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Holiday Homes in Austria

Jun 19, 2008
Austria is in the heart of Europe and boarded on all sides by several other European and Eastern European countries including Slovenia, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and the Czech Republic. The capital of this beautiful country is Vienna which is situated beside the River Danube.

The cities of Vienna and Salzburg are beautiful with amazing architecture, but there is so much more that this country is able to offer to its visitors. The mountains, lakes and rivers provide you with the chance to try various different outdoor activities that you may not have considered doing before from mountain climbing, to skiing, to kayaking.

When it comes to what time of year is best to visit this European country then it depends upon the kinds of activities you are looking to do. For example if you want to enjoy some hiking or mountain biking then summer is the best time. As for skiing and snowboarding well of course then the winter is the best time of the year to visit Austria.

The warmest months that Austria has occur between April and October, but these two months can be slightly cooler than the ones in between so bring some warm clothing if visiting at these times. For those who do not like it too hot then avoid the months of July and August as temperatures can become very high and unbearable in some cases. Plus you will also find that this is their high season and so prices on accommodation etc. are much higher.

Also another reason for avoiding the months of July and August is because of the high temperatures many of the major attractions will be closed at this time. So if you intend to visit the Spanish Riding School or go to the Opera then choose another time rather than these.

However, although these attractions may be closed there are plenty of other events going on throughout the year. Certainly when it comes to music festivals these seem to be continuous in Austria. In Vienna in January there are the New Year concerts with their lavish balls. Then in February the Shrovetide Carnival (Fasching) takes place and this celebrates the return of spring.

Then on the second Thursday after Whitsun more carnivals take place to celebrate Corpus Christi some of which are held on lakes. One such one is the one that is held at Salzkammergut. But really the highlight of the music festivals each year in Austria is the Wiener Festwochen which takes place from May until the middle of June.

Certainly what you will find if you choose to go to Austria on holiday there is so much more to do than just the skiing in winter. For those who are after a bit more culture or just want time to relax and unwind then a visit to this beautifully landlocked country should be considered.
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There are many Austria holiday homes available to book which can offer a wide selection of activities depending on the season of year. In the winter season, then skiing holidays in Austria are great for the family.
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