Things to do in Austria
Planning a holiday? Heading to Europe and don't know which countries to visit? Why not think about making Austria your next holiday destination? There are so many holiday activities and destinations in Austria that would suit families, couple and individual travelers. Here a some things to do in Austria that are bound to add to your trip and make it an action packed adventure that you won't forget in a hurry.
Take a Train Ride on the Semmering Railway
Built between 1848 and 1854, the Semmering Railway is a feat of engineering, as it is supported by double archways, and has fifteen tunnels and over one hundred curved stone bridges to travel 42 kilometres and climb 460 metres between the eastern Austrian Alps and Hungarian plains.
The World Heritage Listed track runs between the towns of Gloggnitz and Murzzuschlag and was designed by engineer Carlos di Gehga. It took 20,000 workers to carve out the track from the limestone rock. As the train curves and winds its way through the peaks, just sit back and enjoy the beauty of the Austrian scenery.
Visit the 'Museum of the Future'
Located in Linz is the Arts Electronica Centre, which has bolding pegged itself as the 'Museum of the Future'. It is dedicated to highlighting and showing off new technology, and incorporates art and film to achieve the futuristic exhibitions.
The Centre features over 50 interactive installations, from fighting robots to displays that let you create your own cyberspace project. However the main attraction is the CAVE (Cave Automatic Visual Environment), the only exhibition of its kind that is open to the public.
The CAVE is a cubed room that uses the very latest in technology to create a virtual reality. The technology is so advanced that 3D projections dance across the walls and floor as you navigate the projected solar system and artificial landscapes, you can't help but feel as though you are really there in the landscapes.
After you have explored the Centre, head up to the rooftop and visit the cyber-cafe for a coffee and snack to re-energise.
Paragliding in the Zillertal
Soar up in the clouds and see the amazing scenery that is the Zillertal region. Glide over the high mountainous peaks and deep valleys as you take in the breathtaking views. Paragliders usually take off from Zillertaler Hohrnstrabe or the slopes of Penkenjoch to calmly fly over the region and watch as the green meadows scattered with wooden chalets and snowy mountain peaks appear and beautify the amazing region beneath. Seeing the majestic Zillertal area from above is the only way to go, as it will be a once in a lifetime experience you will never forget.
Ski the Streif
Fair warning, this skiing range is not for the faint-hearted, but if you are a skier then this might be the challenge you have been hunting for. Kitzbuhel's 'Streif' is a famous downhill course that makes up one third of the Hahnenkammrennen, the most popular series of races on the skiing World Cup circuit.
The course is fast and challenging, complete with steep slides, sharp corners and flat, icy areas, all accumulating in a jump at the end, known as the Hausbergkante. This ski slope will definitely get your adrenalin pumping and give you a rush.
Kayak on Lake Constance
Lake Constance is the third largest lake in Europe and straddles Germany, Switzerland and Austria, making it possible to literally kayak across borders. Paddle through the pristine waters and marshes, skirt along the shore and find a secluded place to stop and rest, or have a picnic. Even if kayaking isn't for you, make sure you still travel to the lake to visit the many towns and villages that surround the beautiful area. Car ferries run across the lake, making it an ideal place to drive and explore.
Facts about Austria
- As of July 2005, the population of Austria was 8,184,691
- The currency used in Austria is the Euro.
- Roughly 25 per cent of the Austrian populations lives in the capital of Vienna.
- Over 60 per cent of Austria’s electricity is supplied by renewable sources.
- The official language in Austria is German.
- The Austrian flag is one of the oldest national flags in the world, dating from 1191.
- 62 per cent of Austria's land mass is covered by the Austrian Alps.
- Austria has 13 mountain peaks that are over 3000 metres, and 34 that are above 2000 metres.
- At a height of 280 metres (1246 feet), Austria's Krimml Falls are the tallest waterfalls in Europe.
There are so many things to do in Austria that will keep you active and entertained on your trip. A holiday in Austria would be a great destination for families, couples or solo travellers. So why not make Austria your next holiday destination and visit this amazing country?