100 Reasons to Visit Austria

Austria is a country in Central Europe, characterized by its mountain villages, baroque city architecture, Imperial history and rugged alpine terrain. Vienna, its Danube River capital, is home to the Schonbrunn and Hofburg palaces. Here are 100 Reasons to Visit Austria.

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    Watch the ceremonial driving down of the cattle from the mountain pastures.

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    Welcoming Mountains

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    Salzburg is a city on the German border, with views of the Eastern Alps. It’s known as the birthplace of Mozart and setting for the film “The Sound of Music.” The city is divided by the Salzach River, with medieval and baroque buildings of the pedestrian Altstadt (Old City) on its left bank, and 19th-century Neustadt (New City) on the right.

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    The Music

    Austria is home to a rich musical culture, filled with the sounds of Mozart, Schubert, and Strauss.

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    Austrian Cuisine

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    Vienna is known as the wine capital, but Austria is also known for its Mostviertal, or cider region. They have Europe’s largest continuous area of pear orchards.

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    Whether you're beginning, intermediate or advanced, Austria has just the slope for you and is a two time home of the Winter Olympics.

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    Often mentioned as one of the most beautiful places to visit in Austria – if not Europe – this small scenic town overlooks the serene waters of the Hallstatt lake.

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    The snow-topped mountains and tall colourful buildings of Innsbruck make it a postcard-worthy alpine destination.

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    Alpbach has been voted the most beautiful village in Austria and it’s not difficult to see why.

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    Named the "city’s stomach" by locals, the Naschmarkt is a food and flea market.

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    For such a small country, Austria doesn’t half have some varied weather

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    The Wachau valley

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    Grossglockner Alpine Road

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    A hotel that has a heated pool on a lake

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    Stunning landscapes

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    Beautiful Wildlife

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    Captain Von Trapp’s Mansion

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    The Culture

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    One of a kind concerts

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    Vienna is one of the most majestic cities in the world

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    Beautiful villages like Hallstatt

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    Austria has a fantastic public transport system, making it very easy to travel throughout the country

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    The Mostviertel is Lower Austria’s most captivating region. It combines rolling green meadows in the North with snow-laced rugged peaks in the South.

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    Hochosterwitz Castle

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    Just 5km from Camping Bella Austria is the thunderous Günster Waterfall, the highest in the Styria region. A walkway and steps have been in place since 1906 to make viewing accessible.

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    Krems an der Donau

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    Faaker See

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    Austria is a very safe, peaceful country

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    Schönbrunn Palace

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    Schönbrunn Palace is a former imperial summer residence located in Vienna. The 1,441-room Baroque palace is one of the most important architectural, cultural and historical monuments in the country.

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    Hofburg Palace

    Hofburg Palace is the former imperial palace in the centre of Vienna.

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    The Belvedere is a historic building complex in Vienna.

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    St. Stephen's Cathedral

    St. Stephen's Cathedral is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna and the seat of the Archbishop of Vienna, Christoph Cardinal Schönborn, OP.

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    Tiergarten Schönbrunn

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    Tiergarten Schönbrunn, or “Vienna Zoo”, is a zoo located on the grounds of the famous Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna.

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    Kunsthistorisches Museum

    Housed in its festive palatial building on Ringstraße, it is crowned with an octagonal dome. The term Kunsthistorisches Museum applies to both the institution and the main building.

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    The Museumsquartier is a 60,000 m² large area in the 7th district of the city of Vienna.

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    Hohensalzburg Castle

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    Hohensalzburg Castle sits atop the Festungsberg, a small hill in the Austrian city of Salzburg.

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    Naturhistorisches Museum

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    The Museum of Natural History, also known as the NHMW, is a large natural history museum located in Vienna.

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    Mirabell Palace

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    The palace with its gardens is a listed cultural heritage monument and part of the Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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    Hellbrunn Palace

    Hellbrunn Palace is an early Baroque villa of palatial size, near Morzg, a southern district of the city of Salzburg.

