4 Bucket-List Experiences for 2024 Austria Holidays

A beautiful country home to Alpine terrain, baroque architecture, and some of Europe’s best museums, Austria certainly doesn’t disappoint as a holiday destination. Regardless of what time of year you decide to visit, you’re sure to find a variety of things to do – it is the winter sports capital of Europe after all. Whether you intend to travel here on a short trip or backpack across the country, we take a look at some of the best things to see and do in Austria this year.

Attend a festival

If you weren’t aware of Austria’s rich musical heritage, you’re in for a treat. Thousands visit the landlocked country each year to experience some of the very best classical, jazz, and opera shows in Europe. That said, it’s essential to book these well in advance to ensure availability.

While there are many smaller festivals throughout the year, the largest is The Donauinselfest, an open-air free music festival held in Vienna. This year it will take place between June 21 to 23 on Donausinsel Island, a long artificial island on the Danube River. Expect lots of local musicians and possibly some international superstars.

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Try your hand at snow sports

You’ll find Austria becomes particularly busy from mid-December to February as this is the typical snow sports season. Austria is ideal for skiing thanks to its high snow security, varied pistes, and advanced infrastructure, ensuring both safety and unrivalled excellence.

The best resorts for a ski holiday in Austria include Zell am See and Wildschönau, especially if you have little to no previous experience or are travelling with children. Alternatively, to test your skills, consider heading to St Anton where you’ll find numerous black runs including the 85km Run of Fame.

Head off on a day hike

A fundamental part of Austrian culture, hiking is far more than just simple exercise. And with 30% of the country’s natural landscapes classed as protected, it’s easy to see why. Since almost two-thirds of Austria is mountainous, there are plenty of walks both big and small to choose from.

Among the best hikes is the Pinzgauer Spaziergang route in Zell am See. The 10.5-mile trek takes you from Saalbach all the way to Schmittenhöhe’s peak. Alternatively, for something a little more extreme, why not embark on a hike to Gamsjoch Peak? With 1300 metres of elevation and virtually no markings, it’s a route reserved for only the most experienced hikers.

Do some sightseeing in Vienna

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As the stomping ground for the rulers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Vienna is a city steeped in history, from its architecture to its various attractions. A must-see is Belvedere Palace, which hosts the Belvedere Museum and an art collection with works by Van Gogh and Renoir.

Also, be sure to check out the Hofburg Imperial Palace, one of the largest palace complexes in the whole of the world. Once the original centre of the Habsburg court and the residence of the Imperial family, it now serves as a reminder of some of Vienna’s most important cultural experiences. Many exhibits can be found here, including the Sisi exhibit, which looks at the life of Empress Elisabeth.

Malorie Mackey is an actress, published author, and adventurer. Malorie grew up in Richmond, Virginia where she loved sports, the outdoors, animals, and all forms of art. She took to acting at a young age, so it was no surprise when she decided to go to college for theatre. While in college, Malorie studied body movement with the DAH Theatre in Belgrade, Serbia, voice in Herefordshire, England with Frankie Armstrong, and the business of theatre in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Malorie moved from the East Coast to Los Angeles after receiving her BFA in Theatre Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University. Upon arriving in LA, Malorie participated in the Miss California USA 2011 Pageant where she won the “Friend’s Choice” Award (by popular vote) and received a beautiful award for it.

While living on the West Coast, Malorie accumulated over 40 acting credits working on a variety of television shows, web series, and indie films, such as the sci-fi movie “Dracano,” the Biography Channel show “My Haunted House,” the tv pilot “Model Citizen” with Angie Everhart, and the award-winning indie film “Amelia 2.0.”

Throughout her experiences, Malorie found a love for travel and adventure, having journeyed to over a dozen countries experiencing unique locations. From the lush jungles of the Sierra Madre mountain range to the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland, Malorie began adventuring and writing about her unique travels. These travel excerpts can be found on VIVA GLAM Magazine, in Malorie’s Adventure Blog, in Malorie’s adventure show: “Weird World Adventures” and in the works for her full-length travel book.

In 2022, Malorie was thrilled to become a member of the Explorer’s Club through her work on scientific travel. Her experiences volunteering on archaeological and anthropological expeditions as well as with animal conservation allowed her entry into the exclusive club. Since then, Malorie has focused more on scientific travel.

Malorie’s show “Weird World Adventures” releases on Amazon Prime Video in the Spring of 2024! Stay tuned as Malorie brings the strangest wonders of the world to you!

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