Austria Information

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History

Austria in Central Europe bordering Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west, Germany and Czech Republic to the north, Slovakia and Hungary to the east and Slovenia and Italy to the south.
Austria was once the German speaking core and centre of power for the large multi-ethnic Austro-Hungarian Empire with its imperial capital in Vienna. This empire stretched eastwards from present-day Austria through much of east-central and south-central Europe. It included the entire territories of modern day Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, and portions of Serbia, Romania, Ukraine, Poland and Italy. While Prussia united the German states to the north by force into one “Germany” in the latter part of the 19th Century, Austria remained oriented eastwards towards its diverse empire. However, from the start of the 20th century, the political history of Austria has been closely linked to the misfortunes and disasters of modern German history, mainly the First and Second World Wars and their terrible aftermath.

Tourism in Austria

Tourism forms an important part of Austria’s economy, accounting for almost 9% of the Austrian gross domestic product.[1] As of 2007, the total number of tourist overnight stays is roughly the same for summer and winter season, with peaks in February and July/August.

In 2007, Austria ranked 9th worldwide in international tourism receipts, with 18.9 billion US$. In international tourist arrivals, Austria ranked 12th with 20.8 million tourists.

Vienna attracts a major part of tourists, both in summer and winter. Salzburg receives about a fifth of tourist overnight stays compared to Vienna, which ranks it 2nd in the summer season. In the winter season, a number of winter sport resorts in western Austria overtake Salzburg in the number of tourist overnight stays: Sölden, Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Ischgl, Sankt Anton am Arlberg, and Obertauern.

Visits to Austria mostly include trips to Vienna with its Cathedral, its “Heurigen” (wine pubs) and romantic Waltz music events. Worth a visit are Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart, Innsbruck, capital of Tyrol surrounded by the Alps, and the Danube valley with its vineyards, for example the Wachau or Dunkelsteinerwald, which are between Melk and Krems. In the western part of the country the provinceVorarlberg reaches the Lake Constance, in the eastern part Neusiedler See. The three most visited landmarks in Austria are Schönbrunn Palace (2,590,000 visitors per year),Tiergarten Schönbrunn (2,453,987 visitors) and Mariazell Basilica (1,500,000 visitors).

Of great touristic importance are the Austrian skiing, hiking and mountaineering resorts in the Alps as well as family-friendly recreation areas (e.g. the Witches’s Water in Tyrol). The same applies to the numerous Austrian lakes (e.g. Wolfgangsee and other lakes in the Salzkammergut east of Salzburg or Wörthersee in Carinthia) and castles.

Climate

Austria is located in a temperate climatic zone with a Central European climate influenced by the Atlantic climate. The four seasons (Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter) each have typical temperature and climatic characters.

Austria has a temperate continental climate.

Summers last from early June to mid-September and can be hot in some years and rainy in others.

Day-time temperatures in July and August are around 25°C (77°F), but can often reach 35°C (95°F). Winters are cold in the lowlands and very harsh in the Alpine region with temperatures often dropping below -10°C (14°F). Winters last from December to March (longer at higher altitudes). In the Alpine region large temperature fluctuations occur all year round and nights are chilly even in high summer.

The northern Alps are generally a lot wetter than the rest of the country. The South East (Styria and Carinthia) is dry and sunny. The area around Vienna often experiences strong easterly winds.

Due to the topographical diversity and the relatively large west-east expanse, there are three quite different climatic regions:

East: Pannonian climate with a continental influence – low precipitation, hot summers but only moderately cold winters.

Alpine Region: Alpine climate – high precipitation (except inner Alpine valley regions such as the upper Inntal), short summers, long winters.

Remainder of the country: transient climate influenced by the Atlantic (in the West) and a continental influence in the South-east. Before starting your walk or hike in the mountains please inform yourself about the weather conditions, danger of avalanges or route conditions. Warnings of locals should not be disregarded.

Travel times:
The best time for hiking and walking tours or to visit a city is from April to October. The peak season for summer vacation is July and August. The best time to enjoy your winter vacation is from December to March.

Temperatures:
Summer up to 95 degree Fahrenheit / average: 68 degree Fahrenheit
Winter up to – 4 degree Fahrenheit / average: 32 degree Fahrenheit

FOOD

If you want to try out traditional Austrian food go for a Gasthaus or Gasthof, which serve traditional food for reasonable prices. Usually they offer various options of set lunch including a soup and a main dish and in some cases a dessert too. They are typically priced at around €5-7 (except for very touristy areas). Menus are written in German, though some of the restaurants have English menus as well. Keep in mind that tipping is expected throughout all restaurants in Austria. Rounding up the price given on the bill is usually enough tip.