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    Vienna State Opera

    The Vienna State Opera is an opera house – and opera company – with a history dating back to the mid-19th century. It is located in the centre of Vienna.

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    Innere Stadt

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    The Innere Stadt is the 1st municipal District of Vienna. The Innere Stadt is the Old Town of Vienna. Until the city boundaries were expanded in 1850, the Innere Stadt was congruent with the city of Vienna.

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    Goldenes Dach

    The Goldenes Dachl is a landmark structure located in the Old Town section of Innsbruck.

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    The Hofkirche is a Gothic church located in the Altstadt section of Innsbruck.

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    Jesuit Church

    The Jesuit Church, also known as the University Church, is a two-floor, double-tower church in Vienna.

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    The Albertina is a museum in the Innere Stadt of Vienna. It houses one of the largest and most important print rooms in the world with approximately 65,000 drawings.

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    The Prater is a large public park in Vienna's 2nd district. The Wurstelprater amusement park, often simply called "Prater", stands in one corner of the Wiener Prater and includes the Wiener Riesenrad.

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    Leopoldstadt is the 2nd municipal District of Vienna

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    Spanish Riding School

    The Spanish Riding School of Vienna, is a traditional riding school for Lipizzan horses, which perform in the Winter Riding School in the Hofburg.

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    Melk Abbey

    Melk Abbey is a Benedictine abbey above the town of Melk, Lower Austria, on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube river, adjoining the Wachau valley.

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    Ambras Castle

    Ambras Castle is a Renaissance castle and palace located in the hills above Innsbruck. Ambras Castle is situated at an elevation of 587 meters.

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    Museum of Military History

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    The Grossglockner is, at 3,798 metres above the Adriatic, the highest mountain of Austria and the highest mountain in the Alps east of the Brenner Pass.

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    The Schloßberg or Schlossberg is a tree-clad hill, and the site of a fortress, in the centre of the city of Graz,.

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    Tyrolean Folk Art Museum

    The Tyrolean Folk Art Museum is considered one of the finest regional heritage museums in Europe.

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    Wiener Riesenrad

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    The Wiener Riesenrad, or Riesenrad, is a 64.75-metre tall Ferris wheel at the entrance of the Prater amusement park in Leopoldstadt, the 2nd district of Austria's capital Vienna.

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    Eggenberg Palace

    Eggenberg Palace in Graz is the most significant Baroque palace complex in Styria.

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    Nonnberg Abbey

    Nonnberg Abbey is a Benedictine monastery in Salzburg.

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    The Petersfriedhof or St. Peter's Cemetery is - together with the burial site at Nonnberg Abbey.

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    Hangar-7 in Salzburg, owned by Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz is not a hangar in a traditional sense but rather a multifunctional building with a collection of 25 historical airplanes, helicopters and Formula One racing cars.

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    The Hundertwasserhaus is an apartment house in Vienna, built after the idea and concept of Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser with architect Joseph Krawina as a co-author.

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    Styrian Armoury

    The Styrian Armoury, in the Austrian city of Graz, is the world's largest historic armoury and attracts visitors from all over the world. It holds approximately 32,000 pieces of weaponry, tools, suits of armour for battle and ones for parades.

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    The Murinsel in Graz, is actually not an island at all, but an artificial floating platform in the middle of the Mur river.

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    Hoher Dachstein

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    Hoher Dachstein is a strongly karstic Austrian mountain, and the second highest mountain in the Northern Limestone Alps. It is situated at the border of Upper Austria and Styria in central Austria, and is the highest point in each of those states.

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    Karlskirche is a baroque church located on the south side of Karlsplatz in Vienna.

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    The Pöstlingbergbahn is a narrow-gauge electric railway, or "mountain tramway", in Linz.

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    Schloss Leopoldskron

    Schloss Leopoldskron is a rococo palace and a national historic monument in Leopoldskron-Moos, a southern district of the city of Salzburg.

