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Winter Polo

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Beach Volleyball in Carinthia

Sports

Vienna and Salzburg City are cultural cities with global reputations. Visitors

• Operas, plays and concerts are performed for up to six weeks every

Skiing, water-skiing, golf, hiking, biking – the list of sports available in

• Experience the thrills of Olympic champions by taking a lightning-fast

to Austria are spoilt for choice when it comes to artistic and cultural

summer at the Salzburg Festival. The festival regularly attracts the best

Austria is as broad as it is long. The several hundred lakes throughout the

bobsleigh run in Igls, Tirol. Even when the sun comes out in summer you

attractions. The following sites and events are renowned for their crowd-

conductors, stage-directors, orchestras, singers, actors and instrumentalists.

country are a haven for watersport lovers between July and August, when

can still zip along on the asphalt run. (www.innsbruck.info/igls)

pulling potential.

(www.salzburgfestival.at)

water temperatures regularly top 25ºC.

• The Kitzbühel Golf Festival is a blur of balls and clubs with 13

• With the opening of the Museum der Moderne, Salzburg is building a

tournaments hosted in one week every summer. Golfers can unwind in the

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major reputation for contemporary art. The museum’s mountain-top location

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historical town centre afterwards and enjoy the many shops, intimate bars

• Culture without costs in Vienna: One of the summer highlights in Vienna

on the Mönchsberg is a masterpiece in itself and visitors can see the works by

• The Europa-Sportregion Zell am See-Kaprun is a magnet for

and restaurants. (www.kitzbuehel.com/golf/en)

is the Film Festival in front of the Vienna City Hall. It presents free opera-

entering through the rock via an ascending lift. (www.museumdermoderne.at)

skiers with 132 kilometres of downhill runs spread out over 59 pistes while

• The Beach Volleyball Grand Slam Klagenfurt sees Austria turn on

related films on a vast screen most nights. The Danube Island Festival is

• The Innsbruck Summer Dance Festival in June and July has a broad

snowboarders can hone their skills on Schmittenhohe and the Funpark on

the Brazilian style with athletic sportsmen and women showcasing their

a free three-day festival featuring performances on 27 stages, which takes

cultural programme with contemporary dance from the US, passionate Flamenco

Kitzsteinhorn. The region also has 200 kilometres of trails for cross-country

hand-eye skills on the sand. Since 1996, the event has grown into one of

place annually every June. (www.donauinselfest.at)

from Spain and a cross-section of European ballet. (www.tanzsommer.at)

skiers. (www.europasportregion.info)

Austria’s most successful sporting occasions. (www.beachvolleyball.at)

• The MuseumsQuartier (MQ) in Vienna is one of the ten largest cultural

• A breathtaking backdrop, unique atmosphere, and international stars make

• The Sports World of the Alpen Therme Gastein is a must-see for

quarters in the world. In the former imperial stables in the old city, it

an evening at Finkenstein Castle Arena in Carinthia a truly unforgettable

sports lovers, with its modern fitness facilities and sports medical centre.

combines institutions of different art fields, restaurants, cafés and shops in

experience. The wonderful acoustics and setting resound to pop, rock and

Personal trainers can help get you into shape and provide anti-ageing and

an area spanning 640,000 square feet. (www.mqw.at/news.en.html)

opera concerts. (www.burgarena.at)

nutritional advice. (www.alpentherme.com/en)

Austria. You’ve arrived!

Austria. You’ve arrived!


Aqua Dome in Längenfeld

Jogging in the snow

Snowboarding

Family farmhouse holidays

Family Entertainment

Spa resort

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Spa facial treatment

Health & Wellbeing

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Snowman building

Family Friendly

There’s nothing ordinary about the spas in Austria – the treatment lists

conscious visitors with its 1,000 crystal-clear rivers, 1,270 lakes, 23

Austria has left no stone unturned when it comes to providing services for

• Water automats, grottos, fountains – in the 17th century the prince-

are as varied as they come, offering everything from the therapeutic to the

mineral springs and thermal waters. (www.carinthia.at)

families: whether you’re on the slopes, in the restaurants or travelling around

archbishop Markus Sittikus devised a system that astonished and

sensual. Among the more unusual remedies are moor peat baths.

• Hotel Salzburgerhof, Zell am See, offers superior wellness facilities and

the country, families are always made to feel welcome. No European

entertained his guests at Wasserspiele Hellbrunn, and today the trick

It’s even possible to jump straight from the slopes into the spas, combining

elegant accommodation in one of the most beautiful Alpine regions. Its exquisite

country has more family facilities and all the major resorts and attractions

fountains continue to delight thousands of guests every year, especially kids.

thrilling skiing and soothing relaxation in the same breath.

spa complex, the Wellness-Schlössl, has received the highest award, the

pay special attention to children.

Historical and relaxing, a visit to this magical attraction near Salzburg is a

Austrian spas provide first-class medical supervision, tailored fitness

four-star Relax Lily, and evokes a fairytale ambience. (www.salzburgerhof.at)

programmes and balanced nutritional advice.

