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Birthplace of Downhill Skiing
Lech, Zuers, St. Anton. The Arlberg Region is not only the birthplace of modern Alpine Skiing, but also a most popular playground for Europe's Royal Families and peasant skiers like us alike
The Arlberg, 4,278 – 9,223 feet above sea level is serviced by 85 ski lifts, 161 miles of downhill terrain, 124 miles of deep snow and glacier skiing. It has all the right ingredients for winter fun in the Austrian Alps punctuated by variety, historic charm and world class amenities. Variety comes in the form of manicured pistes for experts and smooth, gentle slopes for families. Gentle and long, steep and deep diversity and excellent conditions allow every skier to accomplish their goals, and most importantly, have fun!
Arlberg has a proud ski tradition stretching back over a century. With world famous ski schools for beginners and small children, to advanced skiers wanting to perfect their techniques in the bumps, powder, steep terrain and in the trees, Arlberg ski schools are top of the line. With an international flair the region does winter fun with style and variety.
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Ski bars, tennis and squash, ice-skating, alpine curling, tobogganing and horse-drawn sleigh rides.
Gastronomy – sparkling and elegant, the cuisine is as dazzling and varied as the terrain, and summer boasts towering peaks, crystal clear lakes, fresh mountain air and blossoming meadows.
How to get there:
The nearest airports: Innsbruck, 62 miles; Zurich, 124 miles; Munich, 130 miles.
Scheduled bus service between Zurich airport and Arlberg on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
* Information is courtesy of the Austrian National Tourist Office
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Festivals & Events
Spanish Riding School
The Spanish Riding School in Vienna is one of Austria's most known attractions. Please note that seating as well as standing room at the Imperial Palace Home of the Spanish Riding School is limited.
Tel: (+431) 533 90 31
Fax: (+431) 533 90 32 40
Vienna Boys' Choir
An Austrian cultural institution, the Vienna Boys Choir can usually be heard Sunday mornings at the Imperial Palace Chapel and various concert performances.
Bruckner Festival Linz
September 15 - October 6
Numerous classical concerts with world renown orchestras and soloists in Anton Bruckners hometown. The Festival is ushered in each year by the Linz Cloud of Sounds.
Tel: ++43-732-77 52 30
Vienna Music Film Festival
Annually in July and August
Famous opera performances on screen, masterful concert interpretations every evening under the stars with the splendid backdrop of Vienna's City Hall
Free admission nightly during the summer months.
Vienna City Hall Park
(as part of the Vienna Festival)
May 1 to June 16
The Vienna Festival concerts are the highlights of Vienna's concert season. The world's most renowned orchestras, conductors and soloists will be performing, among them in 2002: the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra directed by Claudio Abbado and the Wiener Philharmoniker (Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra) directed by Sir Simon Rattle.
Annually around Easter time
The music festival is opened by Bach's "Passion of St. Mathews" performed by the Wiener Philharmoniker under Nikolaus Harnoncourt at the Musikverein. Concerts at the Musikverein, the Konzerthaus and the Hofburgkapelle, a scenic oratorio performed at Odeon and an Easter Night concert at St. Stephen's cathedral round off the program.
Vienna State Opera
One of the most famous opera houses in the world, program runs from September through June each year.
Tel: ++43-1-513 1 513 (ticket sales one month prior to desired performance)
Mid April to Mid November
This Benedictine Abbey was founded in 1089 and is a major representation of Austrian Baroque architecture. Melk Abbey is overlooking the Danube River and can easily be visited during any Wachau Valley excursions.