Austria Travel Guides for Backpackers

Vienna in Three Days

Capital cities are the busiest places to visit but they are the richest as well. It is difficult to visit all the monuments and places of interest in two or three days but one can do that in the capital of Austria, Vienna.   Vienna – the Artistic City As soon as you start going around Vienna, you can't help but feel the rich artistic history of the city. It was home to many artists including Mozart and Beethoven. Everywhere you look, you can see something interesting, even a simple building looks different. The city centre is full of such […]
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Exploring Vienna on a Budget – Top free things to do in the city

Vienna is famous for its baroque architecture and beautifully manicured gardens. You can spend many hours appreciating the city’s strong history and artistic culture. And what’s even better? You can see and experience so much in the city without even paying a single penny. So this post if for all of you, who are traveling on a budget. Explore the hidden free gems of Austria with this city guide! Explore the Old City – Hofburg, Albertina, and Judenplatz Walk around the old parts of Vienna, exploring the Imperial Palace and museums of Hofburg. Climb up the Albertina stairs, that are painted to […]
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Vienna: more than sausage, coffehouses and classical music

When people hear the name of the Austrian capital, Vienna, they think about three things: the Vienna sausage, classical music, and coffeehouses. For many people, these are not convincing reasons to visit the city, and many people think of Vienna as a boring destination but there are so many cool things to see and do there! I was lucky enough to live, study and work in this city for three years and during this time I discovered many different faces of Vienna. What to do in Vienna Vienna offers diverse must-see attractions and activities which make the city a great […]
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Summer in Stubai Valley, Austria – What to do

Stubai Valley is located in Tyrol, in the Austrian Alps. As beautiful as its more famous siblings, such as the French and Italian Alps, Stubai Valley is a 35 kilometers (22 mi.) long picturesque set of small villages and towns, with mountains reaching 3,000 meters peaks. It’s a popular ski resort in winter, with five main locations: Neustift, Fulpmes, Telfes, Schönberg and Mieders.  But if you think a ski resort should only be visited in winter, here’s why you should visit Stubai Valley in the summer. Hiking in Stubai There is an almost limitless network of trails and walks in Stubaital. […]
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Tips for Backpackers in Salzburg, Austria

One day I decided to go backpacking through  Europe and, of course, I had to include the beautiful country of Austria during my trip. My aim was to get a different perspective of the country itself and its cities and typical villages. I went from the capital Viena to the middle of nowhere, and that’s where I discovered Salzburg, the fourth biggest city of Austria. In Salzburg, you have the chance to travel back in time, but at the same time, you’re able to enjoy the modern lifestyle too. Hohensalzburg Fortress – A top attraction in Salzburg Start your day going up to the […]
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Vienna: More Than Grumpy Waiters, Schnitzel and The Opera

Vienna is often perceived as a grey place with unfriendly service and overpriced coffee. But the Austrian capital city can be so much better and cheaper if you have a little insider knowledge about where to go when to visit Vienna and how to deal with the people’s character. I lived in Vienna for four years, which has given me plenty of time to figure out how to save some money and still enjoy Vienna’s stunning culture, eat out and get to know the locals! And now it is time to share this with you. The Viennese Coffee House Culture […]
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Why visit Linz when in Austria

Never heard of Linz, the Upper Austrian capital city? You are missing out on something, let me tell you that. See why and start planning your next trip to Austria: Getting there and around in Linz Linz has its own airport, located a bit outside of the city centre, but reachable by public bus. Due to the reason, there are not many connections to the small airport, there is a direct train from the Vienna airport to the Linz main railway station. If you arrive by train at Linz Hauptbahnhof, you are already in the middle of the city and […]
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In the city of balance and culture – Vienna

City of culture, dreams, music and balance! The capital city of Austria will tuck you in the sweet melody of classical music. It can alter your dreams, and revise your travel stories. :) Vienna deserves its title “The City of Music”, and not just because of Mozart, Strauss, Schubert, and many others who gave mark and such an influence on the world music, but also for all those steps in Vienna that are filled with music, even though you haven’t brought your mp3 with you. Vienna was also named “The City of Dreams” because it was a work home of […]
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Experience of nature on the traces of the historical Austria

