One Month in Austria
Collected by Zac Steger, AFAR Local Expert
While two weeks is enough for exploring Vienna, Salzburg, and the Alps, one month will allow time to get fully immersed in the whole of Austria. After exploring the cities there will be time to visit remote castles, charming villages and the idyllic countryside. More adventurous travelers will want to make the trek through a winding mountain pass to Austria's highest point, Grossglockner.
Grossglockner, 9844, Austria
Grossglockner is, at 3,798 meters (12,460 feet), Austria's highest peak and counts as one of the highest in all the Alps. The mountain, together with the Pasterze Glacier, the largest in the eastern Alps, lies in the Hohe Tauern National Park....
Paulitschgasse 13, 9020 Klagenfurt am Wörthersee, Austria
Carinthia's capital, Klagenfurt, may not be a top draw in Austria, but it does offer a few gems. The Dom St. Peters und Paul, originally a Protestant church, is one of the most beautiful in the southern part of the country.
Linden 62, 9074 Linden, Austria
While calling it the "Austrian Riviera" might be a stretch, Wörthersee is lined with resorts and casinos. As Austria's warmest lake, it's popular for swimming and water sports. There's plenty to see and do outside the water, too, including Velden...
36, Vorderkoflach, 9564 Patergassen, Austria
Enjoy the rustic charm of a mountain hut with a luxurious twist. Almdorf Seinerzeit offers cottages (huts, chalets, and a hunting lodge) that evoke the timelessness of traditional Austria with a spa and culinary experience. Fresh Carinthian...
Lendkai 1, 8020 Graz, Austria
Graz, Austria's second biggest city, is sometimes overlooked by travelers, and thus remains a somewhat secret jewel of the country's green south. One of the most striking aspects of this historic town is its integration of modern design and...
Hauptpl. 1, 8010 Graz, Austria
Graz is Austria's second-largest city and the capital of Styria. Its old town is filled with beautifully adorned architecture from the Middle Ages and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Begin at Hauptplatz and check out the 19th-century Town Hall...
Eggenberger Allee 90, 8020 Graz, Austria
Schloß Eggenberg is all but traditional - even though it dates from the 17th century. The first hints of its commissioner’s eclectic taste are the many peacocks that greet you in the palace gardens. But it is only on a tour of the state rooms that...
8461 Ratsch an der Weinstraße, Austria
Southern Styria is covered with vineyards, producing an assortment of excellent wines, most of which never make it out of the country. Fear not, the Styrian Weinstraße offers plenty of opportunity to sample wines from the region, such as Schilcher...
9314 Hochosterwitz, Austria
The mighty Hochosterwitz castle rests atop a rock some 500 feet high near Sankt Georgen am Längsee. It is both a symbol of Carinthia and one of Austria's most impressive medieval castles. While origins can be traced back to Roman times, the...
Hochschwab, 8621 St. Ilgen, Austria
Styria's Salza River Valley is a sparsely populated region filled with mountain streams, dense forests, and the crystal-clear waters of the Salza River itself. The Hochschwab massif, with its 7,470 ft high summit of the same name, towers...
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