Austria is a holiday destination that is known not only for its nature and culture but above all for its hospitality. We have collected numerous tips especially from and for the LGBT community:
Fancy a city holiday?
Then off to Salzburg. The city is called the “stage of the world” for a reason. Ambitious art meets century-old cultural history in a picturesque scenery. The world-famous Hohensalzburg fortress and the historic Old Town bear witness to Salzburg’s long history. Today, Salzburg is a total work of art that cultivates its traditions, develops them further and repeatedly attracts worldwide attention in the art world. Whether Salzburg Festival, Mozart Week or Museum of Modern Art: the international cultural and art scene meets on this stage.
© Salzburg Tourismus
Many gays and lesbians are among the many visitors from all over the world. Salzburg offers not only a modern urban way of life for them but also a very active gay scene, which makes experiencing the tourist highlights even more attractive. There are several trendy restaurants and regular big gay-lesbian parties. Annual highlights are the Prideweekend (CSD) and the Pride-Boat on Wolfgangsee. You can learn a lot about Salzburg’s history from a gay and lesbian point of view on queer city tours. www.salzburg.info/gay
Austria also has other great places for a city trip besides Salzburg. Vienna will be the centre of the European LGBT community in June 2019. After 18 years, EuroPride will take place here once again. There will be 2 weeks of discussions, get-togethers and cultural events to promote equality and tolerance. The highlight of the festivities will be the rainbow parade on the Ringstrasse on 15 June 2019. www.europride2019.wien.info
A top address for the LGBTIQ* community in Vienna is the Boutiquehotel Stadthalle. The moment you enter the lobby you will be met with the legendary personal service and Viennese charm that is cosmopolitan at the same time. www.hotelstadthalle.at
Do you prefer a more rural environment?
In addition to its natural beauty, Bregenzerwald does not only have a soft spot for expressive architecture, but also a great talent for offering outstanding culinary delights. Star chefs, a cheese route or a large number of local innkeepers (Moorwirte) are all natural parts of the scene. You can even mix exercise with culinary pleasures here. Just choose from a variety of culinary hikes. www.bregenzerwald.at
Where to sleep high up in the mountains
Let Benjamin and Patrick host you at Hotel Arlberg in Lech. The essence of the hotel for them is tradition. To preserve it but gently modernise it at the same time is what they are deicated to. A retreat in Alpine and modern style. arlberghotel.at
A must for culture lovers
The Belvedere palace in Vienna, home to world-famous works of art, will present the exhibition “Queer publishing – A family tree” this summer. The focus is on identity of queer people and how they construct their image. The accompanying programme to the exhibition consists of surprise guests, a book launch, performances and much more. www.belvedere.at
Further tips on holidays and in events in Austria can be found on www.austria.info/lgbt
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