Travel: Where to find famous faraway sites whilst staying in Austria

Travel: Where to find famous faraway sites whilst staying in Austria
Sun sets over the mountains of Carinthia as people sail on the Worthersee lake (ALEXANDER KLEIN / AFP)
Travel to some parts of the world still looks uncertain for this summer, so where can you go in Austria to find sun, sea (sort of) and other faraway attractions, which you might be missing out on? 

Ibiza or Paris in Vienna?

Last summer, Vienna’s public transport network Wiener Linea boasted it could offer the same experience on the river beach at the Danube as in Ibiza, but “without the oligarchs”. This was a veiled allusion to Austria’s “Ibiza Affair” which brought down the previous coalition government. 

READ MORE: Austrian far-right leader resigns over ‘Ibiza affair’

This year again, many will flock to the city’s Copa Kagrana beach near Vienna’s Uno City and enjoy cocktails on the city’s sand beach in between dips in the “Donau” as the sun sets. 

Another option for those missing Parisian charm is to make your way to the capital’s Servitenviertel, a charming network of cobbled streets and pavement cafes which has been described as the “Little Montmartre” of Vienna.

 
 
 
 
 
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Norway or Italy in Hallstatt? 

Hallstatt, a tiny village of around 800 people regularly attracted one million visitors a year before the coronavirus pandemic hit. It became one of the most instagrammed places in the world in 2019, according to the magazine Harpers Bazaar. One reason for its popularity is it is rumoured to be the inspiration for the fictional Norwegian-themed village of Arundel in the film Frozen.

 
 
 
 
 
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Now is the perfect time to see it before it is swamped with tourists again once international travel resumes. 

If you prefer southern Europe, news organisation CNN has also compared picturesque Hallstatt  to Italy’s Cinqueterre. Both locations feature instagrammable houses set under dramatic cliffs, overlooking water.

The Caribbean in Carinthia?

If you are looking for warm, turquoise waters for swimming, there is no need to fly all the way to the Caribbean. The beautiful Wörthersee Lake has everything you require. This is one of the largest lakes in Carinthia and also one of the warmest, staying at an average balmy 20 °C between June and September. 

READ MORE: The 10 best places for open water swimming in Austria

 
 
 
 
 
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Barcelona Gaudi-style architecture and Icelandic thermal waters in Styria 

Lovers of strange architecture should seek out buildings in Austria by the eccentric architect  Friedensreich Hundertwasser. His Hundertwasser Haus in Vienna is one of the city’s top tourist attractions, but for those looking for something off the beaten track should head to the Rogner Bad Blumau in Styria. 

The volcanic thermal waters are surrounded by buildings which show off Hundertwasser’s love of tree gardens on roofs and feature his typical curves and colourful facades. The bath’s Vulkania healing lake even features underwater music. 

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Frolic in Provencal lavender fields or Tuscan vineyards in Southern Styria

Southern Styria is often described as the Tuscany of Austria, due to its vineyards, gentle rolling hills and small farms and forests populated by deer. It’s also the perfect place to pretend you are frolicking in a Provencal style lavender field at the Wunsum organic farm. Situated in pretty Kitzeck, the highest wine-growing town in Europe, the farm features the largest lavender fields in Styria. 

 
 
 
 
 
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Useful links 

Vienna Tourist Information

Hallstatt Tourist Office

Visit Wörthersee

Rogner Bad Blumau

Biobetrieb Wunsum (German language)


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