Traveling within Austria and Europe
City Trips in Austria
5 city breaks in Austria
You’ve already gotten to know Austria’s capital city Vienna in the category “About Vienna”. But besides Vienna, the cultural and economical center of Austria, there are many other cities and towns easily reachable from Vienna via bus, train or airplane. Beautiful cities like Salzburg, Linz, Graz, Innsbruck and Hallstadt are a great way for you to explore Austria’s many different facettes!
Austria is mostly famous for two things: chocolate and music! If you are a fan of these two things you should definitely plan a trip to Salzburg, where not only you would be in Mozart’s hometown but you would also be able to eat as many Mozartkugeln as you desire. The Mozartkugel is a very famous austrian praline, filled with marzipan and pistachio cream. While you’re in Salzburg we recommend you to pay a visit to Austria’s most visited sight: Mozart’s birth house! It is located at the Getreidegasse and has been renovated into a museum. Instruments, portraits and certificates formerly belonging to Mozart himself await you there. In addition, there’s another house Mozart’s family moved into later in his life, also in Salzburg, which will take you through Mozart’s following life stages.reachable through a cable railway! It is considered the biggest entirely obtained castle in the area of Central Europe.
For nature lovers Salzburg offers the Zoo of Salzburg and the Haus der Natur a.k.a. House of Nature. Children will appreciate the Spielzeugmuseum a.k.a. Museum of toys.
How to get to Salzburg:
1) By Car: Take the A1 freeway from Vienna to Salzburg in 3 to 4 hours.
2) By Train: You will find many offers at the FeelsLikeHome Partner ÖBB. It takes about 2h and 30min from Vienna to Salzburg.
- If you consider yourself an enthusiastic sight-seeer but appreciate adventures as well, you need to visit Festung Hohensalzburg. It’s a medieval castle on a hill, that is
Legend says the Linzer tart is the oldest tart in the world! The Linzer tart is an almond tart that you can order in a lot of coffee shops in Austria, especially in Linz. The Linzer tart is very famous among tourists as well as locals, which says a lot since Austria is famous for its delicious Bakery products and Patisserie. Linz is famous for its romantic atmosphere, which you will strongly feel at the Mariendom – the biggest church in Austria. There you can get a guided tour through the church halls. Of you can also explore the church on your own. Let us assure you that you will be mesmerized by the colored church windows.
How to get to Linz:
1) By Car: Take the freeway A1 or the A22 with the A1 from Vienna. It’ll take about 2h 30min.
2) By Train: The ÖBB will take you from Vienna to Linz in a matter of 1h 15min.
- Last but not least, don’t miss a stroll through Linz’s old town! It is a relaxed area with a lot of small shops and restaurants. For an amazing view of the city, visit the castle museum and it’s beautiful terrace.
You can’t possibly be in a bad mood while visiting Graz! Well, how can you in a city that is built around an impossibly beautiful green hill with a mesmerizing bell tower at the top? Even though Graz is the second largest city in Austria after Vienna, there is something about it that’ll make you feel like you’ve landed in fairy-tale-like town, where everyone is happy and relaxed. Maybe that is because of its small alleys and beautiful buildings built in the 19th century, or maybe it’s because of the relaxed joggers running along the Mur river. In Graz you will experience a combination of culture, sights, nature and nightlife. For an authentic experience go the Kaiser Josef square market on a sunny morning: you will fall in love with all the flower, fruit and vegetable stands.
1) By Car: Take the freeway Wechsel or Semmering and you’ll arrive in 2h 30min.
- 2) By Train: the ÖBB will get you there in the same amount of time like the car.
- How to get to Graz:
- In the outer corners of the city you will also find many shopping centers, like the Murpark or Seiersberg, if shopping’s one of your hobbies.
- A visit to Graz’s Opera and the Mausoleum is a must for culture-lovers!
Innsbruck was known for being the favorite city of Emperor Maximilian I. He therefore also built the infamous Goldene Dachl, which is a building covered with 2500 golden shingles. Today the museum inside the Goldene Dachl is dedicated to Maximilian I. and it shows his importance to Europe. The Kaiserliche Hofkirche was built on his account as well, as he wanted to create a power-symbol for the Habsburgs. He obviously achieved what he’d intended, hence people all over the world come visit it every year. It’s peculiarities are: the Statue of the Kneeling Emperor, the Emperor’s Sarcophagus and the Renaissance Organ.
