Flights to Austria
Austria is a country in Central Europe, best known as a winter destination for fantastic skiing in the Alps, but equally as popular during the summer when the mountains are full of hikers, culture and nature lovers. Then of course there’s Vienna!
Austria’s main international airport is in the capital city, Vienna, and most major airlines have flights here from around the world. Flights from South Africa are available with a good number of airlines all of which have one connection. Airlines flying from Johannesburg include Emirates, Turkish Airlines, Egyptair, Iberia, South African Airways, Lufthansa, Air France, KLM, Virgin Atlantic and British Airways. Routes vary according to the airline’s home country, so Virgin Atlantic and BA fly via London, Emirates via Dubai, KLM via Amsterdam, Air France via Paris and so on. If you’re looking for the fastest journey time, choose a flight with Air France, Lufthansa or Turkish Airlines!
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The Tourist Attractions of Austria:
Starting with the Alps because this is usually what springs to mind when people think of Austria and when the Alps take up ¾ of the country it’s a fair association!
Austria is one of Europe’s premier skiing destinations and there are many winter resorts dotted around the country. The ski season usually runs from early December through to late March and there are a number of famous and not-so famous resorts. Kitzbuehel is particularly famous for its great nightlife, whereas SkiWelt is the largest ski area in Austria as it encompasses several villages. If you’re looking for difficult skiing try St. Anton, or if you want to rub shoulders with royalty ski at Lech and Zürs am Arlberg.
During the summer the Alps attract a different type of enthusiast – the beautiful alpine villages and scenery are very popular with hikers and mountaineers. Lakes are also popular and add scope to the number of activities you can enjoy here. Worthersee is a lake region and one of Austria’s biggest summer destinations. You’ll find the warmest lake in Austria here!
Lake and river cycle routes are another very popular attraction for visitors to Austria, and although the country is very mountainous, routes following rivers and around lakes are always relatively flat so suitable for many ability levels.
The capital and largest city of Austria is Vienna. World-renowned for its culture, architecture and music, this is a must-visit. The historic city centre is on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list, and all over the city there are some wonderful buildings and places to visit. Highlights include: the New Palace, the Belvedere, the Museum District, Castle (Schloss) Schonbrunn, Stephensdom and of course the Opera House, to name just a few!
If you enjoy cities, you will also enjoy a visit to Salzburg, the fourth largest city in Austria. Fans of The Sound of Music may recognise many parts of this historic city, which is also one of the world’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Attractions include Mozart’s birthplace, Schloss Hellbrunn, Schloss Mirabell, the Toy Museum and the Untersberg – the mountain just to the north of the city which you can climb by cable car.
When Should You Visit?:
The answer really depends on what you’re coming to Austria for! Obviously for skiing and other winter sports you’ll want to come during the skiing season which usually runs from December to March. The coldest month is January, but this is also a good time for skiing as conditions are at their best.
Summer in Austria is from June to September, and with the temperate climate it’s mild here but sunshine isn’t guaranteed. Average July and August temperatures are around 25C.