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Guide to Luxury Holidays in Austria

Hike along tree-studded hills and past serene alpine lakes. Ski through picture-perfect mountain villages and relax in luxury winter retreats. Shop, dine and immerse yourself in centuries of culture in vibrant cities. A luxury holiday to Austria delivers wow-factor experiences, no matter what your interests.

Forested mountains, idyllic meadows, and glittering ski resorts – Austria is a country of undeniable drama and natural beauty. Huge swathes of the country are dominated by the Alps, but in the major cities you’ll find just as much drama and spectacle.

In Vienna, lavish imperial palaces and soaring Gothic churches jostle for room with traditional restaurants, bustling coffee shops, and contemporary museums, shops and hotels. With its historic buildings, galleries stuffed with the Old Masters, and longstanding classical music scene, Vienna is the ideal destination for a culture-packed holiday.

The same can be said for Salzburg, which sits on the German border in the west. Situated against an alpine backdrop, this beautiful city was the birthplace of Mozart – but is perhaps more famous as the setting for The Sound of Music.

Head into the mountains and you can savour some fantastic skiing in the exclusive resort of Lech. Connected to the major resorts in the Arlberg Mountains via a network of lifts, this glitzy mountain town offers the perfect compromise between luxury and adventure. In Graz, Austria’s second largest city, you can immerse yourself in a lively arts scene, while in Salzkammergut, the lake region just east of Salzburg, you can enjoy walking, cycling, and some jaw-dropping scenery.

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Austria has something to offer year-round, whether you’re looking for skiing, a city break, or a relaxed walking holiday. Outside of the ski resorts, the most popular months to visit are April to October. If you’re looking to hit the slopes, aim for December to March.

From late spring to early autumn, the weather in the major cities is mild or warm. In the summer, temperatures in Vienna and Salzburg can break into the mid-twenties. In early spring and late autumn, you can appreciate the first-class hiking opportunities here.

You should check the entry requirements for Austria before booking your holiday – you can do this at GOV.UK. While travelling, it’s advised that you carry identification with you, and keep photocopies of official documents.

A luxury holiday to Austria promises a variety of superb dining experiences. In the 5-star city hotels and luxury ski resorts, you’ll be able to relish in cuisine from around the world – along with contemporary takes on Austrian classics, and some excellent local wines.

Outside of the hotel restaurants and Michelin-starred eateries you’ll have the opportunity to sample traditional fare. Specialities not to be missed include Wiener Schnitzel (breaded veal cutlet), Viennese coffee, apple strudel, and a hearty sausage roll from a Würstelstand.

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