Whether you are looking for adventure, relaxation, or the most romantic evening of your life, Austria has everything you need. Say goodbye to sandy beaches and “Hallo” to Arlberg, Tirol, and Vienna, three unique honeymoon destinations that offer newlyweds something oh so special.
Arlberg – The Cradle of Alpine Skiing
For an adventurous couple leaning more towards a winter wonderland than a sun-kissed shore, Arlberg is the perfect place for a getaway. Referred to as the Cradle of Alpine Skiing, you can spend your whole honeymoon traversing the mountain ranges together if that is what your heart’s desire. When taking to the slopes, you can ski the Run of Fame, which is a venture that takes you down 65 downhill ski runs with an altitude difference of 60,000 feet. For more advanced skiers, Arlberg is also the only place in Austria where you can enjoy heliskiing and be whisked away to the top of a mountain in a helicopter for some serious skiing.
Off the Slopes
If you travel to St. Cristoph, you can take in a concert or art exhibit offered at Arlberg1800. There are also many small towns to explore, where you can enjoy Austrian architecture in villages nestled in the valley between beautiful mountain ranges. One not-to-miss aspect of travelling to the Alps is to sample some amazing Arlberg alpine cuisine. While there is something for everyone, the traditional food in the Arlberg region is hearty and warming, perfect for weary travellers and those looking to feed their soul.
Indulge in Alrberg Alpine Cusine
A favourite meal is most commonly compared to North American mac ‘n’ cheese; Käsespätzle is an egg noodle and cheese dish made with Vorarlberg mountain cheese. You can try it at Fuxbau Restaurant & Bar in Stuben.
Alternatively, after a long run at the slopes or a morning hike, you can indulge in Brettljause which translates to “snack on a board.” It is similar to charcuterie and includes cured meats, local cheese, and dark rustic bread. You can try it at Sennhütte in St. Anton.
There is more modern fare you can go to Hotel Sonnenburg in Oberlech, while they do have traditional Austrian delicacies on their menu, they also feature a 6-course vegan and vegetarian menu every night.
For stunning landscapes, world-class skiing, and a taste of something new spend your honeymoon adventuring in Arlberg, Austria.
Tirol – The Aqua Dome
Planning and orchestrating a wedding can be stressful. Luxuriate, and spend your honeymoon unwinding in the Ötztal Valley of Tirol at the Aqua Dome.
This spa resort is nestled in the mountainside. It hosts a stunning, cozy, four-star hotel and was built on top of a deep reservoir located almost 2 km underground. The water is from a sulphur rich spring and is a steamy 40° Celsius when it surfaces. The indoor Ursprung spa has two pools at 34° C and 36° C to enjoy, while the Talfrische outdoor spa has three seemingly levitating pools that each offer something delightful for guests.
One outdoor pool is saltwater and features underwater music and light effects, another is a massage pool with a thermal fountain, and the last is a Jacuzzi pool. There are many other sports pools, a relaxation area, and hotel guests can indulge in a glazed panorama area to take in the beautiful landscape. One of the best parts of their expansive spa area is that it is open every night until midnight so that guests can relax out under the stars.
The sauna area is equally expansive and includes four different saunas, two steam rooms, a herb bath, brine steam bath, salt grotto, whirlpool and swimming pool, shower world, ice grotto, Kneipp trail, spiral garden, and outdoor area with the sauna bar so you can indulge while you relax.
A getaway at Aqua Dome also features delicious food at multiple on-site restaurants and bistros, a world-class beauty spa, and access to the fitness facilities with personal training. After a day spent being pampered, you get to return to restful accommodations every night to recharge. During your stay there, the team at Aqua Dome recommends taking day trips for skiing, mountain and e-bike tours, Nordic walking on hiking trails, and going outdoor adventure rafting.
For the perfect way to unwind after your wedding. Spend quality time with your new spouse in a breathtaking setting. Check in to the Aqua Dome in Ötztal Valley, Austria.
Vienna – The Viennese Ball Season
To keep your romantic wedding alive just a bit longer, then nothing can compare to spending your honeymoon in Vienna during the Viennese Ball Season. Ball season kicks off at the end of November, with the season ramping up in January at the New Year’s Eve Ball. There are over 450 balls in the 2019 season, which runs as late as March.
The balls feature traditional a Viennese waltzing as well as other dances depending on which ball you select. It is also a wonderful excuse to dress up, with strict dress codes that you must make sure you check and double check before attending as you can and will be turned away. Most commonly the dress code is a long evening gown for ladies and black tails, tuxedo, or dress uniform for men, but each ball is different. Some balls have variations on this and there are a few fun masked balls for something a little more fantastical.
© Wiener Staatsoper GmbH / Michael Pöhn
The Opera Ball
One of the highlights of each ball season is the Opera Ball hosted at the Vienna State Opera. It takes a marathon 51 hours to set up and another 21 hours to take down. The evening program consists of admission of the ball guests at 10:40 pm, the Opera Ball opening at 11:00 pm which begins with a fanfare, the Austrian national anthem, and European anthem, and is followed by procession of the committee of young men and women, artistic performances by the Vienna State Opera, and opening waltzes set to The Blue Danube Waltz. At midnight the Midnight Quadrille begins and then more quadrille between 2:00 and 4:00 am, with the end of the Opera Ball being at 5:00 in the morning.
Wiener Staatsballett © Wiener Staatsoper GmbH / Michael Pöhn
Rentals & Lessons
To help outfit you for the ball, there are many shops around Vienna where you can rent ballgowns and tuxedos that will pass the dress code so there is no need to pack them on your trip. You can also take a one-hour dance class at the famed Elmayer Dance School (who host their own ball) to brush up on your waltzing skills before your ball.
© Wiener Staatsoper GmbH / Michael Pöhn
When in Vienna
While in Vienna, other than the many balls you can purchase tickets to, you can enjoy world-class food, coffee houses, entertainment, and architectural delights in the Imperial city. There truly is something for everyone, but the best way to top off a trip to Austria’s capital is with the romantic evening at one of Austria’s famous balls.
Whether you want adventure, relaxation, or romance, Austria is a hidden gem of a honeymoon destination that you need to explore.