German-speaking Austria is famed for its mountain villages, Imperial history and rugged alpine terrain. As one of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations, this landlocked country is almost as busy during summer as it is during their renowned winter ski season, thanks to visitors flocking to its cultural capital Vienna and stunning Salzburg.
The warmest of warm welcomes awaits you at our Alpine Centre, perfectly located to slope off and experience the very best of Austria’s white powder options, whilst Salzburg is within an hours’ drive. Once the snow melts, this resort – with its authentic chalet façade – shows a completely different face, where fresh mountain air, thick grass and swathes of wildflowers carpet the landscape.
Winters are usually sunny but cold while summers are warm with cooler evenings.
Average flight time
Average flight time from the UK to Salzburg airport is 2hrs.
Austria is best for..
Austrian holidays are great for winter sports enthusiasts and summer culture vultures.
During the winter months Austria transforms into a paradise in white where there is an abundance of white powder options for novices and experts alike. Many resorts boast vibrant après-ski scenes, yet alpine Austria still remains true to winter traditions that enhance the magic of this special season.
Outside of winter, Austria has endless capacity to surprise. Widely regarded as one of the best kept secrets in travel, there is still much fun to be had in ski resorts after the snow melts. The gorgeous green mountains and valleys, that were once icy white, become the perfect playground for hikers, cyclists, kayakers and climbers. Yet Austria is not all about mountains and altitude. The urban jewels of Vienna, Salzburg and Innsbruck are all rich in charm and history.
Austria’s ski resorts are well known for their welcoming friendly atmosphere and fantastic mountain restaurants and cafés serving traditional main dishes like Wiener Schnitzel, the national dish of Austria. Although the true origin of the Wiener Schnitzel is up for much debate, Austrians, particularly Viennese, have taken this meat dish (a very thin, breaded and pan fried veal cutlet, although a popular variation is made with pork) very much to their hearts.
Visitors to Austria should also delve into an Apple Strudel, the famous sweet cake made from puff pastry, apples and cinnamon sugar. Tipple-wise, a steaming hot mug of Glühwein at a cosy mountain hut is a must. Guten Appetit!
Situated in the Alps, Austria is naturally very popular with skiers and hikers, but it is also a country that gave the world an important musical heritage, ranging from the classical composer Mozart to the Strauss waltzes and the Von Trapp family whose story was told in The Sound of Music. Much of this is centred in Salzburg, a storybook city where visitors are also enchanted by the Altstadt’s domes and spires, a formidable clifftop fortress and the fast-flowing Salzach River. Salzburg is also magical at Christmas time when the air is filled with the smell of punch and almonds, whilst the traditional festive markets are warm and full of merriment.
The language spoken in Austria is German.
The currency used in Austria is the Euro (€).
Austria is 1 hour ahead of the UK.
Salzburg Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (SZG) is the main airport for the region.
For further information visit www.austria.info/uk
Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/austria for advice.