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How to Plan a Trip to Austria:Frequently Asked Questions

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Mirabell Gardens in Salzburg, Austria

Mirabell Gardens in Salzburg, Austria

From the Habsburg palaces to The Sound of Music, confectionery delights and celebrated ski slopes, Austria pulls you in like a concerto.

With picture-perfect lakeside villages and enticing orchestral concerts, the country epitomizes harmony, whether you are in an urban or country setting. One moment you are exploring fine art and the next you are humbled by nature. Austria offers incredible experiences, and this FAQ shares all that you need to know about the magnificent travel destination.

The following information will help you discover the essential things to do in Austria for a majestic, authentic, and unique experience.

What Should I Do On My Trip to Austria?

We have worked alongside our travel specialists to create a list of highlights. As you might expect in a mountainous country, the journey is as memorable as the destination. Yet for all its fame and beauty, Austria has a surprisingly restrained level of tourism. Perhaps it is because visitors are spread thinly and everyone makes their own route to find adventure, medieval backdrops, and dramatic mountains.

  • Stroll down cobbled avenues, admiring the detail that drips from the grand townhouses of Vienna, crowned by opera houses and Baroque cafes
  • Uncover the musical icons of Salzburg amid the historic grandeur of the home of The Sound of Music and Mozart
  • Embrace the abundance of resorts that make Austria a European favorite for skiing and snowboarding
  • Silence reigns in the old cathedral, a Baroque town hall backdrops alfresco cafes, and you can easily spend a day discovering the sights of the old town in Linz
  • Hike or cycle to Germany to visit the famous fortresses of Neuschwanstein, Hohenschwangau, and Linderhof
  • Explore the Melk Abbey, which is dedicated to art and detail, and perched above the Danube River
  • Discover the snowy slopes in winter and relaxed hiking in summer of Graz and Styria, with their assortment of museums and galleries

What is the Best Time to Visit Austria?

The best time to visit Austria is from April to May and September to October. The spring and fall promise good weather for outdoor activities away from the larger summer crowds. You will have more chances to explore the vibrant Austro-Hungarian landscape, from the Danube’s banks to the western Alps, whether it be by hiking, whitewater rafting or skiing.

December and January can also be great times to visit Austria if winter sports are your thing. Crowds of Europeans venture to the Alps for pristine skiing and snowboarding conditions, as well as the country’s spellbinding Christmas decorations. While the crowds may be larger in December, Austria’s festive ambiance, a truly unforgettable experience, is hard to beat.

Is Austria Safe for Travel?

In general, Austria is an incredibly safe country. Ranked the third-safest country in the world, the destination embodies sophisticated culture and dramatic natural beauty. Even as one of the world’s safest places to visit, it’s important to pay attention when visiting heavily trafficked areas in larger cities, where petty theft can occur.

What are the Best Airports to Fly In & Out Of

For most travelers, the most popular destinations are Vienna or Salzburg. However, the most convenient airport from which to arrive or depart will depend on your itinerary.

For most travelers, the most suitable airports include:

  • Vienna (VIE)
  • Salzburg (SZG)
  • Innsbruck (INN)

Can Zicasso Help Me with Flights?

Zicasso Flights is an international air-ticketing service that eliminates the stress of finding and booking the right flights for your upcoming vacation by employing the same personalized service you can expect from planning a trip with Zicasso. Our competitive flight pricing, 24x7 service and support, and complimentary consultation of routing versus pricing with an expert flight specialist make finding the perfect flight for your trip effortless.

Does Zicasso Assist with Travel Insurance?

You’ve booked your dream vacation, now protect it with travel insurance. A wide range of factors can leave your vacation in limbo. Medical emergencies, inclement weather, and unexpected cancellations can cause turmoil for your trip, so in the unlikely event of a disaster, get travel insurance coverage that provides peace of mind. To get a quote, visit our travel insurance page.

Ready to Speak with an Austria Travel Specialist?

Music echoes through palaces and opera halls, while the Alps rise high, carving glaciers, ski slopes and river valleys. With Hapsburg villages delivering pomp and excess, while Gothic and Baroque architecture capture history’s journey, past and present culture connects effortlessly, providing a sense of elegance and grandeur. Find inspiration for your trip with our sample itineraries on Austria Travels & Vacations. Speak with an Austria travel expert by filling out a Trip Request or by calling our team at 1-888-265-9707.

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