5 Winter Destinations in Austria
Snow-capped peaks, legendary après-ski and Austrian hospitality will make your winter break in Austria unforgettable – like nowhere else on earth. This great holiday destination has so much to offer it will make you come back year after year.
The top 5 winter destinations in Austria are: Vienna, Innsbruck, Stubai, Kaprun and Solden. More than half of all tourists annually visiting Austria choose this country for its amazing slopes.
1. Vienna is one of the most visited winter destinations in Austria. Since 2005, Vienna has been the world's number one destination for international congresses and conventions. As the capital and largest city of Austria, Vienna attracts about 5 million tourists per year. During the winter season, its main attraction is the Christmas market, which will be open this year from November 22 until December 24. This event attracts more 500,000 tourists annually, who spend at least one night in Vienna.
2. Innsbruck is an internationally renowned winter sports center and one of the top winter destinations in Austria. The word bruck comes from the same root as the modern German word “Brücke” meaning “bridge” which leads to “the bridge over the Inn”. Besides the Christmas Fair taking place in several areas of the city, starting from November and until January, guests have access to a ski area consisting of 9 tracks (some of which can be reached by tram). In addition, Innsbruck is the only city that hosted the Winter Olympics three times.
3. Neustift im Stubaital is located 25 km south of Innsbruck in the Stubai Valley. It has over 50 km of slopes, located between 1,000 and 3,000m, suitable for both beginner and advanced skiers. This year’s ski season in Neustift im Stubaital opened on September 20.
4. Kaprun is a municipality in the Zell am See District in the state of Salzburg, Austria. The town is one of the most important winter destinations in Austria, and has over 130km of slopes with medium difficulty, ideal for families and beginners.
5. Solden is a very popular ski resort, which regularly hosts the first World Cup Races of the season. This Hot Spot in the Alps has over 150 km of slopes, two skiable glacier slopes, the world’s longest slope (14 km) and all facilities for a memorable holiday.