Self-catering Austria - Culture in Austria

During your self-catering holiday in Austria it will be apparent that Austria is made up of a wonderful mixture of storybook villages and landscapes with vibrant cities; where long-held traditions and historical landmarks which speak of Austria's history mix with cutting-edge design. During your stay in one of our 600 Austria holiday cottages you will find that whilst most people speak very good English, the official language is German - although the dialects vary considerably and in some regions even Germans may struggle to understand the language! Hungarian is also widely spoken as a result of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Self-catering Austria - a host of cultural treasures

When staying in one of our holiday homes in Austria you will soon discover that Austria's charms are almost innumerable. Explore the city streets whilst staying in one of our Vienna apartments - where old-style charm meets modern convenience - and admire the architechture which tell the story of the country's international heritage and the history of Austria. Or traverse one of the dozens of splendid hiking trails, meandering through the idyllic countryside, perhaps paying a visit to the wonderful Danube region of Austria and discover why it has historically been one of the most fascinating cultural meeting places in Europe.

Holiday homes in Austria – Austrian culture

Austria is home to some terrific natural beauty which lends itself perfectly to outdoor activities; as a result many Austrians enjoy countryside pursuits and being outside, particularly on weekends. In fact, it is a long standing joke that 'Austrians were born with skis on their feet'! Why not take a leaf out of their book and make the most of the unspoilt scenery during your stay in one of our holiday homes in Austria? Austria was a multi-national state for centuries which of course greatly influenced the country's cultural heritage and the remnants of that are still very visible today.

Self-catering holidays in Austria - typical Austrian culture

Austria, and Vienna in particular, has long been synonymous with classical music; with many famous composers including Beethoven, Mozart and Schubert calling this place home at one time or another - Austria is a must for any classical music lover! Since the early 16th century, Austria with Vienna the focal point has been considered one of the cultural centres of Europe not only when it comes to music but also art and literature as well as a meeting point for intellectuals - which have occurred throughout the history of Austria in the country's prodigious coffee houses.

Experience Austria's famous coffeehouse culture during your self-catering holiday

Cafe culture and more specifically Austrian 'coffeehouse culture' has been and continues to be an important part of the Austrian cultural landscape. Particularly in Austria's cities you will find during your self-catering holiday in Austria that the coffeehouses are an important part of everyday life; serving as a meeting place for all sectors of society for centuries. Coffeehouses are considered a sanctuary where people can chat, read, eat, work and discuss the big questions of life - spend an afternoon enjoying a coffee and Sacher Torte in one of the numerous establishments.

Holiday homes in Austria - cultural offerings to be enjoyed all year-round

Austria is famed for its musical offerings and has numerous beautiful concert halls where you can indulge you passion and listen to some wonderful classical music during your stay in one of our holiday homes in Austria. Austria also has a rich literary history and a wealth of museums just waiting to be discovered during your holiday Austria. Each summer an open air cinema is set up outside Vienna City Hall, where patrons can enjoy opera and films on the colossal screen - perfect for a memorable summer evening in Austria. There is also the yearly explosion of artistic creativity that takes place between May and July at the Vienna International Festival. During the festive period Austria plays host to enchanting Christmas Markets, the perfect way to get in to the Christmas spirit during a self-catering winter holiday in Europe in destinations which include Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Scandinavia.