A few of my favorite things in Austria
Collected by Brianna Simmons, AFAR Local Expert
From alpine beauty in the Tyrol to Imperial grandeur in Vienna
Rudolfskai 38, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
Austria is known for its Kaffeekultur, but for the best coffee around, skip the traditional coffee houses and stop by Kaffee Alchemie. The owner, a Norwegian coffee-aficionado, is a renowned judge of such events as the World Barista Championships....
Mönchsberg 34, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
Fortress Hohensalzburg is one of the largest fully preserved castles in Europe. It graces the city’s skyline with a certain gravitas, drawing everybody’s attention to its towering white walls and showcasing the city’s immense cultural heritage....
Schwarzstraße 22, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
The hills are coming alive again, as the famed musical is returning to its Austrian roots. And what better place to see it than in Salzburg, its historic setting? Fans have been making the trip from all over the world for years, simply to visit...
Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron, Leopoldskronstraße 56-58, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
Few buildings have made history like the Schloss Leopoldskron. The Rococo castle is located on a picturesque lake, and has served as a location for more than one momentous occasion. King Louis I once threw a lavish engagement party for Emperor...
Wiesern 48, 5754 Hinterglemm, Austria
Josef Kroll has reimagined his family’s 14th-century estate in the Hinterglemm valley and turned it into a modern, 24-suite hotel. Its outstanding restaurant serves updated versions of classic dishes using meat, vegetables, and fruit from...
Eishohlenstrasse 30, 5450 Werfen, Austria
The largest ice caves in the world lie just 30 miles south of Salzburg in the Eisriesenwelt at Werfen. Only a portion of the more than 20 miles of caves are open to the public on a 75-minute guided tour, but what's available to visit is...
Seestraße 169, 4830 Hallstatt, Austria
Hallstatt is Austria’s oldest village. It was first settled in the 8th century BCE and prospered greatly thanks to its invaluable commodity – salt. But Hallstatt is not only Austria’s oldest, but probably also its most photographed town, and for...
Hallstatt gets plenty of press, and justifiably so, but taking a drive through the other towns of the Salzkammergut is one of the best road trips in the world and a great way to experience small-town Austria. For a few years, due to the number of...
Dompl. 6, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
With every city in Europe having a massive cathedral, it's easy to feel that once you've seen one, you've seen them all. Sitting in front of the rather plain facade of the Domkirche in Innsbruck, I was happy to soak up the sun outside rather than...
Rennweg 3, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
Innsbruck is embedded in one of the most impressive mountain ranges in Europe – the Austrian Alps. The city finds itself surrounded by snowy, soaring peaks, which you can’t help but want to climb. While this was long impossible unless you were a...
Bergiselweg 3, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
High up above the roofs of Innsbruck, you will find this futuristic looking landmark. The ski jump, which overlooks the whole region, has already seen two Olympic Games and hosted many international competitions. As an attraction for visitors it...
Dorfstraße 114, 6450 Sölden/Hochsölden, Austria
Run by ski star Sigi Gruner, Bergland Hotel immerses guests in the active lifestyle of the Tirol mountains. The ski lift near the hotel entrance whisks riders to the Solden-Hochsolden ski area, and the in-house equipment shop and ski school tap...
1060 Vienna, Austria
The Naschmarkt is absolutely one of the things you have to experience during your stay in Vienna! Locals call Vienna’s largest inner-city market the “city’s stomach." The market is a unique place for strolling, admiring, discovering, and sampling....
Stephansplatz 1, 1010 Wien, Austria
In the heart of Vienna sits St. Stephen's Cathedral. Built in the late 12th century, it's a grand piece of beauty borrowing both from the Romanesque and Gothic styles of architecture. Unlike St. Vitus in Prague, St. Stephen's shimmers with light...
Michaelerplatz 1, 1010 Wien, Austria
The Spanish Riding School is one of the most iconic attractions in all of Austria. It is absolutely unique in the world, and preserves an art so refined and courtly that it transports any viewer back into imperial times. The white horses, the...
Opernring 2, 1010 Wien, Austria
Traveling on a student budget makes you appreciate finding a good deal even if it takes a little bit of work; going to the opera is an amazing experience but going cheaply is even better! If you go to the Vienna opera house 80min before the start...
Zum Schwarzen Kameel, Bognergasse 5, 1010 Wien, Austria
400 years are a long time. 400 years are a long time for a single, Viennese restaurant to stay up and running - and remain a city favorite. Zum Schwarzen Kameel has managed just this incredible feat and is busy as ever. Sit down for a glass of...
