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Best places to visit in Austria

St. Johann in Tirol
Country: Austria

St. Johann in Tirol is a popular winter sports resort, boasting good downhill runs on the northern slopes of the Kitzbuheler Horn and splendid conditions for crosscountry skiing. The town has several Baroque buildings with picturesque elevations, a ...

Kitzbuhel
Country: Austria

Once the undisputed winter sports capital of the country, Kitzbuhel now has to share its crown with other resorts. The alpine town is surrounded by several mountain massifs, with scores of well-signposted trails. The best conditions are offered by ...

Brenner
Country: Austria

At an altitude of 1,374 m (4,508 ft), the Brenner Pass is the lowest passage across the Eastern Alps, and as such one of the most easily accessible routes connecting northern Europe with Italy. Separating the Stubai Alps from the Zillertal Alps, th ...

Stubaital
Country: Austria

Travelling on the Brenner motorway from Innsbruck towards Italy you will pass the Stubai Alps to your right, a high ridge massif with few valleys. The lowest route into the centre of the massif runs along the Stubaital (Stubai Valley), with its bus ...

Otztal
Country: Austria

Following the course of the Otztaler Ache, a tributary of the Inn river, is the long valley of Otztal. At its southern end, near the border with Italy, rises the Otztaler Alpen range, with many peaks above 3,500 m (11,500 ft): the Wildspitze at 3,7 ...

Seefeld
Country: Austria

This small town, occupying a large sunny plateau, is one of the most attractive places near Innsbruck. It is a smart resort, with elegant shops along a wide promenade, and boasts a variety of attractions. In the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics, Seefe ...

Ehrwald
Country: Austria

Nestling below the western side of Zugspitze (2,965 m/ 9728 ft), the highest peak of the Bavarian Alps, is the resort village of Ehrwald. On the German side of the mountain is the resort of Garmisch- Partenkirchen, the most popular winter sports ce ...

Reutte
Country: Austria

Reutte is the largest town in the Ausserfern district, a remote area that was cut off from the world for a considerable time: it is said that the first car arrived here only in 1947. Reutte can be reached from Innsbruck via the Fern Pass, a route f ...

Elbigenalp
Country: Austria

The Lech river valley, which is parallel to the Inn river valley and snakes between mountain passes, cuts a deep ravine between the Allgauer Alps and the Lechtal Alps. About half-way between the towns of Reutte and Warth lies Elbigenalp, a small vi ...

Lech am Arlberg
Country: Austria

This small resort is situated on a large plateau at an altitude of 1,450 m (4,757 ft), not far from the source of the Lech river. Lech is regarded as one of Austria’s most beautiful and most elegant mountain resorts. In order to protect the natur ...

Zurs am Arlberg
Country: Austria

Zurs, a tiny resort some 6 km (4 miles) south of Lech, lies at an altitude of 1,716 m (5,630 ft). Along with neigh-bouring Lech, Zurs places a great emphasis on the protection of the natural environment. As a rule, the few hotels and pensions accep ...

Ischgl
Country: Austria

Ischgl, on the Trisanna river at the eastern end of the Silvrettastrasse, is one of the loveliest Austrian resorts. An international ski centre, at an altitude of 1,377 m (4,518 ft), it provides access to 200 km (120 miles) of ski runs and 40 lifts ...

Lunersee
Country: Austria

Lunersee lies at the foot of the Schesaplana peak (2,965 m/9,728 ft), at an altitude of 1,907 m (6,257 ft). Once this was the largest lake in Eastern Austria, surrounded by rugged mountains crisscrossed with ravines. The dam built here in 1958 rais ...

Bludenz
Country: Austria

Beautifully situated at the confluence of five alpine valleys, the town of Bludenz is now a popular resort with excellent skiing areas in its environs. An 10th-century document survives in which Otto I gives the Bishop of Chur a church “in loco P ...

