20 Unmissable Attractions in Austria Naturpark Sölktäler | ©
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With dramatic Alpine landscapes, Baroque architecture and a rich culture, Austria has much to offer its visitors. Here is a round-up of some of the must-see sites.
Old Town, Salzburg Salzburg, considered one of Vienna’s most beautiful cities, is picture-perfect. Be beguiled by the charming atmosphere of the old town. Salzburg at night © werdepate / pixabay Vineyards outside Vienna
If you look beyond the skyline of Vienna, you’ll notice rolling green hills surrounding the edges. The
vineyards of Vienna, easily accessible by train or bus, are a wonderful place for wine lovers to spend an afternoon. At the outskirts of Vienna ©WienTourismus/Popp & Hackner Lake Attersee
One of the largest lakes in Upper Austria,
Lake Attersee is a hotspot for water sports junkies – attracting swimmers, windsurfers, and sailors in the summer months. Linz – Ars Electronica Center
Citing themselves as ‘the museum of the future’, this museum explores science, art and technology in a range of mediums.
Ars Electronica Center © Österreich Werbung / Volker Preusser Mountains of Innsbruck Innsbruck is beautiful all year round, but is especially awe-inspiring in the colder months, when it is transformed into a winter wonderland. One of the best places to hike in Austria, it has some incredible Alpine views that you won’t want to miss out on. Snow Innsbruck © Joergelman / Pixabay Österreichischer Skulpturenpark Museum Interactive sculpture park | © Österreich Werbung, Photographer: kriskulakova
Like a surrealist playground,
this sculpture park
, located south of Graz, is an odd amalgamation of man-made and natural aesthetics. Work by Austrian artists such as Franz West and Erwin Wurm can be seen.
Rogner Bad Blumau
There is nothing better than a day at the spa on an icy day. The thermal spa at Rogner Bad Blumau hotel, in Styria, is one of the most picturesque.
Rogner Bad Blumau @ Hundertwasser Architekturprojekt Lentos Museum, Linz
One of Austria’s finest museums of modern art, the Lentos Museum – which opened in 2003 – has a strong collection of works, including many European masterpieces.
Exterior Of The Museum © Linz Tourismus / Mueller Wachau World Heritage Trail
Experience Austria’s breathtaking natural beauty on this
110-mile hiking trail that overlooks the winding River Danube. © Österreich Werbung, Photographer: Nina Baumgartner © Österreich Werbung, Photographer: Nina Baumgartner Belvedere Palace, Vienna
There are many assets to this Imperial attraction, including the beautiful Botanic Gardens and a charming view of the city from the top of the hill.
Museums: Belvedere Palace, winter © WienTourismus / Popp & Hackner# MUMOK, Vienna
This museum of modern art is located in the located in the cultural hub of the
Museum’s Quarter, a must-see for contemporary art lovers. MuseumsQuartier © WienTourismus/Christian Stempe Kunsthistorische Museum
One of the most impressive buildings in the Ringstrasse area of Vienna, this museum houses an impressive collection of historical artworks, many from the House of Habsburg.
View of the Kunsthistorische und the Naturhistorische Museum © WienTourismus/Christian Stemper St Stephen’s Cathedral Cathedral © WienTourismus / Peter Rigaud
A magnificent Gothic masterpiece, this iconic building was almost entirely destroyed during WWII. The colourful mosaic roof is especially impressive.
Bathing House, Lake Constance
Lake Constance borders Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
This bathing house, located at the Seehotel, gives breathtaking views of this natural wonder. The Bathing House from a distance © Österreich Werbung, / Peter Burgstaller The Riegersburg Castle, Styria Museum The Castle at sunset | © Österreich Werbung, / Popp Hackner
This medieval castle sits upon a dormant volcano. It is worth the intimidating hike up to the top for some spectacular views of Styria.
Lainzer Tiergarten, Vienna Lainz Game Preserve © WienTourismus / Karl Thomas ‘Cheese Street’ in Vorarlberg
Sample the regional speciality ‘Bergkäse’ (mountain cheese) in
Voralberg, which has over 40 varieties of cheese. Café Central, Vienna
Vienna is extremely proud of its
coffee house culture, a tradition that dates back to the 16th century. Café Central is one of the most authentic and charming. Cafe Central Morgenstimmung © Café Central at Palais Ferstel, Vienna Zwölferkopf Mountain
Most Austrians head to the hills to ski during the winter break.
This area is one of the most breathtaking.
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