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Top Tourist Attractions in Austria

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Austria

Austria is a country rich with history, beautiful places, traditions and activities that are distinct to the area. Along with neighboring Switzerland, it is the winter sports capital of Europe.

However, Austria is just as popular for summer tourists who visit its historic cities and villages and hike in the magnificent scenery of the Alps.

In order to help guide you in building a trip itinerary, below are some of the top tourist attractions in Austria that are sure to make your trip extra special.

1. Schonbrunn Palace

Last on the list is Schönbrunn Palace, one of the major tourist attractions in Vienna.

Comparable in grandeur to Versailles, this 1,441 room palace was built between 1696 and 1712 at the request of Emperor Leopold I and turned into the imperial summer palace by Maria Theresa.

The Palace Park offers a lot of attractions, such as the Privy Garden, the oldest zoo in the world, a maze and labyrinth, and a marble summerhouse situated on top of a 60 meter high hill.

2. Grossglockner Alpine Road

Grossglockner Alpine Road

Grossglockner Alpine Road is a panoramic road which takes you up to the Kaiser Franz Josefs Höhe Visitor Center. From there, you get the unobstructed view of Austria’s highest mountain, the Grossglockner.

The Grossglockner Alpine Road is a toll road, but the fabulous high alpine scenery more than makes up for the expenses. The road is normally open from the beginning of May to the end of October.

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3. Innsbruck Altstadt

Innsbruck Altstadt

Surrounded by snowcapped mountains, Innsbruck makes you feel quite insignificant in the midst of nature’s striking Alpine mountain range.

Said to have a duel personality, the area offers both pristine landscapes and a sophisticated urban center. Altstadt, the medieval town of Innsbruck, draws you in with its unique architecture and many shops.

While you are strolling the streets of the Altstadt you can visit one of its famous landmark, the Golden Roof.

This house was constructed for the Holy Roman Emperor, Maximilian I, and it was decorated with thousands of gilded copper tiles that create the appearance of pure gold.

4. Hallstatt

Hallstatt

Another great tourist spot is Hallstatt, a small village in the Salzkammergut region, famous for its salt production.

As salt has long been a desired commodity used to preserve and provide flavor to food, the village has a long-standing history of wealth and prestige.

The wealth accumulated from the salt industry transformed it into a glamorous baroque village. Visit Hörnerwerk cavern’s subterranean salt lake and see the prehistoric man preserved in salt.

Truly one of the most unique places in Austria, you must experience Hallstatt.

5. St Anton am Arlberg

St Anton am Arlberg

Another famous ski resort area worth visiting in Austria is called St Anton am Arlberg. Located in Tyrol, this village offers serious, legendary ski terrain for those who are seeking a challenge.

Often attracting adventurous youths, St Anton is notorious for living up to the saying “work hard, play hard”.

The vast landscape welcomes its loyal winter crowd, as well as its summer mountaineers, who come to trek the landscape each year. If you are looking for a good time, St Anton is the place to be.

6. Hofburg Imperial Palace

Hofburg Imperial Palace

One of Vienna’s most stunning attractions is the Hofburg Imperial Palace. This is a complex that served as the official royal residence of the Habsburgs until the First World War.

The palace was built in stages, adding on places like the stables, the library and the Spanish Riding School as power and money accumulated for the Habsburgs.

From the entrance in the Michaelerplatz, visitors can tour several onsite museums and even get a look at former royal apartments as well as the glittering Imperial Silver Collection.

7. Seefeld in Tyrol

Two time home to the Winter Olympics, Seefeld is an important cross-country skiing center with terrain that is compatible for beginner and intermediate skiers.

Located on a spectacular nature reserve, it is the perfect spot, not only for cold-weather sports, but for warm-weather strolls and hiking. Offering the most luxuriously upscale accommodation, Seefeld is your relaxing resort getaway.

8. Hohensalzburg Castle

Hohensalzburg Castle

This magnificent Salzburg castle is one of largest and most well-preserved medieval castles in Europe.

Strategically located at the top of Festungsberg mountain, the mighty fortress towers over the city of Salzburg, breathing life into its magnificent skyline.

This castle houses the “Salzburg Bull”, an organ with more than two hundred pipes.

A truly stunning piece of medieval architecture, representative of the heart of Salzburg, Hohensalzburg Castle is one of the top tourist attractions in Austria.

9. Zell am See

Zell am See

Arguably one of the most popular Alpine destinations in the country is Zell am See. Zeller See, the lake around which the city city exists, is blue, clear and the picture-perfect example of an Alpine lake.

The snow-capped Hohe Tauern mountains peek out in the background, and outdoor recreation like skiing, fishing and cycling are all readily available.

Landmarks like the 16th century Castle Rosenberg are the historical cherry on the sundae for this breathtaking destination.

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10. Melk Abbey

Melk Abbey

Melk Abbey is one of the most famous monasteries in the world. Situated high up on cliff, overlooking the calming waters of the Danube river, rests the peaceful Benedictine abbey.

Previously the castle of Leopold II, the structure was given to the monks, who transformed it into a place of tranquility and learning in 1089.

The impressive spiritual center has become one of the greatest examples of Baroque architecture and the flourishing musical and liberal arts of its time.

Erlena Kimberly Once again, we have not conquered the peak, but yourself.
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