The Best Holiday Homes and Vacation Rentals to Book in Austria

Warm up by the cosy fire pit at Wellness – Chalet Deluxe by A-Appartements
Warm up by the cosy fire pit at Wellness – Chalet Deluxe by A-Appartements | Courtesy of Chalet Deluxe by A-Appartements /
Toni DeBella

Austria, one of the most popular travel destinations in Europe, is steeped in beauty, culture and heritage. The eastern side of the Alps occupies over half of Austria’s landmass, so it’s no wonder the country is a haven for winter sports and summer trekking. The scenic lookouts are unparalleled, the castles are opulent, and the historic cities are vibrant and modern. When it comes to finding the best holiday homes and vacation rentals to book in Austria, we’re here to help.

1. Wellness – Chalet Deluxe by A-Appartements


Luxurious suite at Wellness – Chalet Deluxe by A-Appartements
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Located near the slopes in the town of Sankt Gallenkirch, the Wellness – Chalet Deluxe by A-Apartments might be the most stylish holiday home in Austria. The modern architecture is adorned in warm knotty pine, from floor to ceiling, with high-end elements like a fireplace that serves as the living area’s focal point, open riser stairs, dangling lofts and lavish, spa-like bathrooms. And speaking of spas, the house has one, plus an indoor plunge pool.

2. Bauernhaus-Schloss Wagrain


Rustic interior at Bauernhaus-Schloss Wagrain
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The five-bedroom, two-bath Bauernhaus-Schloss Wagrain holiday cottage is as traditional as they come. The interior of the home is lovely, containing almost every creature comfort imaginable. But it’s the grassy (or snowy) garden and outdoor amenities (sun loungers, barbecue grill and furnished deck for dining al fresco) that take centre stage. Whichever you prefer: being outdoors or hunkering down inside with a good book, this place has you covered.

3. Lavish Villa


Large red L-shaped sofa next to floor-to-ceiling windows at Lavish Villa on an Exclusive Mountain in Weissensee
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In a suburban enclave facing the lake, this Lavish Villa in Weissensee is perfect for holidays away from the madding crowds. The two-bedroom villa comes with a sauna, a balcony stretching across the façade and glass sliding doors to take advantage of the sun-soaked views. Stock up on groceries at the shops (1km/0.6mi away), and prepare home-cooked meals in the modern kitchen.

4. Plushy Holiday Home


Plushy Holiday Home with wooden walls and a wooden roof
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This eight-bedroom, A-framed wooden home is a great Austrian holiday rental for a family reunion or girlfriend getaway – it sleeps a whopping 24 people comfortably. All the modern ski lodge comforts are accounted for, like big bathrooms with vessel sinks, glass showers and sprawling beds piled high with fluffy bedding. Don’t forget the sauna and jacuzzi either. Hovering above it all, the wraparound veranda is the perfect roost from which to admire the rugged peaks of the Alps for hours on end.

5. Dreamy Apartment


Outdoor pool with a mountain view at Dreamy Apartment in Wiesing
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Despite not looking like the typical timbered Austrian holiday home, this Dreamy Apartment in Wiesing is pure quality in both amenities and services. The monochromatic decor – with splashes of colour here and there – lets you know this place is bang up to date. Expect amenities including a large gas grill, walk-in glass showers, a private outdoor sauna hut, a washer-dryer, a vast swimming pool in the garden, and, of course, a whirlpool tub.

6. Design Chalets Lech

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Modern living room at Design Chalets Lech, with a red armchair and a red sofa and a large terrace
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Hemmed in by meadowlands and cut by a murmuring stream, Design Chalets Lech are two side-by-side holiday homes in the village of Lech am Arlberg. One of the fashionable homes has three bedrooms, and the other has four. Each has three bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and a relaxation area with a sauna. Bakery items arrive fresh each morning; however, if you don’t feel like cooking lunch or dinner, Downtown Lech has no shortage of guesthouses, restaurants and shops.

7. Modern Holiday Home


Elegant dining room in a natural colour palette at Modern Holiday Home
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The five-bedroom, four-bath home comes with its own sauna and is tastefully decorated with top-notch features that scream “deluxe mountain retreat”. Guests get their own spa-like wellness area, complete with a stone-clad log fireplace and wraparound balcony. And, if that weren’t enough, the home offers easy access to Asitz Cable Car, Felix Gottwald Ski Jump Stadium and Zell am See Leisure Centre.

8. Skyflats Vienna Belle View


Modern kitchen and dining area at Skyflats Vienna Belle View
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At Skyflats Vienna Belle View, orange (the citrusy accent hue is repeated throughout) is the new black. The two-bedroom, one-bath flat is bright, sleek and airy, but what will really knock your socks off is the view of Vienna’s skyline. Gaze through the picture windows, or step out onto the terrace for panoramas that unfold across the city. If you thought you couldn’t find a penthouse holiday rental in Vienna, think again.

9. A-VITA Viktoria & A-VITA Living Luxury Appartements


Outside view of A-VITA Viktoria & A-VITA Living Luxury Appartements in the snow
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Located in the village of Seefeld at the edge of the charming pedestrian area, the four A-VITA Living Luxury Appartements (part of A-VITA Viktoria Hotel) are independent units for living the good life. Fabulous in their design, with tufted upholstered headboards, timber floorboards and reclaimed wood furnishings, they’re the perfect blend of privacy and top-class, hotel-standard amenities and services.

10. AlpinLodges Kühtai


Generously sized living and dining room at AlpinLodges Kühtai, decorated in light natural colours
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Located in the Alpine community of Kühtai in the region of Tirol – a mere 50 minutes by car from Innsbruck – the AlpinLodges Kühtai offers all the comforts of home and then some. The ten cosy apartments have lots of space and privacy, ranging from one to four bedrooms. They come with modern equipped kitchens, one or more bathrooms and open-plan living room and dining areas with comfy sofas and armchairs. Perks include concierge service, fresh bread delivery to your door daily, a shuttle to Innsbruck and discounts on ski and sports rentals.

11. Chalet Belle Kaiser


Cosy living room at Chalet Belle Kaiser, with blue sofas and wooden walls, floors and doors
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At the foot of Wilder Kaiser Mountain, in an old farming village, you’ll find the five-bedroom Chalet Belle Kaiser. The fully equipped home has classic Alpine style in every sense of the word, with faux animal fur coverlets on the beds, rugged beams supporting the ceilings and even an antler chandelier over the dining table. Hey, if you’re not into rustic chic ski lodges, you’re in the wrong country.

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