Austria is a winter wonderland with a little of something for everyone. With snowy mountain peaks perfect for ski trips, rich green forests made for hiking and chocolate box towns full of culture, Austria is a perfect place for an affordable yet fun-filled holiday.
As soon as you step off the plane, the clean, fresh mountain air will hit you and you’ll be feeling refreshed in no time. Austria has a relaxed way of life that is simply infectious, and with activities to suit all members of the family, you’ll be planning your next trip in no time.
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Come winter, Austria’s magnificent mountains become a playground for skiers and snowboarders. Austria is home to many ski resorts, from the famous Arlberg Ski Circus, where you’ll find the lively St Anton with all its après ski offerings, or the secluded lakeside town of Zell am See, which may be quiet but offers exhilarating glacier skiing to those who dare. Of course, it’s not just snow that brings people back to Austria year after year.
The beautiful Danube Valley is paradise for hikers and walkers, with the tiny riverside towns of Melk and Krems, sat in amongst rolling vineyards. If it’s culture you’re after, Austria’s capital, Vienna, is where it’s at with the Museum Quarter, the Hofburg Palace and the Vienna State Opera at the top of any sightseeing list. Whether you want a winter wonderland, rolling greenery or vibrant city action, a holiday to Austria offers it all. Book your flights with Thomascook Airlines now for your Austrian adventure.
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If you’re on a ski break, hit the slopes of lively St Anton and zoom through the fresh, white snow of this all-abilities resort. There’s plenty of exciting après ski for later, with laid-back bars and coffee shops where you can enjoy a much-earned cocktail or hot chocolate by the fire.
Hike the hills of the beautiful Danube Valley or take a boat ride down the river for incredible mountain views providing plenty of opportunity for memorable holiday snaps. A tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Wachau Valley is another must while in the Danube area.
Alternative winter sports
If skiing isn’t for you, try some of Austria’s fantastic alternative winter sports. Snowshoe hiking, skidoo riding, tobogganing or ice-skating are just some of the ways you can enjoy the winter wonderland of Austria’s mountains without the exertion of skiing or snowboarding.
Capital City of Vienna
Get lost in culture in the capital city of Vienna. Home to such sights as the Hofburg Palace, the Vienna State Opera and the Mozart Memorial, plus plenty of opportunity for shopping and dining, you can spend the day revelling in the elegance of this famous city.
People of all ages will love a ride on the Innsbrucker Nordkettenbahnen. This funicular cable car takes you 2,256m above sea level up the side of a mountain where you’ll experience death-defying panoramic views. Stop for a hot chocolate at the café on the summit for a taste of true relaxation.
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For skiing, head to Austria between December and February when temperatures hit a chilly -3°C. Summer is much milder - Vienna averages at 25°C.
The Historic Center of Vienna blends old and new with the stunning architecture and pretty parks of Ringstrasse and the upmarket shops of St Stephen square.
The Tiergarten Schoenbrunn is the world’s oldest zoo. Home to over 700 species of animals, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Nocky Flitzer at Turracher Höhe is a thrilling Alpine rollercoaster which zips down a one mile stretch of mountain from a 2,000m height.
The Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna is a popular attraction with fantastic collections of ancient art, armour and musical instruments.
Salzburg’s Old Town is home to 44 beautiful churches, stunning examples of Austrian architecture, and the famous Augustiner Keller beer hall.
Though not for the faint hearted, the Grossglockner High Alpine Road is one of Austria’s most scenic routes up through the mountains.
Melk Abbey is a magnificent 18th century abbey still used today. Featuring an impressive museum, library, church and gardens, it’s a must see.
Schoenbrunn Palace is a grand and opulent, Baroque-style building sat amongst stunning ornamental gardens which many tourists and locals gather in.
Vienna’s renowned State Opera House shows over 300 world-class performances every year for the epitome of an elegant evening.