The Austrian Tyrol is at its magical best in winter, with a sparkling shroud of snow and sunshine most days, even though the temperature often drops well below zero. As the region’s main ski resort and most beautiful town, visiting Innsbruck in winter delivers a festive atmosphere and the chance to ski in near-perfect powder.
Few places in the world are as imposing as the regal Vienna, with its abundance of opulent palaces and elegant architecture, much of it courtesy of the ostentatious Hapsburgs, rules of the Austrian empire for many generations. To witness what it perhaps their most impressive – and, indeed, shameless – display of wealth, there is no other destination than Schönbrunn Palace. Add a visit to Belvedere Palace and a bus tour around the other main sights of the city, and you’re doing well. And you can do it all on the Vienna Historical City Tour with Schönbrunn Palace Visit.
Romantic Vienna has plenty of appeal at any time of year with its Biedermeier architecture, famous choir and exceptional galleries, but it really lights up over the festive season with enticing Christmas markets in its most photogenic corners. With around 20 to choose from, the scent of glühwein and fresh baking hangs over the city between Saturday, November 16 – when most open – and Christmas. Here are some of the most beguiling Vienna Christmas Markets.