Senior Citizens Tour Austria

Nov 22nd, 2010 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Austria is synonymous with culture.  Austria is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe, attracting tourists not only in summer and winter – which in the mountain regions is almost as busy a season as summer – but also in the in-between seasons. Visitors are drawn particularly from neighboring Germany, as for them there is no language problem. And truly, the list of events taking place in cities, towns and villages throughout the country is impressive.

It is not only theater that gives the country a festive atmosphere, but also the many concerts and exhibitions, dance performances and readings. The country is a combination of pristine landscapes and bustling cities, historic towns and cutting-edge architecture, love of tradition and thirst for the new. What keeps travelers coming back to Austria is the sense of “Gemuetlichkeit” (Geniality): a lifestyle that celebrates the finer moments in life.  The top rated tourist attractions and destinations can help you plan your trip.

Vienna is famous for its many parks. Few cities in the world glide so effortlessly between the present and the past like Vienna. Its splendid historical face is easily recognized: grand imperial palaces and bombastic baroque interiors, museums flanking magnificent squares and, above all, the Hofburg – where the Hapsburg rulers lived, loved and married into empires. It is the city made famous by Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, Schubert, Strauss and Brahms.

Vienna is Austria’s primary city, with a population of about 1.7 million and is by far the largest city in Austria, as well as its cultural, economic and political center. Today’s Vienna shows great balance between old and new, classic and modern. Most impressive is the fact that in a study of 127 world cities, the Economist Intelligence Unit Vienna tied with Vancouver ranking #1 for quality of life. Mercer’s Quality of Living Survey released in 2010, compared 221 cities based on 39 criteria,and ranked Vienna #1.  Something good has to be going on there folks so pack up your Euros, your passport, your suitcase and check out a cheap flight for Vienna on Tripadvisor.com, or Expedia.com  or Lufthansa.

While parts of Salzburg remain much the same as they were when Mozart spent his childhood here, the city is full of exciting contrasts between the old and the new. Its picturesque streets are packed with modern-art galleries, music clubs, and theaters. Salzburg is known as the “Rome of the North” because of the sheer number of churches it possesses. A compact city, it is packed full of attractions, and should be an essential part of any visit to Austria. For what it is worth, I discovered this site 10 Things Not to Do in Austria that you may find interesting. The author puts in “on the line” with his thoughts on what to see and do and what not to see and do in Austria.

IgoUgo has a nice site with things to do in Austria as does Virtual TouristGraz has a penchant for experiments with modern architecture that highlight the beauty of its medieval city center. Visit the Kunsthaus to see just how starkly its design contrasts the traditional cityscape. Its bubble-glass skin earned it the nickname “Friendly Alien”.  So… Auf Wiedersehen und hat eine gute Reise!  jeb



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