Austria Gap Year
If you love the the great outdoors, Austria is one of the best places to visit no matter what the season. There are options for your gap year during winter, summer and all year round where you will get to experience the highlights of this extremely friendly country. Austria is an amazing destination for people of all interests, which in turn makes it one of our most underrated choices.
Gap Year Programs in Austria
Ideas for What to Do on a Gap Year in Austria
Researching ideas for the best things to do on your gap year in Austria? The following pages will help you book an experience:
- Seasonal Jobs in Austria
- Volunteer in Austria
- Internships in Austria
- Tours in Austria
- TEFL Courses in Austria
- Teaching Jobs in Austria
- Study Abroad in Austria
- Learn German in Austria
Travelling to Austria
When you say to people you are going to Austria, sometimes they immediately ask ‘why are you going there?’ as they think there’s nothing to do.
But they’re wrong.
There is so much to do in Austria all year ‘round! In winter, you can go skiing - people come from all over the world to ski the Austrian Alps. And in the summer there is the option to go hiking, cycling, and also sightseeing. Below, Alice Scott shares her experience of travelling in Austria and gives you some suggestions for things you can get up to...
Winter in Austria
Most people go skiing or snowboarding, but some go snowshoeing and sightseeing. So even if you don’t like the cold and snow, there’s still something for you in the winter there.
I have lived in Austria in the winter, and it is as magical as you think. I was there for five months as a seasonaire, and every day I woke up to snow on the mountains. Yes it got cold and at times walking to work across an icy beginner’s slope wasn’t exactly my idea of fun, but it was so worth it when I would look around me and all I saw were the majestic mountains and snow-covered forests. It truly was magical.
The apres ski is fantastic too, there’s a great atmosphere and you’ll have the time of your life in the winter.
Summer in Austria
I have spent many summer holidays in Austria, and I even lived there for two months after spending the winter in another Austrian resort as a seasonaire.
Granted, there isn’t as much to do in the summer and the apres ski scene is nowhere to be found, but it’s still just as great during the summer. My favourite thing about summer in Austria is the hiking, and getting to see the beauty of the mountains in a different way to what you’d see them in the winter. No snow, just lush green grass and trees. The smell of pine whilst walking in the forests is my one of my favourite things.
And at the end of summer, the cows come down from the high pastures in the mountains, called the Almabtrieb. It is an annual event in the alpine regions of Europe and has now become a major tourist attraction as a public festival.