Why Austria should be on your Bucket List for 2022
- Publish date: Sunday، 02 January 2022
There are some experiences we must try at least once in our lifetime. Bathing in a waterfall, playing in the snow in summer or sleeping in a real palace are some of them. These things are possible in Austria.
These are your top 8 Austrian things to should do before you die!
Snow in Summer? Yeah we don’t even know how that is possible but it is. Summer snow is not unusual in Austria and there are 9 glacier ski resorts in Austria at above 3000 meters where you can experience snow all year long!
Our favourite is the Kitzsteinhorn glacier in Zell am See Kaprun. The ICE Arena Kitzsteinhorn offers numerous snow activities like tobogganing, skiing and even a snow beach.
On the viewing platform "Top of Salzburg", you will get a glimpse of the unbelievable views to the surrounding mountain world and even more snow!
Kitzsteinhorn Glacier – Gipfelwelt 3000 © Kitzsteinhorn
Imagine living in a country with over 700 waterfalls, insane! Austrias waterfalls are among the highest in Europe.
On your hike through a forest, perhaps you'll come across a creek. As you follow it up into the mountains, it cascades over rocks, forming a small waterfall. Time for a quick dip!
Gastein Waterfalls is a must visit. The best way to experience the healing powers of the Gastein waterfalls is a visit to the “Felsentherme”, a thermal bath supplied by some 18 hot springs. And yes, you can take a shower under a waterfall right there.
The water falls about 340 metres downwards over three levels right into the centre of the town of Bad Gastein, which was built around the waterfalls.
Waterfalls Bad Gastein
© Gasteinertal Tourismus GmbH, Marktl Photography
Fit for a high-end magazine cover. Sit in one of the cosy booths or at a small marble table in a Thonet armchair as a waiter in a fancy black suit serves you a "melange" coffee and a piece of the famous Sachertorte.
Coffeehouse Konditorei Gerstner in Vienna © OEW, Harald Eisenberger
4. Sunrise hike and breakfast At The Mountain Top
Feshly-brewed coffee is waiting for you as the morning sun rise over a mountaintop.
Inhale crisp and fresh air, while you observe colours changing into a lighter blue and a thin line of orange and pink splits the horizon.
- Zugspitze mountain in Tirol (2,962 m) – take the Tiroler Zugspitzbahn cable car up to the top for a mountain breakfast.
- Dachstein mountain (2,995 m) – various hiking options for all levels; to make it to the summit, climbing experience is necessary. Have breakfast at the Glacier Restaurant.
Morning Hike Nationalpark Hohe Tauern © Franz Gerdl
You can actually stay overnight in one of Austrias amazing palaces. Walk in the footsteps of emperors and knights by spending a day exploring these historical buildings.
Stay overnight at Schönbrunn Palace and experience the former summer residence of the Habsburg family like real royalty.
Austria Trend Hotels offer you the opportunity to stay at the Schönbrunn Palace Grand Suite - the only suite available for outside guests at Palace.
© Schloss Schoenbrunn Kultur und BeriebsgesmbH, Severin Wurnig
When the weather is warm, it’s time for a dip in the lake. Something we wish we can try!
Some of Austria's 236 swimming lakes are surrounded by majestic mountains, some by lively forests, some by vineyards - take your pick.
Lake Wolfgangsee © Salzburg AG
Vienna's State Opera is known worldwide for it’s classical concerts.
Besides the stunning architecture; you’ll be closer to greats like Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, and Richard Strauss.
Prepare to be simply immersed in some of the best musical performances in the world.
Where to hear classical music in the most beautiful surroundings:
- Vienna State Opera
- Musikverein in Vienna: home of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
- Esterhazy Palace in Eisenstadt: Joseph Haydn's original location of work
- Concerts at Mirabell Palace in Salzburg
Concert in Salzburg
© Tourismus Salzburg GmbH
8. Spend the night in an alpine hut
What more could you want from a holiday in the Austrian Alps than to wake up at sunrise, open the shutters, and admire a beautiful mountain scenery right at your doorstep?
There are countless mountain huts to rent in the Austrian mountains. You can go for self-catered or choose one of many inns that offer accommodation in rooms or apartments.
Discover where to sleep in a mountain hut:
- The best Alpine huts for a mountain experience in Tirol
- Holidays in the mountains in SalzburgerLand
- Experience nature in the Carinthian Mountains
Mountain Hut in Altenmarkt Zauchensee
© OEW, the creating click
Mountain Hut at the Patscherkofel
© OEW, Raphael Sturm