Austria is an alluring European holiday destination that offers travellers a wealth of experiences – be it exploring the lush Danube Valley or Europe's highest and most extensive mountain range, the Alps. The county also offers many destinations that are able to cater to Muslim travellers with sufficient Muslim-friendly facilities for an enjoyable trip. This article explores some of the locations in Austria that make excellent travel destinations for Muslim travellers.
The glorious capital of Austria – Vienna – is a must-visit when travelling in the country and has a lot to offer every traveller. The city is a blend of imperial history and contemporary citylife, featuring historic architecture, rich culture and long-lasting traditions. Muslim travellers will be able to find many Halal restaurants in Vienna, with Apadana, Turkis Palast, Diwan Abanoz KEG and Halal Pizza & Kebab being amongst its favourites. Vienna is also home to numerous mosques, including the Islamic Centre of Vienna, Kuba Mosque, Hidaya Mosque, Schura Mosque and the Haci Bayram Mosque.
Home to beautiful gardens, green hills and a historic city centre, the picturesque city of Salzburg is yet another Muslim-friendly destination in Austria that offers plenty of facilities such as Halal food and prayer facilities for Muslim travellers. The city is also home to quite a few Halal restaurants including the Taj Mahal, Maharaja, Meli & Melo, Antonio’s Basmati, Ali Baba, Hana’s Rasoi and Pizzeria La Palma – which are all local favourites. With Salzburg's most prominent mosques being the Bosnian Islamic Union, Krems Moschee, Salzburg Prayer Room, Salzburg Moschee and the Islamic Cultural Association, prayer facilities too can be easily found.
Graz is one of Austria's most vibrant cities and will impress travellers with its beautiful architecture, castle ruins, museums and galleries and numerous shopping opportunities. Schloss Eggenberg, the Uhrturm Tower and the fortress at Schlossberg are some of the must-visit sights of the city and provide a fascinating look at the city's past. For Muslim travellers, facilities such as Halal food and prayer facilities will not be difficult to find. Ali Akmese, Kebab Haus, Kapadokya Kebab, Acar Keg and Akdag Abdullah are some of the best Halal restaurants in Graz, while mosques in the city include Al Nur Mosque, Islamic Center of Graz, Islamischer Glaubensverein Taqwa and Kulturkreis der Muslimanen.
Other excellent travel destinations in Austria include Zell am See – particularly famed amongst Muslim travellers for its natural landscapes and skiing options – as well as the famous ski resort of Solden, the capital of Upper Austria – Linz, and other prominent cities such as Innsbruck, Klagenfurt and Villach. .