Austrian Architecture

Austria

There’s so much to do in Austria, from exploring historic castles and palaces to skiing some of the world’s finest alpine slopes. All the choices you’ll have to make when planning your trip can be a bit overwhelming. We’ve tried to make your task easier by compiling a list of our favorite experiences and discoveries. In this guide you’ll find the kind of candid advice we’d give our close friends.

03 Nights / 04 Days A Taste Of Vienna

Schonbrunn Castle

Destinations Covered

Vienna

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival Vienna

Arrival at the airport in Vienna and transfer to the hotel, overnight with buffet breakfast in the hotel.

Day 02: Schönbrunn Castle Tour

Morning city tour with Schönbrunn Castle. This tour will give you an overall impression of the most significant sight of Vienna. Along the Ringstrasse we show you numerous magnificent buildings, such as the MAK, the State Opera House, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Natural History Museum, the cultural destrict the Museums Quartier, the former Habsburg winter residence, the Hofburg, the Parliament, the City Hall and the Burgtheater.

The highlight of this tour will be a visit of the showrooms of Schönbrunn Palace. In this former summer residence of the Habsburg family lived e.g. Maria Theresia. The MAK shows applied and contemporary art in temporary exhibitions as well as in its unique permanent and study collections. On the way back to the opera we pass by the Belvedere Palace, the former summer residence of Prince Eugen. overnight with buffet breakfast in the hotel.

Day 03: Leisure

Day at leisure. Overnight with buffet breakfast in the hotel.

Day 04: Departure

2.5 hours before flight pick up for transfer to the airport.

Note:

Pegasus Extras during your stay:

  • Voucher for coffee and cake in a Viennese Café
  • Voucher for Apple Strudel show in Café Residenz
  • No reservation has been made yet and all mentioned services are subject to availability at time of confirmation
  • Rates are net to Pegasus Incoming. Our general conditions apply.

06 Nights / 07 Days Austria for Individuals

Hofburg Imperial Castle

Destinations Covered

Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival Vienna

Arrival in Vienna, Pick up by car and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel in Vienna.

Day 02: Schönbrunn Castle Tour

Buffet breakfast at hotel. Half day city tour on SIC basis including entrance to Palace Schönbrunn. Overnight at hotel in Vienna.

Day 03: Mozart Tour through Salzburg

Buffet breakfast at hotel. Pick up by car and transfer to Vienna railway station. Pick up by car in Salzburg and transfer to hotel. 1.5 hours city Mozart Tour through Salzburg on SIC basis. Overnight at hotel in Salzburg.

Day 04: Sound of Music Tour

Buffet breakfast at hotel. Sound of Music Tour on SIC basis. Overnight at hotel in Salzburg.

Day 05: Salzburg – Innsbruck

Buffet breakfast at hotel in Salzburg. Pick up by car and transfer to railway station in Salzburg. Pick up by car in Innsbruck and transfer to hotel. Visit of Swarovski Crystal World in Innsbruck on SIC basis. Overnight at hotel in Innsbruck.

Day 06: Leisure

Buffet breakfast at hotel in Innsbruck. Day at leisure. Overnight at hotel in Innsbruck.

Day 07: Departure

Buffet breakfast at hotel in Innsbruck, Check out hotel and pick up by car for transfer to railway station or airport in Innsbruck.

Note:

Pegasus Extras during your stay:

  • Voucher for coffee and cake in a Viennese Café
  • Voucher for Apple Strudel show in Café Residenz
  • No reservation has been made yet and all mentioned services are subject to availability at time of confirmation
  • Rates are net to Pegasus Incoming. Our general conditions apply.

06 Nights / 07 Days Honeymoon In Austria

Opera HouseAustria, not a only a nation of waltz and art – it is the nation of romanticism. Famous empress Elisabeth married here her beloved husband Franz-Joseph, the man she always admired the most. Dive into the flair of the former imperial capital while listening to the music of Mozart and Haydn. Be part of a unique experience while taking a ride on Vienna’s most famous mean of the transportation, the Fiaker, and benefit from an outstanding view on the beautiful buildings along the ring boulevard.

