With Love From Salzburg

I am sharing a few beautiful images of Salzburg, where I stayed for three nights. Words are not enough to describe this picturesque Austrian city, the birthplace of the world-renowned composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The weather was just perfect for photography. Fantastic architecture, lovely cafes, and exquisite bars make this city a wonderful tourist attraction. There are many popular spots that I could not visit due to lack of time. However, I got to spend some quality time in Mirabell Palace,
Hohensalzburg Fortress, and Hellbrunn Palace, which I will cover in my next blog posts. I am sure you will fall in love with this place.

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When Nature Leaves You Speechless

The following images prove that nature can be spectacular in any part of the world. As I always believe, if you explore new places, you will encounter with such unexpected beauty. The more you walk, the more you see. Hence I decided to head towards Fortress Hohensalzburg and the results are here. Which one is your favourite image ? Please let me know in the comments section.

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A Bird’s-Eye View Of Salzburg

Glorious views of Salzburg from the world famous Fortress Hohensalzburg. I will later write a detailed blog post why one should include this mighty fortress in his/her itinerary.

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Salzburg’s Beautiful Leopoldskron Pond

I just returned from a short trip to the Austrian city of Salzburg. This trip was organized by the Austrian Embassy, New Delhi and it was part of a competition organized on their Facebook page. I have captured a number of images and it is not possible to include them in a single blog post. The first post of my trip is about Leopoldskron pond, which is not far away from the Old Town of Salzburg. Probably the best place in Salzburg to relax and immerse in the stunning views of the pond, where one can spot a number of wildlife creatures such as ducks and swans. Situated against the backdrop of the bewitching Leopoldskron Palace as well as Hohensalzburg Fortress, this picturesque pond is 650 meters long and 220 meters wide. The driver of my hop-on and hop-off bus service dropped me near the pond. I was mesmerized by the sheer beauty of the place and did not even notice how my half an hour passed. From there, I walked towards Hohensalzburg Fortress. I also spotted few anglers, who were soaking up the sun. More posts on Salzburg trip is coming up !

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Win A 10-Day Italian & Austrian Tour For Two

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Happy New Year guys !!! I hope you all had awesome time on New Year.

I am back with a new international travel contest.

Win a 10-day Italian & Austrian tour for two, courtesy Intrepid Travel and Lonely Planet

Don’t miss the great opportunity to be part of the global competition.

You can participate here.

Good luck to everyone.

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Win A Trip To Vienna

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It is a simple vote and win contest !

One city – three teams – three short films !

Who is your favorite? Vote for your favorite film and with a little luck you could win a trip to Vienna for two people.

You can enter the competition here.

Vienna Continues To Charm Indian Tourists

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Vienna is becoming a holiday destination of choice for a larger number of Indians, with 32% more Indians visiting this tourist-friendly city in the first six months of this year, compared to the same period last year. Of the 3.1 million global visitors, over this period, tourists from India grew at the highest rate, followed by the Great Britain.
Indian families, honeymooners and conference attendees travelled to Vienna for its stately castles, culture, cuisine, music and vast green spaces and helped record 56,000 overnight stays in January-June 2016, a 39% growth over the same period last year.

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The top 5 contributors were travellers from Germany, the USA, Italy, Great Britain and Switzerland, after excluding domestic tourists from the home market, Austria.
“This not only reflects Vienna’s continued attractiveness, but also shows that our systematic internationalization strategy of diversifying into many different markets is paying off,” explains Norbert Kettner, Director of the Vienna Tourist Board.
One in every eight visitors attended one of the 3,685 congresses, corporate events and incentives in Vienna in 2015 – a new record.

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“A popular destination for families and honeymooners, Vienna bewitched younger audiences to savour its romantic ambience. Young Indian couples are now beginning to forge wedding vows in the city, known for its love affair with imperial heritage and architecture,” says Ms Isabella Rauter, Manager, Media Management, Vienna Tourist Board.
Vienna is enchantingly romantic and a favourite destination for Honeymooners. The narrow cobblestoned lanes, arcade-lined courtyards and time-honoured palaces enable a brush with the past. The suites at the Schönbrunn Palace, where the nobility once resided, are now open to Honeymooners.

