Holiday in Austria
Austria stretches over 84.000 square kilometres in the centre of Europe, with the Alps constituting more than 60 per cent of the country. The beautiful country is, however, not just about snow and hills, which will make the eyes of any child sparkle with joy. In the summer, a stay in Austria is a wonderful experience, which offers a broad variety of opportunities. A big-city holiday Austria in Vienna or in one of the other cities takes you straight into an exciting mixture of the imperial past and the modern Austria of today.
One of the most popular destinations in Austria is the state of Tyrol, which is located in the eastern part of Austria. It is the only one of the country’s nine states which is divided into two parts. Thus the larger part, North Tyrol, is separated from the smallest part, East Tyrol, by the state of Salzburg.
In the summer, a stay in Tyrol offers many opportunities for walks in the picturesque surroundings, which characterize this part of the Alps. Enjoy the sight of the majestic mountains, the clear lakes and the green carpets of grass, which lead to the foothills of the mountains.
When snow begins to fall in late autumn, the beautiful landscape is turned into an eldorado for winter sports – and during you stay in Tyrol, you will get every opportunity to enjoy life in the snow-cowered Alps.
The capital of the state is the city of Innsbruck which is situated in the beautiful Inn Valley, surrounded by tall mountains. Innsbruck is not really a big city, but nevertheless a stay here offers a wide range of wonderful experiences. All year round the city hosts major events such as “Dancing Summer”, a Christmas fair, the Weeks of Classical Music and new years’ celebrations. The imperial palace is definitely worth a visit. Likewise, you should not miss the sight of the “Golden Roof” above the balcony, from which the emperor had an excellent view to the city.
In fact, the emperors of Austria spend most of their time in the other end of the country, as the capital city of Vienna is located near the eastern border of Austria. The impressive architecture of the inner city – which is a World Heritage Site – bears witness to the fact, that Vienna was a major player in European politics during the 19th and parts of the 20th centuries. The State Opera, the Imperial Court Theatre and the Museum of Art are just a few examples.
Be sure not to miss the Hofburg Imperial Palace, from which emanated the power of the imperial rulers of Austria. Nowadays, the palace is the official residence of the President of Austria – but it also serves as a museum, which displays the imperial crown jewels. The Schönbrunn Palace and the Belvedere Palace, a variety of museums, theatres and opera houses provide ample opportunities for an exciting stay in Vienna.
A stay in Vienna is also a gastronomical journey. The Wiener Schnitzel is a world famous dish, which you simply must try. As for desserts, Vienne is definitely the right place to be. The city’s cakes and desserts, in particular Apfelstrudel (hot apple strudel) is just about as famous as the Wiener Schnitzel. In a few words, a stay in Vienna is a multi facetted and unforgettable experience.