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20 Unmissable Attractions in Austria

Picture of Kate Jackson
Updated: 15 May 2017
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
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
At the outskirts of Vienna | ©WienTourismus/Popp & Hackner
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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
Ars Electronica Center | © Österreich Werbung / Volker Preusser

Ars-Electronica-Straße 1, 4040 Linz

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
Snow Innsbruck | © Joergelman / Pixabay
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Österreichischer Skulpturenpark

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.

Interactive sculpture park | © Österreich Werbung, Photographer: kriskulakova

Thalerhofstraße 85, 8141 Premstätten

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
Rogner Bad Blumau | @ Hundertwasser Architekturprojekt

Bad Blumau 100, 8283 Bad Blumau

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
Exterior Of The Museum | © Linz Tourismus / Mueller

Ernst-Koref-Promenade 1, 4020 Linz

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

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
Museums: Belvedere Palace, winter | ©WienTourismus/Popp & Hackner

Prinz Eugen-Straße 27, 1030 Wien

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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
MuseumsQuartier | © WienTourismus/Christian Stempe

Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Wien

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
View of the Kunsthistorische und the Naturhistorische Museum | © WienTourismus/Christian Stemper

Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Wien

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St Stephen’s Cathedral

A magnificent Gothic masterpiece, this iconic building was almost entirely destroyed during WWII. The colourful mosaic roof is especially impressive.

St. Stephen’s Cathedral: view from St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Fiakers©WienTourismus/Peter Rigaud

Stephansplatz 3, 1010 Wien

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
The Bathing House from a distance | © Österreich Werbung, / Peter Burgstaller
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The Riegersburg Castle, Styria

This medieval castle sits upon a dormant volcano. It is worth the intimidating hike up to the top for some spectacular views of Styria.

The Castle at sunset | © Österreich Werbung, / Popp Hackner

Riegersburg 1, 8333 Riegersburg

Lainzer Tiergarten, Vienna

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

Lainz Game Preserve
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
Cafe Central Morgenstimmung | © Café Central at Palais Ferstel, Vienna

Herrengasse 14, 1010 Wien

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Zwölferkopf Mountain

Most Austrians head to the hills to ski during the winter break. This area is one of the most breathtaking.