If you live in close touch with nature and you have a fable for historical castellated buildings in which former monarchs could have lived, with high rooms and lovely balconies as well as saunas and health spas? – Yes, you are totally right in Bad Gastein, Austria. This remarkable place is a spa town in the district of St. Johann/Pongau in one of the nine Austrian states called Salzburg. For those of you haven’t really heard about Austria yet… Austria is a landlocked country in Central Europe with over 8.66 million citizens. It is bordered by Hungary to the east, […]
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Achensee,Tirol, Austria: the paradise between the mountains

  I have always had a weakness for the clear, blue, water, but i could not imagine the day when I will see this clear, blue, water giving birth to beautiful, tall mountains as well as to sandy beaches? How is this possible? Well, by descovering Achensee. Location and surroundings When you think about Austria, you imagine Vienna and some fancy ski resorts, winter holidays, Christmas markets and some hiking. But this is not all. When I think about Austria, I say Achensee. Of course, I can recall clear blue sky even in winter time, beautiful scenery and other lovely […]
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Vienna: small tips for newcomers

My seasonal highlights in Vienna Would you like to see Vienna imperial, noble, proud, luxurious, old-fashioned …  or  perhaps better chic, fresh, unusual, contemporary? Don’t worry, you’ll be able to enjoy both sides of its world. Vienna is the city of grand past, sparkling present and for sure overwhelming future. It will catch your attention from the first sight, and will not leave you go… part of your heart will stay here forever. Vienna is charming all year long Christmas markets From November till the 24th of December the city sparkles with decorations, air is filled with punch and mulled […]
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My Kind-Of-Weekend in Vienna, Austria

Why did Glorie go there? My current “do-good” work regularly involves travel. We went to the Vienna, Austria in time for a global convention. As much as I want to share what the whole meeting was all about, I will have to stop myself, and not digress. Not that I am complaining, but after ten-day’s worth of meetings and chasing people around to discuss projects and collaborations, it wasn’t such a bad idea to have a weekend to enjoy the charming capital of Austria that is Vienna! Vienna is roughly a full day’s worth of travel from Colombo, Sri Lanka, where […]
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Graz, in the heart of Europe.

From where could I start? Graz is the capital of the federal state of Styria and it is the second largest city in Austria after Vienna. It is located on the Mur River in the southeast of Austria. Graz is an alpine town with very pleasant summers. Temperatures range between 20 and 25 degrees and hardly overcome this barrier. The winter is hard, because it snows and temperatures tend to go below zero.I wanted that my first post was about the place where I had the best experience ever. I have stayed there for five months during my bachelor studies […]
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The heart of Europe – Vienna

The heart of Europe – Vienna [single_map_place] Vienna [/single_map_place] Our first trip together. Europe. The heart of Europe – Vienna. It took us almost nine hours to arrive to our desired destination. Finally we were there – in the “city of music”, the hometown of grand composers such as Schubert, Mozart, Beethoven, etc. Exhausted due to the long overnight journey, we got off the bus filled with enthusiasm for what was ahead of us. Maria Theresa Square We followed the tourist guide who walked through the center showing us the most important attractions of this amazing city. We started out […]
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Innsbruck, Monaco, San Candido – An adventure Christmas weekend

Christmas markets through San Candido, Innsbruck and Monaco Planning the great escape View from Monte Elmo If someone does not know, northern Italy, Austria and Germany are famous, during Christmas period, for their theme markets, where you can find a lot of different typical food and particular Christmas presents. The atmosphere is very joyful and unique, red, green and white are dominant colors and make you feel the happiness of Christmas time. So under the desire of feeling part of this joy, we began to organize an escape-weekend to visit the markets. We did not want to […]
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Dating Abroad: Meeting the “One” while Traveling

