Hi there, well, as the subject says, I'm spending a week or 2 in austria sometime in may/june.
I'm just wondering what austria has to offer for me, I'm in my mid 20's, australian, I'd like to see some nightlife, music, that kind of thing. I'll probably be in salzburg and vienna mainly but if there's anywhere else anyone thinks I must see I'd love to hear about it. Cheers.
Everyone goes to Salburg, Vienna, Innsbruck, maybe Graz, but if you wanna do something different for a change come and see my hometown/city (Klagenfurt).
It's in the south of Austria (45min-1hr to Italy/Slovenia) and we have beautiful lakes for swimming (and other sports) in summertime as well as amazing mountains for hiking and climbing.
Vienna and Salxburg will b great for sightseeing (lots of stuff to do), especially for going/concerts out etc., but to see some nice scenery and to do stuff outdoors Carinthia is the perfect place.
If you need more information, u r welcome to contact me
For hiking: the Hohe Tauern region (Pinzgau), but if you want some nightlife, forget about that in that area, but you might like if for a couple of days.
When I traveled through Austria, I stopped in a town called Hopfgarten. It's a tiny town, probably with a population of 3,000 or so, but you really get a nice taste of small town life there. I took a mountain biking tour, which was awesome. There's also a cool bar there called the Silver Bullet where you'd have to stop. I plan on going back sometime in the winter... the ski resort there is apart of the largest ski resort in the country that is 7 towns wide.
Also, if you're in Austria, you might as well stop by Swarovski Kristallwelten in Tyrol and pick up some chrystals.
Have fun with your travels and check out my blog http://rae-does-contiki.blogspot.com/.
also check out Eisriesenwelt in Werfen, near Salzburg (doable as a daytrip).
I was in Austria in May 2006 (I also have relatives there) and visited Vienna, Salzburg, Werfen, Graz and Leibnitz. Vienna is by far the most cosmopolitan and with the most to offer: palaces, art galleries, museums, churches, shopping districts, cafes, pubs, ecletic shops, etc. with a wonderful public transit system. I stayed downtown near Graben shopping street, where it was close to everything. You could walk around late at night taking in the wonderful atmosphere. Salzburg is small, just a picturesque alpine town (with a great chance of rain) you can easily walk everywhere. You can also take bus tours or short train trips from Salzburg - for example to visit the sister fortress to Hohensalzburg, the Hohenwerfen is located in the small town of Werfen a half hour train ride due south. This magnificent fortress stands atop a high hill amongs the nearby mountain peaks, and it is open for tours including a falconry show. I was really impressed. Austria has a fantastic tourist's website - take a look at this:
Have a great trip, it's a beautiful country and Vienna is one of my most favourite cities to visit in the world.
Petra M, Vancouver
Wow! Thanks guys. But now I think I have too many options!
But seriously thanks heaps.