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When most of us think of Austria, we probably think of skiing, or perhaps a certain young woman in a dress running through flower-dotted fields with her arms outstretched – but that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Of course, travel is a little more complicated than it used to be and at ExpressTest we want to make sure that you have your COVID-19 test for travel and other requirements in place before you go.

Read on to find out everything you need to know about some of this magical country’s top destinations, as well as whether you need a lateral flow test or a PCR COVID-19 test for your Fit to Fly certificate to enter Austria.

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Vienna

The obvious place to start when in Austria, Vienna was voted the most liveable city in the world 10 times in a row – meaning you can probably expect a great time when you’re visiting too. Vienna has palaces galore, acres of parkland (it was voted the world's greenest city in 2020), and plenty of culture and sights to lose yourself in. 

Music lovers especially will find plenty to love about this grand city. Dress up for a night at the opera at the Staatsoper, or check out the Musikverein, which has the best acoustics of any concert hall in Austria and is home to the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. A fabulous New Year's Eve concert is held here every year, but you may have to register a year in advance as it's so popular. 

Vienna is well-known for its grandeur, but if you're looking for a more chilled, local feel, you might want to try the Naschmarkt, a veritable smorgasbord of treats from all over the world with over 123 different stalls and various sit-down eateries. In addition to meat, fruit and vegetables, cheeses and olives, they also sell wine, spices, fabrics, jewellery and more.  

If you’re after a bit of atmosphere while you grab a bite to eat, try the stunning Palmenhaus, where you can dine up close and personal with exotic plants in a beautiful glass building.

Salzburg

Speaking of music lovers – if you’re one of them, you definitely shouldn’t miss out on visiting Salzburg. This was Mozart’s birthplace and his legacy lives on here, with classical music emanating from open windows across the city and at least one concert (usually multiple) happening most days throughout the year. You can enjoy them while having dinner, or from the imposing 900-year-old Hohensalzburg Fortress, or anywhere from a tiny church to a magnificent concert hall. 

The city also offers access to smaller towns and villages like Hallstatt, which are perfect for anyone wanting to escape the bustle of the city for a bit of peace and quiet in a beautiful setting, surrounded by lakes and mountains. You can even take a The Sound of Music tour, which takes you to all the most recognisable locations from the famous film (and lets you sing along with the soundtrack on the bus). 

After a traditional bite to eat? You can't visit Salzburg without indulging in a Salzburg Nockerl, which is a sweet confection made with meringue and served with raspberry sauce. For a savoury snack, it's got to be a schnitzel – and if you're still hungry after that, try the Mozart Balls (Mozartkugeln), which consist of pistachio marzipan surrounded by nougat and chocolate.

St Anton am Arlberg

Looking for the best place to go skiing in Austria? The country’s first skiing club was founded here in 1901 and offers 190 miles of slopes, making this a fantastic place to get in touch with your inner snowsports fanatic. Experienced skiers will find plenty to keep them entertained here, with Valluga mountain offering heights of 2809m. Have you got what it takes to try the Run of Fame, a 53-mile circuit that takes you around the entire Arlberg area? 

The fun doesn't stop even when the weather gets warm - challenge yourself with a long hike or mountain bike adventure, go white water rafting on real rapids, or experience canyoning in between the mountain peaks. There’s also an epic nightlife scene, so if you’re more into partying than skiing, there’s plenty for you here too. 

There’s obviously far more to Austria than we could ever talk about in just one article, so if you’re finding yourself with a burning desire to learn more about this incredible destination, why not book a trip there today?

COVID-19 requirements for entry

The nature of COVID-19 is unpredictable and each country has its own entry rules and regulations that are subject to change at a moment's notice. Travellers should always check the COVID-19 entry requirements of their destination before departure. 

Travellers can get the latest information on the Austrian Transport Ministry website to find out what they are required to do to enter the country.

Book a COVID-19 test with ExpressTest

At ExpressTest, we want to make your journey to Austria as smooth as possible and that’s why we have COVID-19 test Fit to Fly facilities all over the country. Get a COVID-19 test with ExpressTest from one of our many walk-in and drive through centres in the UK today.