Planning a trip to the 2017 Austrian Grand Prix? From trackside camping to five-star luxury, we tell you where to stay near the Red Bull Ring for this year’s race on July 7-9.
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The Red Bull Ring is located in a rural region (much like Spa), which means that there is a scarcity of accommodation close to the track, aside from camping. Teams and regular visitors quickly snap up what is available in the villages surrounding the circuit, like Spielberg and Knittelfeld. Unless you are planning to camp next to the circuit – which is a great option, but not for everyone – then we recommend staying in Austria’s second largest city of Graz, which is about 75km from the circuit, or less than an hour on the motorway and has in excess of 100 properties to choose from.
Thousands of fans from all around Europe camp at the Red Bull Ring on Grand Prix weekend. The camping facilities are good and the atmosphere is lively, though a little drunken and rowdy at times. If you value a good night’s sleep or have young children, it’s perhaps worth considering alternative accommodation. There are seven color-coded campsites surrounding the circuit. A weekend of camping for two people costs €159 (3 nights from Thursday to Sunday, including parking for one vehicle). The ‘Pink’ and ‘Orange’ campsite on the hill behind the Nord grandstand are probably the most picturesque and least likely to be noisy, but there are more hills to climb. The other camping areas are located on flatter ground, closer to the main straight and fan zone behind the first corner. There’s also a big stage close by where concerts are held over the weekend.
There’s a good selection of accommodation in Graz, but it’s not a huge city and it does suffer from the dreaded ‘F1 tax’, with higher prices on Grand Prix weekend. There are trains from Graz to the circuit, but we recommend hiring a car to make your life easier. Trackside parking is free and the circuit is close to a motorway, meaning that traffic flows quite well. Expect a commute of around 1 hour each way. There was more traffic after the race on Sunday, but no significant delays. We stayed at the clean and affordable Red Lodge on the outskirts of Graz in 2015.
Other accommodation near the Red Bull Ring
The area surrounding the Red Bull Ring is ski country, so there are plenty of pretty mountain chalets to choose from within a 30-40km radius of the track. There may not be any snow in July, but there’s beautiful rolling green hills and fresh air, not to mention the tasty local cuisine and beer. Below, we’ve chosen some of the best-rated accommodation within a reasonable driving distance of the Red Bull Ring.
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