Alpine tradition and the great outdoors mark one half of Austria’s quintessential image. The other half — and almost antidotal to my homeland’s rural beauty — is its grand, liveable cities. As a whole, it’s as spectacular as you can get.
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When in Vienna, stock up on fresh produce before grabbing lunch at Neni.
Keep your eyes peeled for marmots as you near the country’s highest mountain.
Schlegeis , Ziller Valley
Tucked away in the Ziller Valley, Schlegeis and a walk up Olperer Hut make for an ideal day trip before heading over to Aqua Dome (one of Europe’s best spas) or Innsbruck (Tyrol’s capital city).
Beat the crowds and go for an early morning stroll through Innsbruck’s old town. As you near the Inn river with its colourful townhouses facing you, head left and grab a snack at the farmer’s markets (weekends only).
With a total height of 380m, the Krimmler Wasserfälle make for Europe’s largest waterfalls. There are three stages (the photo shows stage 1) to the 4km waterfall trail. (Open from April to October.)
A visit to Vienna is incomplete without a handful of strolls at the many museums. Start with a browse through the Albertina before continuing on to Museums Quartier.
Easily accessible from Salzburg, a trip to the world’s largest ice cave is worth the roadside views alone. Book your tickets online and pack plenty of warm clothing.
Thanks to — admittedly, well deserved — social media fame, the days of quaint village life on Hallstaetter See are becoming rare. Come for sunrise.
Salzburg is much more than Mozart and Sound of Music. Head up to Festung Hohensalzburg for a different perspective.
Grossglockner High Alpine Road
Soaring mountains and hearty meals make for an ideal end to this epic journey across Austria.