Austria Travel Guide

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See Also: Ski Austria

Austria is a mountainous and scenic landlocked country in central Europe and a very popular holiday destination during winter or summer. 


The Austrian Alps and Tauern mountains are famous for excellent skiing and winter sports.  During summer the mountains show their true colours with meadows of beautiful mountain flowers leading to crystal clear lakes – opening up a wealth of outdoor activities to be enjoyed.


Austria is bordered by (clockwise) the Czech Republic to the north, Slovakia and Hungary to the east, Croatia, Slovenia and Italy to the south, Liechtenstein and Switzerland to the west and Germany to the north and west.


The highest peak in the Austrian mountains is the Grossglockner at 3,798 m (12,460’).  Austria is a land of great natural beauty and culture, with its lively cities and scenic mountains, forests, lakes and its rivers.  German is the official language, with Croatian, Hungarian and Slovene spoken in some areas. 


The capital city of Austria is Vienna.  It was home to the ruling Habsburgs for approximately hundreds of years. The Imperial Palace is a popular attraction as are many of Vienna’s famous museums and palaces, the Opera House and its world-famous Spanish Riding School.


Salzburg is the birthplace of Mozart and a very popular and interesting city to visit. It is very picturesque, situated between two mountains, on the River Salzach. Salzburg has many castles, palaces, museums and other cultural places of interest to visit.

The von Trapp family, depicted in the much-loved movie The Sound of Music lived in Salzburg.

Situated in the wide Inn Valley in western Austria, Innsbruck is world famous for its winter sports, with every type of activity from skiing and snowboarding to tobogganing, snow shoeing and horse-drawn sleigh rides. Innsbruck is host to several ski areas and the area is also a popular summer destination for walking, hiking, mountaineering and other outdoor activities.


The historic city of Graz is the second largest city in Austria and capital of the county of Styria in the SE of Austria. It is beautifully situated with hills on three sides and a wealth of historical buildings. A significant attraction is the Schloss Eggenberg (Eggenberg Castle).

Former Mr. Universe and movie star turned former California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, was born and raised in Graz. He moved to America and rose from rags to riches, living the American Dream. He is affiliated with the famous Kennedy family through his marriage to Maria Schriver.


The city of Linz is situated on the banks of the Danube river in northeastern Austria. The composer Anton Bruckner lived in Linz for over a decade and has a concert hall named after him, the ‘Brucknerhaus’. Mozart wrote his Linz Symphony, Symphony No. 36 in the city, and to this day the city still has a very active musical culture.


European Health Insurance Card


Visitors with a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) are entitled to free emergency medical care, but this should never be used in place of comprehensive travel insurance.  For example, the EHIC does not cover travel problems such as lost or stolen luggage or property, cancellation and curtailment, and expensive matters like personal liability, legal costs, ongoing or non-urgent medical care, air ambulance and medical repatriation.






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