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Austria Travel Guide

Taking an Austria River Cruise takes you through the heart of Europe, where elegance and history flow as freely as the Danube. This journey isn't just about stunning landscapes; it's about experiencing a rich tapestry of culture, art, and history. Austria's rivers glide past grand cities like Vienna and Salzburg, famed for their musical heritage, and quaint villages where time seems to stand still. Austria's unique appeal lies in its blend of urban sophistication and rustic charm. From the architectural marvels in its cities to the serene vineyard-covered countryside, the country offers diverse experiences. Witness the baroque splendor of Vienna, the medieval charm of Linz, and the enchanting beauty of the Wachau Valley. Each destination tells its own story, steeped in history and culture, making an Austrian river cruise a journey through a living museum. With river cruise volume buys plus our low everyday prices you can save up to 50% versus the brochure price! Book your Austria river cruise today with AffordableTours.com, your discounted river cruise headquarters.

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Jun 23, 2024Avalon WaterwaysImpressionBucharestAmsterdam28$12,347
Jun 23, 2024ScenicScenic JadeParisBudapest18$18,590
Jun 23, 2024ScenicScenic JadeParisPrague21$19,490
Jun 23, 2024UniworldSS Maria TheresaPassauBudapest8$4,499
Jun 23, 2024UniworldSS BeatriceAmsterdamBudapest16$5,999
Jun 23, 2024VikingViking MagniBudapestAmsterdam15$13,999
Jun 23, 2024VikingViking EmblaBudapestPassau8$3,299
Jun 23, 2024VikingViking JarlBudapestRegensburg8$8,999
Jun 23, 2024VikingViking KadlinViennaBucharest17$5,599
Jun 24, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaSonataBudapestPrague13$5,459
Jun 24, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaVerdeBudapestVilshofen8$3,999
Jun 24, 2024ScenicScenic CrystalAmsterdamBudapest15$16,990
Jun 24, 2024ScenicScenic AmberPragueBudapest11$11,150
Jun 24, 2024ScenicScenic CrystalAmsterdamZagreb19$18,225
Jun 24, 2024ScenicScenic JasperBudapestAmsterdam15$17,990
Jun 25, 2024Avalon WaterwaysImpressionBucharestAmsterdam26$11,597
Jun 25, 2024EmeraldEmerald DestinyPragueBudapest11$10,510
Jun 25, 2024VikingViking IngviBudapestPassau8$3,799
Jun 25, 2024VikingViking VilhjalmPassauBudapest8$2,599
Jun 25, 2024TauckMS JoyMunichBudapest8$5,590
Jun 26, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaSonataBudapestVilshofen8$3,999
Jun 26, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaMagnaBucharestVienna14$6,379
Jun 26, 2024ScenicScenic JadeAmsterdamBudapest15$16,990
Jun 26, 2024ScenicScenic JewelBudapestAmsterdam15$16,990
Jun 26, 2024ScenicScenic JadeAmsterdamPrague18$17,890
Jun 26, 2024EmeraldEmerald DawnPragueParis21$15,250
Jun 26, 2024EmeraldEmerald DawnPragueAmsterdam18$13,950
Jun 26, 2024UniworldRiver PrincessViennaNuremberg8$3,999
Jun 26, 2024VikingViking EgdirBudapestAmsterdam15$8,799
Jun 26, 2024VikingViking GymirAmsterdamBudapest15$8,799
Jun 27, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaViolaBudapestPrague13$5,459
Jun 27, 2024ScenicScenic AmberNurembergBudapest8$10,290
Jun 27, 2024ScenicScenic AmberMunichBudapest8$10,290
Jun 27, 2024EmeraldEmerald LunaBudapestMunich8$9,890
Jun 27, 2024RivieraMS Thomas HardyBudapestBudapest8$3,449
Jun 28, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaVerdeMunichBudapest10$4,939
Jun 28, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaVerdePragueBucharest22$9,998
Jun 28, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaVerdeBucharestPrague22$9,998
Jun 28, 2024EmeraldEmerald DestinyMunichBudapest8$9,890
Jun 28, 2024UniworldRiver DuchessBudapestNuremberg8$2,699

