Austria is arguably a hidden European gem when it comes to a European vacation. The country is blessed with sweeping, beautiful forests, museums, historic churches and castles, and in the winter months, it offers incredible skiing. If you are planning to go, you will delight in the food, drink, and nightlife.

It is also a small country which lends itself nicely to touring vacations. So, what do you need to know and what to see?


If you are from an EU country, you will not need a visa to visit Austria. If you are from a country outside of the European Union you will need a visa for Austria, and you should choose the one suited to your type of travel. There is a range of different types depending on your purpose of visit and length of stay, check it here.  

To that end, it is a good idea to check a reputable website and put together the necessary documentation. Once you have a visa, it is time to pack your bags and start getting excited.

The Hofburg

Head towards the capital city, Vienna. It is packed with historic buildings and museums. One of the best is the Hofburg, the Imperial Palace in Vienna. The previous home to the Habsburgs, the Austrian Royal Family, it is today used by the President of the country.

Built in the Gothic design, it was constructed in 1275. There are 2600 rooms and some of which you can peruse.

Hike in the Krimmler Ache

If you fancy seeing outdoor Austria, head to the Krimmler Ache the highest waterfall in the country. It has a drop of 380 meters, and you can reach it by hiking or traveling to the town of Krimml. This town makes a great base for hiking vacations.

Admont Abbey Library

Head to the Admont Abbey Library, and you will be presented with a beautiful gold leaf, ornate library based in a Benedictine Abbey of the same name.

Located on the majestic Enns River, the library dates back to the 18th century. The library is considered the largest in the world.

Spanish Riding School

It is fair to say that unless you are familiar with Vienna, the Spanish Riding School will be very different from what you would expect.

It is a magnificent curved building and was opened by Emperor Maximilian II who is noted for bringing Lipizzaner horses to the country in the 16th century.

From 1735 to the present day, however, the school has put on riding shows that display Spanish riding techniques. It is very popular with locals so if you want to see a show book in advance.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The home of the great composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, has been turned into a museum dedicated to the great man’s life. Born in 1756, you will find his former home at t Number 9 Getreidegasse, Salzburg.

Inside, you will find musical instruments, paintings and family memorabilia that help you understand Mozart.

Austria is a great country and packed with things to do and places to see.