1) By Car: Take the freeway A1 or the A2 with the A8 and you’ll be there in 5 to 6 hours.
- 2) By Train: In 4 to 5 hours you will be at the Innsbruck Central Station.
- How to get to Innsbruck:
- If you want to breathe in the city’s flair in a more comfortable way, go to the Maria-Theresien street and relax in one of the many cafés decorating the street. The street, which in the past was inhabited only by the noble, shows signs of wealth and nobility through its marvellous 700-year-old baroque houses. Architecture lovers, however, will also find modern buildings to fit their taste. Of course shoppers will love the Maria-Theresien street as well.
Being in Hallstatt is like being in a postcard. Hallstatt is one of those places you must have seen before you die. Doesn’t matter if you go there when it’s snow-covered in the winter or if you go when it’s sun-lit in the summer: a photo is a must! If you want to feel nature-bound you need to go down to the Hallstädter-lake. There you can take a tour with a boat or you can just lie down on the shore. Because of the possibility to rent bikes and pedalo-boats, you have the opportunity to combine nature with sports.
How to get to Hallstatt:2) By Train: The ÖBB gets you there in about 4 hours.
- 1) By Car: You’ll be there in 3 hours, when taking the A1 freeway.
- An interesting sight in Hallstatt is the Evangelic Church of Hallstatt, which is standing right in the center of the city since 1863.
Do you want to see as much as possible during your stay in Austria, but you’re afraid of not having enough time to do so or feel like it’s too expensive to travel the whole country? Don’t worry! We have an excellent public transport system here in Austria which will support you in making your journey more fun and less stressful.
The easiest and probably most convenient way to travel in Austria is to go by train. The ÖBB, which is the largest railway company of the country, has a dense transportation network which will enable you to travel anywhere in Austria. Another important aspect of going by train is that you don’t only get from A to B easily, but do something good for our environment, too. Going by train is one of the most sustainable ways of travelling. 92 percent of the energy that is used by the ÖBB comes from renewable resources.
Another issue that might be interesting for you is punctuality. The trains of ÖBB count as the most punctual ones in Europe. Last but not least, pricing is also an important criteria for planning a journey. The price of your ticket usually depends on how many zones you pass. You can easily calculate your ticket-price at tickets.oebb.at.
When it comes to planning your journey, ÖBB Plus tickets might be relevant for you as you can combine tickets for transport and activity. Therefore, you get the opportunity to upgrade regular ÖBB tickets to ÖBB Plus tickets. This means that you can add tickets for museums, spas, hiking events and many more at a reduced rate to your regular ÖBB ticket. In other words – you can save money and benefit at the same time!
Current offers can be found at the ÖBB website or by using the ÖBB App on your mobile device. After selecting your ÖBB ticket you just have to go to “Extras” and add your favoured offers. You can later pick up your ÖBB Plus ticket including the voucher for your chosen add-on at the stationary ÖBB ticket vending machines at the train station or at the ticket offices of ÖBB.
If you have any questions, contact ÖBB directly. The ÖBB customer service hotline is 05-1717-3. You can also book an appointment directy below.
Traveling within Europe
Austria is in the centre of Europe so it is easy and relatively cheap to travel across the whole continent. You can get to Budapest, Bratislava, Prague or Zürich in just a few hours. There are tons of ways how you can travel from one country to another.
First of all, you can choose to travel by bus which is a fairly budgeted option. On the website checkmybus.com you can search for the best deals. For example, a trip from Vienna to Budapest costs only €18 and €6 from Vienna to Bratislava.
Another option is budget airlines. It is the perfect choice if you want to travel not just to the neighbouring countries but a bit further. The two most popular budget airline carriers are easyJet (eg.: Vienna to Berlin one way ticket prices start from €27) and Ryanair. Moreover, on Google Flights you have the opportunity to compare prices between airlines.
The third option is traveling by train. You can either book your ticket at ÖBB or Eurail. Eurail offers a bunch of options to travel across Europe. If you want to travel around whole Europe you can save a lot by buying a Global Pass at Eurail (it costs from €300 upwards. for 28 countries for 5 days in one month).The prices depend on the chosen amount of countries and the duration of the ticket.
Apart from transportation you have to keep in mind thataccommodation can cost a fortune if you don’t do your research properly. There are tons of ways to save on your accommodation. You can choose to stay in a hostel or to use AirBnB. If you prefer more the traditional ways, you can easily find great deals ranging from private apartments to hotels.