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Cheap flights from Austria

Austria may be familiar to mountaineers as one of the entry points to the Alps mountain range and to athletes as the winter sports capital of Europe, together with Switzerland. The German-speaking country is also known as a popular summer destination because of its temperate continental climate.

Though almost the whole of Austria is dominated by the Alps—covering 3/4 of the country, including the provinces of Tyrol, Salzburg, Vorarlberg, Upper Austria, and Carinthia—it is similar to neighbouring countries Hungary and Czech Republic which have diverse mixed landscapes.

Austria was once a part of the Nazi Germany in 1938 during the Second World War, which explains the German roots of the country. In 1955, a treaty was signed by the Soviet and Allied parties wherein Austria’s independence was fully recognized. Austrians are still, however, often mistaken as Germans rather than Europeans because of their distinct culture. Austria is also known for its historic cities and villages.

Where to go

Austria’s majestic mountainous scenery is visible during summer and winter—depending if it would be covered with green meadows or white landscapes—the reason why tourists visit the country during those seasons. With an altitude of 500 metres or more, the mountain peaks are definitely hard to miss.

Austria has six airports, with Vienna International Airport serving as the main entry point. From Vienna, tourist destinations may be reached either by train or by bus.

Notable grand views are the High Mountain National Park in the Zillertal Alps, which towers up to 376 metres, and the National Park Thayatal that highlights castles and ruined fortresses. Another is the Grossglockner High Alpine Road, which gives tourists a good panoramic view to Austria’s highest peak, the Grossglockner.

Looking further down the peaks, travellers will see beautiful valley of Villgratental located at the foot of the mountain formed by the Danube River. Famous vineyards like the Wachau and the Dunkelsteinerwald and scenic villages can be found at the valley landscapes. Because Austria is tagged as the “Winter Sports Capital of Europe,” basic skiing and snowboarding is a must-try. Tourists may also visit the state of Styria, located in the southeast of Austria, for additional destinations such as museums and factories. There are flights to Eastern Styria via Graz airport.

A 49-minute flight from Vienna will take you to the city of Salzburg and the town of Berchtesgaden via Salzburg airport. Other domestic airports going to Graz, Innsbruck, Klagenfurt, and Linz from Vienna are served by airlines such as Intersky, Niki, Welcome Air, and Austrian Arrows. The best way to go around Austria is by trains. Trains, as the most common public transport, provide comfort to passengers but in a moderate price. While trains serve the major cities and towns, the buses take care of passengers travelling to less significant towns and lakes. However, for rural areas that are unreachable by bus services, it is best for tourists to opt for rental cars.

From Vienna International Airport, travellers can fly with Air Serbia going to Belgrade via Belgrade Nikola Tesla International Airport. The flight will take around an hour. Belgrade, or “The White City” of Serbia, has a notable stylish architecture which makes it one of the must-see destinations in south-eastern Europe. When in Belgrade, visitors may take a stroll around the Republic Square, the main meeting point of the city, and enjoy the view of different infrastructures such as the National Theater and the National Museum.

Though most European airlines fly via Vienna International Airport, only the Austrian Airlines have direct connections to the Americas such as New York, Toronto, Chicago, Punta Cana, and Washington. However, there are no flights to Northern England and Africa, with exceptions to Libya, Egypt, and Tunisia.

For people travelling to Toronto, they can take a nine-hour trip with Austrian Airlines via Vienna International Airport. Being a huge city in Canada, Toronto has a lot of tourist attractions including the Rogers Centre, a multi-purpose stadium where sports games are usually held, and the iconic CN tower, which by far the tallest standing structure in North America.

How to get out

Austria has six airports running on scheduled flights. Vienna International Airport, which is the main international airport of Austria, has flights to major airports worldwide. Aside from Vienna International Airport, airports in Graz, Innsbruck, Klagenfurt, Linz, and Salzburg offers cheap domestic flights or connecting flights to other European countries, usually via Ryanair.

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