I’m in love with Austria. But that’s probably not a surprise because that’s why I moved here from the UK. But I think Austria is a hugely overlooked destination when it comes to planning an elopement in Europe, or even in the Alps. Most people look at the Swiss Alps and the Italian Alps first, as they are perhaps better known worldwide. But there are so many reasons to elope in Austria, and more specifically, the Austrian Alps. I believe that the Austrian Alps are definitely somewhere you need to consider if you are looking for a mountain elopement in Europe.
Four Reasons To Elope In Austria
Easy To Get To
Getting to the Austrian Alps is so easy. Innsbruck is known as the “Capital of the Alps”, and even though it’s situated in a valley surrounded by towering mountains, it has an international airport and amazing international rail connections. It’s also less than 3 hours drive from Munich International Airport, which has many intercontinental flight rights on offer. And once you’re here, the public transport is amazing, and pretty reasonably priced if you compare it to neighbouring Switzerland. Trains and buses serve even some of the most remote valleys, and driving is pretty stress-free.
It Hasn’t Risen To Instagram Fame (Yet)
If you are an Instagram user, you might have seen posts from famous locations that have become popular for their “Instagramability”. Sometimes you get a peek behind the scenes that show you the sobering reality, like in this article, where queues of people line up to take a photo in what looks like a serene, secluded location. A location that you might think would be perfect for an intimate elopement if you didn’t know that you’d be sharing it with groups of other people. Thankfully many of my favourite elopement locations in Austria are still pretty unknown on Instagram, and I’ve yet to experience crowded trails there like I have in some of my favourite spots in the Dolomites.
You Can Get Legally Married Here
Whilst you can’t get legally married on the top of a mountain in most areas (there are a few exceptions), if you wanted to sign the legal paperwork whilst you were in Austria, you could do that. You don’t need to be a resident here to get married. And Austria supports marriage equality, so it’s definitely worth considering if you are planning an LGBT elopement in Europe.
It’s Absolutely Beautiful
Don’t be fooled in to thinking that because Austria doesn’t have the famous Lago di Braies lake or Switzerland’s famous Staubbach Waterall in Lauterbrunnen, that it doesn’t have something equally magnificent to discover. The Austrian Alps are home to towering mountains, cascading waterfalls and turquoise lakes.
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And if you are ready to say YES to your elopement in Austria, contact me today and let’s start planning your adventure!