Austria city breaks Shorts stays & weekend breaks in Austria's best cities

City breaks in Austria means lakes and mountains in pretty much every direction giving you an experience you'll never forget. Surrounded by so much natural beauty, it's hard not to be impressed by the serenity of this magical landscape.

Deep blue and turquoise lakes with beaches reminescent of the Costa Smeralda in Scardinia, flanked by towering mountains, with the last remains of the winter snow clinging on to the peaks.

Many of Austria's popular cities are within the mountainous regions of Salzburg, Tyrol and Carinthia which means if you are visiting the cities during the winter season, they are all close to the various ski resorts so you can combine a skiing holiday with the lakes & mountains - the best of both worlds.

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Staying in a holiday rental around the Austrian lakes, whether a lakeside villa or apartment, gives you the freedom and flexibility to do what you want when you want. Booking ahead, especially in the popuar resorts during the peak summer months can help secure your holiday rental in the best locations - near the lakeside beaches and local amenities. We have a large selection of self catering holiday homes to choose around many of the popular Austrian lakes to suit all budgets and tastes.

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Things to see and do

Austria is packed with things to see and do, perhaps combining a stay at one of the cities with one of the stunning lakes or some skiing if you are taking a summer or winter city break a visit to one of the nearby ski resorts.

A few suggestions....
Summer skiing on the Hintertux glacier near Mayrhofen
Explore the historical city of Salzburg
Hohe Tauern National Park with more than 100 peaks above 3000m
Drive the high mountain Grossglockner road, the highest mountain in Austria at 3,798m
Explore the magical Zillertal Valley
From Lake Zell, head to the Kitzsteinhorn Gletscher open all year
summer skiing hintertux glacier

Lakes & mountains city breaks

Our view on city breaks in Austria

As with all lakes & mountains holidays, the emphasis is on out door activities, relaxing, taking in the clean mountain air and enjoying the natural beauty of the mountains - the Austrian lakes don't dissapoint. The lakes are great to visit any time of year but if you don't like crowds and queues then avoid the peak summer months and try going in June or early Autumn. Or, if visiting during the ski season, you could combine a visit to the lakes with a few days skiing in one of the nearby ski resorts.

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