  Everyone secretly hopes that the love of their life will be waiting for them when their plane lands. Or better yet, that their special someone will be traveling with them to an exciting new city sipping complimentary white wine and picking out favorites from travel guides in flight.   If you’re single and you’re traveling abroad the chances of you finding someone special are actually quite likely! It could be an old fling that you’ve reunited with abroad, a friend traveling with you that has shown a different side, or even a complete stranger who locked eyes with on […]
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Salzburg: Its Essence in a One Day Trip

During the past six months, I was living in Vienna (City number 2 in my top 3 of most amazing cities I ever have been). During my time there I had the chance to meet remarkable people from different countries and origins. Zuza one of my friends who is originally from Poland, told me about all the places she has been in Austria and we noticed she didn’t have time yet to visit Salzburg. I express to her my interest to visit Salzburg and suddenly we were planning how to get there. I must confess that the first time I heard […]
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Discovering the spirit of Tyrol

For most people Tyrol is synonymous with mountains, snow and tall trees. It is a top destination for skiing holidays in winter or hiking during summer. But many don’t look beyond. Tyrol isn’t just beautiful mountains and forests. Actually, the cities of Tyrol are just as worth exploring. You can find the true essence of the region in the squares and churches, markets and monuments. Formed by part of Austria and part of Italy, Tyrol has a long and intricate history of battles, anecdotes, traditions and famous nationalist characters. It’s a Tyrol that many do not know, but all should. […]
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Salzburg – 10 Reasons to Love the Awesome Mountain Town

If you have watched the Sound of Music, you may aready be familiar with some of the landscapes of Salzburg. The movie is indeed set in the city of Salzburg and I would be lying if i told you there was no correlation whatsoever between the fact that i really enjoyed the movie and that I am currently an Au Pair in Salzburg. But beside fanticising about the movie, i honestly did not know much about Salzburg before moving here, and there is way more to Salzburg than those hills that are alive. Here are ten reasons that make Salzburg a […]
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Austria: Hallstatt – magnificent views, time travel and loads of bones

Hallstatt – a small village of around eight hundred inhabitants somewhere in the Upper Austria that you’re always being told about and never really get to go there. I actually did, pretty spontaneously and I don’t regret anything. After a four hour bus ride from Vienna we woke up next to a calm lake surrounded by tremendous mountains. Exactly these mountains used to make it so hard for the inhabitants to move around the village and for anybody to come to Hallstatt – until a road was built at the end of the 19th century. If there was only a […]
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A Day in Salzburg

Why Go to Salzburg? Salzburg is famous for being the birth place of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the filming location for “The Sound of Music”, a 1965 American musical drama starring the famous Julie Andrews. Salzburg is the fourth largest city in Austria and situated near the German (Bavarian) border, the city is split by the Salzach River with Altstadt (Old City) located on its left bank, and 19th-century Neustadt (New City) located on the right. On a trip to Munich in Bavarian Germany I knew I couldn't leave without sampling a little bit of Austria's gem. I had an incredible […]
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Vienna: The Wonders of an Old World Empire

Vienna Rathaus park Stephensdom Vienna State Opera House Why Vienna? Many people want to see and experience Europe and all its cultural offerings, but the size and shear volume of destinations can make this a daunting trip financially as well as logistically. Luckily, I offer a solution to this travel dilemma: visit the beautiful and culturally rich Vienna, the heart of the previous Austro-Hungarian Empire, an Old World power. Vienna as a destination is often overlooked, abandoned for more trendy but pricey locations like Paris, Venice, and London. […]
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5 Days on 4 Mountains – Exploring Ski Amadé

To tell the truth, I didn’t expect much from this years skiing. We almost didn’t go at all. We really had organised everything last minute, and our GPS broke on the day of leaving home. But… surprisingly good things start often unexpected ways, don’t they?   An easy plan The Family Ski Trip (or Ski Camp, as we call it) have been always important  in our life, but until this year we managed to join to a bus trip or family friends, so we never actually had to organise it by ourselves. The only thing we knew was that we (mom, […]
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