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Best places to visit in Austria

Kahlenberg
Country: Austria

North of the city, on the edge of the Vienna Woods, rise two almost identical peaks. The lower of the two, with ruins visible on top, is Leopoldsberg, the former seat of Margrave Leopold who ruled Austria in the 12th century. The second, with a tel ...

Grinzing
Country: Austria

The quiet villages scattered among the vineyards on the slopes of the Vienna Woods usually come to life during the wine-making season, when large groups of tourists descend on them to sample the new-vintage Heuriger. Originally, the vintners were l ...

Karl Marx-Hof
Country: Austria

In the 1920s, Vienna was governed by a socialdemocratic town council, elected mainly thanks to the votes of first-time women voters, a period known as Red Vienna. The council formed the ambitious plan to build houses for its entire working populati ...

Liechtenstein Museum
Country: Austria

Completed in 1692 to designs by Domenico Martinelli in the Rococo style, this was the Liechtenstein family’s summer palace. It has a monumental fa?ade, with tall pilasters and typically Baroque windows. Inside, the colourful ceiling paintings in ...

Augarten
Country: Austria

There has been a palace on this site since the days of Leopold I, but it was destroyed by the Turks in 1683 and then rebuilt around 1700 to designs attributed to Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach. Since 1948 it has been the home of the world-famou ...

Donauinsel
Country: Austria

The numerous side-arms and rivulets of the Danube river regularly flooded the town until it was first canalized between 1870 and 1875. The second period of canalization in the Vienna region began in 1972 and was completed in 1987. The New Danube, a ...

UNO-City
Country: Austria

On the left bank of the Danube is UNO-City, one of only three United Nations headquarters. The complex stands on international, non- Austrian territory; its post office uses its own special postage stamps and UN postmarks. UNO-City consists of four ...

Prater
Country: Austria

Originally an imperial hunting ground, the woods and meadows between the Danube and its canal were opened to the public by Joseph II in 1766. The Hauptallee (central avenue) was for a long time the preserve of the nobility and their footmen. During ...

Hundertwasser-Haus
Country: Austria

Hundertwasser-Haus is a municipal apartment block created in 1985 by the artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. An eclectic-style building, combining the elements of a Moorish mosque with features of Spanish villages and Venetian palaces, it has becom ...

Heeresgeschichtliches Museum
Country: Austria

The impressive Museum of Army History is housed in the military complex known as the Arsenal, built as a fortress in 1856. The museum, which chronicles Austria’s military prowess from the 16th century, was designed by Theophil Hansen and Ludwig F ...

Amalienbad
Country: Austria

Public baths may not seem like an obvious tourist attraction, but the Jugendstilstyle Amalienbad (1923—6) is a fine example of a far-sighted municipal authority providing essential public facilities for the local working population, and doing so ...

Haydn-Museum
Country: Austria

Haydn built this house in what was then a new suburb with money that he had earned on his successful trips to London between 1791 and 1795. He lived in the house from 1797 until his death in 1809, and composed many major works here, including The S ...

Museum of Technology
Country: Austria

Following complete reconstruction over several years, Vienna’s Museum of Technology, originally founded by Franz Joseph I in 1908, was reopened in 1999. The museum documents technical progress over the past centuries, from domestic appliances to ...

Kirche am Steinhof
Country: Austria

At the edge of the Vienna Woods rises the conspicuous copper dome of the astonishing Church at Steinhof. Built in 1902—7 by Otto Wagner, the church is considered to be one of the most important works of the Secession. It is an integral part of th ...

Wagner Villas
Country: Austria

Hidden behind dense, leafy greenery, at the start of a road to Kahlenberg, stand two villas built by the architect Otto Wagner. The oldest, built for himself, still has some Classical elements such as Ionic columns, once favoured by Wagner. It was ...

