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Best places to visit in Austria

Amstetten
Country: Austria

A major transport hub, the town of Amstetten is situated on the Ybbs River near the border with Upper Austria. Originally known as Amistein, the town witnessed the arrival of Illyrian, Celts and Roman settlers over time. It is the largest town in t ...

Waidhofen an der Ybbs
Country: Austria

In the 16th century, this charming little town in the Ybbs valley was an important centre of iron processing and arms production. Its medieval old town is dominated by church spires and two towers, remains of the medieval fortifications: the 13thce ...

Neuhofen an der Ybbs
Country: Austria

Neuhofen is a small town on the Ybbs River, in the foothills of the Alps. Its centre is occupied by a Gothic church with a tall spire. The town was once a stopping place for pilgrims travelling to nearby Sonntagsberg, whose basilica is the central ...

Burg Forchtenstein
Country: Austria

Perched unassailably on the rocky slopes of Rosaliengebirge stands Forchtenstein Castle, built in the 14th century by the Mattersdorfer family. Bought and extended by the Esterh?zys, it now houses a private collection of arms, one of the most magni ...

Bruck an der Leitha
Country: Austria

This small town, situated 30 km (19 miles) east of Vienna, was established as a Babenberg fortress in 1230, and formed the main border point between Austria and Hungary. Its present form dates mainly from the turn of the 17th century, but the remai ...

Rohrau
Country: Austria

East of Vienna lies the small town of Rohrau, with two attractions: Haydn’s birthplace and the Harrach family castle. The pretty house in which the composer and his brother Michael were born, is now a small museum devoted to both composers. The n ...

Hainburg
Country: Austria

Hainburg on the Danube was once a fortified border town of the Eastern Margravate, and it is still a gateway into Austria from the east. The ruins of an 11th-century castle and three substantial town gates remain from this period. The small town ha ...

Schloss Hof
Country: Austria

After extensive renovation, Schloss Hof is now one of the most appealing destinations for an excursion from Vienna. From 1725 Prince Eugene of Savoy made it into his principal country seat and laid out a formal country garden which survives to this ...

Neusiedler See
Country: Austria

The jewel of Burgenland, Neusiedler See is the largest steppe lake in Central Europe. On the border between Austria and Hungary (a small section — around one-fifth of its total area — at the southern end belongs to Hungary) it covers an area of ...

Eisenstadt
Country: Austria

This small town in Burgenland lies on the southern slopes of the Leitha Hills, 50 km (31 miles) south of Vienna. It became the capital of Burgenland province in 1925, when the larger and more notable Odenburg — today the Hungarian town of Sopron ...

Stubing
Country: Austria

After several earlier attempts, the Osterreichische Freilichtmuseum (Austrian Open- Air Museum) was started in 1962, when work was begun in the Styrian village of Stubing by the renowned scholar Professor Viktor Herbert Pottler. It now occupies an ...

Lurgrotte
Country: Austria

The Lurgrotte is the largest and most interesting cave in Austria, with superb stalactites and stalagmites. A welllit and clearly sign-posted route leads you through this world of icy wonders, along an underground stream. The largest dripstone, 13 ...

Frohnleiten
Country: Austria

Set among gentle hills on the Mur river, the town of Frohnleiten is surrounded by a network of clearly marked rambling trails which invite visitors to take long walks. At one time Frohnleiten was an important transhipment post on the Mur. In 1763, ...

Bruck an der Mur
Country: Austria

This major industrial centre lies at the mouth of the Murz river, where it flows into the Mur. Bruck flourished during the 14th and 15th centuries, thanks to its trade with Venice, when it had the right to store grain and salt. The small but attrac ...

Murzzuschlag
Country: Austria

This town on the Murz at the foot of Semmering Mountain is Austria’s oldest winter sports resort. In 1893, Murzzuschlag hosted the first skiing competitions in the Alps, and in 1934 it was the venue for the Nordic Games that later became the Wint ...

