Places in Austria
Vienna is packed with imperial history; at the same time it has exciting contemporary museums, lively eating and nightlife scenes, and many quiet corners to explore. Imperial Grandeur Few cities can boast the imperial grandeur of Vienna, once the centre of the powerful Habsburg monarchy.
Salzburg is storybook Austria. Standing beside the fast-flowing Salzach River, your gaze is raised inch by inch to the Altstadt’s mosaic of graceful domes and spires, the formidable cliff-top fortress and the mountains beyond. It’s a view that never palls. It’s a backdrop that once did the lordly prince-archbishops and home-grown genius Mozart proud.
Lower Austria & Burgenland
Surrounding Vienna on all sides, Lower Austria is a cradle of Austrian civilisation and a region offering visitors one of the country’s most lively cultural landscapes. Outdoor activities, some great museums, wine, food and a glimpse into the age of the Romans at Carnuntum make leaving the capital for a day or longer an attractive prospect.
Much of Lower Austria has excellent autobahn, rail and bus connections to the rest of the country. Travelling through the province can be done mostly by rail, but the Waldviertel north of the Danube and the Mostviertel south of the Danube have limited train connections. Here it’s better to have your own set of wheels, or use local buses.
Tours and activities
Tips and articles
Austria: travel books to read before you go
This excerpt from Lonely Planet's Austria guide provides a selection of travel literature to enhance your trip...
How to stay in an igloo (and live to tell about it)
'They give me a piece of insulation so me feet don't freeze to the floor,' the bartender tells me cheerfully at the Iglu Village in Kühtai, Austria, roughly a 40-minute drive west of Innsbruck...
Castle hunting in Austria: ten of the best
Though other countries hog all the fairytale glory, Austria does not lack for castles...
Get steamy in Austria: 5 great spa experiences
Austria is a steam-cleaned dream of a country. For every leg-aching mountain pass and ski run, there is a glorious spa - Roman, arty, framed by the Alps, you name it...