Austria Travel Guide

Austria River Cruises Highlights

  • Vienna: Vienna, the capital city, is often a highlight of any Austrian river cruise. This city is known for its imperial history, stunning architecture, and vibrant cultural scene. As you dock in Vienna, you're steps away from iconic sights like the Hofburg Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral, and the famous Vienna State Opera. Don't miss the chance to indulge in local cafes for a taste of the famed Viennese coffee.
  • Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna: A former imperial summer residence, this Baroque palace boasts 1,441 rooms and beautiful gardens. It's a symbol of the luxury and influence of the Habsburg monarchy. Don't miss the chance to stroll through the meticulously manicured gardens.
  • Vienna State Opera: Known for its world-class acoustics and stunning architecture, this opera house is a centerpiece of Vienna's rich musical heritage. If you can, catch a performance or at least take a guided tour.
  • Linz: Linz, Upper Austria's vibrant capital, blends modernity and tradition. The city offers a mix of historic sites like the old town and cutting-edge museums, notably the Ars Electronica Center. Here, you can explore contemporary art and technology or stroll along the Danube while enjoying the city's lively atmosphere.
  • Melk Abbey: Overlooking the Danube from a rocky outcrop, this Benedictine abbey is an architectural wonder. Its library houses a vast collection of medieval manuscripts, and the views from its terrace are breathtaking.
  • Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna: This art museum houses an extensive array of masterpieces from the Habsburg collections, including works by artists like Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Raphael. It's a must-visit for art lovers.
  • Melk: Melk is renowned for its stunning Abbey, a baroque masterpiece with an impressive library and picturesque gardens. It's the gateway to the Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site where you can enjoy scenic views of vineyards, quaint villages, and medieval castles.
  • Krems: In Krems, nestled in the heart of the Wachau Valley, you can experience Austrian wine culture at its finest. This charming town offers easy access to local wineries and vineyards – a must-visit for wine enthusiasts.
  • Salzburg's Historical Center: Famous as the birthplace of Mozart and the setting for "The Sound of Music," Salzburg's baroque architecture and charming streets make it a delightful stop. The fortress Hohensalzburg offers panoramic city views.
  • Graz's Old Town: Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Graz's old town is packed with Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Don't miss the unique Kunsthaus (art museum) and the medieval clock tower.
  • Wachau Valley Vineyards: This region is known for its Riesling and Grüner Veltliner wines. Take a wine-tasting tour to savor these local specialties in a picturesque setting.

Austria River Cruises Travel Tips

  • The official language in Austria is Austrian German so it helps to know some basic words to help you understand.
  • Austria uses the Euro, so it's handy to have some cash for small purchases, even though cards are commonly accepted.
  • The plugs in Austria are not like the plugs you probably have it home and it is recommended that you purchase a universal adapter to ensure your electronics remain charged while on your trip off the boat.
  • Austria is considered to be one of the safest countries but always make sure to keep your valuables at home or on the ship.
  • Most places are quite small so you should have no trouble getting around on foot. Local transportation is available as well.
  • If you plan to visit during high season, make sure to arrive at your desired locations early to avoid large crowds.
  • Consider bringing a small daypack for onshore excursions.
  • For sunny days on the deck, pack sunglasses, a hat, and sunscreen. Include light jackets, comfortable shoes for walking tours, and perhaps a dressier outfit for evenings on the cruise.

Austria River Cruises Things To Do

  • Gosau Lakes
    Gosau Lakes

    If you are a sucker for beautiful views, clear waters, and a great place to hike, Gosau Lake is the right place for you. This lake is one of the most beautiful and often highly visited places in Austria and for good reason too. While here, you will have the opportunity to hike the trails and take in the beautiful landscape around you. Once done, you can dip your toes in the water, fish, and take some pictures to capture the landscape around you. 

    Best Time To Visit

    Visit during the summer months when the sun is high up in the sky and the weather is ideal. If you plan to hike or swim, you want to make sure you pack all your essentials and arrive early to claim your spot. 