Destinations Covered

Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival Vienna

Afternoon city tour with Schönbrunn Castle on SIC basis. This tour will give you an overall impression of the most significant sight of Vienna. Along the Ringstrasse we show you numerous magnificant buildings, such as the MAK, the State Opera House, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Natural History Museum, the cultural destrict the Museums Quartier, the former Habsburg winter residence, the Hofburg, the Parliament, the City Hall and the Burgtheater. The highlight of this tour will be a visit of the showrooms of Schönbrunn Palace. In this former summer residence of the Habsburg family lived e.g. Maria Theresia. The MAK shows applied and contemporary art in temporary exhibitions as well as in its unique permanent and study collections. On the way back to the opera we pass by the Belvedere Palace, the former summer residence of Prince Eugen. Overnight with buffet breakfast in the hotel.

Day 02: Horse Carriage ride

Day at leisure. Enjoy a Horse Carriage ride along the Ring boulevard in Vienna (approx. 40 min). Romantic Dinner at an Indian Restaurant in Vienna. Overnight with buffet breakfast in the hotel.

Day 03: Vienna – Salzburg

Train to Salzburg. Afternoon Mozart city tour on SIC basis showing you the highlights of Salzburg. We start off in front of Mirabell Palace, built by the Archbishop Wolf Dietrich for his mistress and their children. Today, the palace host the city council. We continue along the Schwarzstraße and pass by the Mozarteum (university of music) and the Marionette Theatre. Further along we see the County Theatre and Mozart’s Residence on the Makartsquare. Here we also admire the Church of the Holy Trinity, built by the baroque architect Fischer von Erlach. We cross the river Salzach and on our way to Hellbrunn Palace we’re passing the Law Courts. A short stop is planned at this palace, built at the beginning of the 17th century by the court architect Santino Solari. It was most popular by the archbishops for their weekend excursions. Returning to the center of Salzburg, we pass by the Frohnburg Palace and the Nonnberg Abbey, the oldest monastery for nuns in German speaking countries, before we reach the old town again through the Neutor Tunnel. We see the Festival House, the Horse Pond and the St Blasius Church bevore we finish our tour on the Mozartsquare. Overnight with buffet breakfast in the hotel.

Day 04: Mozart Dinner Concert

Day at leisure in Salzburg. Evening Dinner at Restaurant Sankt Peterstiftskeller for a Mozart Dinner Concert. Overnight with buffet breakfast in the hotel.

Day 05: Salzburg – Innsbruck

Train to Innsbruck. In the afternoon a private car will pick you up from the hotel and bring you the famous Swarovski Crystal World in Wattens. Pioneers were always way ahead of their time. In their minds they conceived the inconceivable. In their fantasies they created the impossible. When he invented an automatic cutting machine at the end of the 19th Century, Daniel Swarovski opened the door to a world of fantasy. The magic word was crystal. A raw material, which even the most ancient cultures ascribed beneficial, valuable, indeed miraculous properties. This fascinating material transformed the world of fashion and beauty into a seductively sparkling universe. It inspired the human race and enriched both art and culture. You should not miss a visit of the Swarovski Crystal World in Wattens. It is a very interesting, subterranean, fantastic museum where you can see among other things the greatest and smallest crystal, and crystal decorated works of art from Salvador Dali and Keith Haring. Overnight with buffet breakfast in the hotel.

Day 06: Innsbruck – Vienna

Transfer to Innsbruck and take train back to Vienna. Arrival at Vienna train station and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight with buffet breakfast in the hotel.

Day 07: Departure

Check out hotel and transfer to Vienna Airport.

Specials:

  • Surprise present upon arrival in each hotel
  • Chocolate on the room at the hotel in Vienna
  • Voucher for coffee and cake at a famous coffee house in Vienna

Optional:

  • 1 lesson at private dancing school in Vienna – get taught the famous Austrian dance – The Waltz – price to be advised

Inclusions:

  • 3 overnights in Vienna at arrival in the selected hotel incl. breakfast
  • 2 overnights in Salzburg, in the selected hotel incl. breakfast
  • 1 overnight in Innsbruck in the selected hotel incl. Breakfast
  • Airport and Station Transfers in Vienna
  • Station Transfers in Salzburg
  • Station Transfers in Innsbruck
  • Sightseeing Tours on seat in coach basis as mentioned in the itinerary: Vienna Tour in Vienna, Mozart City tour in Salzburg
  • Private Tour to Swarovski with chauffeur driven car – max. 4 hours, including entrance to Swarovski Crystal World
  • 1 Romantic Dinner in Vienna at an Indian restaurant
  • 1 Mozart and Dinner Concert in Salzburg and the famous Sankt Peterstiftskeller
  • 1 Horse Carriage ride in Vienna (40 min along Ring boulevard)

Note:

  • Train Tickets are not included in the above mentioned package
  • No reservation has been made and all mentioned services are subject to availability at time of confirmation
  • Our general conditions apply


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