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Overview

Gwen Kozlowski, General Manager of Exeter International has been recognized as the expert in deluxe travel to  Austria by Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and is a Wendy Perrin Wow Trusted Travel Expert. Let our team plan your trip to Austria and make it extraordinary.

Alpine landscapes with the Danube river running through, fairy tale castles and abbeys, and one of the finest traditions of music, art and culture in the world, make Austria a must at least once in a lifetime.

Strategically situated in the heart of Central Europe, it has been a cultural, political and historical fulcrum in the continent. The capital of the Habsburg Empire, several vestiges and priceless artifacts dating back to this era are beautifully preserved even today. Indulge in Austria’s exquisite gastronomic heritage – from excellent wines to sumptuous pastries. Explore the classical architecture of the Hofburg Palace precinct or meander among the colorful streets of the Jugendstil district of Vienna’s architectural genius, Otto Wagner. From Bruegel to Klimt, art has no bounds. Whether it’s a Mozart operetta in Salzburg, or Die Fledermaus at the Vienna StadtOpera, there’s a harmony at every turn in this incredible country. Boat down the Danube or take a bicycle ride through the countryside. Let Exeter International’s expert guides take you into the hidden corners of this stunning country.

For custom luxury travel and tours to Austria, please contact one of our travel experts, or read on below for more information about where to go and when, along with our Insider's Guide.

Cities and Regions

Salzburg, Austria
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Salzburg

Musical Capital of Europe

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Vienna, Austria
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Vienna

Habsburg Heartland

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Best time To Go

Austria has a continental climate. High summer (July and August) can be hot and more crowded than usual. April, May and June and September and October are ideal times to visit for good weather, and in particular if you are planning to explore some of the wine regions.

If you are planning a visit to the Salzburg Summer Festival in July and August, plan well in advance.  This is the premier event of the year for concerts and opera and the city is at its peak. 

One of the increasingly popular times to travel to Austria is in November for the Christmas Markets.    Vienna has a wide selection with unique gifts for all.  

December hosts one of the most famous events in the European cultural calendar – the Kaiserball at the Hofburg Palace on New Years eve. Dine and dance the night away and see the New Year in in unforgettable style. 

 

Insider's Guide

Inside Track

Read Gwen Kozlowski’s Insider Guide to Austria, and get in touch with us to help you plan your trip and read the Condé Nast Iconic Itinerary for inspiration.

Where to Travel in Austria   

The historic capital of the Habsburgs, Vienna has a sophistication and confidence not found elsewhere.  Baroque and immaculate, the city is easy to navigate.

Dedicate at least half a day to the stand-out Museum Quarter (MuseumsQuartier), home to about 70 cultural institutions. For a flavor of Habsburg style, visit the Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens, summer home to the imperial family. The Belvedere Palace now houses the largest collection of Austrian art, including the iconic Kiss by Gustav Klimt.

Make time to discover the many famous Viennese coffee houses with their delicious pastries!

Austria was home to Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss, and a performance at the Opera is not to be missed. Let the sound of music lure you to Salzburg, one of the most picturesque of Austrian cities, and explore Mozart’s birthplace and the nearby Lake District.

Austria is the perfect self-drive destination and just a couple of hours from Vienna by car is Burgenland. Sweeping landscapes and fantastic food and wine are the reasons to visit.  

How To Travel in Austria 

Customized Travel

Our team of travel experts can customize a unique program for you for travel in Austria based on your exact preferences and interests.  

Pre or Post River Cruise Extension 

Before you embark your  river cruise, spend a few days in one of the cities close by. Vienna is a wonderful place to visit before or after any cruise.  A three night stay at one of the city’s luxury hotels may be the perfect start or end to your cruise experience. 

White-Glove Self-Drive 

Enjoy the freedom of driving yourself and discovering small towns and villages? Austria is the ideal self-drive destination.  Our self-drive programs allow you to do just that with the help of a pre-programmed GPS delivered to you before you leave home and with the services of our 24 hour local staff. We can craft the perfect self-drive itinerary to fit your taste, pace and budget. Let us introduce you to the essentials of each city and give you suggestions of what to do on your own. Just plug in your Exeter pre-programmed GPS and let your adventure begin!

Extend your Stay

Austria combines well with the Czech RepublicGermany, Hungary and Slovakia. Road  connections between the Central European capitals are excellent, or we can arrange for a private car and driver. For the ultimate independence you can choose to self-drive, and we will arrange for you to meet your guides in each destination. Alternatively, you may choose to take trains between the various cities. 

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