travellers in 2015
years of rail travel experience
|St Poelten||Vienna||00:25||AU$ 22|
|St Valentin||Vienna||01:17||AU$ 53|
|Bruck An Der Mur||Vienna||01:41||AU$ 64|
|Bad Gastein||Vienna||04:13||AU$ 120|
|Attnang Puchheim||Vienna||01:40||AU$ 67|
|Vienna||St Johann Im Pongau||03:32||AU$ 92|
|Zell Am See||Vienna||04:15||AU$ 96|
Austria is located in the heart of Europe and is bordered by Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Holidays in Austria are synonymous with unforgettable experiences in unique locations. It is a small country full of cultural surprises, with a stunning nature and where you will enjoy the great hospitality of locals. The origins of present-day Austria dates back to the Habsburg Dynasty. Nine dreamed-of places are declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Austria’s railway network is operated by the Austrian Federal Railways also known as Österreichische Bundesbahnen in German (ÖBB). The railway network in Austria is made up of over 6000 km of tracks. The national railway company of Austria runs and operates the Railjet, a high speed train which can travel at a speed of up to 230 km/h. There are of course other trains which are operated in Austria. In main cities like Vienna, there is the S-Bahn and U-Bahn, and a tramway network. In Graz, Salzburg, Innsbruck there is the S-Bahn.
Mozart’s melodies are still resounding in each city of Austria. If you are a music lover, take a train to Salzburg, Linz or even both and enjoy the scenery. While you are there, don’t miss the museums and the numerous art galleries. Go for a walk in Vienna, the inevitable Capital, and discover its markets, museums, shops and its busy nightlife. In Austria music is in the air! The choice of classical music is infinite and there is nothing more exciting than following the footsteps of Mozart, Austria’s prodigal son and Johann Strauss, the waltz king, both great composers of international renown. Who has not dreamed of attending the legendary New Year’s Concert in the Musikverein with the Vienna Philharmonic in the impressive Golden Hall?
If you need a change of scenery, go on board to a train and admire the magnificent Alps. If you’re interested in history, Austria would be the perfect trip: historical towns and archeological sites such as Carnuntum that will thrill you! The Austrian Alps are unique for those wishing to go hiking or just enjoying the extraordinary panoramic views by taking a mountain cable car. The Krimml Waterfalls, the highest in Europe, and the ice caves of Werfen, the largest in the world, both in the region of Salzburgerland, reflect the wonders of nature.
If you want to bring back home a typical product to your family and friends, you should buy some hand-painted porcelain or Mozart’s candle. You can also get some Swarovski Crystal, directly made in the Alpine factory.
Eat & Drink
You should make a diet before (or after) going to Austria, if you really want to enjoy the gastronomy. Tafelspitz (Beef Stew), goulash (soup), or Wiener Schnitzel (veal preparation). Those are the delicious specialities but not adapted if you’ve expected to lose weight. Taste the different drinks and coffees while you’re savoring the Sacher-Torte, the famous chocolate cake.
Take the Zillertalbahn Train, an old 19th century steam train, and admire the Tyrolean landscapes, it will give to your holidays in Austria a romantic and charming touch of originality.
Rail Pass benefits in Austria
Cruises/Ferries (Lakes and Rivers)
- 50% discount. May to October. Boats on Lake Constance (Bodensee. Operated by BSB, SBS and ÖBB.
- 20% discount. Sightseeing trips on the river Danube. Vienna and Wachau. Operated by DDSG Blue Danube.
- Free travel. Bus from Graze to Klagenfurt. Operated by OBB Intercity bus. Seat reservation necessary.
- Free travel. Route Klagenfurt/Villach to Venezia Mestre & Venezia Tronchetto. Rail pass must include both Austria and Italy. Supplements required.
Airport transfer with S-Bahn train in Vienna. Not valid on bus or CAT. Requires one day of travel on your rail pass.
- 10% discount. Meininger hotels in Vienna and Salzburg.
- 10% discount. A&O hotels.