Camping Bella Austria is a glorious sanctuary if you are literally looking to head for the hills. But if you’re curious about what else Austria has to offer, here’s our top 10 reasons to visit.
With a dynamic landscape that boasts majestic mountains, luscious forests and crystal-clear lakes, Austria offers a natural playground for adventurers and explorers. Trails for hiking or biking are in abundance, while you can take part in some forest climbing at Gröbming Adventure Park, Styria.
#9 Formula One
The Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, reopened in 2011 and will be hosting Formula One racing this summer (the Austrian Grand Prix takes place between 19-21 June). If you can’t catch the race you can always have a shot driving on the track!
#8 The Brothers Grimm
Lovers of Brothers Grimm fairy tales can take great pleasure from introducing a new generation to these imaginative stories at the Enchanted Forest of Styria theme park, where visitors can meet the characters.
Perhaps the most famous dish to come from Austria, this traditional pastry dessert is surely the perfect reward after a day of alpine hiking. You’ll often find it served with coffee as an afternoon snack.
Classical music lovers will find no better destination than Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart. The city also hosts an annual classical music festival during July and August.
The second largest city in Austria, Graz was made a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 1999, and it’s not difficult to see why. You’ll find Baroque buildings, quaint courtyards and contemporary architecture like the Floating Island of Graz, designed by New York artist Vito Acconci.
Kids will love the life-size dinosaur models at Styrassic Park, based in Bad Gleichenberg, 65km from Graz. You’ll find recreations of more than 75 types of dinosaur and can take part in a range of family activities.
#3 Winter sports (even in summer)
Take a trip to Dachstein, home to an alpine glacier for some summer skiing and snowboarding. That’s not all there is to do at Dachstein; you can explore the inside of the glacier in the ice palace or venture on the Skywalk, a spectacular viewing platform with a partially glass floor, 2,700m above sea level.
Just 5km from Camping Bella Austria is the thunderous Günster Waterfall, the highest in the Styria region. A walkway and steps have been in place since 1906 to make viewing accessible. Further afield are the Krimml Waterfalls, near Salzburg. These are the highest waterfalls in central Europe.
And finally, you can’t visit a new country without sampling the local tipple. Gölles Schnapps is made using the juice of Styrian fruit, and if you want to know more about the secrets of how it is distilled then you can visit the Gölles Schnapps distillery and vinegar factory.