Family Holidays in Austria – Top Things to See and Do

Family Holidays in Austria – Top Things to See and Do

Everyone knows that Austria is the country where world-renowned classical composer, Mozart, hailed from. However, there is still much, much more that Austria has to offer – exciting things to do and spectacular sights to see when you spend your family holidays in Austria.

To make the most out of your trip to Austria, one of the things you should do is to pay homage to classical music. You can catch an opera being shown at one of the many opera houses around the country. Better yet, watch the opera at St. Martinstrum, the world’s largest floating opera stage, for a truly unforgettable experience. You can also attend Sunday mass at the Hofburg Chapel so you can listen to the Vienna Boy’s Choir sing – a tradition started in 1498, or simply buy a ticket to an orchestra concert.

You can also listen to the classical compositions of Mozart, Haydn and Schubert at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna or at a farm in Piber where they serve as the background music for the dressage performances of the Lipizzaner horses. And if you think you’ve had enough of hearing classical music, you can just go to the places where Mozart and other composers once lived and worked. One such place which is also considered one of the must-see attractions in Austria is the Figaro House, where Mozart supposedly composed the famous opera “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 exhilarating experience.

Do you like cycling? If so, one of the things you should do during your family holidays in Austria is to go on a cycling tour. In particular, rent a bicycle and follow the scenic route along the Danube river.

Last but not least, your trip to Austria should include a visit to the Schonbrunn Palace. This historical landmark is a former royal summer residence, as well as Napoleon’s headquarters during his Austrian campaign. There are other awe-inspiring castles and stunning baroque gardens to see, too.

Once you’ve done all these, you’re sure to leave Austria happy, although a part of you is guaranteed to be left behind. You’ll want to come back and have another round of family holidays in Austria, too, so you can relive the sights, sounds and memories that make Austria one of the best travel destinations in the world.

Isabella Olsen is a travel writer who has toured major destinations worldwide, including Austria, by car.

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