- Austria Luxury holidays
Austria is a land of contrasts, and you are as likely to take a winter sports break in the Alps as a weekend city break in its capital Vienna, or any of the other main cities of the country. In either case it ranks as one of the most desirable destinations though, with great snow conditions throughout the season, and a wealth of cultural and architectural delights to take in during the summer, or at any time of year.
The capital city, Vienna, is one of the main destinations for luxury breaks outside of the winter sports resorts, and with its centre designated a World Heritage Site, there is plenty of sightseeing to be done. The city stands on the Danube - and is even called 'Dunaj' by Slovene-speakers, in honour of the river. Over 2.5 million people live in the area in and around Vienna, which means it is not only the country's largest city, but accounts for almost a third of the entire population too.
Austria's musical legacy
One name comes to mind more than any other when discussing classical music, and that individual - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - was born in Salzburg, which is now Austria's fourth-largest city. He spent much of his life in Vienna, where you can find a number of local landmarks bearing his name, as well as performances of the composer's greatest works. Austria was also the birthplace of Liszt, Schubert, Bruckner, Haydn (Joseph and Michael) and both Strauss Sr and Jr - creating a musical legacy that is hard to beat anywhere else in the world.
When should I visit Austria?
Cold winter temperatures and high altitudes combine to make Austria's mountainous region a leading destination for winter sports, and it's worth checking the local climate of your chosen resort to make certain of when its peak ski season begins and ends; for last-minute breaks, you might also want to check the short-term snow forecast to find out what the conditions will be like on the slopes during your visit. In contrast, the summer months can be very warm in some parts of the country, reaching the upper 20°C, and the highest temperature on record actually tipped the mercury at over 40°C, proving that the snowy alpine image is not the only 'personality' that Austria has to offer.
What’s on offer on a luxury holiday?
Luxury holidays in Austria are a great opportunity to completely unwind and do what you want to do, when you want to do it. If you want to enjoy a delicious meal with a view of a magnificent city such as Vienna, your luxury hotel will arrange it, and if you want a room with a spectacular mountain view, they will make sure that’s what you get. Paying a little more to enjoy a luxury package is well worth it, and the level of pampering you receive during your time in Austria is entirely up to you. Austria offers luxury like nowhere else, and while you may not be anywhere near sandy beaches or a tropical climate, you’ll have some of Europe’s most fascinating towns and cities to explore, and the traditional, attentive hospitality which Austrians are renowned for. Clean, efficient and with some stunning scenery for those photo-opportunity moments, luxury holidays in Austria are all about the special details and little extras that elevate a good holiday into a great one.