A Solo Traveler's Guide to Austria

| © Naturpark Sölktäler / Lupi Spuma
Culture Trip

Austria is one of the safest and most beautiful countries to visit in Europe and is a perfect location for those traveling alone. The capital, Vienna, has been named “city with the highest quality of life” eight times in a row and the striking countryside is a hotspot for hikers and alpine explorers.

What to Do and See

There are countless benefits to traveling alone: nothing is there to hold you back, you are free to stick to your own schedule and, often it makes meeting others “on the road” a bit easier.

It is well worth venturing around both the urban and rural parts of Austria. The cities of Vienna, Salzburg, and Innsbruck rank among the must-visit destinations, and the smaller towns, such as Hallstatt, in the lesser-known countryside, are well worth exploring for dramatic rocky landscapes that make for some wonderful wanderings.

The Johanneweg pilgrimage trail in the area of Mühlviertler Alm takes you across 80 kilometers of some of the country’s beautiful meadows, farmlands, and mountains, offering a good chance to absorb some of Austria’s finest natural beauty.

For art and history lovers, the Museum’s Quarter, in Vienna, conveniently packs in a world of culture into 60,000 meters squared—with a courtyard perfectly designed for some solo daytime lounging.

Museumsquartier Vienna
Pilgrimage route in the area Mühlviertler Alm, Thema: Magie des Gehens

Where to Eat

Austrian coffee houses, with their cozy corners and unique atmospheres, act as perfect escapes for a little alone time between sightseeing. In Vienna, where they are considered beloved institutions, you’ll often see people winding down behind a newspaper with a coffee and a slice of cake. Among the most authentic are Cafe Sperl and Dommayer.

Food fanatics who are eager to learn more about the art of Austrian cooking should consider taking a course with Bianca Gusenbauer, who will take you around Vienna’s best farmer’s markets, allowing you to choose your ingredients and then create some national cuisine afterwards—a great chance to meet some fellow adventurers, and sample delicious local meals made with the expertise of a local.

Pitztal valley, Pitztal glacier, Cafe 3.440

Where to Stay

If your budget allows, Boutique hotels are aplenty in Austria (here are some of the most luxurious in Vienna and Salzburg) or, if you’re keen to encounter fellow wanderers, hostels offering meetups and various activities are a better option—here are a few of the best.

Infrinity Pool

Practical Tips

Getting from A to B is generally a stress-free experience in Austria. Traveling from bus and train around the country is relatively low cost, and there are excellent connections between the cities, as well as easy routes to neighboring countries such as Hungary, Bratislava, and Italy. Check this website for details on routes and ticket prices.

Although English is widely spoken, it is always a good idea to pick up a few local words and phrases to help you engage with the culture of a country—it is important to remember that Austrian German is a little different than the language spoken in Germany—this website has details of a few key phrases to learn before you go.

Lake Attersee Thema: Eins mit dem Wasser

Culture Trips launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes places and communities so special.

Our immersive trips, led by Local Insiders, are once-in-a-lifetime experiences and an invitation to travel the world with like-minded explorers. Our Travel Experts are on hand to help you make perfect memories. All our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

All our travel guides are curated by the Culture Trip team working in tandem with local experts. From unique experiences to essential tips on how to make the most of your future travels, we’ve got you covered.

Culture Trip Summer Sale

Save up to $1,665 on our unique small-group trips! Limited spots.

Edit article