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Austria – apartfromtherest – Travel Guide
 
An Introduction to Austria

Austria is an inland country in central Europe that borders Slovakia, Hungary, Germany, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Slovenia and Italy. Austria is Europe’s winter sports capital with neighboring Switzerland, but also enjoys warm summertime temperatures. Tourists come to this scenic country to hike across the formidable Alps mountain ranges and to see the historic cities and quaint villages.

 

 

Places in Austria

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Austrian Alps Village

 

The Alps actually cover three quarters of the country and dominate the provinces of Tyrol, Carinthia, Salzburg, Vorarlberg, Styria and Burgenland. The diversity of the Austrian landscapes is an alluring feature to tourists, with the alpine valleys of Judenburg and Leoben, the Pasterze Glacier, farmlands, river gorges, wooded foothills, semi-arid steppes and plains. The natural scenery is Austria’s most endearing feature and a definitive reason for its tourism successes.

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Holiday home in the Alps

 
 
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Vienna by night

The Austrian capital city and easily the most famous is Vienna. The location on the trade route of the River Danube was a very important one in times past. The city seamlessly morphs historical architecture and modern designed building into one. Vienna has a relaxed environment for a city of such size. Famous composers, Beethoven and Mozart both lived and performed in the city at one time in and amongst the baroque splendour. Vienna also owns some stunning examples of Art Nouveau buildings and architecture, which once dominated the Vienna skyline.
 
Vienna’s other larger cities include Graz, Innsbruck, Klagenfurt, Linz and Salzburg. Two of Austria favorite alpine and ski resorts are St. Anton on the Vorarlberg-Tyrolian border, and the tourist town of Zell am See. Other notable and recommended destinations include one of Austria’s warmest lakes at Wörthersee and the ancient settlement on the Bavarian border named Pinswang.
Things to do in Austria

Winter sports is an intricate part of the Austrian way of life and the world famous skiing resort of Innsbruck is situated in the southwestern region of the country. If you are a fan of extreme winter sports, Austria is the place for you. The current trend is to rent an apartment for the duration of the stay as more and more holiday homes become available at very affordable rates.

 

 

When to go to Austria and Weather

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Skiing in Austria

 

The temperatures rapidly vary, with the lowest of -10 degrees in the winter months to 35 degrees in the summertime. Although the country is still beautiful in the winter months of November to April, the summer months of June, July and August are the most ideal times to travel.

 
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Cycling over stunning mountains


Touring the Austrian mountainous terrain on a bicycle has become a popular way to see the stunning countryside up close and personal. The cycle path at the Danube, from Passau to Vienna is one of the most famous and breathtaking in the whole of Europe. During the summer months, cyclists gather in their hoards to tackle the multitude of well-organized cycle paths. Many holiday homes offer bikes included in the rental prices

Getting to Austria and Getting Around

Getting to Austria is very easy with several major international airports and daily flights. Getting around the country is also fairly easy because of its size. A great way of traversing the country is by a monorail service that links Vienna, Innsbruck, Feldkirch, Salzburg and Villach.

Useful Information

Austria owns a high standard of living, so prices would be a little more expensive from what you would experience in Spain or Portugal and more in line with the UK, Italy and Germany. Austria recently converted to the Euro, so obtaining the currency is very easy.

 
 
 
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