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At the very heart of Austria tours you will find beautiful jewel-box Viennese palaces, fabulous melodies by Mozart and of course the stunning locations featured in smash hit film 'The Sound of Music' but aside from all this, you will find a country that is loved by many which is why so many people choose to take their holidays here.
Austria is literally brimming over with history and heritage from Vienna's awesome palaces to the sheer baroque splendour of Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart. If you dig a little deeper you will uncover some marvellous finds including Stone Age settlements and magnificent Roman ruins at Carnuntum. Culture vultures should head to Austria's historic spa towns such as Bad Ischl as it was here that Habsburg Princess Sophie visited and received treatment for infertility in 1828, two years later she gave birth to a son. It was because of this Royal visit that hundreds of people chose to descend upon Bad Ischl in the hope that their ailments could be successfully treated. Nowadays Bad Ischl is the stop off point for visitors wanting to see the region's stunning lakes.
Whilst enjoying a coach holiday of Austria, visit the Krimml Falls, the highest waterfalls in Europe located in the Hohe Tauern National Park, Salzberg and you will not be disappointed just make sure you have your camera to hand as there will be many stunning moments to capture on film. If you have a head for heights and enjoyed the climb to the Krimml Falls, you should hire a car and experience the twists and turns of the Grossglockner Road as it cuts through the Austrian countryside taking you to Austria's highest peak – Grossglockner! For something a little more sedate, visit Hallstatt with its pastel-coloured houses, crystal clear waters and stunning mountainous backdrops vying for your attention.
Austria certainly packs a punch when it comes to scenery and there are so many towns and villages offering picture-postcard backdrops to enjoy. Bregenz is the highlight of any Austria coach tour with its idyllic villages, green pastures and hillsides that will tempt you to climb to the top singing 'The Hills Are Alive.' No visit to Austria would be complete without exploring the nation's capital, Innsbruck. This diverse city combines the past with the present offering a little something for everyone from beautiful medieval cobbled streets and spectacular Habsburg palaces to skyscrapers sweeping the skyline and modern lounge bars perfect for sipping that 'Sundowner' beside the river and watching the world go by!
Tour packages for Austria typically include; return coach travel or flights, hotel accommodation in a good standard hotel, meals and a variety of included or optional excursions so you can really see the best of the resort you're visiting. You will have the opportunity to sample local Austrian delicacies during your holiday as the board basis tends to be Bed and Breakfast or Half Board.
To help you have an enjoyable holiday in Austria, take a look at these useful tips and advice provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO):
Health and Travel Insurance
Local Laws and Customs
Health and Travel Insurance
You should apply for a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving the UK when you are visiting Austria. Please note this card is not a substitute for travel insurance or medical cover, however, you will be entitled to state provided medical treatment if this is required during your stay in Austria. Any treatment you receive will be the same as Austrian nationals receive. The EHIC does not cover on-going medical treatment, medical repatriation or non-urgent treatment and so you must make sure you have the correct travel insurance and access to funds which will cover the cost of any treatment and repatriation on medical grounds.
Should you require emergency medical assistance during your visit, dial 112 and ask for an ambulance. In the event you are referred to a medical facility for treatment, you must contact your insurance company or your medical assistance provider immediately.
There are low rates of crime in Austria, however, make sure you always take sensible precautions to avoid bag-snatching, mugging and pickpocketing. Never leave your valuables unattended and make sure you pay particular attention around railway stations, airports and car parks after dark.
Local Laws and Customs
As far as drug laws are concerned, these are very similar to those in the UK, where both possessing or trafficking drugs are severely reprimanded often resulting in imprisonment.
It is a requirement of Austrian Law that you have your passport with you at all times and that the UK driving licence is not an acceptable form of identification.
If you plan to stay in Austria for up to three months, make sure your passport is valid for the entire duration of your stay, however, you do not need an additional period of validity beyond this.
UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETD) are accepted when entering into Austria and also for airside transit and when leaving Austria.
British Citizens do not require a visa to enter Austria, but if you hold a different type of British nationality, it is advisable to check entry requirements with the Austrian Embassy.
Any other nationality looking to holiday in Austria must contact the local embassy to check visa requirements.
For more information about visiting Austria you can visit their official tourism website at austria.info
Austria is such a beautiful country with plenty to see and explore that it can sometimes be overwhelming as to what to visit first. Hopefully this will help:
The historical capital city of Austria is home to a wealth of over 150 beautiful palaces and more than 27 castles and numerous fascinating museums. Visit one of the many coffee houses, try the delicious local delicacies and marvel at the out of this world architecture. This city of music offers a variety of concerts from the more traditional Beethoven to the modern Electronic sounds. Home to the Spanish Riding School, appreciate the skills of both the horses and riders in one of their gala performances.
The famous Austrian city of Salzburg, with its backdrop of mountain scenery, is known not only for its beauty but also for being the home of Mozart. In the historical centre, you will find the birthplace of this famous composer, which has since been turned into a fascinating museum. Some main attractions in this wonderful city include: Salzburg Cathedral, the Hohensalzburg fortress and Mirabel Gardens.
This area of Austria is one of the main tourist destinations to visit and offers you everything you'd expect from a visit to this scenic country – lakes, mountains and chocolate box villages! The city of Innsbruck, home to the Golden Roof, is the main city to visit with various museums and other attractions. You are spoilt for choice for places to visit in The Tyrol with the natural Krimml Waterfalls, the glistening Swarovski crystal world or a journey on the infamous Zillertal Railway.