From heavenly scenery to impressive architecture and an enthralling culture, Austria has it all. And the best part is, despite all that, it’s still one of Europe’s best-kept secrets. Check out these 6 reasons why people love traveling to Austria.
IT’S GREAT TO VISIT, NO MATTER THE WEATHER
A major reason why travelers return to Austria is that it’s a perfect destination no matter the season. Obviously, you’ll get quite a different vacation depending on whether you travel in the summer or winter, but both can be fantastic.
Austria is an ideal destination for the ultimate ski trip and has great facilities for many other winter activities. But it’s also great in the summertime, as the many lakes look even more beautiful as they reflect the sun. You might even get warm enough weather to spend time along the dreamy shores of the country’s most popular lakes.
IT’S SUPER CLEAN & HYGIENIC
Some of the most popular travel destinations in the world can sometimes suffer from a lack of cleanliness. As they become busier, the mess can get out of control. Thankfully, this hasn’t happened to Austria, which is one of the cleanest countries you’ll ever visit. Stroll through the cities and you’ll hardly see any litter at all on the ground.
This also means that if you get caught littering, you’ll probably be in trouble. At the very least, you’ll be reprimanded by a local. Friendly as they are, the Austrians are known for speaking up when they need to!
THE SCENERY IS BREATHTAKING
The manmade palaces and buildings throughout Austria are gorgeous, but they don’t hold a candle to the natural scenery that you’ll find in the countryside. Words can’t describe how magical the lakes look against the backdrop of snow-topped mountains in the distance.
One of the prettiest areas to visit while in Austria is Salzkammergut. Located nearby the city of Salzburg, the region is home to sprawling crystal-blue lakes and Alpine ranges. There are also salt mines and caves to explore. It’s definitely a region that’s not to be missed!
IT’S HOME TO INCREDIBLE ARCHITECTURE
Another reason why travelers love visiting Austria is that the cities and towns are lined with stunning architecture. It’s definitely not a matter of “if you’ve seen one palace then you’ve seen them all.” Somehow, each architectural marvel gets more impressive the more of them you see.
While the big landmarks are wondrous, even the architecture on more mundane buildings, such as apartments and shops, is pretty. Often, while walking through the cities and towns, you’ll feel like you’ve landed on another (very beautiful) planet.
THERE’S A LOT OF ROYAL HISTORY TO EXPLORE
Austria has experienced a fascinating and at times turbulent history. There are infinite museums to see, no matter what part of the country’s history you’re interested in exploring. If you want to know more about the royal history of Austria, you need only visit the collection of palaces lining the major cities.
Among these is the Hofburg, which is an entire complex with a museum and two palaces included and Schönbrunn Palace. Although Marie Antoinette was one of the most famous figures of the French monarchy, she was actually born in Austria as an Archduchess at the Hofburg.
IT’S EASY TO GET AROUND
Convenience is a big factor in whether or not people would return to a travel destination. Even some of the most fascinating and stunning places in the world can turn into nightmares if they’re inconvenient to travel to and throughout. But Austria is totally fuss-free when it comes to getting around.
The country itself is quite small, so the distances between different locations are manageable. Throughout Austria, the cities are connected by rail routes and roads so it’s super easy to get around, no matter where you want to go.