Lake Ossiach (Ossiacher See) is a lake in the Carinthia, Austria. Composite photo


Every season is perfect, whether you choose winter or summer, Austria will not disappoint you. It all depends on what you have in mind. Clearly, if you want to enjoy winter sports or visit the Austrian Christmas markets, choose the cold months that will give you unique and welcoming atmospheres, intense lights and the scent of sweets displayed on the stalls. 

If you prefer to visit cities and natural parks, or go hiking, choose mild temperatures and sunny days, then choose the spring and summer months, which give a lively and exploding nature. The characteristic feature of Austria is that it is divided into nine Länder, being a federal state, which are one more beautiful than the other. If you arrive from Italy or neighbouring states, it is easily accessible by car or train, but nowadays it is advisable to arrive comfortably by plane. 

One characteristic that we consider fundamental in a trip is to discover and learn about new cultures and I believe that what a country represents is its cuisine.   In fact, the cuisine is under imperial influence and unites more or less all the cultures that were under the domination of the Habsburgs in the past, that is why you will surely be letta wiener schnitzel, tafelspitz, a tasty boiled beef, sauerkraut in all sauces and the famous Knssimiödel, or canederli: all dishes absolutely to try during a trip to Austria. Apart from the cuisine, one must think that Austria is a country full of beauties and attractions, we can find the Wachau valley, Tyrol with more than 80 ski areas and more than 3.000 kilometres of slopes, without forgetting the region of Salzkammergut and Innsbruck surrounded by the Alps. 

Austria’s flagship is certainly Carinthia, a region of a thousand wonders, including the Grossglockner, the nation’s highest mountain, also characterised by alpine lakes and wilderness, but also by medieval buildings, such as Hochosterwitz Castle.  

In this southernmost Land, bureaucracy is much easier and certainly less intrusive than in Italy, and since mid-July it has been even leaner, at least for small and very small businesses, because new legislation has come into force regulating administrative practices. This will result in annual savings of around €5 million for businesses and public services. 

In addition, one of Austria’s strengths as a business location is its quasi-commercial tax system. Company profits are taxed at a unitary tax rate of 25%, which puts Austria at the top level higher than the new EU Member States.  

In spring 2019, the government announced a gradual reduction in taxes from 2020.