Every year more and more people discover the oasis of the Austrian Alps. The dazzling emerald lakes nestled between towering mountains are the perfect haven for outdoor enthusiasts. The lucky few who have been will tell you how much adventure you can have. From the cinematic landscape to historical sites and the picturesque towns and cities, Austria is the ideal holiday to revitalise body and mind. Take your pick out of our resorts, each has their own unique story.
Twin Centre Holidays
Combine your resort stay with the culturally rich cities or either Vienna or Salzburg.
Our Mozart City Tour in Salzburg will give you a fascinating insight in to the life of the Mozart family and first-hand experience of the city that inspired his work. He was baptised in Salzburg cathedral and today its architecture remains an impressive feat.
Vienna is a city brimming with culture and this is reflected in the magnificent architecture and courtyards. Explore its opulent palaces, museums, parliament and opera house on our Grand City Tour. On our Mayerling – Vienna woods tour visit a former mine and the largest underground lake in Europe. For food lovers our Naschmarkt tour is ideal with over 100 stands and restaurants that produce a colourful and delicious culinary offering.
Walking & Sightseeing
With 24,000 kilometres of marked hiking trails – discover the endless maze among the peaks valleys and lakes. Many find self-discovery of this stunning setting to be the most fulfilling. The 420km golden eagle walk epitomises Austria, the route takes its name as it traces the route of a golden eagle in flight. You will certainly feel free as a bird. The vantage point overlooking Innsbruck is a particular highlight, providing a surreal contrast between the vast and beautiful mountains and civilisation below.
Austria is scattered with elaborate medieval fortresses that display elegance and wealth. The opulent imperial palace in Innsbruck once homed a sovereign prince. Schloss Matzen is a highly romantic castle with an impeccable garden. The alluring Schloss Bruck castle houses the largest collection of Austrian painter Albin Egger-Lienz.
The footsteps of 15th century Roman Emperor Maximillian remain in Austria. Visit the golden roof in Innsbruck that marked his wedding or his former weapons depot that now houses geological and religious exhibits, plus artefacts from the Napoleonic era and world wars.
Tirol has a stunning 920 kilometre-cycling network. Trails accommodate families, road bikers and mountain bikers. The vast array of cable cars and buses mean you can take necessary breaks and gain access to the areas you desire. Stunning scenery, local attractions and tempting food outlets will compete for your attention.
We offer a number of unescorted cycle tours that give you the flexibility to explore the best of Europe's radiant summer scenery. Pack more sightseeing into a single holiday while improving your fitness. Cycle tours include Passau to Vienna and Vienna to Budapest.
Family run hotels provide a wholesome experience with food to match. You are never too far from a homely establishment or mountain hut. This gives you an intimate experience of cultural traditions, customs and delicacies. Try sizeable Austrian schnitzels, perfected sausage recipes and goulash with a blend of distinct flavours. For afters indulge in the Austrian sweet tooth with options of cakes, shredded pancake, strudel and Vanillekipferl – a crescent shaped biscuit dusted with vanilla sugar.
Steamboats & Railways
The vast network of railways in Austria is testament to the Austrian Empire. Built in the 19th century it features funiculars, steam trains and cog railways. Whilst the Salzkammergut lakes feature paddle streamers, ideal for those wanting a memorable way to take in the mountain scenery.
Dotted in the Austrian Alps are several thermal baths and hot springs, combine this with the crystal clear mountain air and its clear to see why many consider these areas to have healing properties for respiratory and skin conditions. Cooling off in the lake at the foot of the imposing mountains is a surreal experience usually reserved for movie scenes. There is an air of relaxation in Austria not found elsewhere.
Action & Kids
Thrill seekers are in paradise in Austria, many of the adventure lakes and rivers feature every adrenaline filled activity you could dream, including zip lines, climbing walls, water slides, rafting, kayaking and much more. Higher alpine areas have their own fun including high rope obstacle courses, alpine coasters and tobogganing. Almost every activity has features that accommodate children. There is also play parks, zoos and a particular highlight is Ellmi’s world of magic. Many of the hotels offer free child supervision and kids clubs so your options are flexible.