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Austria for Every Type of Traveller
There’s a load to see and do in Austria, from people watching with a forkful of Sachertorte in your hand in Vienna, to hiking in the Nockberge National Park yodelling as you go. Remember, save money on accommodation with HostelBookers.com and you’ll have all the more to spend on the range of activities beautiful Austria has to offer…
In Austria for… skiing
Austria is well known to skiers and Kitzbühel is one of the most popular skiing spots in the world. Snow is guaranteed and the resort has the world’s most difficult downhill ski run – the famous Streif. There’s also plenty of off-piste terrain to keep you busy and 60 groomed ski runs.
Hostels in Kitzbuhel start from just €18pppn.
In Austria for… architecture
Vienna has long been a home for the best architects in the world. As the capital of Austria there are some beautiful buildings including the Secession, Karlsplatz Stadtbahn Station and the Kirche am Steinhof. You should also visit the Hundertwasserhaus – it’s considered the antithesis of the other buildings you’ll find in Vienna.
Cheap Vienna hotels start from just €11.50pppn.
In Austria for… food
In addition to The Sound of Music, Salzburg is also famous for having a high concentration of some of the best restaurants in the world. If money is no object you can indulge in traditional Austrian fare at its best at Gasthaus Wilder Mann or M32 with the beautiful views of the fortress. If you’re a traveller on a budget you can indulge in some delicious Wiener schnitzel – breaded meat – Fleischkknödel – meat dumplings – or even Salzburg Nockerl – Salsburg Soufflé. Try Hubertus, Goldener Hirsch or Schloss Fusshi for the best in affordable delicious dining.
Hostels in Salzburg start from €17pppn.
In Austria for… wine
Wine lovers should visit the Wachau Valley in Austria. The picturesque landscape by the Danube River is dotted by ancient monasteries, castles and ruins, and of course, vineyards. Austria’s most prized dry Rieslings and Gruner Veltliners come from this region. The vintner products, known for their purity, are labelled under Steinfeder, Federspiel or Smaragd.
The Wachau Valley is just an hour’s drive from Vienna.
In Austria for… adventure
Innsbruck is a great city - you can ski at the Olympia Ski World, give the Bergisel Ski Jump a go, explore the Schloss Ambras Castle and make your way around the Alpenzoo. Stay in Innsbruck and you’re also just a 2-hour drive away from the Hohe Tauern National Park. Here you can spot Alpine ibex, hike ice-blue glaciers and admire thundering waterfalls near Grossglockner Mountain.
Hostels in Innsbruck start from €19pppn.
In Austria for… relaxation
If you want a health retreat for a holiday in Austria, you should try Bad Gastein. The healing properties of the town are legendary. At the Felsenbad Hot Springs Spa the water comes direct from 18 thermal mountain springs deep and is infused with Radon, known to help cure a range of ailments. Beware of the mandatory nudity in the steam room though!
Hostels in Bad Gastein start from just €15pppn.
In Austria for… nature
The Nockberge National Park is Europe’s only high mountain national park and the Nockberge Mountains boast the East Alps’ largest pine, larch and spruce forest. The whole area is protected under 1987 conservation laws, but feel free to take your birdwatching binoculars and you might even spot one of the regions snow eagles. Look out for deft alpine salamanders and the cute marmots too.
Hostels in Villich (a 45-minute drive away) start from just €24pppn.