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20 Photos Of Austria To Inspire A Visit

20 Photos of Austria to Inspire a Visit

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

Harp player in one of Vienna's public parks
Harp player in one of Vienna’s public parks
The vibrant Danube Canal
The vibrant Danube Canal borders Vienna’s city centre
A good place to sit and watch the world go by
A good place to sit and watch the world go by
Great displays of flowers with a historical backdrop in Vienna
Great displays of flowers with a historical backdrop in Vienna
Photos of Austria - The Theseus Temple
Photos of Austria – The Theseus Temple
Photos of Austria - cooling off in the shade of a massive tree
Cooling off in the shade of a massive tree
A family-friendly outing outside of the Vienna Parliament buildings
A family-friendly outing outside of the Vienna Parliament buildings
Photos of Austria
Photos of Austria – love these colourful stairs going into the museum
Photos of Austria - quiet countryside paths
There’s not another soul around on these quiet paths through the countryside
Red-roofed villages are a common sight in the Austrian countryside
Red-roofed villages are a common sight in the Austrian countryside
Plum trees dripping with fruit
Plum trees dripping with fruit
Walking through the vineyards - part of Austria's beautiful Weinviertel region
Walking through the vineyards – part of Austria’s beautiful Weinviertel region
Grapes are almost ripe in Austria
Grapes are almost ripe
Seldom used stairwell is pretty with summer flowers
Seldom used stairwell is pretty with summer flowers
Photos of Austria - fields of sunflowers over 2 metres tall
Fields of sunflowers over 2 metres tall
Most of the hiking route we took through the Austrian countryside was flat or very gently rolling
Most of the hiking route we took through the Austrian countryside was flat or very gently rolling
Fields of pink buckwheat get plowed under
Fields of pink buckwheat get plowed under
Loved the contrast in colour
Loved the contrast in colour
Farm holdings in Austria are typically 150 acres and less
Farm holdings in Austria are typically 150 acres and less
Highlights in 16 Photos of the Austria Countryside
Farm holdings in Austria are typically 150 acres and less
With wildflowers, centuries old buildings look particularly beautiful
With wildflowers, centuries old buildings look particularly beautiful

Further reading on things to do in Europe

For more information on visiting Austria check out the national tourism website.

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20 photos to inspire a visit to Austria - from Vienna to wine country

 

 

Leigh McAdam

Leigh McAdam is a Calgary based writer, author, photographer and social media enthusiast with over 61,000 followers. Her blog: HikeBikeTravel is frequently cited as one of the top travel and outdoor adventure blogs in Canada.

Author of Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures
Co-author of 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta

This Post Has 6 Comments
  1. I’ve loved your updates on FB, and this collection is a beauty. We’ve done miles and miles of walking in Europe, but never taken an organized walking tour. Looks like it was great fun!

  2. Excellent article, thanks for sharing this 🙂

    Austria is an incredible country and somewhere I have had invested interest for a number of years.

    The countryside is absolutely breathtaking. I adore the photos you have taken here, they really show off Austria for all it’s incredible majesty.

    Keep up the great work!!

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