Vienna, the capital city of Austria, is located at the eastern corner of the alps. There are a number of ski resorts close to Vienna itself but the ski area does not have the popularity of say the Tyrol and Salzburg but it is well worth looking at. Some resorts are less well known like Untersberg which is only 45km away.
Within one and a half hours you can be in well known resorts like Stuben, Stuhleck and Kirchdorf. Below we explain how best to access these resorts. For more detailed resort information check out our detailed resort guides for information on travel, accommodation, ski areas and of course apres ski.
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Vienna is an amazing city to spend time in. It is full of history, amazing buildings, art and museums. If you can spend some time here before hitting the slopes you wont regret it!
What's in Vienna?
Most of the great museums, churches and buildings are located in the city centre so you can easily walk round them on foot. Highlights include the Stephansdom, a great example of Gothic architecture and the Hofburg, the former imperial Habsburg residence. For art lovers amongst you check out the Kunsthistorisches Museum which contains all the fine art of the Habsburgs.
There's also the oldest zoo in the world in Vienna where you can see giant pandas and continuing on the animal theme there is the Spanish riding school where you can see performances from the Lipizzaner stallions. And if you happen to fly into Vienna in January and February you could try and get a ticket to the opera ball and waltz the night away!
Accessing the Alps
But it is the skiing after all that you would have come here for, so how best to get on the slopes from Vienna?
Direct flights to Vienna depart from London Gatwick and London Heathrow. Flights from Manchester and Birmingham will usually involve one stop. The flight time from London to Vienna is about two hours. EasyJet flies non stop from London Gatwick, bmi, Austrian Airlines and British Airways fly from London Heathrow.KLM and Lufthansa connect Manchester and Vienna with a stop over in Amsterdam.
There are a number of smaller, lesser known resorts that you can drive to from Vienna including Semmering/Stuhleck which is only about a one to one and a half hours drive from the airport. Car hire is relatively easy so if you need a car in resort driving yourself is quite easy. You may also want to consider a private transfer company which can work out very reasonable if there is a group of you travelling.
You can get a fast non stop train from the centre of Vienna to the airport in just 16 minutes. From the airport you can take a bus to Vienna south railway station(Sudbahnhof). Trains run from here to Semmering resort every hour but you may need to change. So the train is possible but with buses and train changes and ski equipment it may be easier to drive or use a private transfer.