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32 THINGS TO DO IN AUSTRIA

Grossglockner High Alpine Road

May–October • activity

Experience the curves of the highest road in Austria with great views

5 Fingers in Dachstein Salzkammergut

May–October • nature

An extraordinary platform opens a world of amazing views

Alpine Ibex

December–January | May–September • nature

A proud resident of the Alps

Alpine Marmots

May–November • nature

Meet a fluffy rodent while your hike tours in Alps

Mountain Biking

April–November • activity

Start your cycling adventure in Alps.

Hiking in the Alps​

mid-June–September • activity

What can be better than a walk through Europe's most beautiful mountainous region?

KäseStrasse or the Cheese Trail

May–October • food

Discover the secret of cheese making from the real masters in Bregenzerwald

Fishing

April–October • activity

Breathe fresh mountain air and enjoy fishing in clear waters of mountain rivers

Alpenzoo Innsbruck

May–October • activity

Visit the highest Zoo in the world and enjoy an amazing panoramic view of Innsbruck

Paragliding and Hang Gliding

March–November • activity

Feel like flying? Go ahead! Tyrol is waiting

Gosau Lake Diving

May–October • activity

Experience diving and other water activities at Lake Gosau in Salzkammergut

Wooden Slides of Hallstatt

April–December • activity

An unforgettable experience on Europe's longest wooden slide

Via Ferrata

June–November • activity

Experience Alpine climbing in the most spectacular locales Europe has to offer

Vienna Bike Tours

April–October • activity

Explore the city's numerous architectural wonders on two wheels

Prater

mid-March–October • activity

One of the oldest amusement parks in the world!

Lake Holidays Season

May–September • nature

Enjoy summertime on the gorgeous Austrian Riviera

Water Lilies

May–September • nature

Gorgeous water lilies cover Austrian lakes in the summer

Green Lake Park

May–July • activity

Visit Styria during spring to see how a park turns into a lake

Edelweiss

July–September • nature

Witness the blooming of the national flower of Austria.

Ice Caves

May–October • nature

Walk into the frozen world during warm summer months

Apricot Dumplings

July–August • food

Famous sweet apricot dumplings are a must-try when visiting Austria

Wind and Kitesurfing

June–September • activity

Catching a good wind is easy if you know where and when to go

Tyrolean Climbing Gardens

May–November • activity

Practice your skills or learn how to climb in the climbing gardens of Tyrol

Alpine Flower Garden Kitzbüheler Horn

May–October • nature

Check out over 400 species of alpine flowers in a beautiful garden

Alpine Golf

April–November • activity

Enjoy a round of gold and breathtaking panoramic views

Rock and Glacier Climbing

April–October • activity

Check out all the great climbing locations Austria has to offer!

Сanoeing and Kayaking

May–October • activity

Feel the freedom of canoeing and kayaking on the rivers and lakes of Austria

White Water Rafting

June–August • activity

Austrian rivers offer a great experience for both experts and first-timers​

Samson Parades

May 30–September 30, 2018 • event

A giant figure of Samson dances in the streets.

Horse Riding

May–October • activity

Mount a horse and enjoy spectacular landscapes on horseback

Danube Boat Trip

April–October • activity

Experience a boat trip on the waters of the Danube River

Birdwatching

March–September • activity

Be impressed by a huge variety of bird species in Austria and enjoy a great season of birding

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Tobogganing

December–March • activity

Get some winter fun at the world's longest toboggan run

Igloo Building

December–March • activity

Build a real winter house and experience life in an igloo village

Skiing

December–March • activity

The Alps make Austria one of the world's top skiing destinations

Snowbombing Festival

March 09–14, 2018 • event

Snow and music all week long

Christmas Markets (Weihnachtsmärkte)

November 17–December 26, 2017 • event

More than 20 Advent Markets ensure Vienna has preserved its holiday spirit since the Middle Ages

Snowshoeing

December–March • activity

Amazing winter views and relaxed walks in the untouched mountain top snow

Aperschnalzen

late January–early February • event

A custom of whip cracking used to drive winter away

Krampus

December 05 • event

Scary evil Santa twin occupies Austria, looking for bad, naughty kids

Heliskiing and Heliboarding

December–March • activity

Bird's eye view of the mountain tops and breath-taking downhill freeriding. Experience heliskiing and heliboarding​ in Arlberg

Maroni

December–February • food

Try some chestnuts, another great winter food

New Year's Concert (Neujahrskonzert)

January 01, 2018 • event

One of the most nostalgic traditions and certainly iconic for Vienna

Austrian Women's Run (Österreichischer Frauenlauf)

May 27, 2018 • event

Have you ever seen so many women running?

