Experience the Magnificent Scenery of Austria


1 austriaMany travellers visit Austria to experience the rich musical heritage. Austrian folk music is an integral part of the rural areas and there are many amazing summer musical festivals and the Salzburg Festival is extremely popular. This beautiful country was the birthplace of famous composers such as Johann Strauss, Franz Liszt, Franz Schubert, Joseph Haydn, and Anton Webern. Wolfgang Amadeus was born in Salzburg and Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven spent most of their careers in Vienna.
Apart from the country’s musical heritage, Austria is just as popular for its magnificent scenery of the Alps, historic cities and villages. Tourists love hiking or cycling popular routes during summer to experience the Austrian culture and breathtaking countryside. The most popular cycle route among travellers is called the Danube Cycle Path and is also the most famous path in the entire Europe. Other great cycle paths are Drau, Inn, Mur and Moell.
During the winter months tourists visit ski areas in the mountains, including St. Anton, Ischgl and Lech and Zurs am Arlberg. Other popular resorts are Obertauem, Nassfeld, Kitzbuehel, SkiWelt, Zell am See and Flachau.
Eating and Drinking in Austria
Austria is bordered by Germany and the Czech Republic to the north, Italy to the south, Slovakia and Hungary to the east and Liechtenstein and Switzerland to the west. Austrians enjoy a very high standard of living and spend a lot of time with friends eating and drinking. The food in Austria is delicious and bread is taken seriously in this country. You can find a bakery in every village, selling from rye bread to the best apfelstrudel.
A bakery in Austria:
2 bakery austriaSchnitten is popular among Austrians and tourists. It is typically square layers of wavers and chocolate cream. You should try Torte, a delicious cake filled with apricot jam, wrapped in marzipan and covered with a thick layer of chocolate. Apfelstrudel is one of the favourites and is available with apples, raisins, nuts and cinnamon or raisins and fresh cheese. Mehlspeisen, such as Kaserschmarm, is a thick pancake with raisins and a lot of powdered sugar.
The traditional Austrian food includes Wiener schnitzel and consists of a bread-crumbed fried veal escalope. Knödel is served sweet or savoury. This special kind of dumpling is almost like a national dish. Tafelspitz is traditionally served on Sundays and is made of boiled beef with potatoes and horseradish. Austrian food is good and you can really try the menu as there are no nasty surprises.
Austria has also a national soft drink called Almdudler and it is made from lemonade with herbs. Other typical Austrian soft drinks are Holler or Hollundersaft, made of elderberry blossoms.
Schnapps should be enjoyed after meals and is served in most parts of Austria. The most popular flavours include raspberry, pear and apricot, but there are also many other flavours available. Eiswein is a type of dessert wine and is recognised by their elegant, piquant fruit and racy acidity. The wine is quite expensive, but absolutely worth drinking.
Magnificent Scenery in Austria
Austria has nine states: Burgenland, Carinthia, Lower Austria, Salzburg, Styria, Tyrol, Upper Austria, Vienna and Vorarlberg. More than half of Austria is covered with the Alps and dominates the provinces of Salzburg, Tyrol, Vorarlberg, Styria, Upper Austria and the eastern parts of Lower Austria. You can experience river gorges, vineyards, rolling hills and farmland, meadows, alpine valleys, glaciers and wooded foothills in this amazing country.
3 BuschenschankYou could visit a bar in the bushes (Buschenschank) in Southern Burgenland where peasants will serve their own products. You will most probably be served bread, horseradish, tomatoes, hot peppers and sweet peppers and for drinking you can expect Most, Uhudler or Sturm.
When visiting Vorarlberg, ensure not to miss the view at the top of the Pfander Mountain at Lake Promenade. You can also enjoy an exciting boat cruise and admire the sunset at Lake Promenade. This beautiful lake is shared with Germany and Switzerland.
Carinthia, or Kärnten, is well-known for its scenic mountains and lakes. Austria’s biggest lake is Wörthersee and a popular tourist destination. Other lakes in Carinthia include Faakersee, Weißensee, Millstättersee and Ossiachersee. Weißensee is the highest-altitude swimming lake in the Alps with crystal clear water and situated in a wonderful valley with magnificent views.
Do not miss the Burg Hochosterwitz castle that is over a thousand years old and located on top of a hill.
The Burg Hochosterwitz Castle:
4 castleHochosterwitz Castle is considered to be one of Austria’s most impressive medieval castles and is situated on an impressive 160 metres Dolomite rock near Sankt Georgen am Längsee, east of the town of Sankt Veit an der Glan in the province of Carinthia. You can also visit the oldest city in Carinthia, Friesach, during summer and have lots of fun when the entire city is prepared to look like the middle-ages.
Another great place to visit is Festung Salzburg (castle) for a fantastic view of the countryside. The region is also famous for its Alpine Lakes. You can visit the Mondsee near Salzburg City made famous by the “Sound of Music”.
One of the best addresses to eat original Austrian food is the restaurant “Goldener Stern” in the Getreidegasse, the former home of W. A. Mozart. The waiters and waitresses are friendly and you can enjoy “Salzburger Nockerln” as well as “Topfenstrudel”.
Make sure to buy pumpkin seed oil and Haba wooden toys to take home. The Austrian Marillenmarmelade (jam) and Eiswein are great to take home as gifts for family or friends and before you leave, enjoy one more Apricots Knödel while listening to a group of friends singing Lieder.


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