The hills are still alive in Austria
I cannot deny the facts, more than half of Austria's land is covered by the Austrian Alps, but that doesn't mean that every Austrian girl, or boy for that matter, is hopping down a hill with a bouquet in her hand wearing a “Dirndl”. Or maybe they do. I guess you will never know until you grab your European Youth Card, get on the next train or, if you want to be more flexible, rent a car via “Europcar”. They offer a 45% discount as long as you are over 21 and had your driver's license for at least 12 months.
This only gives you an idea though of what advantages you will enjoy using this card. As one of 38 countries in Europe which offer EYC (European Youth Card) discounts, Austria has one of the most.
If you don't have the card yet, you can order it on noorteportaal.ee.
Once you have found a suitable transportation, you should go to Salzburg and find out yourself if the hills are still alive or not. A good place for examination is “Festung Hohensalzburg” where you get the best view over the city. The over 900 year old burg is also worth visiting inside. As an EYC holder you pay 5.80€ instead of 11.30€.
“Wasserspiele Hellbrunn” is another fun activity to do. Located in a beautiful park the palace provides water games and grottos. If you are under 26 years it will cost you 7€, 5.40€ if you're under-aged.
While walking through the city centre of Salzburg you will realize that you cannot escape the fact that Mozart was born here. If you want to hear the Magic Flute but you are not eager to going to the opera, the “Marionettentheater” might be an alternative. The large theatre with the petites cast, the marionettes, presents an extensive repertoire and gives the audience a different approach to classical music.
At the end of your trip you can visit the "Modern Art Museum”. There are two buildings in quite spectacular locations. One is located in old town, the other on the hill “Mönchsberg” (monk's hill) which is just above old town.
Also it is important to mention the numerous festival discounts in Austria throughout this year. Here is a quick overview:
“Crossing Europe Filmfestival” in April
During one week over 180 feature-, documentary and short films from all over Europe will be shown.Crossing Europe Filmfestival Single tickets cost 8€, the festival pass is 52€ instead of 62€.
“World Bodypainting Festival” in July
World Championship in Bodypainting. During three days people will compete against each other but there will be a big how program with bands, Djs, workshops and a Coloursplash party. If you're less than 15 years old it's for free, otherwise you will get a discount with EYC.
“Ars Electronica Festival” in September
Art meets Science! The International Media Art Festival presents a diverse program of exhibitions, workshops, performances and concerts at the Ars Electonica Center Museum and throughout the city. With your EYCA you get 30% off. A day pass would be 34€ and a festival pass around 95€.
The museum itself is highly recommended if you are interested in learning how to operate a robot, clone plants or take a picture of your retina.
“YOUKI” in November
The youth film festival is dedicated to a young audience and little filmmakers. Young movie directors, age 10 to 26, will show around 80 short films. Apart from that there are workshops, media projects, concerts and parties being held. The movies are for free. For the workshop you will receive a 50% discount with your EYC (30€).