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Best places to visit in Austria

Admont
Country: Austria

At the centre of the village of Admont stands a Benedictine Abbey whose importance once reached far beyond the region. Built in the 11th century and often rebuilt, it burned down in 1865, but the fire spared its priceless collection: with nearly 16 ...

Hohentauern
Country: Austria

Hohentauern (1,274 m/ 4,180 ft) is the highest village in the Rottenmanner Tauern, surrounded by more than 20 peaks higher than 2,000 m (6,560 ft). This mountain range is part of the Niedere (Lower) Tauern, which extend also to Salzburger Land. Oth ...

Eisenerzer Alpen
Country: Austria

You can reach the Eisenerzer Alpen (iron-ore alps) by following the steep, narrow valley of the Enns river. This gorge, called Gesause, begins a short distance from Admont, near Hieflau. The entrance to the gorge presents great views of the river a ...

Seckau
Country: Austria

The small town of Seckau, established in the 13th century, has some interesting houses and the late-Gothic chapel of St Lucia in the town square. But the main claim to fame lies with Seckau Abbey, originally Augustinian and taken over by the Benedi ...

Leoben
Country: Austria

Leoben, Styria’s second largest town, is an industrial and academic centre. Beautiful mansion houses line Hauptplatz (main square), and the adjacent streets bear witness to the town’s early wealth derived from the local iron deposits. There is ...

Mariazell
Country: Austria

The earliest records of the church devoted to the Birth of the Virgin Mary date from 1266, but it is believed to have been established in 1157 and its 850th anniversary was celebrated in 2007. Mariazell is the main pilgrimage centre for the Roman C ...

St. Florian
Country: Austria

Florian, the prefect of the Roman Noricum Province, converted to Christianity and was tortured and thrown into the Enns river as a result in 304. His body was retrieved and, in the 11th century, a magnificent abbey and a church were built on the si ...

Perg
Country: Austria

Perg, a small town with a long history situated 30 km (19 miles) east of Linz, was once owned by the mighty von Perg family, whose last member died in the 12th century, during the Third Crusade. Until the 19th century Perg was the largest centre of ...

Kefermarkt
Country: Austria

The main attraction in this little town is its 15th-century Wallfahrtskirche (pilgrimage church), built by Christoph von Zelking, the master of Kefermarkt’s castle, Schloss Weinberg. He also commissioned its altar dedicated to his favourite saint ...

Freistadt
Country: Austria

Freistadt, the largest town in the Muhlviertel region, was once the last border fortress on the route leading from the alpine countries to Bohemia. Much of the medieval town wall has survived to this day, including several bastions and two impressi ...

Scharding
Country: Austria

This town on the banks of the Inn River was, until 1779, owned by the Bavarian family of Wittelsbach, whose influence can be seen in the local architecture. Scharding’s most beautiful feature is its Stadtplatz, the central square cut in half by b ...

Obernberg am Inn
Country: Austria

Until the late 18th century, Obernberg belonged to Bavaria and was ruled by the bishops of Passau. In 1779, it transferred to Austria. The old market town has preserved its lovely Marktplatz, the central town square, lined with pretty houses with e ...

Braunau am Inn
Country: Austria

Braunau is a substantial border town on the Inn River and one of the prettiest spots in the entire region. It was built by the Dukes of Lower Bavaria, who ruled it for a long time. Originally intended as a bridgehead in their battles with the East, ...

Schmiding
Country: Austria

Upper Austria’s largest zoo, covering an area of some 120,000 sq m (30 acres), is based at Schmiding, 7 km (4 miles) north of Wels. This modern zoo, with giraffes, monkeys, crocodiles, exotic birds and 1,500 other animal species, is famous for it ...

Lambach
Country: Austria

Lambach, conveniently located on the left bank of the Traun River, grew rich in the Middle Ages thanks to the flourishing salt trade. Around 1040 Count Arnold II Wels-Lambach and his wife Regilinda transformed the family seat into a monastery. Thei ...

