Thousands of years of history combine with lush green valleys and the snow-covered peaks of the Alps to offer you a varied exploration in Austria. Vienna – one of Europe’s most sophisticated and beautiful cities – is overflowing with first-rate musical performances, exquisitely-built cathedrals and fascinating museums. There is also an intoxicating European charm as well as a prevalent passion for “the good life”. Dotting the rolling countryside is a diverse array of villages and market towns that, when visited, make one feel as though they have stepped right back into Medieval times. Nature highlights include sweeping wildflower-filled meadows and the Neusiedler See steppe lake where impressive congregations of waterfowl and shorebirds abound. Not to be forgotten is the Fairy tale folklore and fine European cuisine of one of central Europe’s pre-eminent destinations.
The best time to visit Austria is in spring, between April – May, and in fall, between September – October.
GOOD TO KNOW
The oldest coffee shop still in use is Café Frauenhuber in Vienna, where Mozart is said to have performed.
Observing Short-eared Owls flying over displaying Great Bustards
Exploring the charming historic village of Cesky Krumlov
Spotting the White-tailed Eagle
BE SURE TO TRY
• Wiener Schnitzel
• The Sachertorte
• Austrian Goulash
The World of Yesterday by Stefan Zweig
The Story of The Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp
The Age of Insight by Eric Kandel
Austria is a Schengen country. Canadian citizens using Canadian passports and American citizens using American passports do not require visas to enter the Schengen Area of countries in Europe for tourism or business stays under ninety (90) days.