     

    You Should Know

    If you are brave enough, you can rock climb up some of the mountains. There is a small place to grab some food on the mountain.   
  • Hohenwerfen Castle
    Hohenwerfen Castle

    The Hohenwerfen Castle boasts a beautiful landscape that one must stop and take a picture of. Within the castle is a complete exhibition of history including ancient weaponry. One of the highlights of the castle is the falconry shows that are put on throughout the day. In addition to the museum-like exhibits, the castle is home to additional events including theatre productions, hikes, and much more. 

    Best Time To Visit

    Tours of the castle occur from April through November and the times vary throughout the day. The best time is at any time in between. Guests who wish to tour the castle should speak with the castle staff to ensure an available time slot is open. 

     

    You Should Know

    They offer both guided and self-paced tours. Falconry demonstrations take place between April and November.
  • The Grossglockner High Alpine Road
    The Grossglockner High Alpine Road

    Known as one of the top three destinations in Austria, the Grossglockner High Alpine Road is a place you want to visit. The road itself twists and turns throughout the area and brings you in contact with beautiful mountainside landscapes and more. The road contains 36 turns and your adrenaline is sure to pump as you discover all that is around you.

    Best Time To Visit

    It is best to visit during the summer months as harsh winters are known to cause some of the trails to close. In general, the park opens up for guests to drive on the road in early May and remains open until late October. It is important to note that the time the road opens does vary based on the season and guests should check prior to planning their day. 

     

    You Should Know

    It does cost 37 Euros per vehicle and 27 Euros per motorcycle to travel the road. There are places to stop and explore along the road including Edelweiss-Spitze and Nassfeld Speicher. 
  • Karwendel Nature Park
    Karwendel Nature Park

    Touted as one of the most beautiful nature parks located in the Alps, Karwendel is a great place to explore. Guests often describe their experience here as a national park married with a nature reserve. The reserve is large in size at about 543 square kilometers. Within the park, you will find different mountain ranges that stretch across the landscape and you will have an opportunity to not only see wildlife but hike the trails. 

    Best Time To Visit

    Visit the Karwendel Nature Park is sometime between spring and the end of the summer months. Once the winter months start to set in, it is difficult to endure the cold air out near the mountains.  

     

    You Should Know

    There are protected areas throughout the nature park and guests should pay attention to those areas and abide by the rules.
  • Virgental Valley in East Tyrol
    Virgental Valley in East Tyrol

    The Virgental Valley in East Tyrol is a place you do not want to skip while in Austria River. The village is quaint, cute, and has a lot of personality within it. Due to the positioning of the area, between two mountains, the winters are not as harsh because the wind is blocked. Throughout the summer, there are many excursions that take place and you can get a good view of the area and take in the nature around you. Many guests enjoy skiing while here in the winter months.   

    Best Time To Visit

    Visit during the summer months if you want to be able to partake in the excursions and view the landscape up close. If you want to ski, you can visit in the winter months and enjoy yourself.  

     

    You Should Know

    There is a natural toboggan run that is open to guests. The ski slopes are designed for both beginners, children, and the experienced.
  • Lechtal Alps
    Lechtal Alps

    The Lechtal Alps are a popular mountain range located in Austria and are considered part of the Northern Limestone Alps. There are several mountain peaks to admire while here with the tallest one being 9,970 feet. Many guests are drawn to the area to spend time outdoors and to look at the unique rock formations. Throughout the alps, guests can take many different paths including stone walkways, wooden bridges, and more. 

    Best Time To Visit

    The best time is during the months of June to September. This way, you can experience a climate that is suitable for you to enjoy your time outdoors. 

     

    You Should Know

    The Lechtal High Trail is an adventure for those who like to hike. The Eagle Walk offers a nice challenge for those looking to test their skills.
  • Filzmoos
    Filzmoos

    Filzmoos is a wonderful place to visit and the area sits at the base of a mountain range, which can be climbed if you dare to try. Within the little area, there are many adventures that await you from hiking to spending the day with the family. One of the more popular attraction areas is the Filzmoos ski area, which is home to some of the best ski trails. 

    Best Time To Visit

    You can visit the area year-round and it will depend on what you want to do while there. If you want to climb the mountain, check out the area, and enjoy some warm weather, then summer would be the best time. If you want to check out the ski slopes and play in the snow, then winter would be the best time.  

