A World of Color: Austria in White

A World of Color: Austria in White

My stay in #Austria was a fantastic experience. The mountains are incredible and make you want to spend your days being #active, enjoying sports in the outdoors. Also, #foodanddrink are quite unforgettable. Learning more abut the #culture was definitly a big part of my journey, and I loved it.


My recent two-week tour of Austria with Best of the Alps and the Austrian Tourism Board began in the awe-inspiring Alps and moved on to three spectacular cities. From west to east, I thoroughly enjoyed some of the best vistas, culture, history, food, wine, and people that Austria has to offer. This was easily one of my most favorite trips.

The Alps

With the mountains covered in their winter coat, I couldn’t help but be drawn to the color, or rather non-color, white. Perhaps I’m taking the easy way out by choosing the hue of snow and clouds for the Austria installment of my World of Color series. I could simply slap up a multitude of landscape photos and call it a day. Besides, my “Malaysia in Gold” post was vibrant and required a bit of creativity. But as I perused the thousands of photos from my trip, I found that white was prominent in much more than Austria’s wintery landscapes.

Arlberg

Located in the western most part of Austria in the state of Tyrol, is tMalaysia in Goldhe Arlberg region. Known as the cradle of Alpine skiing, the Arlberg is legendary for its beauty, hospitality, and contribution to the evolution of the sport of skiing. Here, the majestic mountains fascinate with their unspoilt and idealistic beauty. For over 100 years, this area has also attracted visitors {and European royalty} for their world-class ski resorts, most notably St. Anton and Lech Zürs.

St. Anton

Given such grandeur, it’s important to stop and take it all in
Given such grandeur, it’s important to stop and take it all in
Being on the Arlberg is like standing on top of the world
Being on the Arlberg is like standing on top of the world
When skiing, it’s nice to stop for something warm, complete with whipped cream
When skiing, it’s nice to stop for something warm, complete with whipped cream
Drink in the white wine and views of the Arlberg
Drink in the white wine and views of the Arlberg
Gourmet food and this spectacular view have skiers
Gourmet food and this spectacular view have skiers
White gloves, white truffles, and white sauce are perfection
White gloves, white truffles, and white sauce are perfection

Lech Zürs

The clouds tease skiers throughout the day
The clouds tease skiers throughout the day
In the small, carless village of Oberlech is this even smaller church on the slopes
In the small, carless village of Oberlech is this even smaller church on the slopes
One course from the uber-luxurious
One course from the uber-luxurious
Meat marbling aside, in Austria one gets schmaltz–clarified goose fat–to spread on bread
Meat marbling aside, in Austria one gets schmaltz–clarified goose fat–to spread on bread

Innsbruck

Having hosted the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics, one would expect Innsbruck to be a outdoor-lover’s dream. With plentiful opportunities for skiing, snowboarding, bobsledding, hiking, biking, and anything else remotely active, Innsbruck is a year around draw. But there’s more to the city than sports. The capital of Tyrol, Innsbruck is well-known for its university, which brings about a certain energy. Cultural offerings such as the opera, theater, and numerous museums and historical locations, make for a well-rounded city with much to offer visitors.

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With Innsbruck below, skiers, snowboarders, bikers, and parasailers take the fun way down
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My guide, Elisabeth, invited me to her home for homemade biscuits and Champagne
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The light pours in the Spanish Hall at the Ambras Castle, built by Archduke Ferdinand II
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 An entire day could be spent looking into the Innsbruck-area churches
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With its Baroque style, St. James’ Cathedral is stunning with its white stucco
With its Baroque style, St. James’ Cathedral is stunning with its white stucco

Salzburg

One can’t rightly say the word “Salzburg” without some sort of song coming to mind. Whether it’s Symphony No. 31 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart or “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music, lovers of stage, music, and art will find Salzburg enchanting. Known as “The Stage of the World,” Salzburg, a former Roman settlement, is also seeped in history. The Old City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and filled with architecture styles from the Middle Ages, Romanesque, Baroque and Renaissance periods. Setting out on foot through the narrow alleyways and cobblestone paths is the best way to experience all Salzburg has to offer.

Christmas & Easter in Salzburg features beautiful, hand-painted eggs throughout the year
Christmas & Easter in Salzburg features beautiful, hand-painted eggs throughout the year
A trip to Austria is incomplete without sausage, hot mustard, and horseradish
A trip to Austria is incomplete without sausage, hot mustard, and horseradish
Modern art sits alongside historical buildings, which provides an interesting contrast
Modern art sits alongside historical buildings, which provides an interesting contrast
Sometimes looking up yields the best view, like the dome of the Salzburg Cathedral
Sometimes looking up yields the best view, like the dome of the Salzburg Cathedral
Dreifaltigkeitskirche Church plays backdrop to “Caldera” by English sculptor, Anthony Cragg
Dreifaltigkeitskirche Church plays backdrop to “Caldera” by English sculptor, Anthony Cragg

Vienna

Salzburg’s favorite son, Mozart, once proclaimed Vienna as “…the best place in the world.” Really, who am I to argue with such a great talent? Truly, Vienna is one of my favorite cities. It’s a grandiose place without the hint of arrogance. Vienna is like a gorgeous girl who is unaware of her beauty, which ultimately makes her even more alluring to others. A walk through the old city leaves visitors drenched in splendor. Hapsburg history is found around every corner, and after ruling for more than seven centuries, has left an indelible mark on Vienna.

Art seems to adorn every square inch in Vienna. This dramatic scene is on a roof
Art seems to adorn every square inch in Vienna. This dramatic scene is on a roof
The Hofburg was once the Hapsburg’s Imperial Palace
The Hofburg was once the Hapsburg’s Imperial Palace
The Holocaust Memorial not only recognizes the murder of more than 65,000 Jewish-Austrians, but also is a visible reminder of the change from Nazi attitudes. Designed to look like shelves, each book is represents one Jewish life lost during the Holocaust
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Before entering the Spanish Riding School, make sure to look up
Before entering the Spanish Riding School, make sure to look up
Fieikers, or horse-drawn carriages, still hold a prominent place within the Ringstraße
Fieikers, or horse-drawn carriages, still hold a prominent place within the Ringstraße
Pastry-lovers shall rejoice at the number of choices in Austria
Pastry-lovers shall rejoice at the number of choices in Austria
 Demel is one of Vienna’s famous bakeries, having once provided sweets for Empress Sissi
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The Baroque Spanish Riding School is where the famous white Lipizzan horses perform
The Baroque Spanish Riding School is where the famous white Lipizzan horses perform
The tack room at the Spanish Riding School houses both performance and practice equipment
The tack room at the Spanish Riding School houses both performance and practice equipment
Words don’t do justice to the art and skill required by both the riders and Lipizzan horses
Words don’t do justice to the art and skill required by both the riders and Lipizzan horses

Whether its the mountainous landscape after a dusting of snow, grapes growing in the hills, pristine ivory buildings, or legendary Lipizzan horses, white will always be synonymous with Austria for me.

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