Driving is the perfect way of getting around Austria, and the country’s efficient road network and magnificent countryside make it all the more enjoyable. Take a drive up to one of the many ski resorts in the Alps or head for Austria’s picturesque lakes where you can take part in a plethora of water sports.
The attractive town of Rust, on the outskirts of Vienna, is known chiefly for its unlikely combination of storks and wine. Production of wine has been going on here for centuries and storks have been descending on the town for just as long (staying from March to August). Additionally, for an interesting and scenic drive through lush surroundings, head out to Lake Neusiedl.
The Arlberg region is comprised of several linked resorts and offers some of the best skiing in Austria. One of the most popular and least expensive resorts is St Anton, which has a laid-back atmosphere and lively nightlife. There is a variety of slopes for skiers with all levels of experience.
Set at an elevation of 1640m, the Eisriesenwelt Caves are the largest accessible ice caves in the world. They comprise more than 40kms of explored passageways and 30,000 cubic meters of ice. A tour of the caves takes around 75 minutes and there are lots of stunning natural features that are just waiting to be admired.
For a fantastic 50-kilometer mountain tour, load up the car and head for Grossglockner road, Austria’s number one panorama drama. Hohe Tauern National Park contains most of the highlights along with dramatic views of numerous spectacular peaks, including the mighty Grossglockner (3797m).
Lying to the west of Graz and north of Klagenfurt towards the Alps is the small charming mountain town of Gurk. The town’s exquisite cathedral is one of the finest examples of 12th century Romanesque architecture in the whole of Austria. Inside, the 72 statues and 82 angels’ heads on the altar are awe-inspiring.