As the world leader in travel experiences since 1947, we connect you to the real Austria in a way like no other. We’ll guide you through luscious countryside and village streets that stir the soul. With classical roots, art-filled grand palaces and many culinary delights, this country’s ingrained culture is as fresh as its alpine forest air. Get comfortable in a Viennese coffee house and sample cinnamon soaked Apfelstrudel, the country’s iconic dessert. Admire opulent architecture and grand cathedrals in the Baroque city of Salzburg. And hear the sounds of authentic opera in the country of Mozart and Strauss. Between the decadance and indulgence, it’s the diverse history that leaves a lasting impression. Composers, dictators, emperors and monarchs alike have left a lasting imprint on the many beautiful buildings and landmarks of Austria. Now it’s time for us to walk you in their footsteps. Travel with us and unlock the infinite possibilities thanks to our exclusive Triploves Highlights.
"From schnitzel to strudel, from The Sound of Music to Strauss, from the snow capped mountains to Salzburg - Austria is simply sensational"
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With luscious countryside, quaint village streets, art-filled grand palaces, the sounds of Mozart, and the iconic Apfelstrudel, Austria is one of Europe's most soul-stirring countries. Join your expert Trafalgar Travel Director and walk in the footsteps of composers, emperors and royalty.
Our top 3 things to do in Austria
With Trafalgar guiding the way, you'll do so much more than admire storybook towns and see the country’s most iconic spots. These are just a few of the culture-drenched things to do in Austria.
Waltz through the scenic Austrian countryside
There is no shortage of countryside to allure us in Austria. Wander just beyond the well-trodden cities or further to towns like Hallstat and Durstein and float between the glassy lakes, soft grass hills and trails that wind around mountains.
Take an elevator up to the Eagle's Nest
A short drive from Salzburg, through hollowed-out mountains, the Eagle’s Nest – or Kehlsteinhaus – is a monument to the greed of the Nazi regime. Rise up to this chalet perched on a sheer rock wall and be struck by the eerie contrast of the idyllic setting and the people who once roamed its halls.
Walk through the Baroque city of Salzburg
Trips to Salzberg come with a side of opulent architecture. Amble through this town overflowing with charming fountains, squares, cathedrals and cafes, taking time to soak up the immense elegance found in centuries-old spires and domes.
Best museums in Austria
Austria's museums are a reflection of the country's reverence for all things natural, musical and artistic. Take a journey with Trafalgar into the museums of this country, and discover why Austria is still a culture capital of Europe.
Give yourself a day of freedom to uncover this vast collection of art and treasures. A highlight of any Vienna trip, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Belvedere Museum features three sites with baroque palaces, parks, views and 800 years of priceless artwork. Every corner commands your awe and attention.
Step into the Mozart family residence, where Wolfgang wrote piano and violin concerts, serenades and symphonies. Witness the pianoforte on which the young prodigy used to play and gain a deeper insight into the fascinating life and work of this talented family.
Natural History Museum
Discover the depths of Mother Nature at the Natural History Museum in Salzburg. Your visit will reveal the edges of outerspace and what the world looked like millions of years ago when dinosaurs roamed. You can then get aquainted with their distant relatives who amble around the museum’s reptile zoo.
Best food in Austria
Austrians are known for their love affair with meat and nostalgia-inducing desserts. Take a culinary adventure with Trafalgar, and we’ll delight you with the country’s very best gastronomical experiences.
Traditional Armenian khorovat is made from chunks of meat, including beef, pork, lamb or chicken, grilled on a skewer. Khorovats are a much-loved part of any Armenian gathering, from family picnics to wedding celebrations, and grilling is a passionate part of Armenian culture.
Get lost in layers of buttery pastry that swirl around baked apple and cinnamon in a dish that translates to ‘whirlpool’. Apfelstrudel tastes best in a cosy Viennese coffee house with a warm brew beside you.
Famed for servings so large, they spill off the plate, Austrians have long perfected this dish of tender veal coated in crunchy golden breadcrumbs. One of the country’s icons and a must-try on your trip to Austria, devour wiener schnitzel like a local with a petite side of potato salad.
The opera is a must-do attraction in Austria, made even more enjoyable when you dress the part. If you have room, pack an elegant option in with your travel staples for this very special occasion.
Chances are you’ll be enjoying a substantial serving of the great outdoors on your Austria tour. Protect your eyes from the summer sun and winter snow with some polarised lenses.
Somewhere between the architecture and the alps, you’re bound to find your camera storage full. Pack an extra SD card or hard drive so you can click away without worry.
A train ticket
With one of the best train networks in the world, excellent overnight services and countryside galore, rail is easily the best way to get around Austria. Thankfully, this is part of the package when you travel with Trafalgar.
A trip surrounded by lush countryside means the possibility of pollen. Make sure you have some antihistamine tablets on hand incase your outdoor adventures induce allergies.
What to pack for Austria
Other things to know before you go
Depending on your nationality, you'll need a valid passport and may also need visas to enter. Please check this well in advance of your trip departure date here. Some countries also require passports to have 3-6 months left on them before the given expiry date, so be sure to double check this before booking your travels.
Road Trip Adventures
Slide into your seat, grip the wheel, start the engine, and hit the open road. From Norway to South Africa, the tundra to the rainforest, there is no limit to what you can reach with four wheels and an adventurous spirit. The road trip is no longer a means to get from point A to point B in your country; it crosses borders into new places, allowing for pure freedom in exciting destinations. Measure your next journey in viewpoints, road signs, and the people you'll meet along the way!
Guide to Austria Visa Application
Learn about the types of visas and the step by step process of obtaining a visa for Austria and quarantine regulations in this comprehensive guide.
This includes types of visa applications, what to declare, and what is prohibited.
Keep in mind these handy tips for a smart, stress-free, and on-time visa application experience!