Austria, in Central Europe, is known for its majestic castles, palaces and gothic churches but it is also loved for its storied towns and cities, alpine getaways and quaint cafes. The country makes for the ideal wedding destination if all you really want is a fairy-tale wedding. The landlocked country more than makes up for the absence of beaches, thanks to its abundant rivers and lakes. So, a summer destination wedding in this European country is a dream — just imagine an intimate outdoor wedding setup in a scenic venue decorated with some of the most beautiful seasonal flowers. Austria is that romantic destination where couples can realise their dream weddings with their family and friends. It also helps to know that luxury hotels and resorts are adept and experienced at catering to Indian weddings. Travelling to Europe for a destination wedding might put most people off, but because there’s so much to see and do here, it will be an eventful experience for everyone during and after the wedding. What’s more is that discount travel cards let guests avail of public transport at very reasonable prices. We’ll also have you know that with an experienced destination wedding planner on board, there’s not much to worry about. All you need to do is dream, and that perfect European destination wedding will be realised.
It is in Salzburg that the grandeur of Austria can best be experienced. You might remember this quaint and beautiful city from everyone’s favourite childhood film The Sound of Music. Salzburg, nestled in the midst of scenic Alpine terrain, straddles the Salzach River — while the well-preserved Old City dotted with baroque structures sits on the left bank, the 19th-century New City is perched on the right. The city offers plenty of sightseeing opportunities, including Mozart’s residence, St Peter’s Abbey, palaces and castles, the Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg, and the hard-to-miss sculpture ‘Sphaera’ that depicts a man on a golden sphere. The Sound of Music tour is worth your time, as is a visit to the Mirabell Palace. Hotels like the stately Hotel Sacher Salzburg are ideal for destination weddings. If a summer wedding, between July and August, is on the agenda, your guests will appreciate it if you slot in a day at the famous Salzburg music festival as part of their itinerary.
Vienna, the capital of Austria and its largest city, is an opulent destination with upscale hotels, quaint cafes, historic structures and bespoke experiences in every nook and corner. The city lies on the banks of the Danube River and is steeped in a delightful mix of old-world charm and modern luxury. At the storied, family-run Sacher Hotel in Vienna, old-world Viennese elements seamlessly merge with modern comforts. If you can brave the lines at Café Sacher for a taste of the world-famous Sacher Torte, you’ll enjoy a literal slice of history within the classic confines of this historic institution. This plush café, opposite the Vienna Opera House, is also a favourite with the Viennese Ball guests for whom stopping by for a drink is the norm. A visit to the Vienna State Opera, Belvedere Palace and National Theatre are still other activities that shouldn’t be given a miss while in this historic city. When you choose a city as beautiful as Vienna for your destination wedding, you’ll be sure to savour memories, and your wedding album, forever.