• Medical and sporting excellence come together at the Aqua Dome

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• The 600 sq metre Adventure Spa in Felsen Therme Gastein has two

must. (http://www.hellbrunn.at)

in Längenfeld, Tirol. This outstanding building reflects the landscape and

• Kinderhotels provide the highest standards of family support with

pools split over two levels, geysers and a wild water channel as well as a

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mountains that surround it and is a monument to health and wellbeing.

English-speaking childminders offering free childcare for up to 60 hours a

70-metre slide. Alpen Therme in Bad Hofgastein offers adventure and fun

• Europe’s most modern Alpine and Leisure World, the “Alpen Therme”

(www.aqua-dome.at/en)

week. You can even pack light because most baby and toddler equipment

for the whole family in the Family World. The 110-metre “Black Hole” rafting

in Bad Hofgastein, SalzburgerLand, contains six Adventure and Health

• Once you’ve eaten the delicious Sacher Torte cake, you can smear it

is provided free. Hotels are located in attractive Alpine settings.

slide is one of the key attractions.

Worlds which cover 14,000 sq metres. The ‘Thermal Spa of Senses’ is

on your body! In Austria’s world famous Hotel Sacher the hot chocolate

(www.kinderhotels.com/en)

(www.felsentherme.com, www.alpentherme.com/en)

the perfect place to unwind and recharge and the 10-metre high glass

treatments at the 300 sq metre Sacher Spa feature the finest cocoa beans

• Austria excels in Farmhouse Holidays which are perfect for memorable

windows show invigorating Alpine views. (www.alpentherme.com/en)

and are a healthy way to satisfy your sweet desires. (www.sacher.com)

family escapes. Kids have the chance to approach nature at their own pace

• Carinthia Province in the far south of Austria is a magnet of healthAustria. You’ve arrived!

and discover it with all their senses. (www.urlaubambauernhof.com) Austria. You’ve arrived!


Hotel Imperial, Vienna

Hotel Schloss Seefels

Hotel Zur Tenne, Kitzbühel

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Palais Coburg Residenz

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Hotel Sacher, Salzburg

Hotel de France, Vienna

Hotel Schloss Fuschl

Grand Hotel, Zell Am See

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Grand Hotel, Vienna

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Hotel Europa, Tirol

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Grand Park Hotel, Gastein

High Quality With its exclusive Alpine chalets, five-star city hotels and acclaimed

historic attractions. The hotel has 198 comfortable rooms and eight

• Hotel Sacher Salzburg, in the heart of the city, is situated on the

generous four-star comfort. It delights with its incomparable position directly

restaurants, Austria oozes quality at every turn. The standard of living is

refurbished suites in a modern and traditional style. Its interconnectable

shores of the Salzach River and offers an impressive view of the Old Town.

on the lakeside, delicious cuisine and an exclusive relaxation area.

generally very high in Austria with its capital Vienna ranking highly in an

suites are perfect for larger families who want to stay in privacy.

Only a few minutes’ walk from the Festival Halls, the completely renovated

(www.grandhotel-zellamsee.at)

international survey on quality of life. With a thriving economy and a stable

(www.austria-hotels.at)

turn-of-the-century hotel offers state-of-the-art comfort paired with

• The Hotel Zur Tenne in Kitzbühel, in the heart of the marvellous Tirol,

political system, Austria’s beautiful countryside and cultural diversity all

• The Grand Hotel Vienna, famous for being at the very hub of Viennese

tradition. (www.sacher.com)

not far from the spectacular Wilder Kaiser mountain range, has 51 cosy

contribute to a high-quality lifestyle for locals and tourists alike.

social life and close to many of Vienna’s premier attractions, became a

• The Grand Park Hotel, Bad Hofgastein features stylish, spacious rooms

rooms and a traditional-style restaurant serving regional specialities.

member of the ‘Leading Hotels of the World’ in 2002. The magnificent spirit

and is the ideal setting for relaxation and recreation. The elegant new spa

(www.hotelzurtenne.com)

11 Top Hotels in Austria

of Belle-Époque is ever-present in the careful blend of latest technologies

area offers everything that benefits body and soul on two sweeping levels.

• The centrally located Hotel Europa Tirol in Innsbruck was formerly the

• Embodying six centuries of history, the Palais Coburg Residenz is a

and comforts. (www.grandhotelwien.com)

(www.grandparkhotel.at/en)

residence of nobility and has hosted many a big name down the years,

wonderful hotel combining tradition and innovation. Each of its 35 suites

• The sumptuous surroundings of the Hotel Imperial were originally

• Hotel Schloss Fuschl, on the shores of Lake Fuschl in SalzburgerLand,

including Queen Elizabeth II. (www.innsbruck.info)

measures an average of 100 sq metres, comes individually furnished and

created in 1863 as the Vienna residence of the prince of Württemberg. The

was named one of the 25 best European resorts by Condé Nast Traveler in

• Hotel Schloss Seefels (partner of Relais & Chateaux association) has

is named after an historic personality – but the rooftop spa is as modern

stately palace on the magnificent Ring Boulevard was transformed into a

2006. Unwind at Schloss Fuschl Beauty Spa which blends tranquillity with

always been renowned for its superb location right on the Wörthersee. A

as they come. (www.palais-coburg.at)

hotel for the universal exhibition in 1873. The hotel gained renown around

magnificent scenery and contains the latest equipment.

five-star luxury hotel comprising 71 rooms (incl. 34 suites), an excellent

• Vienna’s Hotel de France is an elegant luxury hotel on the famous

the world as a byword for discretion and impeccable service.

