A stunning landlocked country in western Europe, Austria is a fabulous place to visit whatever the time of year. Visit in summer and discover epic Alpine scenery and exclusive mountain hideaways with lavish spas and gourmet restaurants. Enjoy panoramic hikes across flower-filled meadows, exhilarating bike rides down fast-paced trails, family-friendly paths around tranquil lakes, sailing, golf and wine-tasting. In winter, the lavish spas and gourmet restaurants remain, but the landscapes transform into snowy wonderlands and the Arlberg Region allures skiers and snowboarders from near and far; here for one reason only – sensational snowsports on world-class slopes.
Alternatively, enjoy a city break in Vienna, with Imperial palaces, iconic coffee houses and international opera performances right on your doorstep. Whether you’re travelling with family, friends or as a couple, a holiday to Austria promises a truly authentic taste of European living.
The Arlberg Region is a picture-postcard area of snow-capped peaks, famous for skiing. From November until April, skiers and boarders flock here, keen to tackle the fantastic powdery slopes. Tyrolean villages dot the landscape, such as Lech, located in a stunning valley, 1,450 metres above sea level. Lech is also famous for food and has been named ‘World Gourmet Village’, with the highest number of Gault Millau toques per resident than anywhere else in Europe! Outside the ski season, visitors can enjoy walking, cycling, mountain-biking, angling, golf, wild swimming and a variety of festivals.
Austria’s Imperial capital boasts a line-up of show-stopping architecture, blending Baroque beauties with striking contemporary design, interspersed with a scattering of manicured parks. Vienna is an absolute delight for lovers of art, culture and music, with events and attractions from glitzy balls, coffee houses and dimly lit wine taverns, to stunning Imperial palaces and broad, leafy boulevards. The city oozes atmosphere and offers a very special Viennese charm.
Planning a winter ski or snowboarding holiday? If you’re new to winter sports, or even if you’re experienced, it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with some tips to help get the most out of your luxury ski holiday and be safe on the slopes.
In a nutshell, Vienna has mild, sunny springs, warm to hot summers, pleasant autumns and cold, frosty winters. The Arlberg Region, meanwhile, tends to have stronger contrasts – expect snow from November to April (the ski season). Either side of this, the months warm up, revealing lush, green meadows and glistening lakes.
These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Austria.
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Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.
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