Best places to visit in Austria
Your discovery of Austria will likely start with a stay in Vienna. But where will you go next? Are you going to limit yourself to discovering the beauties and riches of the Austrian capital or would you like to discover the most beautiful destinations in Austria, its sumptuous lakes, its incredible castles, the must-see destinations as well as the best hidden gems and nature wonders of Austria?
Discover must-see places as well as off-the-beaten-path destinations and create your trip à la carte by finding inspiration among the best places to visit in Austria.
Treat yourself to a romantic stay with your loved one and visit the most beautiful museums, the most beautiful palaces in Vienna. Stroll through the romantic streets and parks of Vienna, taste local specialties such as Apfelstrudel, a delicious apple dessert.
Vienna is also a destination for families. This destination, ranked among the safest destinations in Europe, offers hundreds of attractions for young and old. Buy your "Skip-the_line Giant Ferris Wheel Ride" today and hop aboard one of Europe's most beautiful Ferris wheels also ranked among the best places in Europe for a marriage proposal!
Treat yourself to a romantic or family cruise on the Danube or an evening of concerts to discover the greatest Austrian composers. Want to experience a magical moment? Discover Vienna at Christmas, its Christmas markets are ranked among the most beautiful Christmas markets in Europe.
Where to stay: "K + K Palais Hotel". Stay in the heart of Vienna.
The legendary musical "The Sound of Music" was filmed in Salzburg. Salzburg is also the birthplace of Mozart. Salzburg is a destination for lovers of music and history. Do not miss to visit its incredible fortress overlooking Salzburg: it is ranked among the best castles in Austria.
Stroll through Salzburg and discover its unspoiled historic centre, declared as Word Heritage Site by the UNESCO. Salzburg is a green city, surrounded by forests, lakes, mountains. Salzburg is also more than 4000 events per year, gourmet restaurants but also dozens of breweries that make Salzburg the Austrian capital of beer.
If you want to experience a magical moment, discover Salzburg at Christmas. This destination is ranked among the most beautiful Christmas markets in Austria and the most beautiful Christmas markets in Europe.
During your stay in Salzburg do not miss a visit to Hallstatt, one of the best hidden gems of Austria.
How to get there: Book your flights to Salzburg or reach Salzburg by car or train from Munich (2H) or Vienna (3H).
Where to stay: "Imlauer Hotel Pitter Salzburg" is a family run 4 star hotel.
This sublime medieval old town is one of Austria's most beautiful destinations. Visit the historic heart of the capital of Styria, one of the most incredible regions in Austria. During your stay, be sure to visit "Landlust" a sustainable tourism destination awarded the EDEN prize by the European Commission.
Graz is the perfect destination for a romantic weekend, a city break with friends or with children. You will be amazed by the beauty of its baroque and renaissance buildings. For a 360-degree view of the city hop aboard the funicular. For contemporary art enthusiasts, don't miss a visit to the "Kunsthaus Graz".
If you want to experience a fairy tale, come visit Graz during the Christmas holidays , its Christmas market is ranked among the most beautiful Christmas markets in Europe. Take good shoes with you to walk the alleys of the historic centre, you can rest regularly on a terrace or in a café and taste the "Austria" s delicatessen ".
How to get there: Book your flights to Graz or join Graz from Vienna (2 hours by car, 3 hours by train).
Where to stay: "Palais Hotel Erzherzog Johann" situated in the heart of the odl town of Graz.
This Austrian village looks like it came out of a postcard. Hallstatt is a beautiful village located 1 hour by car from Salzburg (2 hours by train). A replica of this village was created a few years ago in China, in Huizhou but let's be honest, that is not worth comparing.
Forget about the copies and come visit the original by booking your flights to Salzburg or Vienna as well as your accommodation at the best price and your tours and activities in Austria such as a private day trip to Hallstatt from Vienna or Salzburg.
How to get there: Book your flights to Salzburg (1h by car / 2h by train) or Vienna (3h).
Where to stay: “B&B Haus Hemetzberger” featuring mountain views.
This magnificent destination located on the edge of one of Austria's most beautiful lakes owes its name to the Church of Maria Worth, built on this peninsula in the 9th century. Yesterday the village was small, but today Maria Worth has become one of the most important seaside resorts in Austria.
This unique destination in the world attracts travellers looking for well-being, nature and relaxation, but also film directors and lovers who wish to get married in an exceptional place.
How to get there: Book your flights to Graz (1h30 by car) or Ljubljana (1H by car).
Where to stay: "Hotel Linde" that offers a private water-taxi service.
Located in the west of Austria, on the border with Switzerland and Germany, Bregenz, an ancient Roman city, is a perfect destination for history buffs. Bregenz also attracts travellers looking for amazing and original cultural events. Every year, in July and August, a music festival takes place on a floating stage on the incredible Lake Constance.
Music lovers can also enjoy the Jazz Festival and the Bregenz Spring Festival, one of the most important cultural festivals in Europe. Finally, if you are staying in Bregenz, be sure to visit the narrowest house in Europe, located at 29 rue de l'Eglise in Bregenz, it is less than 60 cm wide!
Bregenz is a perfect destination for travellers able to think outside the box, for nature and culture lovers.
How to get there: Book your flights to Zurich (1h30 by car).
Where to stay: “Grand Hotel Bregenz” located 100m from Lake Constance.
