Austria has an abundance of places of natural beauty. From the mountains ranges, to the waterfalls, to the fields full of flowers and wildlife. The ringing of the cows bells can be heard as you walk through the hills, looking at ancient castles built by old Archbishops, Hotels that gaze out into the surrounding areas and old golden crosses on the mountain sides. Farm houses have opened their doors to the public to share in the goodness of “REAL” fresh milk, and cheese platters are available from farms in the remotest of places.
Austria really has it all. Unfortunately to name everything really is impossible, so here is a list of some of the places we recommend…..
Hofburg Palace is a palace located in Vienna, Austria, which has housed some of the most powerful people in Austrian history, including the Habsburg dynasty, rulers of the Austro-Hungarian empire. It currently serves as the official residence of the President of Austria.
A water-spouting Giant that magically lures visitors into its interior, where Chambers of Wonder ignite beacons of imagination, has managed to become a globally-recognised work of art, while attracting more than 9 million visitors to date.
Ambras Castle was built by Archduke Ferdinand II of Austria (1529-1595), Count of Tirol, in the 16th century. It´s divided into a lower and an upper castle set in the remains of a medieval fortress. This was Ferdinand´s favorite residence and the center of his court´s cultural life.
The Bergisel ski jump is a triumph of style and structure, designed by star architect Zaha Hadid in 2001. The new landmark of Innsbruck has made the Bergisel to a prime quality sporting, tourist and cultural attraction. It has held the International Four Hills Tournament, a top ski jumping competition.
Klagenfurtam Wörthersee is the capital of the federal state of Carinthia in Austria. The city is the bishop’s seat of the Roman Catholic diocese of Gurk-Klagenfurt and home to the Alpen-Adria University. Legend has it that Klagenfurt was founded after a couple of brave men had slain the abominable “Lindwurm”, a winged dragon in the moors adjoining the lake.
Mauthausen Concentration Camp(known from the summer of 1940 as Mauthausen-Gusen Concentration Camp) grew to become a large group of Nazi concentration camps that was built around the villages of Mauthausen and Gusen in Upper Austria, roughly 20 kilometres (12 mi) east of the city of Linz. Initially a single camp at Mauthausen, it expanded over time
Schönbrunn Palacetogether with its ancillary buildings and extensive park is by virtue of its long and colourful history one of the most important cultural monuments in Austria. Scheduled as a listed monument, the whole ensemble, including the palace, the park and not least the oldest zoo in the world was placed on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List in 1996.
Photo by Ailura
Leaving Salzburg and going to the South towards the mighty Tauern Mountainsin the Alps, you will quickly come to the charming, medieval town of Halleinby the Salzach River. Here you will find the cash cow of the Prince Archbishops: the salt mines that gave the name and wealth to Salzburg.
The first Salzburg Cathedralwas built under Saint Vergilius of Salzburg, who might have used foundations by St. Rupert. The first Dom was recorded in 774. The so-called Virgil Dom was built from 767 to 774 and was 66 metres long and 33 metres wide. Archbishop Arno (785 – 821) was the first to arrange renovations of the Dom
The Semmering railway, Austria, which starts at Gloggnitz and leads over the Semmering to Mürzzuschlag was the first mountain railway in Europe built with a standard gauge track. It is commonly referred to as the world’s first true mountain railway, given the very difficult terrain and the considerable altitude difference that was mastered during its construction.
Melk Abbey or Stift Melk is an Austrian Benedictine abbey, and one of the world’s most famous monastic sites. It is located above the town of Melk on a rocky outcrop overlooking the river Danube in Lower Austria, adjoining the Wachau valley. The abbey was founded in 1089
The Wachau is an Austrian valley with a landscape of high visibility formed by the Danube river. It is one of the most prominent tourist destinations of Lower Austria, located midway between the towns of Melk and Krems that also attracts “connoisseurs and epicureans”
Photo by Kurt Forstner
Lake Neusiedl is the second largest steppe lake in Central Europe, straddling theAustrian–Hungarian border. The lake covers 315 km², of which 240 km² is on the Austrian side and 75 km² on the Hungarian side. Most of the lake is surrounded by reeds which serve as a habitat for wildlife
Situated in the South-Western shore of the Hallstätter See in the Salzkammergut region of Upper Austria, lies the lake town of Hallstatt. Hallstattis known for its production of salt, dating back to prehistoric times, and gave its name to the Hallstatt culture, a culture often linked to Celtic
Photo by Bwag
Mariazell Basilica, also known as Basilica Mariä Geburt – Basilica of the Birth of the Virgin Mary, is a Marian basilica in Mariazell, Austria. It is the most important pilgrimage destination in Austria and one of the most visited shrines in Europe. In the church, a miraculous wooden image of the Virgin Mary is honoured.
A lot has happened since the opening of the AREA 47 outdoor park at the entrance to the Ötztal valley five years ago. The offering and the visitor interest have continually increased. There is again something new for the summer – an action course 14 metres up, without a safety rope. A trainee will also be doing all the stuff that you don’t have any time to at home.
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