|Currency: Euro (EUR)||Eco-Lodges|
|Size: 83,879 km² / 32,386 mi²||Favorite Restaurants|
|Landscape: forest, lakes, mountains, lowlands|
|Activities: hiking, swimming, biking, skiing/snowboarding, canoeing/kayaking, wildlife watching|
Now one of the smaller countries in Europe, Austria was once one of the greates powers on this continent. The local population is unpretentious, but still proud of their heritage, culture and country in general, and you’ll understand why when you visit. Beautiful, steep mountains are featured in a big part of Austria’s west, while the east showcases its vineyards and lowlands. It’s landlocked destination and continental climate makes Austria a year-round destination where you can spend a typical winter vacation as well as an action-packed summer exploring the outdoors.
TOP SPOTS IN AUSTRIA
Bikers and wine lovers will get their money’s worth at Lake Neusiedl, in the east of the country on the border to Hungary. One of the shallowest lakes worlwide (in relation to its size), you can go sailing, biking, swimming, bird watching or visiting the countless vineyards here in the summer. Or if you want to polish up your knowledge of European history, the Esterházy Palace in Eisenstadt (where the famous musician Joseph Haydn worked) might be your place to go.
- Bike paths circle Lake Neusiedl and bike ferries that take you across it make Lake Neusiedl a heaven for bikers of all levels
- Countless, mainly family-owned vineyards line the shores of Lake Neusiedl and invite passers-by to stop for a tasting
- Many quaint, little villages surround Lake Neusiedl. A great example is Rust, which in summer becomes home to nesting storks.
- Parts of Lake Neusiedl and its surroundings are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to more than 300 species of birds
- Before vacationing abroad become "in", locals used to spend their summer holidays in private stilt houses on Lake Neusiedl. Some still do so today.
- Every first Saturday of the month in summer, the wine cellars along the Kellergasse in Purbach open their doors and invite visitors to eat and drink local delicacies
- Close to Lake Neusiedl, history buffs can get their cultural fix at the Esterházy Palace, where the famous musician Joseph Haydn once worked