Ramsau am Dachstein
Whether you are an Olympic champion or just a curious traveller ready to think outside the box to discover the best hidden gems in Austria, Ramsau am Dachstein is for you. Ramsau am Dachstein is considered one of the best places in Europe to restore your body, mind and soul.
Popular with Olympic champions for recharging their batteries before major sporting competitions, Ramsau am Dachstein also attracts hikers, Instagrammers, nature and authentic places lovers. Discover its suspended footbridge, its hiking paths, ski slopes or simply walk on foot in the most beautiful places of this destination considered to be one of the best hidden gems in Austria.
Where to stay: “Landhaus Ramsau” offers an indoor pool and a spa area.
Waidhofen an der Ybss
Surrounded by lush forest and crossed by a river, Waidhofen an der Ybbs is one of Austria’s most beautiful destinations. Do not miss to visit the market ( it is held three times a week) in the old historic centre to taste local products. Waidhofen an der Ybbs is part of the Mostviertel region, awarded by the European Commission for its commitment to sustainable tourism.
Come in Spring to admire the pear trees in bloom and taste the pear brandy, a local product that is the pride of this region.
Where to stay: “Leopold an der Ybbs” perfect for a 2-night stay.
If you love the Danube you will love Linz, the unique city on the Danube. Linz is a destination made for nature lovers with its many parks and the strong presence of the legendary Danube. Linz is also a destination for music lovers with its many concerts, operas, festivals.
You can come to Linz by plane or prefer the train; did you know that Linz central railway station has been awarded the title Austria's most attractive railway station?
How to get there: Book your flights to Blue Danube Airport Linz or join Linz by train from Vienna (2 hours by car or by train from Vienna).
Where to stay: "Star Inn Hotel Linz Promenadengalerien". One of our bestsellers in Linz!
Zell am See
Located between Salzburg and Innsbruck, Zell am see is one of Austria's most beautiful destinations. Renowned for its sports facilities that host the biggest ski competitions, Zell am See is popular with travellers in winter.
In summer it is the perfect destination for beautiful walks in the mountain pastures or to let yourself be carried away by the waves on its captivating blue lake.
Zell am See is a city rich in cultural events with many restaurants and quality accommodation. From hiking and golf to skiing, cycling, paddle boarding, Zell am See is a destination suitable for all types of travellers who stay there for its numerous Wellness and Spas, for shopping, for its gastronomy but also to celebrate weddings. In short, Zell am See is a destination to put at the top of your travel-wishlist.
How to get there: Book your flights to Salzburg (1 hour by car) or Innsbruck (2 hours).
Where to stay: "Superior Hotel Tirolerhof - Zell am See" is a 4-star spa hotel at the foot of the mountain.
Hochosterwitz Castle is considered by Austrians but also by travellers from all over the world to be one of the most beautiful medieval castles in Europe. This fortress built on top of a 150-metre hill dominates the entire region. No need to stay at the foot of the castle to see it, it is visible more than 30 kilometres around.
How to get there: Book your flights to Graz (1h30 by car).
Where to stay: "Hotel Dienstl Gut" located 2 kilometres from the castle, it offers an equestrian centre and a wellness centre.
If it is famous for its Benedictine abbey, Melk is also famous for two other reasons. The first is the magnificent castles that surround Melk, in particular Schloss Schönbühel and Aggstein Castle, ranked among the most beautiful castles in Austria.
The second is linked to a film: "The name of the rose". Remember the story, one of the main characters, who tells this whole story, is a monk from Melk Abbey. Melk is a perfect destination for lovers of history, architecture, nature, and even movie buffs.
Take a walk along the Danube and see the most beautiful castles in Austria. If you come at Christmas be sure to visit the Schallaburg Castle Christmas Market.
Where to stay: "Rathauskeller Melk" located in the Old Town at the foot of Melk Abbey.
Podersdorf am See
In winter, it is not uncommon to see people from Vienna descend to Podersdorf am see, with their ice skates in their car boots on their way to the frozen lake of Podersdorf am see. If you travel to Austria at this time of the year you too can treat yourself to a moment of pure happiness, out of time, far from trouble and stress, by ice skating Podersdorf am see.
You can come here also in spring or summer and practice paddle boarding, running around the lake, horseback riding, cycling, kitesurfing or windsurfing. If you are not a sports enthusiast but you have a palate for competition and are a gourmet, you can also taste the wines produced locally or the various beers from the microbreweries located in the region.
Located just 30 minutes by car from Vienna (2 hours by public transport), Podersdorf am see is one of Austria's hidden gems, a destination not to be missed for lovers of nature, gastronomy and outdoor sports.
Where to stay: "Lakeside77" is one of our top picks in Podersdorf am See.
Zillertal Alps Natural Park
Mayrhofen - Tyrol
Discover the Stilluptal Valley on a moutain hike in the heart of the Austrian countryside. Leave Mayrhofen (the starting point of the hike is the waterworks between Tuxer Strabe and Sillupbach in Mayrhofen) and walk 13km (about 4h30) to reach the Stillup reservoir and discover this magnificent waterfall.
At the end of this hike accessible to all, you will have the opportunity to eat at the "Gasthaus Wasserfall" a restaurant located around the reservoir, facing the waterfall.
How to get there: Book your flights to Innsbruck (50 min by car).
Where to stay: "Brugger Dörfl" surrounded by the Zillertal Alps.
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