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What are main Austria festivals?

Austria’s diverse cultural offerings include over 200 festivals.
• They stretch from world scale events to small regional gatherings.
• Many of them make use of Austria’s beautiful surroundings and most of them offer an outstanding culinary menu to accompany the cultural experience.

What are main Austrian Festivals?

1. Airpower (Zeltweg, Austria)
• Festival Types: Air Show
• Month: June
2. Bregenz Festival (Bregenz, Austria)
• Festival Types: Music – Opera, Music – Classical
• Month: July
3. Diagonale (Graz, Austria)
• Festival Types: Film, Film – Short, Film – Documentary
• Month: March
4. Donauinselfest (Vienna, Austria)
• Festival Types: Music – Rock, Music – Pop, Party
• Month: June
5. Electronic Beats Festival (Graz, Austria)
• Festival Types: Music – Electronic, Dance, Party
• Month: September
6. Fantoche (Baden, Austria)
• Festival Types: Film – Animation, Film
• Month: September
7. Innsbruck Festival of Early Music (Innsbruck, Austria)
• Festival Types: Music – Classical, Music – Opera, Music – Traditional
• Month: July
8. International Mountain and Adventure Film Festival (Graz, Austria)
• Festival Types: Film, Sport – Extreme
• Month: November
9. Linzfest (Linz, Austria)
• Festival Types: Music – Rock, Music – Varied
• Month: May
10. Nuke Festival (Zwentendorf, Austria)
• Festival Types: Music – Rock, Music – Electronic, Party
• Month: June
11. Red Bull Dolomitenmann (Lienz, Austria)
• Festival Types: Sport – Extreme, Sport – Endurance, Sport – Mountaineering
• Month: September
12. Salzburg Festival (Salzburg, Austria)
• Festival Types: Music – Opera, Performing Art, Music – Classical
• Month: July
13. St. Anton Film Festival (St. Anton, Austria)
• Festival Types: Film, Film – Documentary
• Month: August
14. Vienna Accordian Festival (Vienna, Austria)
• Festival Types: Music – Varied, Music – Traditional
• Month: February
15. Vienna Christmas Market (Vienna, Austria)
• Festival Types: Christmas, Markets
• Month: November
16. Vienna Independent Short Film Festival (Vienna, Austria)
• Festival Types: Film – Short, Film
• Month: May
17. Vienna International Festival (Vienna, Austria)
• Festival Types: Theatre, Performing Art, Music – Varied
• Month: May
18. Vienna International Film Festival (Vienna, Austria)
• Festival Types: Film, Film – Documentary, Film – Short
• Month: October
19. Vienna Jazz Festival (Vienna, Austria)
• Festival Types: Music – Jazz
• Month: June
20. World Bodypainting Festival (Seeboden, Austria)
• Festival Types: Bizarre, Art, Dance – Various Styles
• Month: July

In general, Austria festivals are:
– Almabtrieb
– Ars Electronica
– ART Innsbruck
– Carnival in Germany, Switzerland and Austria
– Donaukanaltreiben Festival
– Elevate Festival
– Grafenegg Music Festival
– ImPulsTanz Vienna International Dance Festival
– Pflasterspektakel
– Salzburg Easter Festival
– Salzburg Festival
– Vienna Festival
– World Bodypainting Festival

Places to see in Austria

– Lake Constance
– Kaprun
– Pinswang
– Salzkammergut
– St. Anton
– Thermenland
– Worthersee
– Zell am See
– High Mountain National Park
– National Park Thayatal
– Grossglockner
– Grossglockner High Alpine Road
– Villgratental
– River Danube

Historical places in Austria

• Austria boasts a wealth of majestic architecture and historic structures.
• It was long a centre of power in the Holy Roman Empire.
• Here you will find palaces and magnificent city architecture.
• Addition to these you will find grand cathedrals, monasteries and churches.