Life Ball

June 02, 2018 • event

A glamorous party celebrated under the umbrella of solidarity, tolerance, and enlightenment during the AIDS charity event

Long Night of Museums

October 07, 2017 • event

The entire rich cultural heritage of Austria is on display for one ticket during this special night

Vienna City Marathon

April 22, 2018 • event

One of the easiest and most popular marathons in Europe

Ball Season

November–February • event

Check out one of the most famous traditions of the city

Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert (Sommernachtskonzert)

May 31, 2018 • event

An awaited music event in a stunning location—gardens of the Schönbrunn Palace

Glöckler

January 05 • event

A magical ancient tradition in Salzkammergut

World Bodypainting Festival

July 08–14, 2018 • event

Take a glance on a live masterpieces of Bodypaint city

Donauinselfest (Danube Island Festival)

June 22–24, 2018 • event

Check out the biggest open-air music festival in Europe on the Danube Island

Ice Skating

December–March • activity

Experience the variety of ice skating locations in Tyrol

Mohnstrudel

December 24–December 25 • food

One of Christmas must-try sweets with lots of poppy seeds

Lower Austria Grape Harvest

August–November • food

Enjoy the taste of fall during the wine season in Lower Austria

Winter Hiking

December–March • activity

What can be as relaxing and fascinating as a hike on a beautiful winter mountain?

Bregenzer Festspiele Festival

August 18–19, 2018 • event

Theater and opera performances, orchestra concerts, and numerous other events on a large floating stage

Knödelfest

September 22, 2018 • event

Try out the best tastes among the variety of dumplings at Knödel Festival

Winter Thermal Baths

December–April • activity

Relax and leave behind the everyday routine in one of the many thermal baths or spa centres in Austria

Faschingskrapfen

March 05, 2019 • food

The best sweet treat of the carnival season

Christmas Markets at Lake Wolfgang

November 20–January 01 • activity

Feel the magical spirit of Christmas in this beautiful alpine region.

Molybdomancy (Bleigießen)

late December • event

Magical fortune telling with a help of spoon and silver

Linz Marathon

April 15, 2018 • event

Challenge yourself and get ready for one of the easiest marathons in Europe

Fasching

March 02–05, 2019 • event

Visit a real carnival in Austria

Goose with Blaukraut and Bread Dumpling (Serviettenknödel)

November 11 • food

Special dish on St. Martin's Day

Easter

March 25–April 01, 2018 • event

A time of tasty traditional dishes, sweets, handicrafts, and family fun

Feuerzangenbowle

December 24–January 01 • food

Traditional festive drink, served hot from a bowl

May Day

May 01 • event

Labour Day parades or traditional Spring celebrations? It's up to you to decide what this holiday is about.

Winter Horse and Sleigh Ride

December–March • activity

Enjoy a ride in a horse-drawn sleigh among snow-covered mountains in Salzburg area

Schrammel.Klang.Festival

July 06–08, 2018 • event

Spend an amazing weekend in Litschau full of music and relaxation

Ski Food

December–mid-April • food

The very best apres-ski specials

Wine Season

November • food

Try to make your own wine and taste young wines among Austria's beautiful vineyards​

Gebrannte Mandeln

December–January • food

Burnt sugar almonds are special winter treat associated with holidays

La Strada Street Theatre Festival

July 27–August 04, 2018 • event

Play your part in the street theatre performance in the city of Graz

European Bike Week

September 04–09, 2018 • event

Over 100,000 motorcyclists visit Carinthia during the Bike Week

The Narzissenfest

May 31–June 03, 2018 • event

Enjoy the beauty of a white sea of flowers during Narzissenfest in Ausseerland

Schubertiade Festival

March 22–25, 2018 • event

Intimate yet significant classical music festival