Say ‘hallo’ to the summer city that took me by surprise. Hear what made this trip extra special, and a few of my favourite places to visit in Vienna!
I’ve just spent a few days exploring Vienna in Austria. Before my trip, it wasn’t a city I’d associated with summer breaks. It’s so easy to package Austria into this neat little box of skiing, mountains and Christmas markets, with a touch of ‘the hills are alive’! Rather like my previous adventures in Austria (which took me to Graz, Innsbruck and Salzburg) – it’s a country that keeps surprising me.
I visited the city for the Vienna Tourist Board’s intriguing campaign: #UnratingVienna. They’re on a mission to remind travellers that there’s more to travel than ratings and must-sees. The plan for my trip? Well.. there wasn’t one! It was time for me to discover the city on my own. I wouldn’t be checking Trip Advisor to find the best restaurants or racing around the city trying to tick off the top 10 attractions like the Schönbrunn Palace and the Natural History Museum. I’d be exploring with an open mind and seeing what I found naturally.
Blingtastic Swarovski crystals, a light exhibition, intriguing modern art and stunning gardens, Swarovski Kristallwelten (Swarovski Crystal Worlds) is one of the top places to visit near Innsbruck!
Innsbruck was the final stop on my whirlwind trip around Austria. After visiting Graz and Salzburg, I wondered what this city shrouded by snow-capped mountains would have to offer. I knew it as a winter destination, with several ski resorts just a short journey from the city centre, but what about in the warmer months?
After a day of sightseeing, checking out the colourful houses lining the River Inn, walking along Maria Theresien Street and catching a cable car up Nordkette, I had four hours free. You guys told me to visit Swarovski Crystal Worlds (Swarovski Kristallwelten) and I listened!
Grab your camera and let’s go in search of the best views in Salzburg!
Brimming with history and amazing architecture, Salzburg is one of Austria’s most impressive cities. But for those who don’t want to spend hours in museums or cathedrals, what is there to see in Salzburg? And where should you go for the best views of Salzburg?
From an adorable duck-themed café to a 16th century clock tower, surfing on the Mur River and unusual modern architecture, these are the best things to do in Graz, Austria
This city is quirky, colourful and full of great things to do. Graz is known as the culinary capital of Austria. The food is quite different to other regions of Austria. Being in the south it benefits from a Mediterranean climate, which is reflected in the fresh produce and cooking techniques.
The city is an official UNESCO World Heritage Site – brimming with history, stunning architecture and museums. From its famous clock tower, to the town hall and the beautiful Schloss Eggenberg (Eggenberg Palace) there are plenty of photos just waiting to be snapped. But alongside the great food and historical sites, there’s plenty more. Graz has hipster cafes, modern art and even a place you can go surfing on the river!
So it’s time to visit Graz – Austria’s second largest city after Vienna, and share a few of the best things to do in the city.
18 Amazing Things To Do In Graz, Austria
Climb up Schlossberg for the views
You can’t visit Graz and not climb up to the hill to the clock tower. Yet, this walk isn’t just about the clock. The views on the way up are incredible. As you reach the summit, you really take in what a stunning red roofed city Graz is, and how mountainous the surroundings are.
I stopped several times on the way up… and I’m not telling whether that was because my legs were burning from the climb, or because of the views!