Lainzer Tiergarten
Country: Austria

Vienna Woods, once an imperial hunting ground, was enclosed within a 25-km (16- mile) long wall on the orders of Maria Theresa. The wall still stands today and successfully stops herds of deer and wild boar escaping as well as building development ...

Wotruba-Kirche
Country: Austria

Standing on hillside close to the Vienna Woods, this church was designed in uncompromisingly modern style in 1965 by the Austrian sculptor Fritz Wotruba (1907—75), after whom it is named. It was built in 1974—6 by Fritz Mayer. The church is mad ...

Tulln
Country: Austria

Tulln, on the right bank of the Danube river, was the site of the Roman camp of Comagena. Two structures remain from that period: the 3rdcentury Roman Tower, probably the oldest structure in Austria, and a milestone. Tulln is famous as the birthpla ...

Klosterneuburg
Country: Austria

This small town, just outside Vienna, was once the main seat of the Babenberg rulers. In the early 12th century, Margrave Leopold III built his castle here, and later the collegiate church, the magnificent Stift Klosterneuburg, supposedly in atonem ...

Korneuburg
Country: Austria

Korneuburg once formed a single town with Klosterneuburg. In 1298 it became independent, and grew into an important trading and administrative centre. Hauptplatz, the main square, is surrounded by houses with late- Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque f ...

Laxenburg
Country: Austria

This small town, situated 15 km (9 miles) outside Vienna, is a favourite place for day-trips from the capital. It began as a hunting lodge, Lachsenburg, around which a settlement grew. Destroyed during the last Turkish wars, but restored and enlarg ...

Wiener Neustadt
Country: Austria

This large town, some 40 km (25 miles) south of Vienna, is an industrial city and an important road and rail transport hub, and also the largest shopping city of Lower Austria. In the centre of the town is the attractive Hauptplatz, with a part-Got ...

Baden bei Wien
Country: Austria

The spa town of Baden, on the eastern slopes of the Vienna Woods, was already known in Roman times, when it was called Aquae Pannoniae, and Emperor Marcus Aurelius praised its sulphuric springs. Today, its 15 hot springs make Baden a popular destin ...

Gottweig
Country: Austria

Stift Gottweig, a Benedictine Abbey, crowns a hilltop on the south bank of the Danube, near Krems. Founded in 1083, it was inhabited by Benedictine monks from St Blasien in the Black Forest in 1094. Stift Gottweig is sometimes referred to as the Au ...

Krems
Country: Austria

During the 11th and 12th centuries, Krems, then known as Chremis, was a serious rival to Vienna. Today, this attractive town on the left bank of the Danube, together with neighbouring Stein, is a popular destination. Visitors are enchanted by the b ...

Waldviertel Tour
Country: Austria

Much of the popularity of the idyllically situated town of Durnstein is due to the adventures of the English King, Richard the Lionheart. On the Third Crusade, undertaken with the French King Philip August and the Austrian Margrave Leopold V, Richa ...

Weissenkirchen
Country: Austria

The small village in the heart of the Wachau Valley has attracted artists since 1900, who come to paint the magnificent scenery of the Danube gorge and to enjoy the cosy inns. Today, their works can be seen in the Wachaumuseum, in the Teisenhoferho ...

Spitz
Country: Austria

On the banks of the River Danube at the foot of the Tausendeimerberg (thousand bucket hill, so called because of the amount of wine it was said to produce), nestles the enchanting town of Spitz an der Donau. The river was once important to the town ...

Burg Aggstein
Country: Austria

The impressive ruins of Burg Aggstein, built into the rock, are poised high above the banks of the river. Today the castle lies in ruin, but once it measured some 100 m (330 ft) in length, with tall stairs leading to the Upper Castle. Built by the ...

Schallaburg
Country: Austria

Schallaburg Castle counts as one of the most beautiful Renaissance castles in Lower Austria. It has some early remains of medieval Romanesque and Gothic architecture, but these are overshadowed by later additions. Particularly impressive are the Re ...

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