Most often, tours to Austria are in Vienna – the capital of the country, a large and lively city, very interesting in cultural terms.
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There are no special beaches here, but there are several baths and areas for swimming and sunbathing on the Danube River.
- Schönbrunn Baths with an excellent pool, where the Emperor of the Austrian Empire Franz Joseph once swam. Open to the public, there are sunbathing areas. Mostly Viennese people rest here, there are few tourists
- Gansehaufel in the center of the capital, opened in 1907. Entrance is paid, there are children’s attractions, cafes, sunbeds, showers
- The Old Danube is a romantic place for swimming with cozy restaurants, wooden bridges and pools
- Badeschiff – floating beach on an old freighter, with pools and sunbeds
- Sand in the City – a large complex with a spa
- Danube Island is a favorite place for locals, with meadows, forests and a coastal area for recreation. There is even a beach for nudists
- Therme Wien – thermal complex, pools with ordinary and mineral water and active entertainment
There are several good ski resorts and areas in and around Vienna:
- High Hills is a resort in the center of the capital, loved by the locals. Only one track 400 meters long, with night lighting, one of the oldest in the country. Snow cannons in action
- Semmering 90 kilometers from the city, with six pistes, ski lifts and a toboggan run
- Unterberg at 65 kilometers, with beautiful slopes and easy trails for the whole family
- Monichkirhen at a distance of 120 kilometers, with black pistes and slopes for beginners
The main reason why tourists go to the capital is its sights. The most recognizable is the Gothic-style St. Stephen’s Cathedral. It is worth looking at the Imperial Palace and Schönbrunn Palace – in general, a walk through the ancient city can bring a lot of pleasure. There are so many remarkable places that it is difficult to list them all.
Another important part of the sights are the houses and graves of composers. You will enjoy visiting the Mozart house, the houses of Schubert, Beethoven and Strauss, as well as the Central Cemetery with the graves of many famous musical figures.
The main entertainment of the capital is music festivals: New Year’s Concert and Early Music Festival in January-February, Easter Festival, Vienna International Festival in May-June, Summer Music Festival in July-September, Vienna Modern and Schubertiade in autumn and Mozartk Festival in early December.
Vienna is a great place for shopping, especially in July-August and January-February, during sales. Look for Reduiziert inscriptions – they mean discounts.
The main shopping area is Kertnerstrasse and the Graben pedestrian zone with boutiques with clothes, shoes and cosmetics, as well as a huge Steffi department store.
More budget shopping offers Mariahilferstrasse. Local markets are also interesting, for example, Naschmarkt sells products from local farmers. There are also outlets, for example, Designer Outlet Parndorf.
If you’re more into shopping malls, then visit the Ringstrassen Gallerien, DonauZentrum or the largest SCS in the town of Vosendorf. And it’s also nice to walk around shops and fairs before Christmas, when bright holiday goods are sold everywhere.
Mayrhofen is the largest resort in the Ziller Valley. It used to be a small alpine village, but has now become a popular ski center that attracts both young people and families with children.
There are a lot of ski areas here. The best descents are on the Penken slope, to the top of which a gondola lifts. The most interesting thing is the long track in Finkenberg and virgin ski areas. Children are encouraged to ski in Eilsenalm.
The Ahorn slope is not so popular and developed, but almost all of its slopes descend directly to Mayrhofen – you do not need to go far from the hotel. In total, the resort has 159 kilometers of slopes, mostly red, but there are blue and black ones, with heights from 600 meters to 2.5 kilometers. There is also a Burton snowpark for snowboarders and freestylers. Separately allocated trails for beginners, hafl-pipe, there are trails with jumps.
The resort is interesting not only for skiing, but also for ancient sights. Tourists like to visit the Brandeber watermill, built in the 18th century, or local distilleries where schnapps is made. Gourmets should also visit the Zillertal cheese factory.
You can plunge into the atmosphere of antiquity at the Strasser Häusl manor with an unusual history of Strass children. If you like religious monuments, check out the Church of the Virgin Mary with baroque interiors. And the oldest building is the Marienbrunn fountain, which has been operating for seven centuries.
From Mayrhofen it is convenient to travel along the old Zellertal railway.
If you want to have fun, then take a walk along the mountain paths, go sledding or fly in a hot air balloon. There are sports centers, a cinema, an aqua arena with pools and slides. In winter, an open skating rink is flooded. And with children, be sure to visit the water park
Prices in Mayrhofen are quite high. You can buy sports equipment of old collections at sales at low prices. On Saturdays, there is an excellent farmers’ market with delicious meat products. And in November-December, a chic Christmas market is open on Waldfestplatz.