October 14th, 2021 | Updated on February 14th, 2022
Following several months of border closures due to COVID-19, Austria is now welcoming back tourists from many parts of the world.
This European nation is therefore the perfect choice if you’re looking for a change of scenery. Austria is a great year-round destination, offering stunning landscapes and excellent skiing.
Another reason to visit Austria is that passport holders from many countries can visit without a visa. Passport holders from the US, Canada, and Australia are amongst those eligible for visa-free entry.
Depending on when you’re planning to travel, you might need to apply for ETIAS to visit Austria. The EU’s new visa waiver will be launched at the end of 2022.
Tourists Can Now Visit Austria
If you’re from a country on Austria’s safe list, you can travel with a vaccine certificate, negative test, or recovery certificate without having to isolate.
You can enter quarantine-free with a vaccination certificate from any other country (except for high-risk nations). If you don’t have proof of vaccination, you can travel with a negative test or recovery certificate, but you’ll need to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival.
Just 4 countries are currently classed as high risk: Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, and Suriname. You can only visit Austria from one of these places for essential reasons.
Make sure that you check all the latest official travel information. Entry rules and restrictions may be updated at short notice during the pandemic.
Vienna Has The Highest Standard Of Living In The World
It’s worth visiting Austria to experience Vienna, the nation’s capital. Even if you’re there for just a few days, you’ll be able to appreciate the excellent lifestyle Vienna offers: it consistently ranks in first place for cities with the highest standards of living across the globe.
Vienna’s imperial architecture is its most impressive feature. The Hofburg Palace is a must-see. Home to the Habsburg monarchy for more than 600 years, it’s a tribute to the dynasty’s power and influence. The complex is now a presidential base.
Another architectural highlight is Schӧnbrunn Palace, the Habsburg’s summer residence. It is a huge complex with 1441 rooms. Visitors can take a tour of the palace and see rooms decorated in the original style.
Art and culture are abundant in Vienna. At the Kunsthistorisches Museum, you can see works by the Old Masters. There are many other museums and galleries throughout the city, such as the Leopold Museum and MuseumsQuartier.
Vienna is known as the City of Music for a good reason. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert, and Johann Strauss I are just some famous Austrian composers.
Whenever you visit Vienna there’ll be musical performances and events taking place, look out for tickets and experience Austria’s musical heritage first hand.
Austria Is A Great European Ski Destination
Optimal snow conditions and fantastic mountain scenery make Austria the perfect choice for skiers and snowboarders.
There are several world-class ski resorts in Austria, offering a fun time both on and off the slopes. Here are some of the top destinations:
- Kitzbühel, Tirol: home to world-class ski schools and excellent slopes. The resort is also surrounded by traditional villages.
- Vorarlberg: a province of 4 ski areas: Arlberg, Brandnertal, Bregenzerwald, and Montafon.
- Obertauern, Salzburgerland: a family-friendly resort with reliable snow conditions and ski parks for children.
Whether you want to relax by a fire or party into the night, there are also plenty of options to unwind after a day on the slopes.
Austrian Towns And Villages Are Beautiful
Vienna boasts many charming towns and villages with wooden houses, pretty squares, and stunning backdrops.
If you’re based in Vienna, take a day trip to visit some of the surrounding towns and villages. Hallstatt is around 2.5 hours from Vienna and is well worth the journey. This stunning lakeside town is picture-perfect and has even been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Other towns and villages to see on your trip include Bad Gastein, Kufstein, and St Gilgen.
Austria Is Right At The Heart Of Europe
Austria is easy to visit if you’re planning a trip around Europe. Right at the heart of Europe, it borders Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Hungary, and Germany.
You can catch a train in Vienna and be in Munich in just a couple of hours. It’s even possible to reach Venice or Milan in Italy by taking the overnight train. There are also lots of cross-border bus services and, of course, short flights.
As there are no internal borders in the Schengen Area, you can travel around Austria and the other 25 Schengen states easily.
Even when ETIAS is operational, you’ll still be able to get around the Schengen Area with ease. The new travel permit will be valid to visit a combination of any of the Schengen countries for up to 90 days.