Vorau
Country: Austria

On a remote hill stands the 12th-century Augustinian Vorau Abbey. In the 15th century, the abbey was turned into a fortress; its present form is the result of alterations made throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. The main entrance has symmetrica ...

Pollau
Country: Austria

Pollau lies at the centre of a national park, surrounded by woodland, vineyards and walking trails. The town’s main attraction is the former Augustinian Abbey and, above all, the lovely St Veit’s church. Built between 1701 and 1712 by Joachim C ...

Herberstein
Country: Austria

Schloss Herberstein, perched on a steep rock amid wild countryside, has remained in the hands of the same family since 1290. Since the Herbersteins still live in the castle, a visit feels a bit like peeping through a keyhole at history. The medieva ...

Bad Blumau
Country: Austria

In eastern Styria, in an area that has long been famed for its crystal-clear mineral waters, is a spa resort that is certainly worth a detour or even a few days’ visit. The entire resort of Bad Blumau was designed by the painter and architect Fri ...

Castle Riegersburg
Country: Austria

On a steep basaltic rock high above the Grazbach stream stands Schloss Riegersburg, a mighty medieval fortress, once Styria’s most easterly outpost against raiders from Hungary, and then Turkey, and, more recently, a German stronghold during Worl ...

Bad Gleichenberg
Country: Austria

health resort in Styria, Bad Gleichenberg was developed in 1834 by Count von Wickenburg. When the therapeutic properties of the local spring waters — already known to the Romans — were brought to his attention, he set about developing them. A s ...

Bad Radkersburg
Country: Austria

Bad Radkersburg, on the Slovenian border, was founded as a town in 1265 by the Bohemian King Ottokar. Once a fortified border post as well as an important trade centre and transhipment harbour on the Mur river, today it is a peaceful small town, wh ...

Piber
Country: Austria

Piber houses the stud farm for the Spanish Riding School horses. When the town of Lipizza was incorporated into Slovenia after World War I, it was in a former castle in Piber, a small Styrian village, that the famous Lippizaner horses found a new h ...

Judenburg
Country: Austria

This town at the fork of a road is an old mercantile centre that took its name from the Juden, or Jews, who once lived and traded here. When Emperor Maximilian expelled the Jews in 1496, the town went into decline. Not much remains of the medieval ...

St. Lambrecht
Country: Austria

St. Lambrecht, a Benedictine Abbey, was founded in the 12th century by Henry III, Duke of Carinthia. The monastery complex was built in 1640 to designs by Domenico Sciassi. The church dates from the 14th century, but it was rebuilt in the Baroque s ...

Turracher Hohe
Country: Austria

This small ski resort nestles at an altitude of 1,700 m (5,575 ft) high in the Nocky Mountains, one of Austria’s most scenic Alpine rangeson the border between Styria and Carinthia. The town makes a great base for yearround walks in the woods and ...

Murau
Country: Austria

Murau sprang up in the 13th century at a crossroads of trading routes on the scenic Mur river and became a local centre for commerce and industry. The historic town centre of Murau lies on the left bank of the Mur river. Its Renaissance houses are ...

Oberwolz
Country: Austria

This small town, which grew rich through its trade in salt and the smelting of silver excavated in the surrounding hills, has preserved some of its former glory. In the surrounding area many archaeological finds from the Hallstatt period have been ...

Ramsau
Country: Austria

At an altitude of 1,000 m (3,280 ft) lies the small town of Ramsau am Dachstein, renowned for its superb crosscountry ski runs, extending over some 230 km (143 miles). Snow is almost guaranteed from November until March and the efficient interconne ...

Bad Aussee
Country: Austria

Bad Aussee, the main town in the Styrian part of the Salzkammergut, lies at the fork of the Traun river, which cuts a scenic gorge between the Dachstein massif and the Tote Gebirge (Dead Mountains). The region’s original wealth was founded on its ...

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