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UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Austria

UNESCO

UNESCO or the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is a specialized organization of the UN.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site is a place (such as a forest, mountain, lake, desert, monument, building, complex, or city) that is listed by the UNESCO as of special cultural or physical significance.

Austria

  1. Historic Centre of Salzburg — 1996
  2. Schönbrunn Palace — 1996
  3. Hallstatt–Dachstein Salzkammergut Cultural Landscape — 1997
  4. Semmering Railway — 1998
  5. Historic Centre of Graz and Schloss Eggenberg — 1999 (extended in 2010)
  6. Wachau Cultural Landscape — 2000
  7. Historic Centre of Vienna — 2001
  8. Lake Neusiedl — 2001
  9. Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps – transboundary property, shared with Austria, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Switzerland – 2011

Altstadt Salzburg – Salzburg Old Town

  • The entire Old Town of Salzburg was nominated as a World Heritage Site in 1996.
  • The baroque architecture including the many churches are world famous.
  • The Salzburg Cathedral (Salzburger Dom)
  • The Hohensalzburg Castle (Festung Hohensalzburg) on a hill dominating the old town is one of the largest castles in Europe, with views over Salzburg.
  • The Franziskanerchurch
  • The St Peter’s Abbey with the Petersfriedhof
  • The Nonnberg Abbey a Benedictine monastery
  • The Residenz Palace (the magnificent former Prince-Archbishop’s residence), containing the Residenzgalerie
  • Mozart’s Birthplace
  • Mozart’s Residence
  • The University Church
  • The Siegmundstor (or Neutor)
  • The Getreidegasse

Historic Old Town of Salzburg

Salzburg’s “Old Town”(Altstadt) has internationally renowned baroque architecture and one of the best-preserved city centres north of the Alps. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. The city is noted for its Alpine setting. Salzburg was the birthplace of 18th-century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In the mid-20th century.

Schönbrunn Palace

Schönbrunn Palaceis a former imperial 1,400-room Rococo summer residence in Vienna, Austria. One of the most important cultural monuments in the country, since the 1960s it has been one of the major tourist attractions in Vienna. The palace and gardens illustrate the tastes, interests, and aspirations of successive Habsburg monarchs

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Hallstatt

Hallstatt, Upper Austria is a village in the Salzkammergut, a region in Austria. It is located near the Hallstätter See (a lake). Hallstatt is historically known for its production of salt from the local salt mines. Salt was a valuable resource, so the region was historically very wealthy. It is possible to tour the world’s first known salt mine, located above downtown Hallstatt.

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Semmering Railway

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.

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Historic Centre of Graz and Schloss Eggenberg

Eggenberg Palace in Graz is the most significant Baroque palace complex in Styria. With its preserved accouterments, the extensive scenic gardens as well as some additional collections from the Universalmuseum Joanneum housed in the palace and park, Schloss Eggenberg counts among the most valuable cultural assets of Austria.

Wachau

The Wachauis 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”. It is 40 kilometres (25 mi) in length and was already settled in prehistoric times.

Historic Centre of Vienna

Vienna – Historical Old Town – Vienna – The Hofburg is the location of the Schatzkammer (treasury), holding the imperial jewels of the Habsburg dynasty. The Sisi Museum (a museum devoted to Empress Elisabeth Amalie Eugenie of Austria) allows visitors to view the imperial apartments as well as the silver cabinet. Directly opposite the Hofburg are the Kunsthistorisches Museum

Lake Neusiedl

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. The lake’s drainage basin has an area of about 1,120 km²

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Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps

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Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps is a series of prehistoric pile-dwelling (or stilt house) settlements in and around the Alps built from around 5000 to 500 B.C. on the edges of lakes, rivers or wetlands. 111 sites, located in Austria (5 sites), France (11), Germany (18), Italy (19), Slovenia (2), and Switzerland (56), were added to UNESCO World Heritage Site list in 2011.

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