Bodensee
Country: Austria

Bodensee, or Lake Constance as it is also known, is one of the largest and best-known European lakes. It divides its waters between the three countries surrounding it: Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Austria actually only claims a very small part ...

Lustenau
Country: Austria

A fairly large town, Lustenau lies 5 km (3 miles) north of the mouth of the Rhine as it joins Bodensee, on the border with Switzerland. It is famous for its beautiful embroidery and lace-making, popular throughout Austria. It was at Lustenau that t ...

St. Paul im Lavanttal
Country: Austria

On the banks of the Lavant river stands one of the largest churches in Austria, the Benedictine Abbey of St Paul. Within the abbey complex is a well-preserved Romanesque church. The apse is decorated with reliefs showing the Adoration of the Magi a ...

Volkermarkt
Country: Austria

This town lies on the banks of a reservoir created by damming the Drau river, 25 km (16 miles) east of the Carinthian capital, Klagenfurt. It grew up around the bridge across the Drau and the 12thcentury church of St Rupert, whose Romanesque tower ...

Maria Saal
Country: Austria

The first church was erected at Maria Saal in the 8th century, and a secondary Christianization was conducted from here, which is why it became known as the cradle of Carinthia. The pilgrimage church, built in 1430—56, has a stone statue of the V ...

Hochosterwitz
Country: Austria

The fortress of Hochosterwitz, one of the symbols of Carinthia, perches on a rock 160 m (525 ft) high and is clearly visible from afar. Although the origins of the castle can be traced back to Roman times, it was built in the 16th century by Domeni ...

Magdalensberg
Country: Austria

On top of Magdalene Hill, rising 1,056 m (3,465 ft) from the Glan valley, are the remains of a town believed to be ancient Noricum, dating from the late-Celtic and early- Roman periods. Numerous finds, fragments of statues and the remains of old al ...

St. Veit an der Glan
Country: Austria

From 1174 to 1518, St. Veit an der Glan was the seat of the dukes of Spanheim, who ruled Carinthia during the Middle Ages; it then lost its position to Klagenfurt. Many historic buildings are preserved in the old town around Hauptplatz, including t ...

Gurk
Country: Austria

Gurk, the former ecclesiastical capital of Carinthia, is dominated by a cathedral church, built in 1140—1200 by Bishop Roman and one of the most outstanding achievements of Austrian Romanesque architecture. The Gothic vestibule is adorned by stai ...

Friesach
Country: Austria

Friesach is Carinthia’s oldest town, with a history going back to 860, when the nearby fortress of Petersberg was founded. Traces of the town’s glorious past have survived to this day, including a moated town wall, 820 m (2,690 ft) long, and se ...

Villach
Country: Austria

The town of Spittal is dominated by the Goldeck peak (2,142 m/7,028 ft). The history of the town began in the 12th century, when Count Ortenburg founded a church and a Spittal or hospice on this site. The town owes its Renaissance character to the ...

Millstatt
Country: Austria

The greatest attraction in Millstatt, on the northern shore of Millstatter See, is a Benedictine Abbey dating from 1070. From then until 1469 it was run by the Hirsau Benedictines; later the monastery and church passed into the hands of the Order o ...

Gmund
Country: Austria

In the 12th century, the Archbishops of Salzburg who ruled Gmund began to encircle the town with mighty fortifications, many of which survive to this day, including old gate turrets and bastions. Two castles tower over the town: the older one, Alte ...

Molltal
Country: Austria

The Moll river, a tributary of the Drau and overshadowed by Grosses Reisseck peak, runs along the Molltal, a valley whose upper reaches form a natural extension of the magnificent road known as Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse. The river meanders sce ...

Lienz
Country: Austria

The town has been the capital of East Tyrol since 1919 but its origins date back to the Middle Ages. The Stadtpfarrkirche St Andra (parish church of St Andrew), a triple-nave Gothic basilica, was built in the 15th century; western sections include ...

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