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    Schlossmuseum Linz

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    Leopold Museum

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    The Leopold Museum, housed in the Museumsquartier in Vienna, is home to one of the largest collections of modern Austrian art, featuring artists such as Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka and Richard Gerstl.

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    Klosterneuburg Monastery

    Klosterneuburg Monastery is a twelfth-century Augustinian monastery of the Roman Catholic Church located in the town of Klosterneuburg in Lower Austria.

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    Hohe Tauern

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    The Hohe Tauern or High Tauern are a mountain range on the main chain of the Central Eastern Alps, comprising the highest peaks east of the Brenner Pass.

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    Wolfgangsee is a lake in Austria that lies mostly within the state of Salzburg and is one of the best known lakes in the Salzkammergut resort region.

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    Achen Lake

    It is the largest lake within the federal state, and has a maximal depth of 133 metres.

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    Lake Faak

    Lake Faak is a lake in the Austrian state of Carinthia. With an area of approximately 2.2 km², it is the state's fifth-largest lake.

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    Arlberg is a mountain range or massif between Vorarlberg and Tyrol. The highest peak is the "Valluga" at 2,811 metres.

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    Millstätter See

    Lake Millstatt is a lake in Carinthia.

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    Vienna Ring Road

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    The Ring Road is a circular road surrounding the Innere Stadt district of Vienna and is one of its main sights. Its architecture is typical of the eclectic, historicist style called Ringstraßenstil of the 1860s to 1890s.

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    Austria is the native country of many famous people, like Mozart

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    It's More Affordable than you Think

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    Perfect Snow

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    The Austrian Alps are blessed with a long and lavish snow season. The snow on the ground is generally powdery and fluffy well into spring.

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    You haven’t had coffee until you’ve had Viennese coffee

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    The woods seem like the setting of a fairy tale.

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    A different kind of wildlife can be found along the Gurtel - the ring road that separates the inner and outer districts.

    The arches of the train line running overhead have mostly been turned into bars, with the stretch between Westbahnhof and Nussdorferstrasse stations particularly boisterous.

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    Christmas Markets

    In late November and December, the ruddy of cheek and their chestnut-selling predators descend on Spittelberg for the most atmospheric of Vienna's Christmas markets.

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    Simply utterly breath taking scenery on the boat - expensive but a definite must.

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    Mariengarten Garden

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    Next to the pilgrimage church in Grossgmain there is a very special garden. It's called Mariengarten, garden dedicated to Mary.

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    Jugendstil / Art Nouveau

    This is the Pavillon on Karlsplatz, that used to be a "Stadtbahn"-station once and while it's equivalent is used as a cafe, this one is a great museum with changing exhibitions.

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    Augustine Monastery

    The highlight of the Augustine Monastery is the beer hall in the lower levels.

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    This place was opened in 1873 and it is consider one of the most famous and traditional cafés in Vienna.

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    It is a Memorial place to think of all the victims of the Holocaust. Almost every school kid visits this place at least once.

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    Play Chess

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    Playing chess in the center of old town Salzburg. The pieces are about 3 feet tall.

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    Roiten - Hundertwasser-museum & his hut

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    Ruine Aggstein

    Ruine Aggstein is a medieval castle of robber-barons in the Danube-valley between Melk and Krems.

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    Ehrenhausen in Southern Austria, near town of Leibnitz, is too cute to be missed.

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    Bike along Beautiful Rivers

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    Austria is a real gem when it comes to biking. Major paths lead along picturesque rivers and glittering lakes, all well-signposted with wonderful stop-off opportunities along the way.

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    Delicious beer

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    Take a Freudian trip

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    Opened in 1971, the Sigmund Freud Museum is set in the apartment where Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, lived and worked from 1898 until 1938, when he was forced into exile by the Nazis.

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    Visit the oldest zoo in the world

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    Built on the site of Franz Stephan’s royal menagerie (1752), on the western side of the gardens, the Tiergarten is the world’s oldest zoo.

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