The center of historic events and majestic heritage buildings, Austria also boasts of immense natural beauty. There is no dearth of things to do in Austria, if you love history and natural beauty. When in this absolutely beautiful country, make sure to try your hands at the commercial as well as offbeat things to do here. From winter festivals to uncountable snow sports, from palaces resplendent with colorful frescoes to hikes in ice caves, from lakes surrounding mountains to musical shows in small towns as well as the larger cities.
You can find some of the best things to do in Austria in its countryside, where mountains, lakes and small villages abound, giving you a taste of what it means to be a local here, always surrounded by such beauty. The countryside is also great for indulging in snow sports. For instance, Lienz is a small village located next to Grossglockner, the highest peak in Austria, where tourists from all over the world halt. It is a great place to stop and smell the roses, while also enjoying hiking, trekking, snowboarding and other similarly adventurous activities. For those not inclined towards snow sports, simply basking in the sun, and spending a little bit of quiet time by yourself is also a great option. Or how about spending some time in a pool of the freshest and best brewed beer in the world, at the Starkenberger Beer Pools available at Tarrenz.
But that does not mean that the cities are any less interesting. From superb museums to regular musical concerts, from marvelous pieces of architecture to vibrant local markets, the cities of Austria are a treat to visit and explore. You are also apt to find more things to do in Austria at night in the major cities, such as Vienna and Salzburg, famed for their laid-back nightlife. Sometimes sitting at the pub or bar, while rubbing shoulders with the locals, is the best way to get drenched in the spirit of a new destination. When in Salzburg, make sure to partake in a “Sound of Music” Tour, to see exactly which hillocks Julie Andrews danced and sang around on.
Make sure that you also find some time to take a look at the local markets of Austria, which can be an absolute boon for souvenir hunters. Heritage monuments such as the Schonbrunn Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Museum of Fine Arts in Vienna, the Schloss Hellbrunn trick water fountains in Salzburg, the Swarovski's museum/theme park in Wattens or the thousands of bones at the Eggenburg Charnel in Eggenburg are some of the best attractions when thinking of touring the cities of Austria. Whenever you decide to visit Austria, make sure that you have enough days in hand to explore the country well, and indulge in all the special things to do in Austria.