Austria Travel, Backpacking & Gap Year Guide
If you are seeking to see stunning scenery and like being in the outdoors Austria will appeal to you. View our Austria guide with travel tips, ideas for the best things to see and do when backpacking or on a gap year and advice about itineraries, costs, how to save money, and more!
Activities & Things to Do in Austria
Travel to Austria
Our destination guide aims to give you all the information you need to have an amazing experience in this amazing country. Find affordable travel and backpacking ideas with advice for amazing things to do and how you can be more than just your average traveller. You can also get recommendations for budget travel tips, where to stay and advice how to stay safe.
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- 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!
How to Spend a Gap Year 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.
During winter, 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. Winter is as magical as you think, yes it gets cold and at times, but it is so worth it when you look around and all you see are the majestic mountains and snow-covered forests. It truly is 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 is very underrated. Whether you want to spend a summer holiday in Austria, or stay for longer, you will really love the experience. 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 good during the summer. One of the best activities is going 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 will be my one of your 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.
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. You can find the best gap year programs on our directory.
Transport & Getting Around
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.