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Austria is a beautiful country in Central Europe offering breathtaking alpine views, vibrant cultural offerings, enchanted castles, and much more.
Currency: The official currency of Austria is the Euro (€). You can easily exchange your currency at banks, exchange offices, or ATMs.
Language: German serves as the official language in Austria. However, English is widely spoken, especially in tourist areas. English should generally be sufficient.
Weather: Austria experiences a temperate climate with distinctive seasons. Summers (June to August) are generally mild to warm, while winters (December to February) can be cold, particularly in mountainous regions. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) offer pleasant weather, making them ideal for outdoor activities.
Visa Requirements: Entry visa requirements depend on your nationality.
Transportation: Austria has a well-developed transportation system. Major cities like Vienna, Salzburg, and Innsbruck offer efficient public transportation networks. The national railway company, ÖBB, operates an extensive train network connecting various cities and regions. For this itinerary, we recommend renting a car to explore the picturesque countryside.
Important note: You must ensure you have or need to purchase The vignette sticker. This is required to be displayed on the windshield of vehicles using Austria’s highways, including the autobahns. It is a form of road toll payment and comes in different durations, such as 10 days, 2 months, or a full year.
Flights: The most common airports to arrive and visit Austria are Vienna and Munich (Germany). There you can rent a car and start the itinerary.
General note about this itinerary: This itinerary is divided into two main parts; Zalsburgland and Tyrol. We recommend finding a central accommodation for each part to explore the area.
Note 1: We took accommodation in Annaberg im Lammertal which was perfect for exploring the area of Zalsburgland.
Note 2: The Salzburg Land Card provides visitors with discounted access to a wide range of attractions and activities in the Salzburg region. With the card, you can enjoy free admission to numerous museums, castles, and natural sites, as well as discounts on guided tours, cable cars, and public transportation. You should ask your hotel if they give it or consider buying one.
Situated atop a rugged hill near the charming town of Werfen, Hohenwerfen Castle stands as a remarkable medieval fortress. Its captivating architecture and sweeping vistas of the surrounding mountains make it a must-visit destination, inviting visitors to step back in time and immerse themselves in its rich history and breathtaking setting. There are several package options to choose from, as you can check here.
Erlebnis-Therme Amadé is a delightful thermal spa offering a perfect blend of relaxation, wellness, and fun-filled water activities for visitors of all ages. It has three slides, a wave pool, a warm outdoor pool, a pool for the little ones, and more.
For more information and to check if it is crowded check their website here.
Salzwelten in Hallstatt is an extraordinary underground salt mine that takes you through centuries of salt mining history. This is a fascinating tour where you get to dress like a miner, ride a miner’s train, and learn about the ancient techniques used to extract salt. With its unique blend of history, adventure, and stunning underground landscapes, this is definitely an unforgettable experience and a must-do when in the area of Hallstatt.
Also, there you can find the breathtaking Skywalk with its panoramic views of the enchanting Hallstatt village, the lake, and the mountains.
After you go down with the funicular, don’t forget to check out the lovely Marketplatz which seems like is part of a Disney fairytale.
Parking P2: Kohlstattweg, 4830 Hallstatt, Austria
Here you can find information about the Salzwelten and the Skywalk.
A 30-minute drive from Hallstst you will arrive at the beautiful lake Gosausee. You can park in the Gosausee Parking lot. There are many possibilities for activities; you can go hiking and explore the numerous hiking trails around the lake that offer different levels of difficulty. There is an option to go on a boat ride, rent a rowboat or paddleboat and enjoy a leisurely ride on the serene waters of the lake, surrounded by the majestic Alps. If you visit during the warmer months, you can take a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear waters of the lake. However, the water can be quite chilly even in the summer. You can take the Gosaukammbahn to visit the summit and observe the views from above.
Take a ride on ther Abtenauer Bergbahnen. This mountain coasrer is a popular ski location in the winter in Abtenau. In the summer you can enjoy the coaster that gives a thrilling experience in the middle of the stunning alpine scenery. It also has fun activities for the kids.
Visiting Salzburg, Austria, is a journey into a city rich in history, culture, and musical heritage. Begin your exploration at the Mozart Birthplace, a charming yellow house on Getreidegasse, where the legendary composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in 1756. Immerse yourself in the life and times of Mozart, surrounded by period instruments, family portraits, and memorabilia.
Make your way to the Haus der Natur (House of Nature), a captivating science museum. Here, interactive exhibits and engaging displays showcase the wonders of the natural world, making it an educational and enjoyable experience for visitors of all ages.
Nestled in the scenic beauty of Austria, Wildpark Aurach offers a captivating wildlife experience, allowing visitors to observe native Alpine animals in a natural, expansive setting. With sprawling landscapes, this park provides a sanctuary for creatures like deer, ibex, and wild boar, creating a harmonious haven where the beauty of the Austrian wilderness comes to life.
Swarovski Kristallwelten, located in Wattens, Austria, is a dazzling realm where art and crystal craftsmanship converge. This glittering wonderland, created by the renowned crystal brand Swarovski, immerses visitors in a captivating journey through crystal installations, contemporary art, and innovative design, showcasing the extraordinary versatility and brilliance of Swarovski crystals.
Hintertuxer Gletscher, situated in the Zillertal Alps of Austria, is a year-round glacier ski resort offering a unique opportunity to ski or snowboard even during the summer months. Renowned for its extensive ski terrain and breathtaking panoramic views, Hintertuxer Gletscher provides an exceptional alpine experience, combining thrilling winter sports with the stunning backdrop of the Tyrolean mountains.
Arena Coaster Tirol is a thrilling alpine roller coaster located in the scenic region of Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis in Tyrol, Austria. This exhilarating ride allows visitors to descend the mountain slopes with twists, turns, and breathtaking views, providing an adventurous and memorable experience for both thrill-seekers and families alike.
Nestled in the heart of the Austrian Alps, Innsbruck is a picturesque city that seamlessly blends historic charm with stunning mountain landscapes. Known for its imperial architecture, including the iconic Goldenes Dachl (Golden Roof), and hosting events like the Winter Olympics, Innsbruck offers a delightful mix of cultural richness and outdoor adventure.
Kufstein Fortress is a medieval marvel that has stood sentinel since the 13th century. Its formidable walls house a fascinating museum, and the panoramic views from its towers offer a captivating glimpse into Austria’s history and the surrounding Tyrolean landscapes.
Achensee, nestled in the Tyrolean Alps of Austria, is the largest lake in the region and a haven for nature enthusiasts. With its crystal-clear waters reflecting the surrounding peaks, Achensee offers a serene escape, inviting visitors to indulge in water activities, lakeside strolls, and the breathtaking alpine scenery.
Highline179, suspended in the picturesque Reutte district of Austria, is an extraordinary pedestrian suspension bridge that spans the Ehrenberg Castle ruins and connects two hills with breathtaking Alpine views. As one of the longest suspension footbridges in the world, at 406 meters, Highline179 provides an exhilarating experience, offering visitors a unique perspective of the surrounding natural beauty.
Imster Bergbahnen, nestled in the scenic Tyrolean region of Austria, is a cable car system that transports visitors to the Hoch-Imst mountain for year-round recreational activities. Offering panoramic views of the Alps, this destination is a gateway to hiking and skiing adventures, making it a popular spot for those seeking both natural beauty and outdoor pursuits in the heart of Tyrol.