As one of the homes of the Habsburg family during the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Innsbruck is brimming with remnants of imperial largesse and extravagance. Although a little outside the city, Schloss Ambras in Innsbruck is worth a visit for its armory collections and Habsburg portraits.
The landmark snow-clad peak of Grossglockner is the highest mountain in the Austrian Alps, topped by the largest glacier in the country and also home of the highest mountain road. Grossglockner High Alpine Road (Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse) is considered to be one of the most exciting high-alpine drives in the world.
Swarovski’s highly stylized visitor center at Wattens near Innsbruck is one of the Tirol’s most popular attractions and it just got sparklier. Reopened at the end of April, visiting Swarovski Crystal Worlds from Munich makes for a fascinating day in the Austrian Alps.
Often regarded as a winter destination for skiing, Innsbruck is just as busy in the summer, with visitors seeking fresh alpine air, lashings of culture and the town’s fine architecture. Whether you’re interested in taking to the mountains or chilling in cosmopolitan cafés, summer activities in Innsbruck are plentiful.
Salzburg began to emerge as a Baroque beauty around 400 years ago, when the ruling Prince Archbishop Guidobald von Thun decided to create a city worthy of being his power base. He was responsible for the design of the Residenzplatz (Residence Square) and Domplatz (Cathedral Square), gave a facelift to the Residenz (Archbishop’s Palace) and also constructed the Long Gallery in St Peter’s Abbey; together with the Dom (cathedral) and its museum, this central district of Salzburg is now known as the DomQuartier.
In this guide, we’ve handpicked the very best of what makes Austria so special — both on and off the beaten path — so you can travel like an insider in Austria!