While Austria has been on the UK’s quarantine exemption list for a few weeks, it has only just been announced that UK travellers can go to Austria without needing to take a test or isolate on arrival.
Most associate the Alpine country with skiing in winter, but Austria is a playground for outdoor adventurers during summer, too. Once the snow melts, rolling meadows filled with wildflowers are revealed. And with pathways meandering through the peaks, it’s easy to explore by foot and by bike. Expect to discover many charming Alpine villages, too. The village of Alpbach, for example, has been officially recognised as the most beautiful village in Austria, thanks to its chocolate box houses perched on an emerald slope.
Come down from the mountains and reach the capital, Vienna, for a completely contrasting vibe. With spectacular palaces, grand streets and a skyline of tightly-packed buildings, it’s almost impossible to believe that all that open Alpine space is just next door. The only reminder is the glorious mountain backdrop behind the city.
But that doesn’t mean Vienna is any less appealing than the countryside. The city is home to world-renowned art galleries such as Belvedere Palace, which houses the largest collection of Gustav Klimt’s work, including The Kiss. Approximately 50% of Vienna is green space, so you won't miss out on nature in the city, either. Botanical gardens, impressive fountains and statues galore all peek out from the greenery.