Austria is a charming, mountainous land-locked country in the southern part of central Europe. Vienna, the capital city, is gorgeous especially in summer with flowers seemingly everywhere. On a walking tour of the Czech Republic I had a chance before it started to spend a solid day in Vienna along with the better part of a day in Austria’s beautiful wine country, starting in Hollabrunn, an hour’s drive outside of Vienna.
For the next 10 kilometres we strolled through sleepy villages, past fields filled with seven foot high sunflowers and meandered down country lanes surrounded by vineyards – with grapes just weeks away from being harvested. The following 20 photos of Austria should give you a small sense of the capital and countryside.
As we discovered from our two lovely Czech guides, René and Marie, Austria’s countryside is broken up into small farm plots of about 150 acres – which was quite evident when you got to any high point that provided big vistas of the landscape. Thanks to communism, the Czech Republic markedly differed with farms averaging closer to 3,000 acres in size.
The walking portion in Austria ended in Ziersdorf with beer, a fantastic white wine called Jungmayr – from Austria’s famous Grüner Veltliner grape, creamy garlic soup (so much for all those calories we just burned) and a big plate of goulash.
Here’s a look at 20 photos of Vienna and the Austrian countryside to whet your appetite for a visit
Further reading on things to do in Europe
For more information on visiting Austria check out the national tourism website.
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