Austria Tours, Gap Year & Backpacking Trips
If you are seeking to see stunning scenery and like being in the outdoors Austria will appeal to you. There are backpacking and amazing gap year travel ideas all year round, from skiing / snowboarding in the Alps during winter to going walking and trekking in the warmer months.
Austria Trips, Travel Ideas & Gap Year Programs
Travel to Austria
Get information, ideas and inspiration for travelling to Austria:
- Capital: Vienna
- Currency: Euro (€)
- Size: 83,870 km2
- Population: 8,404,000 (approx)
- Language: German (official) - Local people are very friendly especially if you learn some basic local words and phrases.
- International Dailing Code +43
- Tourist Visa: If you are from either the EU or US you can enter Austria without needing to get a visa in advance.
- How to Get to Austria: You can get to Austria by rail and bus from other countries in Europe or by air as Vienna has connections to worldwide destinations.
Top Reasons to Visit Austria
- Great transport connections
- History and culture
- Beautiful scenery
- Good value destination
- Amazing sports available to participate during summer and winter
Weather & Best Time to Visit
Austria is a year round destination but it really depends on your interests as to which time of the year you visit. Winter is a popular time due to the amount of winter sports available like skiing but there are also options all year round. During summer (June to September) you will be able to experience the true nature of the country and it is also more pleasant when sightseeing.
Best Places to Visit in Austria
Austria might look small on a map but there are so many unique and different places to see, these are places we recommend adding to your Austria travel itinerary:
- Bad Gastein
- St Anton am Arlberg
- Zell am See
Travelling & Backpacking in Austria
Austria appeals for so many places to see and things to keep you busy. Top recommendations include exploring Vienna, going skiing or snowboarding and seeing the Alps. To anyone that’s never been before, keen for adventure and willing to take on a challenge and swap the beaches for the beautiful mountains, you’ll love Austria!
Getting around Austria is very easy, there is a modern transport system connecting the whole country. You might want to go skiing, explore the Alps or go in search of history and tradition by exploring cities, villages and towns. On One World 365 you can find inspiration for the best things to do if you would like to go travelling, backpacking or take a gap year in Austria.
Gap Year in Austria
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.
Top Things to See & Do in 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.
Tour companies ensure you have a fantastic adventure from the moment you arrive - whether you want to explore the spectacular mountains of the Austrian Alps on foot, stay overnight in a mountain hut, or take to the exhilarating tracks by bike. During winter the slopes beckon, learn to ski or develop abilities beyond the pistes. Take to snowshoeing along quiet winter forest trails and valleys.
To make your trip amazing you will be taken to the most local spots off the tourist track for a truly authentic Austrian experience. The Alpine backdrop, clear lakes and pristine environment make for a perfect setting in which to explore and expand your lust for life.
You could visit the capital Vienna is also great to explore with museums, art galleries and outdoor spots. You will get to learn about the history of the country and famous people who grew up here like Mozart. There are also overland tours in Europe where you can pass through Austria seeing the very best locations.
Austria Small Group Tours
Typical group sizes are around 8-18 travellers with an average of 12 but this can vary between the tour and operator. Our tours are perfect if you are travelling solo and would like to meet other people and travel in a group. You will get to meet other international travellers and get taken to the best locations in the country with an experienced guide. Most tours specifically cater for the 18-35 age group and are a really popular option due to meeting other people, getting day-to-day activities, hotel check-ins, selected meals, accommodation and also transport/guides included in the price. Don't worry if you are slightly older, most operators accept all ages.
Austria Budget Tours
We have a selection of tours for all budgets, so whether you are looking to explore on the cheap or you have a bit more money to spend you will be able to find a trip to match your interests. Our website features lots of cheap tours allowing you to discover the highlights of the country and not break the bank.
City & Day Tours
Short for time? Want to see the highlights as quick as possible? There are day tours available to book throughout the country. Popular options include city tours where a local guide will usually show you the sights. These types of tours can be booked as part of a group or you can spend a little extra and get a private tour. Some city tours are totally free but you might be expected to give a tip.
How to Book
Thinking about making an enquiry or booking? Search our featured trips above or contact us for specific advice.