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Horse drawn carriages outside Schoenbrunn Palace - Vienna, Austria

Austria

City sights and stunning countryside combine in perfect fashion in Austria. The architectural splendour of Vienna is as enticing as the snow-capped mountain peaks and crystal-clear lakes that you'll find when off the beaten track. With Insight, you can see the best of both worlds.

Austria's Imperial past is pervasive throughout the splendour of the Baroque palaces and bejewelled concert halls of Vienna. You can take in the grand Schonbrunn Palace and formal gardens, Gothic St. Stephen's Cathedral, and 'golden' Art Nouveau. And you'll find that Innsbruck is a feast for the eyes – spectacularly encircled by Alpine peaks and lush, green landscapes. As you enjoy the country's natural beauty, you can compare the rich vastness of the Pannonian plain with the lush Danube Valley with the clinking cowbells of Alpine pastures. View more trips to Austria.


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  • Varied landscapes, magnificent scenery, history galore, and a treasure-trove of art and architecture... a glorious reflection of Europe at her best.

  • Surprisingly, the vineyards, gabled shop fronts and opulent palaces play second fiddle to the scenery. Experience the magical, unrivalled beauty of the Alpine world, on-board the enthralling Glacier Express.

  • The lead up to Christmas in traditional German towns and the snow-frosted Alps, is the stuff of storybooks – twinkling markets full of Yuletide delights and towering Christmas trees. Enter the realm of gingerbread, Glühwein and carol singer this winter.

Music to your ears

In Salzburg, you can stroll through the narrow lanes and see Getreidegasse, the birthplace of Mozart. Wander through the Old City, shop in quaint boutiques or perhaps find a quiet spot to admire the view from the banks of the Salzach River. And of course there's the chance to enjoy the scenery and history of the setting for The Sound Of Music.

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Food for thought

Try to learn a few phrases to use on your vacation. It's amazing how far a 'hello' or 'thank you' will go with the locals - your Tour Director will be around to help if you get stuck.
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Gigi Smith-Bromage

Tour Director, Western Europe

Factfile

Know before you go
  • Spring

    Mar-May

    Cloudy

    Av temp: 19˚C66˚F

  • Summer

    Jun-Aug

    Sun

    Av temp: 27˚C80˚F

  • Autumn

    Sept-Nov

    Rain

    Av temp: 21˚C70˚F

  • Winter

    Dec-Feb

    Snow

    Av temp: 12˚C54˚F

  • Time difference

    London GMT + 1hr

  • Currency

    Euro (EUR, €)

When to go: June-September for a warmer climate and clearer skies; November-December for amazing Christmas markets.

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