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Where to Stay in Austria

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A common visual of Austria is one thing only – snow. Yes, alpine lifestyle is a common theme of a visit to this beautiful and historic part of the world, however there is much more to Austria than hitting the slopes and sipping hot cocoa in a log cabin. Despite that, it does sound rather blissful, does it?

Austria has several bustling, large cities, with modern life running alongside ancient history as old as the very hills you ski on.

Vienna, Graz, Salzburg – these are cities with enough modern facilities to keep you occupied, yet having maintained a small town charm just the same. It’s an intoxicating blend and one that keeps visitors returning. It also helps that many low-cost airlines have added Austria to their list of destinations, and cheap hotels in Austria can be found easily.

Ahhhhh Vienna! Some of the best hotels in Austria are in the capital, and this historic and charming city has more than enough architecture to please culture vultures, with historic buildings sitting next to modern counterparts. St Stephan’s cathedral is a stunning example, and the Belvedere Palace will thrill those into baroque. If art and culture is your bag, then the Museum Quarter will keep you busy. Shopping, history, a romantic stroll along the Danube Canal – this is a city break with a very scenic difference.

Salzburg and Graz offer similar Austrian city breaks, with Salzburg of course the home town of the big man himself – Mozart. You’ll find more baroque-style architecture here and galleries, meaning a visit to Austria generally will be the bees’ knees for anyone interested in culture.

Graz? Well, this is Austria’s second largest city, but you wouldn’t think so, with its winding streets and old historic town.

Ski Resorts in Austria

Okay, let’s talk about the many ski resorts in Austria – it would be rude not to!

In terms of those who love to hit the slopes for a rush of adrenaline, and then kick back and relax, Austria delivers. No matter what your level of expertise, you’ll find a resort to suit.

Innsbruck is a great choice for those who want a life outside of their ski hobby, as this is a town with history, as well as the most divine alpine setting to open your eyes to. The seat of the Imperial Court of Maxiillian 1, the stunning 15th century Imperial Palace has to be on your visit list. Set in the picturesque Alps, the Tyrolean Folk Art Museum will give you a few hours away from the slopes.

As for those aforementioned slopes, there is a free ski bus, which makes it easy to practice in different settings day by day. Stubai Glacier is a popular area, as is Igls, with plenty more besides.

Alpbach is a good choice for ski beginners, where you can work your way up to some of the more challenging resorts. Saalbach is another, and around an hour and a half from Salzburg, with a very scenic drive en-route. Kitzbűhel also doubles up as a former medieval mining town, set amongst the dramatic and beautiful Wilder Kaiser Mountains. Here you’ll find lots of good shopping opportunities, proving that you don’t need to be in the heart of the city to enjoy a little retail therapy.

Finally, for those who want to ski all day and party all night, we have lively Ischgl.

As you can see, Austria is more than skiing, and it’s possible to mix a city break, with slope time, and do it all on a budget, with plenty of hotels in Austria offering fantastic rates. Due to this, more and more of us are able to experience the magic and charm of this truly wonderful alpine destination.