(www.schlossfuschl.at)

restaurant (one star from Gault Millau), its own marina and spa and is a

Ringstrasse, within walking distance of the city’s dazzling cultural and

(www.luxurycollection.com/imperial)

• The Grand Hotel Zell am See is a paradise for family holidays with

partner of the local golf course. (www.seefels.at)

Austria. You’ve arrived!

Austria. You’ve arrived!


Hiking in the Alps near Kitzbühel

Opera performance, Vienna

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Spanish Riding School

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Zell am See

Heiligenblut, Carinthia

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Centenar at Swarovski Crystal Worlds

The Classics

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Olympic ski jump at Bergisel

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Just as visitors to Dubai can’t leave without seeing Burj Al Arab, travellers

hand and attend the High School lessons. (www.spanische-reitschule.com)

It’s inevitable that every visitor to Austria will pass through Vienna or

reconstructed in the original style of the 16th century and gives you the

to Austria have a checklist of sights and experiences that are a must. Both

• Fans of The Sound of Music can visit locations in and around Salzburg

Salzburg, but as impressive as these cities are, the savvy visitor will also

chance to find your fortune. (www.wasserreich.at)

Vienna and Salzburg City, Mozart’s two home towns, are alive with music

City where the cult movie was filmed, including the Benedictine Convent

make time to visit the beautiful regions with their different characters and

• The Olympic ski jump on the Bergisel in Innsbruck has a strong

and you’re never more than a metronome-beat away from a concert in

on Nonnberg, Mirabell Gardens and Residenz Square and Fountain. The

varied attractions. Visiting Austria and not seeing the Alpine region is like

Middle Eastern link as it was designed by Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid. The

either city. Attending a classical concert in one of the theatres is highly rec-

Sound of Music Gazebo can be found at Hellbrunn Palace. (www2.salzburg.

visiting the Gulf and not taking a desert safari.

most up-to-date ski sports complex in the world can accommodate over

ommended. Beyond the cities, the Alpine scenery in Tirol, SalzburgerLand

info/soundofmusic.html)

and Carinthia are teeming with leisure options, catering for those looking

• Zell am See is THE classic destination for visitors from the Gulf: Its

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viewing terrace on the jump tower. (www.bergisel.info)

for either an active or relaxing holiday. Finally, you can’t go home without

combination of Lake Zell and the panoramic views from the peaks of

• Kitzbühel is considered the ‘Pearl of the Alps’ and the most renowned

• Vienna is a city of charming contradictions – hot and cold, loud and

tasting a slice of the famous Sacher Torte cake – it’s the perfect topping for

Kitzsteinhorn and Schmittenhöhe attracts hundreds of locals every year.

holiday resort in the Austrian Tirol. It’s the great outdoors where Kitzbühel

soft, expected and unexpected. The musical scene is just as varied, with

your holiday!

Visitors love the idea of skiing (at the Glacier of Kitzsteinhorn) and bathing

excels, with its 500-kilometre network of safe hiking trails, many of which

electronic DJs as important a part of the cultural fabric as the Vienna State

28,000 spectators and features a cabin lift, tower lift, panoramic café and

in Lake Zell on the very same day. (www.europasportregion.info)

have free guides who will help you explore the lush meadows and forests.

Opera. The best-known club is Flex at the Danube Canal.

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• The Swarovski Crystal Worlds in Wattens is a fascinating excursion

(www.kitzbuehel.com/en)

• The Magic Mountain of Semmering, 90km from Vienna, welcomes

• The 430-year-old Spanish Riding School in Vienna studies the way the

for passionate fans as well as non-collectors, who will be captivated by the

• Experience the ‘highs and glows’ at the WaterGold experience at the

wintersport enthusiasts any time of the day or night – its night piste is the

horse naturally moves and aims to cultivate the highest levels of elegance and

glittering Crystal Store. Opened in 1995, it has become the third most

foot of Austria’s highest mountain, the Grossglockner in Carinthia. The main

largest in Europe and the “toboggan runs” are perfect for adventure-seekers.

harmony between rider and horse. You can sample the equine experience first-

visited sight in Austria today. (www.swarovski.com/crystalworlds)

attraction is the gold diggers’ village in Heiligenblut, which has been

(www.semmering.at)

Austria. You’ve arrived!

Austria. You’ve arrived!


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