Swarovski is one of Austria’s most successful international companies and its futuristic visitor center at Wattens near Innsbruck was one of the Tirol’s most popular attractions before it closed for a major revamping in 2014. The grand reopening of the bigger, better and sparklier Swarovski Crystal Worlds is set for Thursday, April 30, 2015.
Easter is the time that sees Salzburg spring back into life after the winter snows; alpine valleys are coated with bright flowers, it’s sunny enough to enjoy a morning coffee in the open air while indulging in traditional aniseed Easter buns, and the festival season is about to kick off. There are many age-old Easter traditions around Salzburg, some of which date back to pagan times.
The Baroque city of Innsbruck is the focus of skiing in the Austrian Tyrol, surrounded by more than 70 ski resorts. Of the following suggestions of the top five ski resorts in Tyrol, some are best for families, some for advanced, daredevil skiers and stil others for nightlife.
The Austrians get a bad rap when it comes to food. While the country’s reputation for pastry is none too shabby, they’ve been painted by outsiders with a broad “brown sauce” brush when it comes to meal times. This is a shame because while, yes, there are plenty of meat and potato (and yes, sauerkraut) basics on most menus, the Austrians can lay down a meal that will give the French and the Italians a run for their money.
The Austrian Lake District (Salzkammergut) is a magical landscape of waterfalls, gorges and mountains, dotted with lakes and found just east of Salzburg. Found in Upper Austria, it’s one of the country’s most visited regions, with the summer months lending themselves to touring the Austrian Lake District.