• This is the country’s capital and most popular destination.
• It is packed with Medieval and Baroque structures.
• Schonbrunn Palace with its 1441 rooms is the absolute highlight.
• Tiergarten Schonbrunn, is the oldest zoo in the world.
• The 12th century St. Stephen’s Cathedral is the most prominent religious building.
• Salzburg combines delightful Alpine surroundings with a beautifully preserved historic centre.
• Innsbruck, at the heart of Tyrol is a historical place. The Mariazell Basilica in Mariazell is one of the country’s most visited attractions and an important pilgrimage destination.

Murauer Bier
• The Murauer Brewery has a permament brewing museum.
• Turn up on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
• The tour includes the museum, brew house, a video presentation and a free Murauer beer or lemonade in any of their bars in the town.
• Price: 3€

Judenburg Sternenturm
• There is a (locally) famous planetarium.
• The town also has a town tower.
• It offers views of the entire area.

Burg Riegersberg
• This wonderfully preserved medieval castle is privately owned by the ruling family of Liechtenstein.
• Entry is cheap.
• The castle can be reached by walking up the original access path that winds its way through the castle’s defensive gates.
• There is a cable car which ascends the other side of the hill.

Zotter Chocolate
• Near Riegersberg, is the Zotter chocolate factory.
• They make all their chocolate in an ethical and organic manner.
• The tour of the factory allows you to taste all of their varieties of chocolate (around 150).

Things to do
• Skiing and Snowboarding
• Cycle Touring
• Music
• Movies
– Most trails and mountain huts are maintained by the Austrian Alpine Club.
– Some are run by other equivalent organizations, such as the German, Dutch and Italian Alpine Clubs.
– Mountain huts are meant to be shelters, not hotels.
– During the high season (August), it’s a good idea to book in advance.
– Prices for the night are usually around 10-20€ (half for Alpine Club members).
– Meals and drinks are quite expensive.

Best time to visit / climate

– Austria has a temperate continental climate.
– Summers last from early June to mid-September.
– It can be hot in some years and rainy in others.
– Winters are cold in the lowlands and very harsh in the Alpine region.
– In alpine region the temperatures often drop below -10° C (14° F).
– Winters last from December to March.
– In the Alpine region large temperature fluctuations occur all year round and nights are chilly even in high summer.
– The area around Vienna often experiences strong easterly winds.
– The high season is August.

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How to get to Austria?

1. By plane
• There are 6 airports in Austria with scheduled flights.
• The most important international airport is Vienna.
• This has connection to all major airports of the world.
• Other international airports include Graz, Innsbruck, Klagenfurt, Linz, and Salzburg.
• They provide domestic flights as well as connections to some European countries.
• Those airports are particularly popular with cheap airlines such as Ryanair.
• For traveling to the western states it is recommended to use the very close Munich airport.
• The most common airports to visit Vorarlberg are Altenrhein (Austrian), Friedrichshafen (Ryanair, Intersky) and Zurich (Swiss).
• If visiting Austria for winter sports, choose airport considering cost and duration for the whole trip (plane+transfer).

2. By Bus
Eurolines Austria has bus schedules from Austria to all major European countries and back.

3. By Car
From Germany
– Motorway A8 from Munich to Salzburg.
– Motorway A93 from Rosenheim via Kufstein to Innsbruck, Tyrol.
– E43 (A96) from Leutkirch via Wangen to Bregenz, Vorarlberg.
– E56 from Regensburg via Passau to Linz, Upper Austria.
From Italy
– Motorway A23 to Villach, Carinthia.
– E54 via Brenner to Innsbruck, Tyrol.
From Slovenia
– E652 to Villach,Carinthia.
– E57 via Spielfeld to Graz, Styria.

4. By Train
• The OBB (Austrian Railways) operate high-speed ICE and RailJet trains from cities like Zurich,Munich,Frankfurt, Passau, and Budapest.
• Eurocity trains are the next fastest trains.
• Regional trains called EURegio and simplyRegionalzug are also avialible from all 8 of Austria’s neighbors.

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