Holidays in Austria

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Austria Overview

Visiting Austria

You’ve seen the film, now experience the set. If you’re daring to be different, a Eurocamp holiday in Austria won’t disappoint. This beautiful Alpine country is a land of breathtaking massifs, crystal-clear lakes, long meandering rivers, rich green pastures, aromatic forests and carpets of wild flowers during spring and summer. Just a short drive south from Salzburg is Sportcamp Woferlgut, perfectly positioned for exploring much of the very best that Austria has to offer. The snow-capped peaks of the Tirolis are nearby, as is Innsbruck, the capital of the Tyrol.

Feel Austria

You can’t deny the Alpine charm. In the picturesque Tyrol you will find immaculate colourful villages, houses with bright window boxes and unusual dome-shaped churches. Though the countryside presses all the buttons, this is a land of great cities with ornate cathedrals, incredible fountains and picture-postcard buildings… a heady mix of Romanesque, Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo styles. Austria has no less than six national parks, and around 40 nature parks, each beautifully different in its own way and each providing visitors with the chance to experience and enjoy an inspiring panorama rich in flora and fauna. The country has hosted the Winter Olympics twice and is also a superb destination for summer skiing, with the ski slopes of Kaprun offering all-year-round snow.

Explore Austria

A fantastic destination for family adventure holidays. In summer it’s a haven for walking, hiking, mountain biking, canoeing and bird watching. Over 1,000 lakes make for an angler’s and watersports enthusiast’s dream. In winter it’s a go-to destination for snowboarding and skiing. But it’s perhaps even richer in culture, with its ornate architecture and museums dedicated to giants of music, art, economics, science and invention.

Places to visit - Sightseeing

With some lovely cities and incomparable countryside, camping in Austria offers you a great deal to explore and to discover:

Innsbruck
At the heart of the Austrian Tirol, Innsbruck is a beautiful city with gorgeous buildings everywhere, including such famous landmarks as the Ambras Palace and the Golden Roof. The gondola to the top of the Seegrube is also very enjoyable.

Vienna
The Austrian capital offers a wealth of museums and galleries, together with famous buildings such as the Schloss Schonbrunn, the former Summer Palace; and the huge Hofburg Palace. There are also many historic coffee houses to enjoy here.

Salzburg
As famous for its role in the Sound of Music as for being home to Mozart, the beautiful city of Salzburg revels in its musical past, with a host of tributes to Mozart, and even the chance to visit the actual home of the Von Trapp family.

The Hofburg, Vienna
The centrepiece of the Hapsburg Empire until 1918. the Hofburg is one of the most imperious buildings you will ever see. Still the official seat of the Austrian President, the Imperial Apartments here are well worth visiting.

Museum of the Golden Roof, Salzburg
The Golden Roof is one of Salzburg’s, and indeed Europe’s most arresting sights. So this museum exploring its 15th century origins and construction is well worth a visit.

Spanish Riding School
One of Vienna’s most famous attractions, watching these beautiful horses perform their Lipizzan ballet within the Imperial Palace really is a once in a lifetime experience.

Museum of Modern Art, Salzburg
Enjoying a dramatic situation on the face of the Mönchsberg above the historic old town, the Museum of Modern Art offers more than 3000 square metres of the finest 20th and 21st century art and photography.

Gunster Waterfall
This spectacular, 65m high waterfall has 300 litres per second cascading from its lofty heights, a sight that is made even more spectacular thanks to the presence of a network of walkways that give you the best possible view.

Great for younger kids

Ferleiten Animal Park
This beautiful alpine animal park offers you the chance to see more than 200 native alpine creatures in their natural habitat, and also offers a number of small rides and activities suitable for younger children.

Great for older kids

Zell am See - Kaprun
With the chance of glacier skiing even in summer, plus a host of lakeside activities including sailing, water-skiing, canyoning, swimming and kayaking in the crystal waters, this is a great place for older children and teens.

Places to visit - Activities & events

Skiing
There are few places on earth where you can ski on your summer camping holiday, but the Kitzsteinhorn glacier at Zell am See has snow all year round, with skiing and snowboarding virtually guaranteed for 10 months of the year.

Lake Swimming
Once you’ve played in the snow of the Kitzsteinhorn, lots of people head back down the valley to top their afternoon off with a swim in the clear waters of the lake. Where else on earth could you do that?

