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TRAVEL GUIDE: AUSTRIA

Check out our Austria travel guide for great vacation ideas

As with many European countries, size is not an issue. Austria may be small, but as a travel destination it packs a punch. Just think of its picturesque Alpine vistas, quaint villages, world-class skiing and rich cultural heritage. From a cheese exploration in the Bregenzerwald to sampling apfelstrudel in Styria, and from a stay in a charming Pension to a romantic trek that leads through Salzburg and Vienna, the birthplace of Mozart and Schubert is a year-round traveler's delight.

VIENNA & NEARBY


Votivkirche (Votive Church)

72-HOUR VACATION
The Imperial Air of Vienna
Vienna oozes stately charm, with its grand façades, soaring gothic spires, Art Nouveau apartments and hefty Baroque and rococo palaces. But if you think the city is just a moving museum, you're in for a surprise, because there is also a happening nightlife, luxurious hotels and new cuisine.


BUSINESS TRAVEL GUIDE
Exploring Vienna

Elegant Vienna is rich with history and musical culture. Business travelers will want to take time out to visit one of Vienna's Baroque palaces, attend the opera and sample Viennese cuisine, a distinctive blend of Bohemian, Hungarian, Polish, Italian, French and Jewish influences.

Hotel Imperial


A room at Hotel Goldener Hirsch in Salzburg

TOP 10 HOT EUROPEAN HOTELS Hotel Goldener Hirsch

A stone’s throw from Mozart’s original home, this former 15th-century inn boasts authentic Salzburg-style décor, while the restaurant serves traditional Austrian fare and a superb selection of the country’s wines.


TOP 10 WINE SPAS
Loisium Hotel Wine & Spa Resort
The first Aveda destination spa, the Loisium is located just an hour from Vienna. It features twelve treatment rooms with treatments such as the Grape Elixir Body Peel and Grape Essence Hand and Nail Care.
Loisium Hotel Wine & Spa Resort

Rest up at Grand Hotel Wein in Vienna, Austria
MAKE A RESERVATION
Hotels in Vienna
Planning a trip to the Imperial City? Make sure to go prepared by booking a room before you set foot in Vienna. Find the best lodgings with these hotel reviews, ratings and room photos.


KITZBÜHEL


TOP 10 NEW YEAR'S EVE DESTINATIONS
Party in the Austrian Alps
Combining skiing, singing and plenty of hot wine, Kitzbühel's New Year's celebration ranks among the world's best. While there is plenty to do around town, the highlight has to be the fireworks display — one of the biggest in the Alps.
A night of festivities is capped off with a stunning fireworks show on New Year's Eve in Kitzbühel

A room at Hotel Schloss Lebenberg in Kitzbuhel, Austria
TOP 10 SKI RESORTS
Hotel Schloss Lebenberg
This 16th-century castle—also known as "Pearl of the Alps"—is ideally located at the foot of the slopes near the ski lifts, just a short shuttle ride to partaking in cross-country-, heli- and paraskiing.

STAYING IN
Hotels in Kitzbühel
Whether you came to Kitzbühel for the skiing, the casino or a bit of both, why not find a hotel that meets all of your needs? Review these hotel descriptions, ratings and room photos before making a reservation.
Live luxuriously at the Grand Tirolia Kitzbühel


LECH-ZUERS


Lech-Zuers
DESTINATION ARLBERG
Less is More When Skiing
the Alps
Lech-Zuers in the Arlberg region of the Austrian Alps, one of the most exclusive Alpine winter sports resorts in the world, goes by the motto: "More space, more time."

TOP 10 SKI RESORTS
Kristiana Lech Hotel
This resort offers super stylish, completely individually designed accommodations with access to a private ski teacher, a ski butler who will organize your day to a 'T,' and a ski nanny, who will take the kids sledding or entertain them by making a snowman all day.
Kristiana Lech Hotel

Sleep in at the Hotel-Pension Roggal
BOOK A ROOM
Hotels in Lech
After a long day of skiing the slopes, you'll want a warm place to retreat. Luckily, Lech boasts numerous hotels. Find your ideal accommodations with these hotel reviews, ratings and room photos.

 

SALZBURG


JULY 27-AUGUST 30, 2011
Salzburg Festival
Austria hosts the renowned "Salzburger Festspiele," showcasing classical music and opera with an emphasis on Mozart and Schumann. Renowned conductors, singers, actors and orchestras provide superb entertainment.
The Festival Quarter in Salzburg

Relax at the Ramada Hotel Salzburg City Centre
WHERE TO STAY
Hotels in Salzburg
If you're coming for the festival or one of Salzburg's many other attractions, make sure to get the most out of your time. Review these hotel descriptions, ratings and room photos before booking a room.

 

AUSTRIA


DECADENT TREATS
Spas Throughout Austria
From "bio hotels" to luxury retreats, we've tested the top hotels and visited the newest retreats to find the best spas in Austria.
Hotel Sacher Spa

Gault Millau Austria
The leading guide for Austria travel information offers the latest on restaurants, hotels, cake and café shops, wineries and much more!

For more information, visit the Austrian Tourist Office

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