8 Unique Experiences You Need To Have In Austria
My very first experience in Austria was a ski trip to Zell am See which somehow managed to turn into a full-scale obsession with this amazing country.
Photo after photo on Pinterest further fuelled this obsession and just in case you were wondering why you should go to Austria or what you should get up to when you do visit, here are 8 unique experiences you definitely need to have in Austria.
1.) Tap into the Austrian soul by hiking through it’s picturesque natural backdrop
Austria is definitely a haven of sorts for outdoor fans. The Alpine scenery is nothing short of amazing and there are more hiking opportunities than you can shake a stick at. Hiking is also deeply rooted in Austrian life and one of the most authentic ways to see the country and meet the locals. And perhaps try an Austria beer or two while you’re at it!
2.) Visit in winter for world-class winter sports in the Austrian Alps
Yup! The stereotype proves to be true – skiing in the Austrian Alps is an amazing experience and one that we can’t recommend enough. Slopes are well-groomed, there’s heaps of snow from November to April and the famed Austrian hospitality will help you to recover from the day’s ‘hardships’.
3.) Watching the Lipizzaner Stallions in Vienna
The Riding School is home to a horse-riding performance like no other. Unless you’re into horses, you’d think this would be a tad dull to watch but it’s actually quite impressive and guaranteed to leave you wanting more. Next time you find yourself considering a trip to Vinenna, definitely make some time to watch the Lipizzaner Stallions and their riders, all dressed up in royal attire, performing various tricks and choreographies that are bound to blow your mind. Head up – you need to book well in advance!
4.) Feel like royalty at Schloss Schönbrunn in Vienna
The Schönbrunn palace in Vienna is one of the most decadent castles in Europe. The ground span for ages and a tour through the overwhelming museum is bound to leave you besotted with Austria as a whole! Don’t forget to check out the majestic gardens, stunning fountains and have a gander at the fake Roman ruins. It’s a must-do on every itinerary.
5.) Go East for a different taste of Austria
This is the part no one really tells you about! See, the East of Austria is a fertile wine region and provides a stark contrast to the rest of the country. Here, you can find soft rolling hills, sunny weather (ideal for those wine grapes) and countless wine taverns, called Heuriger. Every year, these Heuriger celebrate the new season of local wine in a feasting session chock full of country-style food and traditional music. It’s the perfect opportunity to mingle with the locals and sample wines from different vineyards. Essentially this the opportunity you’ve long dreamed of to drink ALL the wine!
6.) Roadtrip on the High Alpine Highway, Salzburg
If you want to experience the Alps in its utmost glory, take your car up the High Alpine Highway. The picture says it all, I guess. Best still, it’s one of those free experiences that is bound to leave you wanting to see more and more of Austria!
7.) Marvel at the rather impressive Hohensalzburg Castle
Castle-hopping is an essential Austrian experience – especially seeing as they have quite a few decent castles but one castle that you most certainly don’t want to miss out on is the perfectly located Hohensalzburg Castle in, you guessed it – Salzburg! When you’re around, make some time to catch one of the classical music concerts or just take a stroll around this impressive fortress before you return to Salzburg’s picture-perfect Old Town to sample some of…
8.) …that delicious Austrian Cuisine
Austrian kitchens don’t often get the accolades they deserve. Arguably, some of the most popular German dishes are from Austria. Schnitzel? From Vienna. Strudel? Former Habsburg empire. And there’s so much more to discover: Salzburger Nockerl, Kaiserschmarrn, Schlutzkrapfen, Tafelspitz… Just make sure you bring your comfy pants for those food comas you’re almost guaranteed to have here every day.