Wels
Country: Austria

The history of Wels dates back to Roman days, as testified by numerous excavations. Some of the objects discovered are on display in the former Minorites’ Abbey, including the famous Wels Venus, a bronze statuette from the 1st—2nd century AD an ...

Kremsmunster
Country: Austria

Perched high above the Krems river stands the 8thcentury Benedictine Abbey of Kremsmunster, its present appearance dating mostly from the 17th century. The abbey was completed by Jakob Prandtauer, to designs by Carlo Carlone. Two of its most remark ...

Steyr
Country: Austria

Steyr, one of Austria’s largest industrial centres, is also a very attractive town which has managed to preserve its old town almost intact. The townscape is punctuated in the north by the turrets of the castle and in the south by the towers of t ...

Bad Hall
Country: Austria

Bad Hall, a health resort between Steyr and Kremsmunster, lies on the so-called “Romantic Route”, but the idyllic scenery is just one of its attractions: it also boasts the richest iodine springs in Central Europe. A highly modern resort su ...

Stadl-Paura
Country: Austria

Stadl-Paura, a small town on the right bank of the Traun River 2 km (1 mile) south of Lambach, has an imposing Dreifaltigkeitskirche (church of the Holy Trinity). Construction of the church was started in 1714 in thanksgiving for the sparing of the ...

Schwanenstadt
Country: Austria

This small town, situated between Lambach and Vocklabruck, is today an important economic centre. In the centre of town stands a Neo-Gothic parish church with a 78-m (256-ft) spire, built in 1900 on the site of an earlier Gothic church. Worth seein ...

Vocklabruck
Country: Austria

In 1134, Wezelo von Schondorf built a bridge over the Vockla River, and next to it a church and a hospital. Soon a trading settlement sprang up which later became a large town. The only original structures that have survived are two medieval towers ...

Gmunden
Country: Austria

This lakeside town, on the northern end of Traunsee, established itself as a trading post in the salt trade. Today, it is a popular and well-run health resort, and it is also known for its fine ceramics. Gmunden’s old town centre is situated betw ...

Traunkirchen
Country: Austria

Precariously perched on a rocky promontory, the small village of Traunkirchen is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Salzkammergut (209). It creates a lovely picture, clinging to the west shore of Traunsee, Austria’s deepest lake, wit ...

Salzkammergut Lakes
Country: Austria

One of the most picturesque peaks in the area, Schafberg (Sheep Mountain) rises to 1,783 m (5,850 ft) between Attersee and Wolfgangsee. A mountain railway with steam locomotives takes visitors to the summit, although you have to walk the last bit. ...

St. Wolfgang
Country: Austria

On the northern shore of Wolfgangsee lies the popular town of St. Wolfgang. According to legend it arose around a chapel built by Wolfgang (died 994), Bishop of Regensburg in Germany and teacher of Emperor Henry II. Although he died a hermit, Wolfg ...

Bad Ischl
Country: Austria

Unusually potent saltwater springs were discovered in this region as early as the 16th century, but Bad Ischl did not become a popular health resort until the early 1800s, when the court doctor ordered saline treatments for the infertile Archduches ...

Hallstatt
Country: Austria

The small town of Hallstatt is one of the loveliest tourist destinations in the Salzkammergut. The steep drop of the Dachstein massif provides a scenic backdrop for the town and adjacent Hallstatter See. The houses are clustered together so tightly ...

Gosauseen
Country: Austria

You cannot truly appreciate the unique charms of the Salzkammergut without visiting this outstandingly beautiful alpine area. The Gosauseen are two small mountain lakes — Vorderer Gosausee and Hinterer Gosausee — both are beautifully situated i ...

Dachsteinhohlen
Country: Austria

The caves in the slopes of the Dachstein range are among Austria’s most beautiful and fascinating natural monuments. The vast caves, one of the largest systems on Earth and millions of years old, are covered by 500-yearold permafrost. After the l ...

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