Austria may be small but it's also packed with variety, from grand Hapsburg palaces to mountain-framed alpine-green pastures. Stick to the cities to sip cream-smothered Viennese coffees in chandelier-lit cafes or trawl contemporary art galleries in fast developing Linz. Head for the great outdoors for lively apres-ski chalets or ski down Tyrol's snowy Alps.
Holidays in Austria
Our recommended holidays in Austria
From Graz to Linz on the River Danube, Austrian cities share a love of coffee houses, otherwise known as temples to sinful Sachertorte chocolate cake, and sacred Gemtlichkeit, literally cosiness. Trace the winding River Danube to Austria's cultural centre and capital city, Vienna, or visit Mozart's birthplace in beautiful Salzburg. Head west to the Vorarlberg and Tyrol regions to snuggle in wooden alpine chalets and nibble on farm-fresh cheese.
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The best of European apres-ski
It’s no secret that Europe boasts an incredible après ski scene. But how do you know where’s the best place to go? From the highest party hubs in France, to the coolest place to grab a beer and dance on a table in Austria – check out our top tip guide, for the most awesome après resorts.
The Grand Ferdinand oozes charm and wit, so you can too. Waltz around the potted palms and green velvet settee, keeping one eye on the quizzical parrot and the secret breakfast room entrance. Who are you ready to impress? Visit ba.com/grandferdinand #grandferdinand #vienna #travel #travelstories #hotel #decor
It’s the season to be jolly at the Ritz-Carlton, Vienna. The Atmosphere Rooftop bar, located on the 8th floor, transforms into the most exclusive Christmas market. Fairtytale views set the festive scene, there’s a cosy Ritz-Chalet to warm up in and lots of tasty delicacies to tuck into. Who would you take on this luxury city break? Book a stay on ba.com/vienna. #travel #vienna #christmasmarket #rooftop #winter
Ski holidays in Salzburg
A holiday in Salzburg offers a rare opportunity to combine one of Europe's most fascinating cities with world-class skiing. At the heart of Salzburg you'll find a beautiful, baroque old town steeped in history, and 23 ski resorts at its fingertips. All are covered by one pass and each easy to ski in a day.
Christmas Markets in 48 hours
A mid-week visit to Europe’s Christmas Markets is a chance to combine an indulgent city break with shopping for truly individual gifts. Travel writer Simon Heptinstall – who once drove through 12 European countries in one day – reveals five of the continent’s best cities to soak up the fairy-tale festive atmosphere.
Cities to fall in love with (again)
You might have ticked the classic capitals of romance off your list years ago in the early stages of your love story, but there’s an undeniable charm to seeing them again with fresh eyes. And when you book your special city break with British Airways Holidays, you can rest easy knowing that every detail of your trip will be taken care of, from convenient flight times to our selection of hand-picked hotels – ensuring your new holiday memories are just as precious as your first. From Vienna to Venice, travel editor Amanda Morison picks five romantic cities to rediscover.
Alpine lakes and mountains
Picture yourself in an Alpine meadow with your feet in glacial meltwater and your face in the sun. The hills aren’t alive with the sound of music. You’ll more likely hear chattering hikers or the soft burr of a freewheeling bicycle. Holiday in the Alps in summer: they’re sublime.
City breaks in Austria
Admire Vienna's vast Museums Quartier collection of museums. Or try local speciality Sachertorte cake in an elegant 19th-century coffee house. Take a stroll along the twinkling Ringstrasse boulevard that wraps itself around Vienna's centre. Climb Graz's medieval clock tower, looming above a jumble of red-roofed townhouses. Or head north to Linz, the pulse of modern-day Austria with cutting-edge art galleries and a vibrant nightlife scene.
Things to do in Austria
The Eastern Alps steal the limelight in the Tyrol, Vorarlberg and Salzburgerland areas. Fly to Innsbruck for summertime rambles through edelweiss flower meadows. In the winter, stay in a popular ski resort like Kitzbühel or Mayrhofen. Gaze up at the Grossglockner or hear the crash of Krimml Falls waterfall in Hohe Tauern National Park. Moving east the scenery shifts to rolling woodland and shady apple orchards.
Skiing in Austria
Ski holidays in Austria offer high quality pistes, great modern lifts and world-class ski schools.
Home to the famous annual Hahnenkamm Race, Kitzbühel is a great resort for every level. From newcomers to experts there is a run for you, so expect to be sharing the pistes with some very good skiers. Wide slopes accommodate beginners, whilst steep red and black runs allow the more advanced to gain some real speed. It is said that skiing was ‘invented’ here, but what brings the international crowd is more than that. Great food, both traditional and modern, chic bars and high-end shops all create a sense of luxurious charm.
|December to April
Zell am See
This beautiful lakeside town is idyllic, traditionally Tyrolean, but is also a modern ski resort with high-tech, fast-moving lifts up to 3000 metres. Zell am See itself is a large town, with fantastic bars, great shopping and high-end hotels, making it a good destination for a luxury ski holiday. The pistes are perfect for beginners, with some long wide blue runs together with spectacular views of the lake below. There are also some brilliant red runs for the more advanced skiers, and even a few steep blacks for the courageous. Afterwards, head down into town for some well-deserved après ski beers.
|December to early April
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