Austria is truly a land like no other. It is the perfect blend of history, modernity, and nature. It’s been touted as a majestic and magical land due to its charm and beauty. These are just a few Austria is everyone’s dream travel destination. Here are 10 reasons why a Muslim-friendly visit to Austria is exactly what you need.
Islam in Austria is the largest and fasting growing minority, from 4.2% in 2001 to 7% currently. But it also has deep roots in Austria, dating all the way back to 1500s, through trade, war, and migration.
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There are many mosques, Islamic centers and prayer rooms in Austria, Vienna in particular, thanks to the growing number of Muslims in Austria. A Muslim-friendly visit to Austria will include a visit to these mosques, including the Islamic Center in Vienna, the Kuba Mosque, Schura Mosque, and more.
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Halal food in Austria is also available quite easily due to the previously mentioned reasons. Austrian cuisine is full of flavor and variety, and their desserts in particular are to die for. You cannot miss the Apfelschlangerl (apple strudel), the Sachertorte (check for the addition of alcohol), the many varieties of sweet and savory dumplings, or the Viennese coffee!
Austria’s cities and villages are full of stunning architecture and buildings that will make you feel like you are in a fairytale land. Some of Austria’s top sights include touring the many castles, cathedrals, fortresses and palaces around the country that are breathtakingly beautiful.
Austria is a land of culture that is still very much rooted in history; which is still quite evident even today from the architecture and people. Your list of what to see in Austria would include many museums and historic sites that tell the tale of Austria and its people over the years, like Kunsthistorisches Museum, Naturhistorisches Museum (The Museum of Natural History), the Museum of Military History, and the Sigmund Freud Museum.
Austria is a gem of natural beauty. Wherever you look, there are stunning landscapes green pastures, snow-capped mountains, and crystal-clear lakes making some of the top attractions in Austria.
Austria is full of weird, original, and absolutely fascinating places to see, like The Murinsel in Graz (a futuristic ship looking contraption floating in the Mur river), and Hundertwasserhaus (a colorful and quirky apartment that looks like its straight out of a Tim Burton movie).
The Austrian Alps are the perfect place for snow, skiing, hiking, snowboarding and more! With slopes that are fit for the Olympics and soft, powdery snow, skiing alone is a great reason why you should visit Austria.
Austria is also a great place to experience wildlife. One of the top attractions in Austria is the Tiergarten Schönbrunn, or “Vienna Zoo”, situated on the grounds of the famed Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna. It is also the world’s oldest zoo! You can also experience the exotic wildlife out and about in nature.
Austria is a great destination for the modern traveler. It has a vast and extremely efficient public transport system, making it easier to get around. English is also widely spoken and understood, even in the villages to some extent. And it is also a less expensive choice than Switzerland while offering all the same beauty, charm, and unforgettable memories!