Things to do in Austria

Austria belongs to one of the most important tourist destinations in Europe. It offers great panoramic views of the Alps, has a well developed infrastructure and is a great starting point for excursions to the beautiful nature. It is also a country of art and music and offers many cultural activities. If you want to relax and recover, why not spend a couple of days in one of Austria's numerous Spas to enjoy thermal springs with a view on the Alps? NOVASOL offers a wide range of holiday homes and villas in the Austrian not only in the countryside, but also close to great traditional cities and towns. In our wide selection of holiday homes, there are many different styles and sizes in some of the most popular areas of Austria, including Tyrol, Salzburgerland, and Karnten.

Urban or rural?

Urban Austria overflows with culture and historical attractions. Consider visiting Vienna's museum quarter, which has a great collection of modern and ancient art. After the museums, fill yourself with Sachertorte and delicious Viennese coffee in an elegant 19th-century coffee house. Then put on your walking shoes and stroll the buzzing Ringstrasse around Vienna's centre. Tyrol, Vorarlberg and Salzburgerland are rural areas renown for their Eastern Alps. Here, summer is the time to meander through glorious meadows strewn with alpine wild flowers. In winter, ski Austria's highest mountain, the Grossglockner (12460 feet). You can find lovely holiday villas all over Austria with NOVASOL. We also have lets across Europe and Scandinavia.

City breaks in Vienna

Vienna is the cultural and romantic heart of the country. A day trip here requires a visit to the cathedral, a stop at any of the popular wine bars or "Heurigen,” and attendance at a performance of the glorious waltz music--which gives Vienna its romantic ambiance. Salzburg is worth a visit for its baroque architecture which is listed on UNESCO's world heritage list, and glorious alpine setting. NOVASOL holiday rentals in Austria come in a wide variety of styles and sizes, including apartments in Vienna. We rate each from one to five stars, with five being our most luxurious model.

Active holidays in Austria

Sports enthusiasts find Austria an exciting destination. World class skiing for all levels is very popular in winter. The rest of the year the mountains challenge climbers and cyclists. And water sports are on offer at the many pristine lakes in the area. The Alps in Austria offer more than skiing. With its position right in the Alps, Austria is a crossroads full of interesting attractions. The organization Via Alpina Trails offer 70 suggestions for one-day walks throughout Austria, as well as longer distance trails. Visit alpine meadows, which promise leisurely strolls in picturesque surroundings, and dramatic waterfalls, such as the 1246-foot-high Krimml Falls waterfall in Hohe Tauern National Park, which will amaze and impress. Sail down the River Danube to Mozart’s birthplace, Salzburg, or the heart and capital of Austria, Vienna.

Culture in Austria

Urban centres in Austria contain world-class theatre, music, and cultural festivals throughout the year. Graz, for example, is one of several UNESCO heritage sites. It is one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe, and is also a lively university town with 6 major universities, and 44,000 students. You could also visit the Salzburg Festival, which started in 1920 and takes place annually from the middle of July to the end of August. It is a cultural festival in honour of Mozart. In addition to the Salzburg Festival, a special Baroque Festival is organised during Whitsun. Christmas Markets in Vienna are also worth visiting to complete your cultural calendar.


Become a wine farmer in Purbach for one day. In Purbach, wine enthusiasts can dabble in wine farming and get an idea of how to produce special grape juice. The wine farmer, called Winzer, rents 100 grapewines to interested visitors, teaches them the theory and practice of winemaking and helps with the work in the vineyard and wine cellar. Experience Central Burgenland by handcar. Enthusiasts of this special form of transportation can ride down a 23 km long railway track from Blaufränkischland to Oberpullendorf. The Sonnenland Draisentour Routes links eleven places in Central Burgenland where you can always try out many of the area's leisure activities.

Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse

The beauty of Austria's national park offers unequaled opportunities. The 48 km long highway which goes through the park, Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse, is the most famous road crossing the Alps. It leads from Salzburg to Tyrol and offers a fantastic panoramic view over the whole area. You cross the most different climatic and vegetational zones: meadows, forests, alpine pastures, mountains and permanent ice. The final destination is Austria's tallest mountain: The Grossglockner (3798 metres). In summer follow the Austrians and tour pristine alpine meadows dotted with tiny white edelweiss flowers. Crystal clean water falls and lakes are popular attractions where many exciting water sports such as sailing, fishing, and windsurfing, are available.

Austrian Romantic Route (Österreichische Romantikstrasse)

This is a route of 380 km length between Salzburg and Vienna. It crosses the alpine landscape of Salzkammergut, the Struden area and Nibelungengau and ends up in Wachau.

South Styrian Wine Route (Südstreierische Weinstrasse)

A 25 km long wineroute connects the small cities Ehrenhausen and Leutschach. Driving on this road you are going to pass numerous vineyards. The various idyllic places along the road invite you to visit, e.g. Berghausen, Ratsch, Sultal, Glanz, Langegg, Schlossberg and Eichberg-Trautenburg.

Styrian Apple Route (Steirische Apfelstrasse)

This route is 25 km long and starts near Gleisdorf at a highway called Wechselbundestrasse (B54). It stretches across five communities. In spring, more than 250.000 fruit trees stand in full bloom. That's why this region is also called Austria's fruit orchard'. You find lots of information boards along the whole route with advises you of arts, crafts and where you can buy home made honey, juice and snaps.

Bregenzerwald Cheese Route (Käsestrasse Bregenzerwald)

Learn all you need to know about cheese. It is not a single road, but a regional road network with a total lenght of 70 km. The local specialities, historic buildings, arts and crafts, and traditional activities are typical for this idyllic small world with its own character.

Food and Beverage

Try a genuine Austrian frankfurter, followed by one of Austria's world-famous cakes! You will love the taste!

Service - Why NOVASOL?

Rent your holiday home in Austria, a small country located in the heart of Europe. NOVASOL is the European leader in holiday homes, villas and apartments. In Austria, you can find both, great apartments located in or around great cities like Vienna and Salzburg, but also many lovely cottages and farmhouses on the countryside.If you want to spend your next holiday in Austria, visit our website to see the full range of available holiday homes in Austria. Whether you decide to spend your next summer or winter holiday in Austria or both, Austria is definitely worth several visits. NOVASOL will help you find the holiday home most suited to your taste and pocketbook. Enter your search criteria, and see what is on offer. Our lets can come with a swimming pool, terrace, spa, and other amenities. Book it yourself or contact one of our consultants. It’s that easy!