EXTEND YOUR STAY AND VISIT AUSTRIA
Some elements of the Austrian character haven't changed much over the centuries: love for indulgence, beauty, and cultivation have always been driving forces in the country. Today you can fall for Vienna's Imperial palaces, experience Mozart's Baroque heritage in Salzburg, look down from alpine peaks at Innsbruck's maze of narrow streets, and enjoy the unique combination of history and modern times in Graz.
History and tradition have had a home here for centuries: from Gothic St. Stephen's Cathedral to the Imperial Palace to the Art Nouveau splendour of the Secession, from the magnificent Baroque palace Schönbrunn to the Museum of Fine Arts to modern architecture at the MuseumsQuartier. There are over 27 castles and more than 150 palaces in Vienna and at any time of the year, a visit is a special experience.
Around 4,000 cultural events annually, living traditions and folk heritage, multifaceted dining experiences, numerous opportunities for shopping, strolls through the streets and carefree enjoyment - this is the City of Mozart known and beloved by so many. At Christmas, especially, the atmosphere in Salzburg is beyond compare: from Advent until New Year's, romantic Christmas markets, concerts, balls and traditional seasonal events draw locals and international guests to this city on the Salzach.
Boasting of centuries of colourful history, Innsbruck features fine examples of Imperial splendour, the result of numerous Habsburg rulers with a passion for architecture and creative arts. Some of the town's most significant monuments date back to the late 15th century, marking the beginning of the Austrian monarchy. A visit is a journey back in time with an enchanting array of splendid architectural gems from the Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Neo-Classical periods.
While visiting Graz you will feel an immediate sense of familiarity. The alleys and squares, impressive buildings, museums and galleries are inviting visitors to experience this crossroads of cultures. Thanks to a sunny disposition often described as Mediterranean, the inhabitants of the capital of Styria spend a lot of time outdoors. With an Old Town celebrated for Medieval and contemporary architecture, a vibrant student population, and centuries-old secrets, you are invited to visit and discover.