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General Information about Austria Vacations:
Located in central Europe, Austria is one of the greatest destinations for cultural tourism in Europe, hosting travellers from around the world for centuries. Austria's unique location, bordered by Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, and Italy, provides Austria package holiday tourists with a truly unique opportunity to experience a fascinating mix of European cultures. Vacation packages to Austria feature great cultural sights, sounds, and events, historical points of interest, and some truly magnificent natural settings – more than half of Austria is covered by the beautiful mountainous terrain of the Alps. Over a thousand years of history makes Austria a perfect European travel destination for any history enthusiast, but it is Austria's cultural traditions and arts history, particularly regarding music, that are the real highlight of any Austria vacation package. Austria has been the birthplace of many great composers (Haydn, Schubert, Bruckner, Strauss and more), as well as a great centre of musical innovation that brought such great composers as Mozart and Beethoven to spend most of their career in Vienna – the "European capital of classical music." It could be said that no other country in the world has contributed more to the evolution of western art music than Austria, and many Austria vacation packages are designed to highlight this rich musical history.
Vienna, the capital of Austria, is a featured destination stop on many of the city-hopper package tours to Austria, coupled with other culturally rich destinations such as Salzburg, Budapest, or Prague. Located in Vienna, the State Opera and the Volks Opera feature some of the best opera performances that the world has to offer. Vienna is also a particularly gay and lesbian friendly environment, incorporating gay and lesbian cultural themes and the works of queer artists into its cultural showcase. Austria vacation packages that include Vienna, as most do, are a cultural tourist's paradise where artistic quality is perfectly blended with great food and drink to provide a truly unique European vacation experience. In addition to its own regional traditions, Austrian cuisine borrows from many great cultural traditions throughout Europe to provide Austria package holiday tourists with a taste of some of the most transcultural dishes offered throughout Europe. In addition to outstanding food, package vacations in Austria also feature great drink – Austria is well-known for its world-class coffee, beer, wine, schnapps, and more. With so many wonderful sights, sounds, and tastes to offer, it is easy to understand why so many travellers choose Austria vacation packages to explore some of the best that Europe has to offer.
The official language of Austria is German, although English is very widely spoken as the second language of most residents – particularly in tourist areas. As part of the European Union, Austria's official currency is the Euro. Banking is widely available throughout Austria, including ATMs, and credit cards are accepted for most major purchases. Shopping opportunities abound throughout Austria, and no Austria vacation package would be complete without browsing the various shops, from upscale and international to delightfully local. Travel through Austria requires a passport, and tour packages provide the greatest access to a broad spectrum of European culture and history.
Highlights of an Austria Vacation Package
Austria vacation packages have so much to offer for culture and history enthusiasts of all ages. In Austria, there are numerous points of interest and wonderful culture waiting to be discovered, and some must-see attractions worth mentioning. Vienna itself is, without a doubt, a must-see. Schönbrunn Palace, due to its stunning buildings and extensive park grounds, as well as its long and colourful history, is one of the most significant cultural sites in Austria, as well as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. The Spanish Riding School in Vienna is well-known for its famous Lipizzaner horses and its over 400 year old riding academy history. No Austria vacation package would be complete without the experience of a Mozart or Strauss Concert to honour the great masters that called Vienna home. Another must-see on any Austria vacation package to Vienna, the Museumsquartier is an extraordinary collection of museums, cafés and more that should not be missed. And, for those looking for great architectural photo opportunities while on a package holiday in Austria, look no further than Saint Stephen’s Cathedral, constructed in Vienna almost 1000 years ago.
Also included in many Austria vacation package tours is Salzburg, another destination for must-see cultural delights. Hangar 7 provides tourists with a great opportunity to view a vast contemporary art collection. Also, tourists should be sure to visit Mirabell Palace – a former palace that is now home to Salzburg’s administrative offices, and a wonderful venue to take in a Mozart concert. A visit to the house where Mozart was born is a required stop for any classical music enthusiast. And, perhaps the most dominant feature of any Austria vacation package, the Austrian Alps should not be forgotten. There is no better way to experience the breathtaking beauty of these snow-covered mountains than to strap on a pair of skis and hit the slopes. Winter ski packages in Austria are not only a great deal of fun, but surprisingly affordable.