Austria, nestled in the heart of central Europe, offers visitors a huge variety of activities. The landscapes change quickly, and the natural beauty of the rural regions is starkly different from the urban areas of cities such as Vienna – but luckily, because of its small size, you can easily travel throughout the country in a short period of time. A visit to Austria as a family, offers everything from skiing to hiking, and to shopping and museums in the capital city of Vienna.
Fly to Austria
SAS flies to Austria via Oslo, Copenhagen or Stockholm (depending on route) from Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco and Washington D.C. With daily departures from multiple locations, you can easily find a departure to suit your travel plans. Book early to save on airfare and when you choose SAS, enjoy a 24-hour right of revocation on your flight tickets and online check-in 22 hours prior to departure. Passengers on intercontinental flights can enjoy food and drinks on board. In addition, WiFi is available for a small fee. We look forward to welcoming you on board!
If you are travelling with children under 2 years (without own seat) they fly either free of charge or with a 90% discount on the flight portion of the ticket price, depending on the destination. Children from 2–11 years get a 25% discount. The discounts do not apply to taxes and fees.
Europe's ski country
You will often find Austria and France competing to be Europe’s number one skiing destination. Luckily, the view from the top is impressive from both places and Austria’s finest ski resorts belong to the world's top class. The most popular regions for these resorts are the areas of Tyrol, St. Anton and Ischgl. Each of these places guarantees a layer of fresh powder and well-maintained runs. In addition, the resorts offer a varying degree of different ski runs in terms of difficulty, attracting thousands of ski enthusiasts yearly from all around the world, and making it an ideal destination for a family vacation. If you do choose to test out your slope skills in Austria, consider taking a day trip to the German city of Munich, located less than 60 miles from many of Austria’s top resorts.
Vienna – a modern European metropolis with history
The capital of Austria, Vienna, oozes history, classical European elegance and modern culture. It is widely considered a “city of music”, as the birthplace or residence of many of the world’s top composers such as: Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, Beethoven, Johann Strauss (both father and son), Liszt, Brahms, Bruckner and many more. You can still hear the creations of Bach and Händel in many of Vienna’s churches today. In addition to a rich musical history, Vienna is home to a number of architectural wonders such as the Schloss Belvedere and Schloss Schönbrunn, the monumental Hofburg complex, the Opera or Schönbrunn, the previous summer residence of the imperial family. Combine these features with a number of quality museums inside the city limits, and it’s no surprise that Vienna is often considered one of the world’s largest cultural centers.
At the heart of the city, you can explore everything from dancing to delicious brews, and after hours the place buzzes with trendy bars and lounge vibes. If shopping is your wish, the pedestrian street Kärtnerstrasse is home to some of the world’s most luxurious brands. If you are looking for more trendy shops, Mariahilfer Strasse offers a range of upcoming furniture and clothes designer shops.
Fantastic natural experiences
Home to so many beautiful mountains, valleys and forests dominating the landscape of Austria, it’s no surprise the country is a great choice for an active vacation, so remember to pack your hiking shoes. Can you imagine yourself hiking from alpine hut to alpine hut with your family or friends, soaking in the wide variety of natural wonders that will certainty stick in your mind for a lifetime? For some much needed sustenance, there are also small little villages located along hiking routes where you can enjoy a delicious Austrian meal consisting of hearty dishes such as Wienerschnitzel with garnish. The most popular locations for this type of activity are around Tyrol, Wagrain and Zell am See, and are also popular ski resorts in the winter months, too.
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Flights to Vienna