If you're looking for action in Austria you can go hiking in the Alps, climb challenging mountains, or go white water rafting in the glacier-fed River Isel. Horse riding is available in many places and, together with cycling and kayaking along the gentler rivers, is a great way to explore the mountains. Although Austria is a landlocked country, it has several large lakes that are popular with swimmers, including Lake Constance, one of the jewels of the Alps, and the emerald green Gruener See in the Hochschwab Mountains, which is wonderful for diving.
Austria Food & DrinkThe city of Vienna is famed as one of the best places to dine in all Europe, but the fine restaurants you'll find there represent only part of what Austrian cuisine has to offer. Beef is the most popular meat, often served in stews with dumplings, but you simply must try the goose, especially in salads and apple dishes. Fruit is commonly served alongside meat, with plum jams and sauces always worth the indulgence. Strudels, fruit tarts, cakes and milk-based puddings are popular for dessert.
When you travel around the country you'll find that every region has a different kind of sausage. The further out in the countryside you go, the more you'll find venison, pheasant, wild boar and other game on the menu, usually hunted locally. Wherever you go, you'll find people drinking strong coffee, wheat beer, and wine made in the east of the country. Austria's sweet wines are not to be missed.
Austria AttractionsExploring the palaces, museums and grand concert halls of Vienna is a must on any Austrian holiday. Explore the imperial apartments and the silver collection in the Hofburg Palace for a flavour of how the country's monarchs once lived, and take a tour of the city's historic centre. Salzburg is also full of fascinating destinations, including the Mozart Museum. At the end of January the city holds a week of live Mozart music to honour its famous son. Innsbruck is always charming, with its beautiful medieval buildings and hidden treasures that include the tomb of Emperor Maximilian.