Hiking
When the last snows of spring have melted, the mountains and valleys of Austria become a hiker’s paradise, with mile after mile of marked rails right across the Tirol and the Alps.

Paragliding
Almost every mountain here has a gondola or chairlift to its peak, where in summer you will often find opportunities to learn paragliding over the high hills and green pastures.

Unmissable events in Austria

Salzburg Festival – Every August
Starting at the end of July and running throughout August, this is one of the great events in the musical calendar, with a host of classical and operatic events, including tributes to Mozart and the Sound of Music.

Haydn Festival, Eisenstadt
Joseph Haydn is revered only slightly less than Mozart here, so you will find a number of concerts in his honour throughout the summer in Eisenstadt, at venues including the Haydn Hall and Esterházy Palace.

Innsbruck Festival Weeks – August
Held at both the Ambras Palace and the Landestheater, this series of concerts is the highpoint of the year for fans of early music music in Austria.

Tirolean Festival, Erl
Usually held for three weeks in July, the Tirolean Festival celebrates the great works of composers such as Wagner, Neethoven, Bruckner, Orff, Haydn and Puccini, in a series of spectacular concerts.

Places to visit - Eating out

As with many mountainous areas, the Austrians love hearty food, with plenty of fresh meat and some calorific but wonderful cakes and desserts:

  • Wiener Schnitzel – breaded, fried escalopes of veal, often served with a potato dish called Erdäpfel Salat.
  • Tafelspitz – boiled brisket served with potatoes and a garnish of celery and pickled gherkins.
  • Apfelstrudel – delicious strudel made with apples and raisins, best enjoyed in a coffee shop with a healthy dollop of ‘schlag’ or whipped cream.
  • Schnaps – the authentic spirit of Austria can be made from everything from cereal to fermented fruit, though Pear Schnaps is perhaps the most popular type in Austria.

Campsites in region

Sportcamp Woferlgut, Zell Am See, Austria
Sportcamp Woferlgut | Zell Am See

Imagine spending your next holiday in the ‘sports capital’ of Austria and exploring the beautiful, lush valley on your doorstep.

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Natterer See, Innsbruck, Austria
Natterer See | Innsbruck

Ever thought about giving Alpine Curling a go? Or maybe hiring a pedalo and floating around an outstanding freshwater lake that’s on your doorstep? Come along to Natterer See and give them a try for yourself.

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Bella Austria, St Peter Am Kammersberg, Austria
Bella Austria | St Peter Am Kammersberg

Step onto Bella Austria and get ready to explore the stunning natural surroundings of the Katschtal Valley. Whether your family get in a spin for cycling, hiking or even skiing, you'll find plenty of active pursuits to keep everyone occupied.

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Location reviews

Austria reviews collected by Reevoo

Overall rating
8.7
Scores 8.7 out of 10 based on 66 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
10 out of 10

Julia

Blackburn
There is so much to do in this area we will definitely be back for more. We spent a day on the wonderful GrossGlockner Road and a day on Kitzsteinhorn at the Top of Salzburg. Austria is very pretty with lots to see and do for all tastes.
Confirmed stay: 28 September 2013
8 out of 10

Ralph

North Yorkshire
Outstanding walking area with well directed paths and the chair lifts were affordable.
Confirmed stay: 20 September 2013
2 out of 10

Geoffrey

halifax
beautiful pictureque villages .Lovely mountain trip.Salzburg lovely rain constant in Sept
Confirmed stay: 18 September 2013
10 out of 10

Adrian

Cheltenham
Our first visit to the Tyrol. Absolutely delighted with the area and our holiday.
Confirmed stay: 16 September 2013
10 out of 10

David

swansea
people are soo friendly area so clean there is so much to see and towns are well worth a visit, in my opinion there is very little to compare with Austria its wonderful and thats why we have been visiting austria for the last 16 years
Confirmed stay: 13 September 2013
8 out of 10

David

Brussels
Lovely mountains , nice food. Great railway system.
Confirmed stay: 13 September 2013
10 out of 10

Elinor

Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Austria is lovely. Great views, walking, lakes and people. Innsbruck is definitely a visit - a really great city and definitely one of my favourites!
Confirmed stay: 06 September 2013
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