Central Europe has always been a magnet for travelers looking to explore some of the continent’s greatest cultural and historical attractions.
Fall, in particular, makes for the perfect time for a city break. The summer crowds have diminished, the prices have yet to reach peak winter season levels, and the weather is ideal for long sightseeing excursions.
That’s why, this past September, one of the region’s most coveted hotspots shattered its all-time tourism record, boasting 12.24 million overnight stays within a 30-day timespan.
A Hotspot Of Culture
Austria is a country adorned with architectural marvels.
While all its cities hold a great deal of cultural value, Vienna is arguably its biggest treasure trove of must-see attractions, featuring the likes of Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Hofburg, Vienna State Opera, Albertina, Belvedere Palace, and more.
If you’re planning on spending a couple of days in Austria, though, you won’t want to miss out on Salzburg, either.
The birthplace of Mozart attracts legions of tourists, especially music enthusiasts, and leaves them fascinated with its fairy-tale-like Hohenwerfen Castle and gorgeous Mirabell Palace.
If you’re not much of a city tripper, though, don’t worry. The Central European country has more to offer than just its stunning architecture and historical allure.
The Austrian Alps, for example, are a haven for outdoor enthusiasts looking for the adventure of a lifetime now that temperatures have hit 59°F (15°C), and you can hike with just a light jacket on and still go home feeling refreshed.
The highly varied terrain in the region allows hikers of all levels to enjoy a trail that’s suited to their experience.
Adventurous souls can conquer more challenging alpine routes, like the Eagle’s Walk in Tyrol, which, while tricky, rewards you with the most panoramic views of snow-capped peaks and lush valleys.
Novice hikers, on the other hand, might prefer the Wolfgangsee Trail instead.
If you’re looking for something even more laid-back but still want to enjoy the stunning views around the country, you can always go sightseeing at Lake Neusiedl, which provides the peace and tranquility that bigger city centers often lack.
Austria’s rich cultural heritage is deeply intertwined with its history.
For example, the Belvedere Palace in Vienna, one of the city’s biggest cultural attractions, is also home to an extensive collection of Austrian art, including Gustav Klimt’s “The Kiss.”
Each piece will take you through Austria’s storied past – the same can be said of Kunsthistorisches and the Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna, which further showcase the country’s contributions to art, science, and technology.
Plenty To Do
Tourists looking for a more fast-paced vacation won’t have to settle for long sightseeing excursions.
Beyond Austria’s imposing facade, you’ll find lively cities that are teeming with restaurants, events, and recreational activities designed for locals and tourists alike.
If you’re planning to travel to the Central European country this November, you won’t want to miss out on Salzburg Bauernherbst, BERGFESTival, Mountainfilm, the International Cheese Festival, and the iconic Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Ball.
Foodies will also get the chance to enjoy one of Europe’s most underrated cuisines.
Must-tries include Wiener Schnitzel, Sachertore, and a glass of Blaufränkisch wine.
However, if you want to try local delicacies in their most authentic form, it’s best to get the ingredients straight out of street markets like Vienna’s Naschmarkt.
A Great Value Destination
Considering how much you’ll get to see and do in Austria, local prices are remarkably reasonable.
For example, Vienna, the country’s most expensive destination, still boasts lower consumer prices than many capitals of neighboring countries, including Prague (12.1% more expensive), Berlin (21.6% more expensive), and Bern (36.4% more expensive).
Moreover, the wide array of accommodation options, from campsites to 5-star hotels, caters to a wide array of travelers and budgets.
Public transportation is also very reliable, so tourists won’t have to spend an arm and a leg on rentals in order to comfortably get around the country.
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