10 Best Tourist Attractions in Austria
10 Best Tourist Attractions in Austria – Austria is a country which is as well famous for its gorgeous beauty as it is for the cultural activities of Austria. Located in the Alps, it is such a popular place with hikers and skiers, but it is also a country which gave the world an significant musical heritage, ranging from Mozart, the classical composer to the Strauss waltzes, and the family of Von Trapp whose story was mentioned in The Sound of Music. Here’s an overview of the best tourist attractions in Austria:
Johann Strauss and Elegant waltzes soon come to mind when someone thinks of Vienna, the Austria’s capital and the largest city in the country; the city still holds over 200 balls every year. Still the city also is noted for other classical composers such as Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, and Brahms. Tourists are able to take a break from music by coming to the Hofburg, that houses the imperial jewelry of the Hapsburg rulers, and the Kunsthistorisches, a museum which has an amazing collection of paintings by the old masters. Vienna is also renowned for its cafes where tourists are able to rest their weary feet when deciding which park or museum to visit next.
Located in central Austria, close to the German border, Salzburg is maybe best known as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s birthplace. Tourists visit the fourth-largest city in Austria to see the sights which inspired such unforgettable music. With its hill-topped medieval style fortress, breathtaking Alpine scenery, and scenic Altstadt old town, Salzburg is one of the best tourist attractions in Austria. For those looking for relive scenes from “The Sound of Music” movie, must-see attractions here include the 17th century Baroque Mirabell Palace and garden and a home to Von Trapp family, which now becomes a hotel. The aficionados of Mozart can come to his birthplace as well as the reconstruction of his home.
Salzkammergut is a lovely resort area which starts with Salzburg and heads towards east into a land of lakes. Sparkling clean lakes, wonderful mountains, green hills, romantic towns like Hallstatt and St.Wolfgang make up this region. Tourists who have seen ” The Sound Of Music” movie will recognize what this lake region looks like, because the movie was filmed in and around the Salzburg city and the neighboring region of Salzkammergut. The resort area is famous for sunbathers as well as tourists who look for relaxing spa treatments. Tourists can join in the relaxed moods by wearing the ever-popular resort wear, dirndl for women and lederhosen outfits for men.
Innsbruck, with a name which translates as “bridge over the inn,” is famous for an all-season tourist attraction. It is internationally popular for its winter sports, which hosted the Winter Olympics in 1964 and 1976. But this Tyrolean city presents more than just great skiing. It presents a fine mix of cathedrals, like Hofkirche, that houses the grave of the Schloss Ambras, the Emperor Maximilian I; which has a collection of armor and paintings; and a nod to 400 years of bell-making, the Bell Museum.
5. Zell am See
Zell am See, situated in the state of Salzburg, is another well known tourist attraction, renowned for its lakes and mountains. once ruled by French troops in the early 19th century, Zell am See has hosted some international skiing competitions. Off the ski slopes, one of its most popular attractions is the Romanesque St. Hippolyte’s Church, with an raised walkway which dates back to the early 16th century. Zell am See is also a nice starting point for a panoramic road famous for its high alpine scenery,the Grossglockner Alpine Road.
With the Danube River flowing through it, the Wachau Valley is a famous tourist attractions in southern Austria. The Dunstein town is well known as the place where Duke Leopold V imprisoned Richard the Lion-Hearted, the British king, prisoner for some years in the late 12th century when the town of Melk is famous for its magnificent Benedictine abbey. Wachau is also renowned for its wines, as well as fruits like apricots. The valley has over 500 historic monuments, so travelers are going to have to make some hard options.
7. St Anton am Arlberg
St Anton am Arlberg is broadly regarded as Austria’s leading ski resort destination. Situated in Tyrol, this village presents serious, legendary ski terrain which caters for a mixed level of skills. Frequently attracting adventurous youths, the town is notorious for living up to say “work hard, play hard”. The spacious landscape welcomes the loyal winter crowd of it, as well as the summer mountaineers of it, who visit to trek the landscape every year.
Students will find a Mecca in the second largest city in Austria, Graz, which is famous a city of students, with its six universities which enrolling over 44,000 students. It also owns one of the finest preserved old towns in central Europe, that reflects the culture of Italy and the Balkan States. The city is filled with generous museums, ranging from armory to art. Living up to its prestige as a City of Culinary Delights, Graz boasts a broad variety of international cuisines. After touring a summer farmer’s market, cooks perhaps want to bring home a local product, a bottle of pumpkin seed oil.
The biggest lake in Carinthia, Worthersee is one of most renowned summer destination in Austria. It attracts not only to those who feel like canoeing across the lake, but also spelunkers who will feel like checking out several caves, including the Griffen Stalactite Cave, which is considered as most colorful cave in Austria. Those who enjoy coming to cathedrals will not want to miss the Gurk’s Cathedral, that dates back to the 12th century, while vintage car fans may enjoy a trip to Gmund, the Porsche’s birthplace, or to the large Villach Automotive Museum with its collection of motorcycles, cars, and many more.
10. Bad Gastein
Situated in Hohe Tauern National Park, the spa town of Bad Gastein is renowned for its Belle Époque structures which are surrounded by mountains and fog free air. At 3,000 feet (1,000 meters) above sea level, tourists crowd to Bad Gastein to breathe its pure mountain air, partake of spa treatments and soak in its hot springs. Bad Gastein also is well known for outdoorsmen, who love to hike or bike mountain trails in the summer and ski in the winter.