    You Should Know

    Multiple ski schools are available on site for beginners. Many winter holidays and festivals take place.
  • Hochkonig Mountains
    Hochkonig Mountains

    Hochkonig is translated to a high king and is considered part of the alps. The mountain itself has an elevation of 2.9 meters and attracts guests from all over. On one side of the mountain, there are some ridges that are perfect for avid climbers to challenge themselves on. The summit of the mountain is covered by a hut and to the north of that summit, there is a glacier that can be observed. For those that are not adept to climbing, there are some walking trails that allow you to explore the area and the views are quite breathtaking. 

    Best Time To Visit

    The best time for visitors is between the months of July and September. 

     

    You Should Know

    They offer guided hiking trails throughout the week.

Austria River Cruise Packages

  • Getting There

    Austria, nestled in the heart of Europe, is easily accessible for travelers looking to start their river cruise adventure. The country's prime location makes it a hub for several European cruise routes, especially those traveling along the famous Danube River. Most river cruises in Austria begin in Vienna, the country's capital, which has excellent transport links, including an international airport and major train stations.

    Cruise ships typically dock at well-equipped ports that are conveniently located near city centers. In Vienna, the port is just a few kilometers from the city's historic heart, making it easy to start exploring as soon as you arrive. These ports are designed to accommodate a range of river cruise ships, ensuring a smooth start to your Austrian river journey.

  • The Perfect Time for an Austrian River Cruise

    When it comes to planning an Austrian river cruise, choosing the right time is essential to maximize your experience. Austria, with its four distinct seasons, offers varied river cruising experiences throughout the year. Spring, from April to June, is a fantastic time for a river cruise. During these months, the weather is mild and the tourist crowds are smaller, making it an excellent time for sightseeing and enjoying outdoor activities along the river. The landscape also comes alive with blooming flowers, adding to the beauty of your river cruising experience.

    Summer, encompassing July and August, is another popular time for river cruising in Austria. The temperatures are warmer, allowing for a pleasant exploration of Austria's picturesque scenery. However, this is also the peak tourist season, so be prepared for larger crowds and potentially higher prices if you choose to cruise during these months.

    Fall, between September and October, presents a sweet spot for river cruising in Austria. This season is characterized by fewer tourists and mild weather, along with the opportunity to witness the stunning autumn colors along the riverbanks, enhancing the river cruising experience.

    Winter, spanning from November to March, tends to be colder and is considered the off-season for river cruises in Austria. Although cruises are less frequent during this time, those that are available offer a unique charm, particularly around the Christmas season, when Austria's famous markets are in full swing.

    For the ideal combination of pleasant weather and fewer tourists, late spring and early fall are the best times for a river cruise in Austria. These seasons offer a perfect balance, allowing you to fully enjoy Austria's natural beauty and cultural offerings without the drawbacks of the high tourist season.

  • Experience the Flavors of Austria on a River Cruise

    Austria's cuisine is a treat for the taste buds, and a river cruise gives you the perfect chance to try it all. Think beyond just Wiener Schnitzel and Strudel; Austrian food is rich in flavors and variety. For starters, you can't miss out on tasting a traditional Wiener Schnitzel, a breaded and fried veal or pork cutlet, usually served with a lemon slice. Another must-try is Tafelspitz, boiled beef in broth, often considered Austria's national dish.

    When it comes to sweets, the legendary Apfelstrudel (apple strudel) and Sachertorte, a dense chocolate cake with apricot jam, are must-haves. Don't forget to pair these with a cup of strong Austrian coffee at a local café.

    For a real treat, head to a Heuriger in Vienna, which is a tavern serving local wines and rustic food. Also, a visit to a traditional Austrian market like Naschmarkt in Vienna offers a chance to taste various local cheeses, sausages, and pastries.

    And for drinks, Austria's wines, particularly whites like Grüner Veltliner, are internationally acclaimed. A cruise along the Danube offers opportunities to visit some of the best wine regions. Lastly, try a local beer in a traditional beer garden or a Stube for an authentic Austrian experience.

