Peak tourist season in Austria is the summertime, when the weather is pleasant for sightseeing in the cities and towns. In mountainous ski areas, of course, the winter is the most crowded and expensive season, though summer hiking is also popular in these areas. Consider traveling in late spring or early fall to take advantage of lower prices, reduced crowds and temperate weather.
Austria can be a pricey destination, but you can cut costs by traveling outside the summer high season and choosing alternatives to hotels such as hostels and pensions. If you'll be traveling by train, compare the cost of a rail pass against individually priced tickets. To save on airfare, consider booking an affordable transatlantic flight to a gateway such as London or Dublin and then connecting from there to Austria via one of Europe's many discount airlines (such as easyJet or Ryanair).
Prague, Vienna and Budapest by David Guarino
Major Shore Excursions from Avalon Danube River cruise Budapest The ship arrived in Budapest in the morning and we were immediately impressed with the view from the riverbanks. It turned out that Budapest was our favorite place on the trip. In the morning we took the included the city introduction bus tour. We ... Read more!
Germany Up-close and Personal by Lyn Hargreave
Let me start by telling you that my husband and I are not “tour” people. None of this “If it’s Tuesday, it must be Belgium” for us. We don’t want to mix with other tourists. We want to be “independent travelers”, we want to meet the locals, go where they go. In 2000 we found an organization ... Read more!
Alpine Delights by Joann Kniola
LUCERNE, SWITZERLAND The lovely covered bridge city of Lucerne was picture book perfect. Upon arrival we wasted no time and walked over to the Rosengart Museum across the street from the hotel. The museum contains 17-20th c art with a large collection of Picasso. The Rosengart family was good friends with ... Read more!
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