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Things to do in Austria

Austria is known for its sophisticated cities, contributions to classical music and postcard-worthy Alpine scenery. Our specialists have explored the country to find the best ways to experience Austrian culture, from classic walking tours through Vienna’s First District, to a private cooking lesson with a Viennese chef.

You can see Salzburg through Mozart’s eyes when you tour his hometown and visit his birthplace and childhood home. Stroll Vienna’s cobblestone streets on a tour of the city’s cafes, where some of history’s great minds, such as Sigmund Freud and Peter Altenberg, pondered. See the Austrian hills come to life on a tour of filming locations from The Sound of Music, or cruise down the Danube through the Wachau Valley. Whether you want to explore salt mines in Hallstatt or see the Lipizzaner horses perform at the Imperial Palace in Vienna, we can plan a trip based on your interests.

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Ideas for experiencing Austria

Experiences you have as you travel often hold the longest memories. As part of their research trips, our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know Austria, and the best local guides. These activities reflect some of their best-loved experiences.

  • Mozart Concert

    Mozart dinner & concert


    Immerse yourself in the music and food of the Baroque era with this intimate dinner and concert at one of the oldest restaurants in Europe. Enjoy a performance of Mozart’s works by costumed performers between courses of a traditional Austrian meal.

  • Athena statue in front of Austrian Parliament

    Vienna walking tour & Schönbrunn Palace


    This combined walking-and-driving tour lets you map out the location of many of Vienna’s most storied sites, as well as explore the mammoth Schönbrunn Palace. You’ll see the former imperial palace in Vienna as well as the Habsburg’s summer residence outside the city limits.

  • Viennese coffeehouse

    Coffeehouse tour of Vienna


    This three-hour guided coffeehouse tour around Vienna brings you to some of the most storied cafes in the city, and gives you a taste of the city’s renowned coffee and pastries — all in one morning.

  • Vibrant buildings of Bratislava

    Bratislava day trip & walking tour


    Take a walking tour of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia and crossroads of central Europe. Medieval fortifications, Gothic cathedrals, a neoclassical palace and a vibrant coffee-house culture await you in this off-the-beaten-track visit to the city, just an hour from Vienna.

  • A view of Innsbruck and the Bergisel ski jump in the background

    Innsbruck tour including Bergisel Ski Jump


    Spend a morning exploring Innsbruck and the nearby Bergisel Ski Jump, where you can take in far-reaching views over the city and its surrounding peaks. Your private guide will tell you about the city’s history as you walk its cobblestone streets.

  • Preparing apple strudel

    Vienna market visit & cooking class


    Spend a morning on a brief walking tour of Vienna’s markets, tasting the city’s delicacies along the way. Then retire to your guide’s private apartment for instruction on cooking a two-course gourmet lunch. Sample Austria’s wines with the meal you’ve prepared in a chef’s kitchen.

  • Morning exercise

    Spanish Riding School performance


    Watch the Ballet of the White Stallions at the ornate Spanish Riding School inside of Hofburg Palace. You’ll get to see the world-renowned Lipizzaner horses as they perform flying changes and half pirouettes in the lavishly designed baroque-era arena.

  • Views over the Wachau Valley

    Wachau Valley & Danube boat ride


    This river boat tour of the Wachau Valley starts with the Baroque majesty of Melk Abbey, then takes you on a slow drift through the vineyards, orchards and villages along the Danube’s forested banks. A stop in the historic town of Dürnstein, with its storied history, completes the day.

  • Mozart's Birthplace museum

    Mozart walking tour


    See Mozart’s hometown of Salzburg and the places that were important to him on this walking tour. Visit the Salzburg Cathedral, see Saint Peter’s Abbey and explore Mozart’s Birthplace and Residence, where he lived during his childhood and adolescent years.

  • Hallstatt salt mine cave

    Hallstatt Salt Mines


    This salt mine tour gives you a glimpse into the industry that helped shape Hallstatt and the surrounding region, while also providing panoramic Alpine views. Catch the funicular up the mountain, slide through the mines and enjoy a mountaintop meal.

  • Alpine Salzburg, Austria

    The Sound of Music tour


    This half-day driving tour of the most memorable locations from The Sound of Music with a private driver-guide lets you relive the movie’s nostalgic charms, while also taking in the history and beauty of Salzburg and Austria’s lake district.

  • Juden Gasse, Vienna

    Jewish heritage walking tour


    Take a guided half-day walking tour of Vienna’s First District to the memorials and museums dedicated to Austria’s Jewish community and the 65,000 Austrian Jews killed in the Holocaust. Pay your respects at the Holocaust Memorial and see the ruins of a medieval synagogue.