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The Austrian capital, with its legacy of palaces, art, music and romance, also caught the eye of Indian film maker Karan Johar who chose Vienna as the setting for his upcoming romantic film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil that stars Anushka Sharma, Aishwarya Rai and Ranbir Kapoor.

Coffee Houses, Green Cityscapes and Resounding Music add to Viennese charm
Vienna is the only major world capital with an extensive wine growing industry operating within the city limited. It even has its own culinary genre – Viennese Cuisine. The irresistible coffee houses, heavens of Viennese coziness, are the perfect places to dream of imperial days of yore.
Most coffee houses offer superb confections that pamper taste buds. Viennese cake, Apple Strudel, Sacher Torte and Coffee make for a great gastronomic experience. For an Indian food buff Vienna boasts of over 30 Indian restaurants.

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Some of the attractions popular with Indians are a stroll around the city, a leisurely journey which takes one back to the days of the empire. Parks and green spaces make up more than the half of the metropolitan area offering plenty of opportunities for recreation. 280 imperial parks and gardens enrich the cityscape. In spring, 400 species of rose bloom in the Volksgarten alone.

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A study by Mercer, a global consulting leader, has ranked Vienna with the world’s highest quality of living, for the seventh consecutive time in a row until 2016.

The Spanish Riding School preserves and promotes classic equestrian skills in its original form. Many years of training meshes the horse and rider into an inseparable unit. Their rhythmic movement in harmony with music leaves the audience spell bound. Lately the horsemanship has been classified as an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO.

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Not long after sundown 10,000 music fans throng concert halls, resounding with live classical music, something unheard of in any other part of the world. Vienna has also hosted many outstanding composers of the stature of Mozart, Mahler, Haydn, Beethoven and Johann Strauss, the king of the Viennese waltz.

How To Get There
Air India offers a thrice a week direct flight from Delhi from Vienna and back.
Those embarking from Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore can reach Vienna after a small stop on Turkish Airlines, Emirates, Etihad, Air India, Swiss, Lufthansa and British Airways.

About The Vienna Tourist Board
The Vienna Tourist Board, the official destination marketing agency for the tourism sector of the city, provides many service offerings, tips and information on Viennese tourist businesses. The Vienna Tourist Board set up in 1955 under public law as directed by the Vienna Tourist Support Law, is run like a private enterprise with flat hierarchies.

Mrs. Renate Brauner, Councilor of Finance and Economic Affairs, serves as the President of the Vienna Tourist Board since March 2007. The position of Director of Tourism is occupied by Mr. Norbert Kettner since September 2007. The Board of Directors (officially: The Tourism Commission) consists of the president, two vice presidents and 15 additional members, the latter mostly assigned by the City of Vienna. The Vienna Tourist Board is financed by local taxes on hotels in Vienna, the general city budget and its own revenues.

For more details please visit:
http://www.vienna.info
http://www.facebook.com/ViennaTouristBoard
http://www.youtube.com/Vienna
http://www.twitter.com/ViennaInfoB2B
Strategic Communications and PR Counsel
Sanjiv Kataria, Tel. +919810048095, sanjiv.kataria@gmail.com
Press contact Vienna Tourist Board
Isabella Rauter, Tel. +43121114301, isabella.rauter@vienna.info

Win A Trip To Vienna

Who on this Earth doesn’t want to visit magnificent Vienna? That too completely free of cost. Airberlin and Vienna Tourist Board are going to fulfill your wish. Like Airberlin or Vienna Tourist Board Facebook pages to be part of this exciting offer. You and up to five of your friends could spend a long weekend in Vienna, including a flight voucher for a return flight to/from Vienna.

To make things easier, I am giving you the direct link of the competition.

https://www.facebook.com/airberlin/app_530562423656426

P.S. – I guess this competition is not meant for Indian residents.