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Everyone should visit Austria at least once in their lives. From jaw-dropping historic architecture to incredible natural beauty, there is much to be seen and enjoyed. If you haven’t considered visiting Austria before, you will now.
What is the best way to see Austria? Two popular choices are through a river cruise and a land package. A Danube river cruise has multiple stops within Austria and is a convenient way without having to pack and unpack to see much of what Austria has to offer. However, to spend more time and see even more of this stunning country, you will want to book a land package. Make sure you use a vacation travel agency like Bliss Travel Service for the best guidance on getting the most out of this bucket list vacation.
Here are the top 5 things to do in Austria:
1. Catch a performance at the Vienna State Opera.
The Vienna State Opera House is Austria’s premier opera venue and one of the leading opera houses in the world. The Renaissance Revival architecture has been spectacularly preserved since its build in the 1860’s. This impressive building is one of the top tourist destinations in Austria and for good reason. If you have the time for a show, you can choose from world-renowned opera performances, ballet recitals, and concerts. If you’d prefer to admire the stunning architecture without seeing a show, your travel agent can help you plan a guided tour of the opera house.
2. Check out the beautiful Hofburg and Schönbrunn Palaces.
Austria is known for being home to several unbelievably beautiful palaces. Two of the most famous palaces are Hofburg and Schönbrunn. Both palaces are located in Vienna and were once home to royal families. Hofburg was built in 1275 and combines elements from Baroque, Classic, Gothic, and Renaissance architecture. Schönbrunn Palace, on the other hand, was built in 1700 with a baroque architectural design. The palaces are astonishingly well-preserved and are an absolute must-see on your visit to Austria.
3. Stroll through the picturesque Alpine town of Hallstatt.
Known for being one of the most beautiful towns in Austria, Hallstatt is an ideal spot for photo ops. With waterfalls, mountains, gardens, salt mines, and 16th century Alpine houses, there’s a never-ending supply of sights to see. Hallstätter Lake is one of the highlights of the town and is especially popular for boating in the winter and swimming in the summer.
4. Take photos in the gardens at Mirabell Palace.
Mirabell Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was one of the filming locations for The Sound of Music. Famous for its beautiful gardens, Mirabell Palace is one of Austria’s most popular tourist attractions. Whether you’re a lover of musicals, baroque architecture, or nature, everyone can enjoy the beauty of Mirabell Palace and Gardens.
5. Watch a show at the Spanish Riding School.
Opened in 1735 when Emperor Maximilian II was in power, the Spanish Riding school has been used by nobility for unique riding shows for centuries. Nowadays, you can reserve seats to equestrian shows much like the ones performed in the 1700’s. I recommend booking with a travel agent, as tickets go fast!
For more information on how the vacation travel agency Bliss Travel Service can help plan your best trip yet, contact us today.
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