Culture & nature in the Austria partner regions

Vienna. In short, Vienna means excellent quality of life with remarkable leisure opportunities based on cultural traditions. Several studies attest Vienna to be one of the world’s top cities in terms of quality of living. Together with its image as a city of the arts and its reputation as a haven of imperial and royal nostalgia, all these factors make Vienna one of Europe’s most important destinations of city tourism (number of overnight hotel stays in excess of 10 million per year). The most successful branch of Vienna’s tourist industry is congress tourism. Participants of congresses and meetings account for about 15% of overnight stays in Vienna, which represents a top rating in international terms.

Lower Austria. Despite difficult economic times, tourism in Lower Austria has remained stable. In fact, Lower Austria has experienced the largest increase in visitors from other parts of Austria of any federal province. Overnight stays in 2009: 6.53 million (-1.3%); arrivals: 2.3 million (-3.3%). A holiday in Lower Austria offers something for everyone. Get in tune with Mother Nature by hiking or biking on rolling hills or even mountains. Discover culture and history in castles, palaces, cathedrals and museums. Rejuvenate in spas, thermal springs or any variety of wellness retreats. With over 250 tourist destinations, Austria’s largest province boasts enough activities to fill any holiday. Lower Austria’s excellent culinary culture and fine wines make a visit even more rewarding.

Burgenland. Burgenland is situated in an extraordinarily multifaceted cultural and linguistic area. As a World Heritage site, the Fertö/Neusiedler See Cultural Landscape assumes worldwide importance. Several cultures, languages, climatic zones as well as animal and plant populations converge in this unique landscape. Wine is a very special asset of Burgenland: the federal province’s winemakers serve high-end products that are in demand all over Europe, and architectural designs for cellars and tasting rooms can be found on the covers of international lifestyle magazines. In the thermal spa and wellness sector, too, Burgenland is extremely successful; combined holiday options with different thematic focuses make for an attractive tourism destination.