Austria is known as the home of Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Sound of Music, Swarovski Crystal and yodeling. It also happens to be filled with an endless supply of charming villages, breathtaking views and stunning scenery around every corner, basically Austria is nature on crack. Don’t believe me? Well don’t worry because I have photographic proof, in the form of 29 photos. You’re welcome.
Kids in Costume
Nothing says cultural immersion like practicing your paparazzi skills on the local kids in their national costume. I was giddy with excitement having found my very own Vontrapp family.
Another reason to feel for all those gluten intolerant peeps, they’ll never get to taste the wheaty goodness of an Austrian pretzel.
Gardens on Houses
If Austria taught me anything, it was that gardens weren’t just meant for the ground, but also the walls and windowsills of every house on the block. If you don’t have much of a backyard, then be prepared for Austria to inspire a DIY garden job upon your return.
If only all gardens had a hundred people on their gardening team, well I’m sure they too could look as epic as Vienna’s Schoenbrunn Palace.
Even the locals understand the importance of maintaining colour harmony and dress appropriately.
…and what would a colour coordinated country be if their palaces didn’t match their gardens.
Sound of Music Locations
If you’re a true Sound of Music fan then you’ll recognise Salzburg’s Mirabell Gardens as the location to where the children learnt the Do-Re-Mi song.
Austrian cities are very bike friendly so there’s plenty of them around, and who doesn’t like a bike strategically placed in their photo?
Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery
Their villages are so perfect even China created their own knock off. You think I’m joking but I’m actually not. Hallstatt, the village made famous by social media is perhaps the most picturesque lakeside village in the world. It leaves a lasting impression on everyone who visits, particularly the Chinese mining tycoon who decided to replicate the village on home turf, at a cost of AUD$940 million. So if China is closer to you than Austria, you can check out the “made in China” village in the province of Guangdong.
Trust the Swans
Swans understand beauty, so if they chose Hallstatt to be their home, well then it’s probably really beautiful and you should probably go there.
Picturesque and charming town squares are plentiful in this country, and the main square in Innsbruck just so happens to have an epic mountain backdrop.
Hiking the Alps
If you want to feel small and insignificant in this world, stand on top of a mountain in Austria.
Austria may be land locked but you can still find a scenic spot to lounge and work on your tan, just head straight to the Alps.
Pastel Rainbows on Pretty Buildings
No grey buildings welcome here!
They have many many shades of pink flowers, which is totally a legit reason to visit a country.
Store signs are old school here and very photogenic.
You’ll Never Look at Buildings the Same Way
Buildings are a blank canvas that Austrians love to decorate, it’s like you’re walking through an open-air museum.
They have a thing for yellow palaces, and I’m ok with that.
In the wise words of Arnie, Austria “I’ll be back”.