Austria
The perfect 7 days itinerary

Austria, a country in Central Europe, is known for its stunning alpine scenery, rich cultural heritage, and historical significance. From the majestic Alps in the west to the gentle hills and vineyards of the east, Austria offers a diverse landscape perfect for nature lovers and adventurers alike. The capital, Vienna, is famous for its classical music scene, vibrant arts, and grand imperial architecture. Meanwhile, cities like Salzburg and Innsbruck blend historical charm with modern vibrancy.

What to do in Austria?

This 7 days itinerary is the perfect guide to the best things to see in Austria. It includes day-by-day activities, travel tips, and the top places to visit.

Day 1: Vienna: Imperial Splendors and Artistic Treasures

Morning

Start your day at Schönbrunn Palace, the former imperial summer residence. Explore the lavish rooms and the beautiful gardens. Next, head to the Belvedere Palace, another historic site with stunning baroque architecture and a significant art collection including Gustav Klimt's works.

Afternoon

Visit the MuseumsQuartier, one of the largest cultural quarters in the world. Choose between contemporary art at the Leopold Museum or modern installations at the MUMOK. Later, stroll through the historic center of Vienna, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and admire the gothic St. Stephen's Cathedral.

Evening

Enjoy a classical music concert at the Vienna State Opera or at the Musikverein, known for its golden hall and acoustics.


Day 2: Salzburg: The City of Mozart and Sound of Music

Morning

Visit Mirabell Palace and Gardens, famous for its role in 'The Sound of Music'. Explore the historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage site, including Mozart's Birthplace. Then, take a funicular ride up to the Hohensalzburg Fortress for panoramic views of the city.

Afternoon

Explore the Salzburg Museum to learn about the city's art and history. Spend some time in the Getreidegasse, Salzburg's famous shopping street with its traditional iron signs.

Evening

Attend a live performance at the Salzburg Festival if visiting during the summer, or enjoy a Mozart dinner concert at Stiftskeller St. Peter.


Day 3: Innsbruck: Alpine Adventure and Tyrolean Charm

Morning

Start your day with a visit to the Golden Roof, Innsbruck's most famous landmark. Explore the Imperial Palace and the Court Church, significant for their historical and architectural value. Take a cable car up to Nordkette, part of Austria's largest nature park, for breathtaking alpine views.

Afternoon

Visit the Swarovski Crystal Worlds, a unique museum and art installation created by Swarovski. Later, stroll through the Old Town and enjoy the medieval architecture.

Evening

Dine at a traditional Tyrolean restaurant and try local specialties like Tyrolean dumplings or Wiener Schnitzel.


Day 4: The Austrian Alps: Nature and Relaxation

Morning

Drive to the Austrian Alps and spend the day in the region of Zell am See-Kaprun. Start with a hike or a cable car ride to the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier for skiing or just to enjoy the panoramic views.

Afternoon

Relax by the Lake Zell or take a boat tour. Visit the Kaprun Castle if you're interested in history or simply enjoy the scenic views and fresh mountain air.

Evening

Stay overnight in a cozy alpine lodge and enjoy a hearty mountain dinner.


Day 5: Graz: A Blend of Old and New

Morning

Explore the historic city center of Graz, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the Kunsthaus Graz, a contemporary art museum known for its blob-like architecture. Check out the Schlossberg, a hill in the center of the city with a clock tower and sweeping views.

Afternoon

Visit the Styrian Armoury, the world's largest historic armory, housing over 30,000 pieces of weaponry. Walk through the narrow streets and discover the unique blend of Renaissance and baroque architecture.

Evening

Enjoy dinner at one of the local restaurants, trying regional dishes like pumpkin seed oil drizzled over salads.


Day 6: Wachau Valley: Wine Tasting and Danube Views

Morning

Travel to the Wachau Valley, renowned for its apricot orchards, vineyards, and historic villages. Start with a visit to Melk Abbey, an impressive baroque monastery overlooking the Danube. Enjoy a guided tour of the abbey and its library.

Afternoon

Take a leisurely bike ride or a cruise along the Danube, exploring charming villages like Dürnstein. Visit local vineyards for wine tasting sessions featuring the famous Grüner Veltliner and Riesling wines.

Evening

Dine at a riverside restaurant, enjoying dishes paired with local wines.


Day 7: Back to Vienna: Leisure and Departure

Morning

Return to Vienna for any last-minute sightseeing or shopping. Visit the Naschmarkt, Vienna's most famous market, for a variety of foods and goods. Explore the nearby Karlsplatz with its art installations and public spaces.

Afternoon

Relax in one of Vienna's coffee houses, enjoying a traditional Viennese coffee and a slice of Sachertorte. Pack your bags and prepare for departure.

Evening

Head to the airport or train station for your onward journey, taking with you memories of a beautiful week spent in Austria.


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