  • Immerse Yourself in Austrian Culture

    Austrian culture is a vibrant mix of tradition and modernity, and a river cruise in Austria offers a unique window into this world. Austrians are known for their love of music, with the country being the birthplace of classical legends like Mozart and Strauss. In cities like Vienna and Salzburg, you can often find live classical music performances, whether in grand concert halls or intimate street-side settings.

    Traditions also run deep in Austrian culture. Don't be surprised to see locals dressed in Tracht, the traditional clothing, at various festivals or in rural areas. Speaking of festivals, Austria loves its celebrations. From the world-famous Vienna Ball Season, where elegant balls are hosted in the city's palatial venues, to regional festivities like the colorful Salzburg Festival, these events are a great way to experience local customs and hospitality.

    Moreover, Austrians are generally polite and value punctuality. Greeting people with a friendly "Grüß Gott" (a formal hello) is common and is a nice way to show respect for local customs. This blend of music, tradition, and warm hospitality makes immersing in Austrian culture an unforgettable part of your river cruise experience.

  • Why Book a River Cruise to Austria?

    Thinking about an Austrian river cruise? It's a brilliant idea! Here's why: River cruises in Austria are not just a relaxing way to travel, but they also offer great value for your money. Imagine unpacking just once and waking up to a new, breathtaking view of the Austrian landscape every day. From the comfort of your cruise ship, you'll glide past stunning vistas that you just can't see from the road.

    The real charm of these cruises is how they blend convenience with unique experiences. You get to visit multiple destinations, from vibrant cities like Vienna and Salzburg to picturesque towns like Dürnstein, without the hassle of constantly moving your luggage or figuring out transport. Onboard, you'll enjoy cozy accommodations, delightful dining, and often some local entertainment, too.

    But it's not all about what's on the ship. Onshore excursions offer a deeper dive into Austria's rich culture and history. You might find yourself exploring a medieval castle, savoring a wine tasting in a local vineyard, or strolling through historic streets on a guided tour. Some of these experiences, especially in more secluded or exclusive locations, are often available only to cruise passengers.

  • Ready to Book Your Austria River Cruise?

    Ready to explore the heart of Europe in a unique and memorable way? An Austrian river cruise offers just that. Picture yourself gliding along the Danube, surrounded by stunning landscapes, quaint villages, and historic cities. Austria's rich cultural heritage, from the musical streets of Vienna to the baroque architecture of Salzburg, is just waiting to be discovered.

    River cruises in Austria combine relaxation with adventure. You get the comfort of your cruise ship and the excitement of exploring new places every day. Plus, there's something incredibly romantic about drifting through beautiful Austrian scenery. Whether you're savoring local delicacies, joining in a traditional festival, or simply soaking in the panoramic views from your ship, this trip promises experiences you'll cherish forever.

    So, why wait? Booking your Austrian river cruise is your ticket to an unforgettable journey through history, culture, and natural beauty. Pack your bags, get ready for an adventure, and let Austria's charm sweep you off your feet!

Austria River Cruises Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is an Austria River Cruise?

    A cruise to Austria is an all-inclusive one, which means it is one of the most affordable ways to travel. You will be able to take in the landscape and views around you while you travel through Austria and some of the best places such as Vienna, Frankfurt, and more. The locals are welcoming and there are many activities for you to engage in while off the ship. A cruise to Austria is an opportunity for you to climb, hike, and experience nature at its best for an affordable price.   

  • What Comes with an Austria River Cruise?

    An Austria Cruise is all-inclusive, which means everything is included and all you need to do is bring yourself and your clothes with you. Food, simple drinks, and activities on the boat are all included in your vacation package. Additional excursions and alcoholic drinks are available for an additional nominal fee while onboard or off the ship.

  • How Much Does an Austria River Cruise Cost?

    The price of an Austria Cruise will depend on several factors including the length of the cruise, the ports of destination, the excursions or upgrades you add, and any additional amenities. In general, you can expect the cost of an Austrian cruise to range from $1,000 to $5,300. 

  • What is the Best Cruise to Take to Austria?

    The best cruise to take to Austria will depend on what your needs are and what you want to get out of the cruise. As you start to look for a cruise, check out what is offered, the price, and what your additional options are. You will quickly see that you can narrow down your options. If you would like some assistance in finding the best cruise to meet your needs, reach out to one of our specialists today!

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