 12th century. It's a perfect base to explore the stunning scenery of the Tyrol and Salzburg, backdrop to the much-loved 'Sound of Music'.

Schlosshotel Rosenegg , Fieberbrunn

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10 days from only £869 per person.

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Close this result item Great Cities of the Danube by Rail 10 days 

Budapest

A majestic cruise through the valleys, vineyards and scenery that make the Danube so special. From the elegance of Vienna, with its many sights from the glorious Hapsburg era, to the ancient splendour of Bratislava and stunning Budapest. You could sample some Wachau Valley wine or tour beautiful Melk Abbey. Immerse yourself in some of the heartland of Europe’s most magical capitals while enjoying the friendly atmosphere of the MV Esmeralda.

MV Esmeralda

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Close this result item Great Cities of the Danube By Air 8 days 

Budapest

A majestic cruise through the valleys, vineyards and scenery that make the Danube so special. From the elegance of Vienna, with its many sights from the glorious Hapsburg era, to the ancient splendour of Bratislava and stunning Budapest. Immerse yourself in some of the heartland of Europe’s most magical capitals while enjoying the friendly atmosphere of the MV Esmeralda.

MV Esmeralda

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Close this result item Great Cities of the Danube (Munich Extension) 10 days 

Linz

A majestic cruise through the valleys, vineyards and scenery that make the Danube so special. From the elegance of Vienna, with its many sights from the glorious Hapsburg era, to the ancient splendour of Bratislava and stunning Budapest. Immerse yourself in some of the heartland of Europe’s most magical capitals while enjoying the friendly atmosphere of the MV Esmeralda, before making the most of additional time in Munich.

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10 days from only £1194 per person.

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Close this result item Vienna & Fairytale Castles 12 days 

Neuschwanstein Castle

Austria is known for its laidback atmosphere, peaceful towns and villages, and artistic side. However, it’s also home to some of the most beautiful castles and palaces in Europe, and this coach holiday from Shearings will give us a chance to experience these beautiful buildings in Austria and Bavaria first-hand.

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  • Ananas Austrian Trend Hotel, Vienna
  • Hotel Eggerbrau, Imst

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12 days from only £779 per person.

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Close this result item Picturesque Lakes & Peaks 10 days 

Fraueninsel, Lake Chiemsee

A wonderful opportunity to discover the true beauty of this spectacular region. Travel through typical Tyrolean countryside whilst taking in spectacular mountain peaks and the calm and tranquillity of Lake Chiemsee, home to the magnificently furnished Herrenchiemsee Palace.

Pension Diane , Niederau

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10 days from only £619 per person.

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Close this result item The Classic Danube By Coach 10 days 

Budapest

Enjoy a classic cruise along the famous Danube River, as it snakes its way through central Europe. We’ll be sure to witness stunning scenery as we cruise along the beautiful valleys of the river and discover historic cities and villages as well as architectural wonders - a truly unforgettable experience awaits you.

MV Esmeralda

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Close this result item Westendorf & the Kitzbuhler Alps - Hotel Post 9 days 

Innsbruck Mountain Snow

A totally relaxing holiday, based in the picture-postcard scenery of the Brixen Valley at the foot of the Kitzbühler Alps. The typically authentic Austrian village of Westendorf offers many delights, from monumental mountain views, to flower covered balconies and Tyrolean hospitality.

Hotel Post , Westendorf

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Information about Austria

A land of simply magnificent Alpine beauty, Austria has a majestic beauty that will leave you breathless. From elegant cities such as Vienna and Innsbruck and picture-postcard Alpine villages set amidst dramatic scenery, to the musical heritage of Mozart’s Salzburg and the Sound of Music, Austria is a country steeped in tradition that is bound to seduce.

Holidaymakers come to Austria to experience its simply magnificent Alpine scenery dotted with picture-postcard villages, but also to visit elegant cities such as Innsbruck. Many visitors are drawn by the musical heritage of Salzburg, home to Mozart and The Sound of Music. Others prefer the tranquility of Austria’s Lake District, or relaxing on a Danube cruise. Austria has a majestic beauty that will leave you breathless. Steeped in tradition, it is bound to seduce.

Did You Know?

The original croissant was Austrian. The kipferl, a crescent-shaped bread, has been baked in Austria since the Middle Ages. It gave rise to its more famous French cousin after an Austrian named August Zang opened a bakery in Paris in the late 1830s.

The German name for Austria, Österreich, means “Eastern Empire”. It refers to a time when Austria was part of the Holy Roman Empire.


Climate

Austria has a typical central European climate, with colder conditions in Alpine regions, where the peaks are snow-capped year round. In summer, days are hot, but nights can be cool. Winters are cold everywhere. In the Danube Valley, snow may stay on the ground for several weeks in winter. In southeastern Austria, including Carinthia, summers can be warmer and sunnier than north of the Alps, with a hint of a Mediterranean feel during settled periods.

 

 Vienna sees average daily temperatures of -1ºC in January and 20ºC in July. Innsbruck in the Tyrol experiences average daily temperatures of -3ºC in January and 19ºC in July.

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            Capital: Vienna

            Area:  32,375 square miles

            Population:  8.4 million

            Currency:  euro

            Language: German

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