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Best places to visit in Austria

Hellbrunn
Country: Austria

Schloss Hellbrunn, once a summer residence of Salzburg’s Archbishop Marcus Sitticus, stands about 4 km (2 miles) south of Salzburg. Sitticus was a nephew of Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau, with an Italian mother. He spent most of his life in Italy, a ...

Anif
Country: Austria

Another 2 km (1 mile) beyond Hellbrunn, also south of Salzburg, stands the small Neo-Gothic castle of Anif. Once a suburban residence, it now lies virtually within the limits of the town Anif. Its earliest historic records date from the 15th centur ...

St. Gilgen
Country: Austria

St. Gilgen is the largest resort in the Salzburg area of the Salzkammergut. Set on the western shores of the warm Wolfgangsee, amid mountain scenery, this is one of the most attractive health resorts in Austria. St. Gilgen was the birthplace of Moz ...

Hallein
Country: Austria

The town of Hallein was founded in the 13th century, but salt was mined here way back in prehistoric times. The long association with the salt trade is apparent from the town’s name: hall is the Celtic word for “salt”. The “white goldâ ...

Golling
Country: Austria

South of Hallein lies the small town of Golling. At its centre stands the Church of St John the Baptist and St John the Evangelist, with a Gothic main nave and remodelled Baroque side naves. A small medieval castle, devoid of any ornaments and adjo ...

Abtenau
Country: Austria

Abtenau, a summer resort situated in the Salzburg Dolomites, is surrounded by the mighty peaks of the Tennengebirge. The church in the valley was built around 1500. Its main nave is guarded by figures of St George and St Florian. On the north wall, ...

Werfen
Country: Austria

The little town of Werfen has several interesting churches. St James’s Church is mentioned in 14th-century records, but its present style dates from a 17th-century Baroque conversion. The Marian Church was built in the early 18th century. Environ ...

Bischofshofen
Country: Austria

The Celtic settlement that stood on the site of the present Bischofshofen was once a centre of the copper mining trade; the area was also rich in salt mines. Colonization of the region started well before recorded history and traces of ancient cult ...

Radstadt
Country: Austria

The small town of Radstadt grew up around a 13thcentury fortress on the banks of the Enns river. Its wealth hailed from its propitious location on the road to Venice, and its monopoly position in the wine trade. Radstadt also had a licence to stock ...

St. Johann im Pongau
Country: Austria

The largest town in the region, St. Johann im Pongau is a popular resort, visited for its excellent skiing conditions in winter and its plentiful facilities for swimming and walking in summer. Little remains of its original buildings due to a serie ...

Wagrain
Country: Austria

Wagrain, situated at an altitude of 800 m (2,625 ft), is the centre of a highly developed winter sports area known as Ski Alliance. This vast terrain extends between the Tennengebirge and Radstadter Tauern mountain ranges, and includes several vill ...

Mauterndorf
Country: Austria

Strategically positioned on the road connecting Salzburg with the Hohe Tauern passes, this little town owed its former wealth to the road tolls it was able to collect. Mauterndorf’s greatest attraction is its Schloss, built in the 13th century an ...

Moosham
Country: Austria

Near the southern end of Radstadter Tauernstrasse, high above the Mur river, towers Schloss Moosham, which also belonged to the Archbishops of Salzburg. The structure probably dates from the 13th century and consists of an upper and a lower castle. ...

Tamsweg
Country: Austria

The largest town in the isolated Lungau region, Tamsweg is famous for its curious Samson Processions, when an effigy of Samson and other figures are paraded around town. Tamsweg owes its past wealth to the iron and salt trade. Fine town houses, suc ...

Kaprun
Country: Austria

Kaprun is a popular winter sports resort. It is also famous for its sophisticated hydroelectric power station, which is acclaimed as a wonder of technology and one of the greatest achievements of human ingenuity. Work on the construction of the Kap ...

Zell am See
Country: Austria

This picture-postcard town on the western shores of Zeller See has a long history. First recorded as the Roman settlement of Bisontio, in medieval times Zell was a mining centre. Among its more interesting historic sights are the 13th-century Vogtt ...

Saalbach
Country: Austria

At the heart of the Glemmtal lies this small town, marking the border between Salzburger Land and Tyrol. A charming winter resort with guaranteed snow, it provides access to 200 km (120 miles) of pistes, with beginner and more challenging runs righ ...

Lofer
Country: Austria

The town of Lofer, in the green Salzach Valley, has retained much of the charm of an old mountain village. It is surrounded by the snowcovered rocky summits of the Loferer Steinberge (Stone Mountains). These limestone mountains hide many caves stil ...

Mittersill
Country: Austria

This summer resort at the main crossroads of the Upper Salzach Valley sprang up around a castle. The castle was built in the 12th century and since then has been rebuilt many times, following its destruction during the Peasant Wars and numerous fir ...

Krimmler Wasserfalle
Country: Austria

In the northwestern part of the Hohe Tauern National Park (p278—81), on the border between the provinces of Salzburger Land and Tyrol, are the famous Krimmler Wasserfalle, the waterfalls of the Krimmler Ache, the stream flowing from the glacier o ...

Igls
Country: Austria

This small town south of Innsbruck, which had long been popular as a holiday centre and winter-sports resort, was given a new face for the 1976 Winter Olympic Games when modern toboggan and bobsleigh runs were built. The nearby Patscherkofel (2,247 ...

Hall in Tirol
Country: Austria

Hall ranks mostly as a holiday resort, but the Old Town, with much of its original architecture intact, bears testimony to the town’s former glory. The symbol of Hall is the twelve-sided tower, known as the Mint Tower, of Burg Hasegg. This castle ...

Wattens
Country: Austria

The Swarovski factory of decorative glass and glass jewellery and its museum in Wattens are a unique and fascinating experience. Here you can see the world’s largest cut crystal (300,000 carats), and a crystal wall 11 m (36 ft) high, with several ...

Schwaz
Country: Austria

During the 16th century, this busy commercial town in the Inn river valley was the second largest in the Tyrol. Schwaz suffered extensive damage during the battle of 1809, but it has preserved some lovely historic sights. The most impressive of the ...

Tratzberg
Country: Austria

A short way from Schwaz, in the Inn river valley, stands the impressive Renaissance Schloss Tratzberg. This castle was once a frontier fortress which guarded Andechs county against the Bavarians. It changed hands many times and is now the private p ...

Achensee
Country: Austria

Situated between the Inn and the Isar river basins is Achensee, the largest lake in Tyrol, about 9 km (6 miles) long. On its northern shore the Karwendel mountain range extends up to Innsbruck. On its eastern shore are the Rofan Mountains, with the ...

Alpbach
Country: Austria

In a high mountain valley on the Alpbach river lies the town of the same name that once a year becomes the intellectual capital of Europe. Every year since 1945, delegates representing the worlds of science, politics, economics and culture have gat ...

Worgl
Country: Austria

The industrial town of Worgl, at the fork of Inn river and Brixentaler Ache (a stream), is an important road and rail hub. The earliest settlement on the site, revealed by archaeological finds on the northeastern outskirts of town, date from the Br ...

Soll
Country: Austria

Soll, a small town in the foothills of the Hohe Salve, part of the Wilder Kaiser (Wild Emperor) massif, grew around the Church of St Peter and St Paul. Built in 1361 but completely altered in the Baroque style in 1768 by Franz Bock of Kufstein, it ...

Kufstein
Country: Austria

The remains of a Stone Age settlement have been found in this health resort and tourist centre on the Bavarian border. On a rocky hill to the north of the town stands the Feste Kufstein, a mighty fortress with a small barbican and the Emperor’s T ...

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