Oh, Austria—the land of Mozart, Freud, ballroom dancing, delectable pastries, and of course, The Sound of Music – a legendary movie!
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Austria, among Europe’s most popular holiday spots, draws visitors year-round with sites to see in summer and winter. In fact, the country’s breathtaking mountain regions see almost as much tourism in the winter as in the summer, thanks to some of Europe’s best skiing.
One of the smallest nations in Europe –Austria– is mostly composed of upland regions and high mountains, with the Eastern Alps taking up about 60% of its total area. The country’s northern region is traversed by the River Danube for approximately 350 kilometres from west to east – as the apple of the eye!
To make it simple for you, these are a few tips, tricks and facts you should know before your Austria Holiday – you’re ready to embark on an amazing journey to the land of the Edelweiss!
Don’t Ever Bring Up the Film – Sound Of Music!
You’d think that mentioning this legendary movie would make any proud Austrian smile, yet ironically, no Austrian has ever seen it. They have no idea what you’re saying and find it annoying when visitors repeatedly bring it up. So please do not bring them up in a convo!
Never Be Late
Arrive on time if you’re meeting a buddy in Austria. And by on time, I mean right on the dot. In Austria, being on time is highly appreciated. Attending meetings, appointments, services, and events on time are expected. One should show up five to ten minutes before the scheduled time on social occasions. If you foresee being late, let your Austrian counterpart know; otherwise, they could leave or start the event without you.
Always Say “Hi!”
Austrians are among the nicest people you’ll ever encounter, and they take great pleasure in a wide smile as they pass others. You’ll quickly become accustomed to hearing the cheery chirp of “Grüß Gott,” the Austrian phrase for “hello,” after a few days there. As a matter of fact, Grüß Gott translates as “may God bless you,” and BTW, Austrian cathedrals are among the most Instagrammable ones you’ll discover.
Do Not Speak German? Nothing to Worry about!
Although English is taught in schools, the majority of Austrians know a bit of English. But, this does not negate the need for you to make an effort to learn certain basic German phrases, such as Thank You (Danke), Please (Bitte), or Hello (Hallo! / Grüss Gott).
Try Their Desserts, At Least For The Sake Of The LORD!
Austrians are experts in sweets and are the creators of croissants (yep, Austrians, not French, originated these pastry delicacies). Austrians know their desserts. Buchteln, Sachertoret (Sacher cake), Linzertorte (Linzer cake), Apfelstrudel (apple strudel)… your getting the idea, don’t you?
Ultimately my favourite is Palatschinken – a type of pancake popular in Austria. Think of these delectable delights as a somewhat thicker crepe (common throughout Europe), typically accompanied by “Marille” (apricot) jam. Call for a wonderful food coma!
Float On the Lakes!
Taking a nap by the mirror-like lakes in Austria is one of my favourite things to do. You heard correctly. Austria has access to beaches (and quite well, in fact). Imagine sparkling seas, thrilling water sports, and beach cafes against a backdrop of gorgeous mountains.
The Sp- Ahhh’s and The Ski Slopes
THE MOUNTAINS!! Yes, Austria is scattered with many of these magnificent natural wonders in Austria, but the nation is most renowned for its skiing and snowboarding.
Yet, you’re in luck if you’re not a snow bunny yourself! The fantastic spas at well-known ski resorts are completely and unfairly overlooked. In the midst of the snow idyll, kicking feet up while soaking in relaxing, hot waters? #Bliss.
Tropical Island Parties
Beach dancing gatherings on a sunny island. Am I still bringing up Austria? Yes! Donauinselfest (Danube island festival), a massive music event held every summer on a big island in the centre of Vienna, is turned into a tropical haven. What’s even better? It is absolutely free! Imagine – nonstop music, swimming, surfing, cycling, inline skating, cafes, diners, BBQs, and all other exciting fun; I’m in!
Nightlife In Vienna
I haven’t mentioned Vienna yet, and we’re almost to the conclusion of the list. Don’t lose hope. While the city’s capital is well known as one of Europe‘s major cultural centres, its rebellious side remains hidden. Although the city’s neat exterior can be striking, even the craziest partygoers will be worn out by dawn – you can expect to a different extent!
The Best European Roads
While we have reached our end, as the saying goes, “It’s not about the destination; it’s about the journey.” You’re in for the adventure of a lifetime, even if you are just bypassing through Austria. What I call an amazing road trip is travelling on impeccably smooth roads surrounded by breathtaking mountains, shimmering lakes, and a rich tapestry of the gorgeous countryside – heavenly!