So what's it like?
Austria is all about the scenery, whether you’re looking out over crystal lakes or walking through flower-strewn meadows – all with lots of culture along the way.
You get the quintessential mountain experience on an Austrian holiday. Chocolate box villages, cable cars up to the peaks, scenic alpine railways and traditional afternoon coffee and cake. And there are lots of beautiful towns and villages to choose from.
Alpbach, Lech and St Gilgen are often voted Austria’s prettiest mountain villages, along with Saalbach and Ellmau – all picture-perfect and perched up in the heights. Niederau and Obergurgl are peaceful in the summer months and the frescoed houses of Söll and cobbled streets of Bad Hofgastein have lots of character. Or, if you’d prefer to be in a larger town, there’s sophisticated Kitzbühel, traditional St Anton, scenic Kaprun and the bustling, down-to-earth resorts of Mayrhofen and St Johann to choose from.
All our Austrian resorts are surrounded by mountains, and some of them sit beside sparkling lakes too. You can relax on the waterfront paths in Seefeld, Achensee or Wörthersee, or explore the historical lakeside centres of St Wolfgang, Zell am See and Fuschl am See.
Austrian culture isn’t all about lederhosen and schnitzel – although you might encounter both. It’s also known for its wonderful churches and palaces, its rich musical history and the enchanting folk tales that fill its mountains. And with local events through the summer, like the Kitzbühel wine festival, you can sample the best of the culture on your stay.
2017 in Austria
Next summer is already shaping up to be a great one. For summer 2017, we've got new hotels to stay at and new excursions to enjoy, so you can explore even more of the sights, scents and sounds of Austria. Check out our Austrian resort and accommodation pages for more info.