Bräunerstraße 13, 1010 Wien, Austria
The whole city of Vienna moves in three-four time it seems. If you want to learn how to get into step and waltz along, you should consider a lesson at Austria’s most reputable dancing school. Elmayer dance school was established in Austria’s...
Herrengasse 14, 1010 Wien, Austria
The identity of a Viennese intellectual was ultimately defined by the coffeehouse they would frequent. Sigmund Freud, Arthur Schnitzler and Hugo von Hoffmannsthal would all brood over their work and agitatedly exchange ideas with fellow thinkers...
Universitätsring 4, 1010 Wien, Austria
Founded in 1873, this elegant Viennese café/coffeehouse has hosted the likes of Sigmund Freud (supposedly it was his favorite coffeehouse) and Marlene Dietrich—and it’s still considered a good place for people watching. When I located it near my...
Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Wien, Austria
Vienna's MuseumsQuartier is a great place to soak up the sun on the compound's iconic park benches, and check out extensive art collections housed in an elegant mixture of baroque and modern buildings. Don't miss great works of art by Austrian...
Kärntner Str. 6, 1010 Wien, Austria
Vienna’s art nouveau movement is just perfectly reflected in Wiener Werkstätte, the brain-child of Josef Hoffmann. The arts collaborative celebrates Austrian and Viennese style and products; it sells everything from traditional crafts to...
Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Wien, Austria
The Habsburgs were, generally speaking, lovers of art and many of the works of the Kunsthistorisches Museum come from their collections. While the grandiose interior alone may be reason enough to visit, the collections here are outstanding. The...
Jakobergasse 4, 1010 Wien, Austria
Simon und Jakober is one of those small shop gems tucked away in a side street that you wish you had known about. I stumbled over it shortly after it opened in 2011. The family run business stocks regionally produced honey, jams, liqueurs, teas,...
Kärntner Ring 16, 1015 Wien, Austria
Originally built as a residence for Prince Philip of Württemberg in 1863, this grand structure was opened as the Hotel Imperial in 1873. It indeed still resembles a palace, with Greek statues, chandeliers, and high, intricately designed...
Schönbrunner Schloßstraße 47, 1130 Wien, Austria
Took a walk over the summer palace grounds in the heart of the Habsburg empire. Schonbrunn Palace is beautiful, and on a nice day you can take a free city bike and bike twenty minutes out there like we did. Read more:...
Karmelitermarkt, 1020 Wien, Austria
Karmelitermarkt has catapulted itself from forgotten grocery stall compound to trendy neighbourhood market in recent years. The market is quieter and smaller than Naschmarkt, but has lovely eateries such as Marktachterl and Viennese/Georgian...
Heiligenstädter Str. 41, 1190 Wien, Austria
When Dom Perignon had his first sip of sparkling wine, he supposedly exclaimed: “Come quickly, I have tasted the stars.” After trying the Sekt of Vienna’s Schlumberger, you might find yourself agreeing with him. Their 300 year-old cellars hold a...
Stammersdorfer Str. 78, 1210 Wien, Austria
Take a tram northeast from downtown Vienna to the last stop in Stammersdorf and walk through a lovely suburban neighborhood to this authentic heuriger. The atmosphere was relaxed and casual, not unlike a pub, but the only thing on the menu was...
Feuersbrunn, 3483, Austria
Break out the pots and pans next to Austrian star chef Toni Mörwald. The culinary legend will help you prepare some delicious Austrian specialties, and entertain you with some fun anecdotes at the same time. The school is located just south of...
Gewerbestraße 6, 3550 Langenlois, Austria
Get moving on this amazing bike trail, which takes you past some of the most stunning sights. No matter if you are looking for a challenge, or just a relaxing ride, you will love this trail. “Rieden Tour Süd” leads you to scenic vineyards,...
5450 Werfen, Austria
Burg Hohenwerfen really earns its nickname of “Castle of Adventure.” Since its construction some 900 years ago, the fortress has been host to important historic figures, many wars and cultural traditions that endure until today. It is definitely...
5640 Badgastein, Austria
Nationalpark Hohe Tauern is a giant not just in size, but also in its way of leaving an impression. The largest nature reserve in the Alps harbors many sights, such as breathtaking panoramas and exciting trails that you can explore in whatever...
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