Five More Must-Do’s in Austria

If you head to Austria, there are many places that you can go. However, you want to make sure that you don’t miss these wonders!

1) See the Lipazzaner Stallions at home

You may have seen these magnificent animals perform in the States, but that doesn’t compare to seeing them at the Spanish Riding School at the Hofburg Palace. Their home base is in a chandeliered baroque-style riding hall. The ninety minute show will dazzle you with an equine ballet set to Mozart masterpieces. To attend their show, you need to book well in advance. There are also not many seats, which makes them fairly expensive. I booked standing room only tickets at 30 euro apiece. You also may be able to catch them during morning practice for a much cheaper price. The stallions take summer break during the months of July and August.

2) Hear the Vienna Boys Choir

If you write in advance, you can purchase tickets for Sunday morning mass at the Hofburg Palace Chapel (Hofburgkapelle). This is the home of the famous Vienna Boys Choir. Their hauntingly beautiful voices can he heard during the mass, however you cannot see them. At the mass we attended, though, the adorable lads dressed in sailor outfits were brought to the front to sing two final songs. Tickets range from 5 to 37 Euro apiece.

3) Explore Krimml Falls

These roaring falls are slightly off the beaten track, but well worth the ride. Krimml Waterfall, the highest in all of Europe (1,250 feet), cascades down the mountain in three breathtaking tiers. Spend a few hours climbing up the paths and observing the falls from various heights and directions. You may even see a rainbow in the raging waters below. If you go in the wintertime, you can see the falls frozen solid and surrounded by snow.

4) Visit a heurigen

There are many heurigens, or wine tavens, in the outskirts of Vienna (Heiligenstadt). An evening tasting local wine selections and listening to music is an experience not to be missed. Usually the heurigens feature a casual and relaxed atmosphere with a simple menu. Our favorite, Mayer am Pfarrplatz, was Beethoven’s house. The man himself lived there in the summer of 1817. The food is buffet-style, featuring everything from roasts to lasagna. You enter the kitchen, pick out what you want, and bring it to your table in the lovely courtyard.

5) Cruise the Danube

This famous river, although not really the blue from the song, is worth a visit. A cruise from the picturesque towns of Krems to Melk is highly recommended. Two companies run the cruises along this 25 mile stretch: DDSG and Brandner. They charge around 25 Euro for a round-trip. Bikes can be taken for free, and you can hop off and on as you like. There are even longer cruises from Vienna and Budapest if you have the time.

We chose the quaint village of Durnstein as our base in the Wachau Valley. It is a small, but wonderful historic village. Richard the Lionhearted was held prisoner here, and you can still see the ruins of the castle high above the town. You can even hike there for impressive river views if you are fit and willing. Durnstein also has a beautiful cathedral to explore. Its unusual blue and white bell tower can be seen from the river. In the afternoon we took a 5-minute drive by local vineyards to Oberloiben. We spent a couple hours with one of the local winemakers, Heuriger Brustbauer. We were served various wines, as well as cheeses, meats, and vegetables in their flowered garden. We were treated like honored guests by both husband and wife, who were also kind enough to attempt to speak English most of the time. Later that evening, we had a delectable fish dinner on the river at the Romantik Richard Lowenherz in Durnstein.

If you head to Austria, there are many places that you can go. However, you want to make sure that you don’t miss these wonders!

1) See the Lipazzaner Stallions at home

You may have seen these magnificent animals perform in the States, but that doesn’t compare to seeing them at the Spanish Riding School at the Hofburg Palace. Their home base is in a chandeliered baroque-style riding hall. The ninety minute show will dazzle you with an equine ballet set to Mozart masterpieces. To attend their show, you need to book well in advance. There are also not many seats, which makes them fairly expensive. I booked standing room only tickets at 30 euro apiece. You also may be able to catch them during morning practice for a much cheaper price. The stallions take summer break during the months of July and August.

2) Hear the Vienna Boys Choir

If you write in advance, you can purchase tickets for Sunday morning mass at the Hofburg Palace Chapel (Hofburgkapelle). This is the home of the famous Vienna Boys Choir. Their hauntingly beautiful voices can he heard during the mass, however you cannot see them. At the mass we attended, though, the adorable lads dressed in sailor outfits were brought to the front to sing two final songs. Tickets range from 5 to 37 Euro apiece.

3) Explore Krimml Falls

These roaring falls are slightly off the beaten track, but well worth the ride. Krimml Waterfall, the highest in all of Europe (1,250 feet), cascades down the mountain in three breathtaking tiers. Spend a few hours climbing up the paths and observing the falls from various heights and directions. You may even see a rainbow in the raging waters below. If you go in the wintertime, you can see the falls frozen solid and surrounded by snow.

4) Visit a heurigen

There are many heurigens, or wine tavens, in the outskirts of Vienna (Heiligenstadt). An evening tasting local wine selections and listening to music is an experience not to be missed. Usually the heurigens feature a casual and relaxed atmosphere with a simple menu. Our favorite, Mayer am Pfarrplatz, was Beethoven’s house. The man himself lived there in the summer of 1817. The food is buffet-style, featuring everything from roasts to lasagna. You enter the kitchen, pick out what you want, and bring it to your table in the lovely courtyard.

5) Cruise the Danube

This famous river, although not really the blue from the song, is worth a visit. A cruise from the picturesque towns of Krems to Melk is highly recommended. Two companies run the cruises along this 25 mile stretch: DDSG and Brandner. They charge around 25 Euro for a round-trip. Bikes can be taken for free, and you can hop off and on as you like. There are even longer cruises from Vienna and Budapest if you have the time.

We chose the quaint village of Durnstein as our base in the Wachau Valley. It is a small, but wonderful historic village. Richard the Lionhearted was held prisoner here, and you can still see the ruins of the castle high above the town. You can even hike there for impressive river views if you are fit and willing. Durnstein also has a beautiful cathedral to explore. Its unusual blue and white bell tower can be seen from the river. In the afternoon we took a 5-minute drive by local vineyards to Oberloiben. We spent a couple hours with one of the local winemakers, Heuriger Brustbauer. We were served various wines, as well as cheeses, meats, and vegetables in their flowered garden. We were treated like honored guests by both husband and wife, who were also kind enough to attempt to speak English most of the time. Later that evening, we had a delectable fish dinner on the river at the Romantik Richard Lowenherz in Durnstein.

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