Places to Visit in Austria

Austria’s dramatic mountain backdrops and beautiful scenery ensures that there are always people who want to visit this gorgeous country to see the wonderful vistas for themselves. Located in Central Europe and surrounded by other countries such as Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, and Switzerland to name a few, Austria is largely known for its Alps but also because of some of his famed residents such as Mozart, Strauss and Freud.

There are numerous places to visit in Austria, irrespective of the kind of holiday you’re looking for. Whether you’re here for a look at the stunning baroque architecture, to enjoy a glimpse of the Imperial history or to just enjoy the amazing winter sports, here, chances are you will love every bit of the Austria tourist places you come across. There are several must visit places in Austria such as the Schönbrunn Palace or Belvedere Palace in Vienna or the opulent Mirabell Palace in Salzburg. Beautiful lakes and mountains and a chance to enjoy opera at the Vienna State Opera makes your trip perfect in so many ways. Here’s a list of some of the places to visit in Austria.

The capital, Vienna is one of the top-most places to visit in Austria. Some of its most famous residents include Freud, Beethoven and Mozart. Beautiful, Imperial palaces can be spotted everywhere, such as Schönbrunn Palace, which was the summer residence of Habsburg Rulers or the Belvedere Palace with its gorgeous art collection, including several Klimt pieces.

The Vienna State Opera is also here, producing more than 50 operas and 10 ballet performances in a year. The Prater Amusement Park also features the Wiener Riesenrad, the 212 ft tall Ferris Wheel which is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. Other interesting museums here include Kunsthistorisches and the Albertina, both of which are art museums.

In fact, in Vienna, there’s also the Museums Quartier, a restored area with several historic and modern buildings. If you’re looking to have a culinary taste of Vienna, then don’t miss the Naschmarkt, a 16th century market with vintage stalls as well as food stalls and restaurants.

Undoubtedly, Salzburg is one of the most beautiful cities of Central Europe and is one of the top Austria tourist places. If you love baroque architecture, then you will definitely want to visit this town, especially as its Old Town is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The Sound of Music was filmed here, and it was also the birthplace of musical genius Mozart.

Some of the places to see here include Fortress Hohensalzburg, which is considered to be one of the largest medieval castles in Europe and Mirabell Palace with its aesthetically pleasing geometrically arranged gardens.

Other famed places to visit here include Schloss Hellbrunn, a Baroque palace, and the domed Salzburg Cathedral. In the Old Town, there’s also the Getreidegasse, a bustling shopping street which is also known as the birthplace of Mozart. At No.9 where he lived, there now stands a house museum with tours detailing his life in Salzburg. Not too far from the city is Salzkammergut, a region with lakes and Alpine ranges featuring natural ice formations in an Ice Cave on Dachstein Mountain.

For the fans of winter wonderland, Innsbruck is indeed one of the most beautiful places to visit in Austria. Located in the Alps, the snowy backdrop is stunning and unforgettable while the architecture here, with Imperial and modern influences is noteworthy. One of the unmissable places to see here include the Nordkette funicular, designed by Zaha Hadid, rising 2256m from the centre of the city.

Among the Austria tourist places to see here include the old town with the famed Golden Roof that goes back to the 16th century, or the Ambras Castle which is now a renaissance museum located in the hills above Innsbruck. For the adventurous, the Bergisel Ski Jump, a ski jumping hill is simply thrilling.

Not too far from Innsbruck is the Nordkette, a range of mountains which also has cable cars for ski access and of course, the smashing dramatic views. Other things to see here include the Alpine Zoo, the Innsbruck Cathedral and the Tyrolean State Museum.

Located on the Halstatter Lake with the backdrop of the beautiful Salzkammergut mountains, Halstatt is a popular place to visit in Austria. The quaint and charming town is full of 16th century Alpine houses, cafés and shops.

Among the places to visit here is the salt mine museum with an underground slide and a salt-lake boat ride while the Treppe ins Nichts offers glorious panoramic Alpine views from a high-altitude observation deck. Another place for views is the Skywalk Hallstatt, a 1148-feet tall viewing platform overlooking a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

For those who don’t mind the cold, there’s the Eispalast Dachstein, an attraction that’s inside a glacier, with figures, pillars and themed rooms carved from ice. Don’t miss the Hallstätter Glacier while you’re here either. It’s the largest glacier in the Dachstein mountains.

Some of the other places to visit in Austria include Durnstein with its medieval castle and Alpbach, an isolated town in the Alps; the Krems which is popular for wine tasting and producing the apricot brandy Marillenschnaps, or the pretty town of Lienz. Other small towns that you should not miss are Felkirch and St. Gilgen.

So, have you decided which places to go in Austria? Then check the SOTC website for details and offers about Austria packages which should make your trip hassle-free.

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