Lying in the European Alps and possessing a fascinating history, the things to do in Austria are varied and interesting. Although not one of the biggest countries of Europe, and now less powerful and influential than in the past, this landlocked nation is marked by antique but vibrant cities, scenic lakes and of course, the glorious Alps. The menu of things to do in Austria will include something for every traveler.
1. Schnitzel, Coffee and Cake - Oh My!
Indulging in local specialties is one of the greatest things to do in Austria. The schnitzel of Vienna (called Wien in native German, hence the dish name Wiener Schnitzel) is breaded and fried veal. For dessert, there are dozens of varieties of cakes and puddings - the most famous being sachertorte (chocolate cake par excellence). Wash it all down with some coffee but skip the big chains! Austria and Vienna in particular, has a whole culture built around the Kaffeehaus (coffee house). The institutions are so important, they have been designated as “Intangible Cultural Heritage” in UNESCO’s "National Agency for the Intangible Cultural Heritage".