Family holidays in Austria

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  • Austria Family holidays

    Enjoy a change from the typical beach holiday in France or Spain, and instead take a family holiday in Austria to experience the musical heritage or alpine hospitality of the country. Vienna itself is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, with the beautiful River Danube flowing through its heart, although you have to travel to Salzburg to discover the birthplace of Mozart, arguably the greatest composer of all time, and certainly one of the handful whose names are genuinely known to most people the world over.

    Cruise the Danube

    A river cruise along the Danube - whether you opt for a day trip or a longer journey with overnight stops - is one memorable way to spend a family holiday in Austria. The river offers a unique outlook on the surrounding landscape, and even getting out on to the water for an hour or so can change your perspective on the surrounding city, assuming you do so in Vienna. It's also interesting to see how the city and the river complement one another - the waterway now more about leisure than commerce, but still an important part of the local landscape.

    Ski the alpine slopes

    The Austrian Alps offer an alternative way to spend cheap family holidays in Austria, especially in the winter months when the ski conditions are right. However, a visit during the summer can have plenty to offer too, as the receding snow often leaves behind a bright and healthy picture with the blanket of white replaced by vivid green. It's the ideal backdrop for a family getaway, with gentle strolls through the countryside rather than the high energy of downhill skiing.

    Hot hot heat

    If your family holiday to Austria will be the first time you've gone to a destination that's not on the coast, you could be in for a surprise in the summertime. Whereas coastal locations are often cooled by the sea breeze, there is no such effect in Austria's cities. That means it can easily reach into the 30°C, and in the past temperatures over 40°C have been recorded too. Stay cool in the shade, take plenty of fluids on board and try to avoid activities out in the open during the hottest part of the day, if you're visiting during a heat wave.

    Why Austria is so great for families

    What it lacks in beaches it more than makes up for in other areas. Enjoy Austria family holidays skiing in the Alps, exploring the culture of one of the world's most beautiful cities, Vienna, or following the mighty Danube along its course. Go and see the legendary Lipizzaner stallions, tackle summer walking tours through grassy alpine plateaus or visit some of the best art galleries in the world. It's all here and waiting for you and the family in Austria. So why not try a family break with a difference?

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