A destination for all seasons with plenty of options for cheap flights to Austria. Austria’s graceful capital, Vienna, is the main gateway, but Salzburg, Klagenfurt or Linz are simply not to be missed. Despite its diminutive size, Austria really packs a punch. The stunning Alpine hinterland is almost too good to be true. Yet, despite the rugged wilderness, getting around the country is a breeze, and you could be exploring the artful delights of Graz, the urban eccentricities of downtown Vienna or the timeless Baroque charms of Salzburg in a matter of hours.
Nothing beats being whisked off on a spontaneous getaway to Europe, but you'll need to plan ahead for cheap flights to Austria. The lowest cost booking time is 50-60 days before you fly out. As with many sparkling cities break destinations, Friday and Sunday are high-cost days. So skip the 9-to-5 and go for a magical midweek break, it’s a win-win all round and you’ll save a packet on flights to Austria. June is a great time to visit and it’s pretty cheap too, lying between the ski season and the summer peak. You’ll have a ball in Austria in winter, but be prepared to pay for it, if you're eager to trip the light fantastic. In December and January, demand for the Christmas markets, New Year revelry and Vienna's ball season conspire to send prices sky high.
There's a reason for every season in Austria. Whether it's edgy urban culture in downtown Vienna or the classical music festival in Salzburg, summer sizzles with appealing options. And in a nation known for exquisite art, the Austrian interior is among Mother Nature’s greatest masterpieces. Austria embraces every kind of adventurous spirit: vertigo-inducing rock climbing, roaring white-water rafting, or thrilling canoeing and hydrospeeding. Or, when the wintry wonderland finally arrives, plan for awesome snow sports during the long alpine skiing season.
Naturally enough, Vienna gets the lion's share of connections from the UK. Vienna Airport (VIE) also has all of the direct links to the UK, all heading out from London Airports. easyJet and Eagle Atlantic have cornered the budget market from Stansted (STN), Luton (LTN) and Gatwick (LGW). From Manchester (MAN) or Birmingham (BHX), you'll have to book with KLM or Lufthansa to get into Vienna, or with Lufthansa for Salzburg.
Vienna is also full of whimsy and wonder. Take a Viennese whirl through centuries of imperial history, from grand opera houses to monumental palaces such as the Schönbrunn Palace. Undoubtedly, music is Austria's lifeblood, but its arts certainly catch the eye. The Old Masters of Kunsthistorisches Museum are a must for the purist, while the fanciful architecture of the Hundertwasserhaus puts even Antoni Gaudi in the shade. Vienna’s idiosyncratic coffee houses and cake shops are a sticky-fingered delight – stop by for a tempting sweet strudel and a fix of creamy caffeine. Don't forget to stop in Salzburg, the city of Mozart, cool mountain airs and magical Baroque architecture, with even a sprinkling of Hollywood musicals thrown in for good measure.
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