How to Make the Most of your Family Holidays in Austria

Austria is not just the homeland of famous classical composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as it is widely known. It is also a country overflowing with a rich cultural heritage, beautiful natural scenery and an interesting history, which is why it is a great idea to have family holidays in Austria.

For starters, on your trip to Austria, get your fill of classical music by watching an orchestra concert or an opera. There are many opera houses in Vienna and Salzburg, as well as a unique one in St. Martinstrum, known as the world’s largest floating opera stage. You can also visit the Hofburg Chapel and listen to the Vienna Boy’s Choir sing the Sunday mass. This way, you’ll get to witness, and even be part of, a musical tradition dating back to 1498.

You can even listen to the classical pieces of Mozart, Haydn, Schubert and other Austrian composers while watching the famous Lipizzaner horses perform dressage at its finest at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna or at a farm in Piber. If you’re not a musical person, though, you can simply visit the houses where Mozart and his colleagues once lived. These places are now considered must-see attractions in Austria, particularly the Figaro House, where Mozart composed “The Marriage of Figaro”.

Another way to truly enjoy your family holidays in Austria is to take “The Sound of Music” Tour in Salzburg. On this tour, you’ll get to relive the well-loved film musical by visiting attractions such as the Mirabell Gardens, Leopoldskron Castle and Nonnberg Abbey. You’ll learn some new trivia about the movie, too.

Afterwards, it’s time to feast your eyes on Austria’s spectacular natural scenery. This can be done best by taking a cable car to Hafelekar in the mountainous Tirol region or by going on a hiking trip through the Austrian Alps. Not exciting enough? Then your trip to Austria must include a hang-gliding expedition from one of the mountain peaks for a more exhilirating experience.

Cycling should also be on your list of things to do while spending your family holidays in Austria. After all, Austria is also popular for its many cycling routes, especially the Danube path from Passau to Vienna.

Finally, don’t forget to take a tour of Austria’s castles and baroque gardens. The Schonbrunn Palace, in particular, is a must-see attraction in Austria and is sometimes called Austria’s Versailles. With 1,441 rooms and magnificent gardens, it is no wonder that this castle used to be the summer home of the Habsburg royal family. It was also chosen by Napoleon Bonaparte as his Austrian headquarters.

Of course, there are plenty of other things you can see and do during your family holidays in Austria. In fact, one trip alone may not suffice. Still, going through all these should guarantee that your trip to Austria will be one to remember, for years if not for a lifetime.