The ATP-TOUR company, a tour operator in Austria, in year-round individual tours every time shows that a vacation in Austria is the embodiment of a secret dream! The most famous prestigious ski resorts (for example, Mayrhofen), ringing clean air in the mountains of all federal states, outlandish animals and the luxury of the flora in alpine meadows – such a vacation can hardly be called ordinary!
Not only fans of mountain skiing are attracted by tours to Austria. In this small country, you can enjoy the healing properties of the warm springs in the spas of Bad Kleinkirchheim and Bad Gastein, as well as the rejuvenating spa treatments and thalassotherapy in Bad Hofgastein.
Each of the cities of the beautiful country, be it Seefeld, Kaprun or incomparable Vienna, is a contemplation of the beauty of historical and cultural sights, the most exciting shopping, respectable hotels and reputable restaurants. Daily active rest and bustling nightlife of every town in Austria will make your vacation unforgettable and worthy of kings!
Language: official – German
Austria is filled with bright colors of wondrous nature, the crystal purity of the Alpine air, the grandeur of snow-capped mountain peaks, the mesmerizing beauty of mirror-blue lakes, the grace of ancient architecture, the charm of Tyrolean villages … And, of course, the eternal music of Mozart, Haydn and Strauss, the magnificence of the Vienna balls, the wealth of centuries-old history and traditional Austrian hospitality. This amazing country, lying in the heart of Europe, resembles a fascinating book written by a great master, in which each page keeps its secrets and gives new discoveries.
The Republic of Austria is located in the southern part of central Europe, is a federal state, occupies part of the Eastern Alps and the territory along the Danube River (the total area of the state is 83.858 km2), and borders: in the north with the Czech Republic, in the northeast – with Slovakia, in the east – with Hungary, in the south – with Slovenia and Italy, in the west – with Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Germany. Austria includes 9 federal states: Burgenland, Vienna, Upper Austria, Lower Austria, Salzburg, Styria, Tyrol, Carinthia, Vorarlberg.
Austria has three climatic regions: in the east – a temperate steppe climate with the influence of a continental climate. This climate zone is characterized by low rainfall, high summer temperatures and relatively cold winters. Alpine region – Alpine climate with high rainfall (with the exception of intermountain plains such as the upper Inntal), short summers and long winters. The rest of the country has a transitional climate influenced by the Atlantic in the west of the country and a continental climate in the southeast.
A bit of history
The name of the country “Austria” comes from the ancient German Ostarrichi – “eastern country” and was first mentioned in 996. The red color of the two stripes on the flag symbolizes the blood of patriots shed in the struggle for the freedom and independence of the Republic of Austria, and the white color is a symbol of the White River Danube.
A thousand years before our era, Illyrian tribes settled on the territory of modern Austria. In the era of the great migration of peoples, the foundations of the future national-territorial structure of the Austrian lands were laid, and from the 4th century. n. e. in the foothills of the Alps, an important point of intersection and unification of multilingual peoples is formed. From the 10th century, during the reign of the Babenbergs, their residence – Vienna – became the capital of a prosperous country, later – an empire. In 1156 Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarossa elevated the status of an Austrian territory to a duchy. Since that time, the image of an eagle has been used as a national symbol. The political and economic strengthening of Austria was accompanied by the flourishing of spiritual life: the famous minnesinger lived and worked at the Vienna court – the “singer of love” Walter von der Vogelweide,
The 40-year reign of Empress Maria Theresa is considered the golden era in the history of Austria. Since that time, Austria has been gaining fame as a “country of great musicians”. Under Emperor Franz, the first national anthem was adopted, composed by Joseph Haydn. The sunset of the golden age for Austria turned out to be the appearance of Napoleon Bonaparte on the arena of the European theater. However, in 1815 Austria regains part of what was lost.
On June 28, 1914, an attempt was made on the life of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo; a month later, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. November 12, 1918 – the date that marks the proclamation of Austria as a republic, and with it the end of the centuries-old Habsburg dynasty.
On March 11, 1938, the troops of neighboring Germany marched through the streets of Vienna, and an Austrian by birth, Adolf Hitler was greeted in triumph on the main square of Vienna – Heldenplatz. Seven years will pass before the liberation of Austria by the allied forces. Soon, representative offices of major international organizations, including the UN, settled in Vienna, and on January 1, 1995, Austria joined the European Union.
Cuisine is an integral part of Austrian culture, and has also developed under the influence of different countries. So, in the west – from Tyrol to Salzburg and Upper Austria – peasant cuisine prevails with dumplings, dark peasant bread, cold beer and strong schnapps. Eastern Austria is dominated by Hungarian cuisine, from the famous goulash to great airy flour dishes and pancakes. And the dishes that came from various regions of the old Austro-Hungarian monarchy are combined into the classic “Viennese cuisine”.
So, here are just some of the dishes that Austrian cuisine is famous for. The most famous Carinthian dish: dumplings, dumplings or pasta fritters, which are cooked with a variety of fillings. In Vienna, you must definitely try: Wiener schnitzel with potatoes, the world-famous traditional apple strudel, bakhun (baked chicken), Kaiserschmarren – Kaiser’s omelette, and, of course, the Sacher chocolate cake that tastes magical. Austria is also famous for its excellent wines, the best varieties of which include: Spätlese, Auslese, Berenauslese, Ausbruch, Trockenbeerenauslese.