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20 Unmissable Attractions in Austria

Naturpark Sölktäler | © 
 Lupi Spuma / Tourist Board
Naturpark Sölktäler | © Lupi Spuma / Tourist Board
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.

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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

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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.
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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.

Weingut Nikolaihof Wachau, Mautern an der Donau © 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

Hallstatt

This quaint village, located in the Salzkammergut region, is one of the most charming in all of Austria, with wooden Alpine houses, 16th-century architecture and mountainous landscapes.

© Österreich Werbung, Photographer: Weinhaeupl W.

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

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St. Stephen’s Cathedral: view from St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Fiakers
St. Stephen’s Cathedral: view from St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Fiakers | ©WienTourismus/Peter Rigaud
A magnificent Gothic masterpiece, this iconic building was almost entirely destroyed during WWII. The colourful mosaic roof is especially impressive.
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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

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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.
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Lainzer Tiergarten, Vienna

Wild hogs roam the grounds of this sprawling nature reserve, once the hunting ground of the Emperor.

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.

Café 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.