Destinations

Villach

city in Austria

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Bad Aussee

Bad Aussee is located in Salzkammergut in the federal states Styria, Austria.

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Kaprun

part of the Europa Sport Region

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Vienna

capital and one of nine States of Austria

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Pinswang

municipality in Austria

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Eisenstadt

town in Austria

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Igls

human settlement

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Innsbruck

federated state capital of Tyrol, Austria

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Linz

capital city of Upper Austria, Austria

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Vöcklabruck

Vöcklabruck is a small town in Upper Austria. Vöcklabruck is the capital city of the region with the same name.

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Hallstatt

Hallstatt is a small town overlooking the Hallstätter See (Lake Hallstatt) in the Salzkammergut, in the federal states Upper Austria of Austria.

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Eng

the largest alm in Europe and one of the most remote settlements in the Alps

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Zell am See

municipality in Austria

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Salzburg

city in Salzburg federated state, Austria

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Klagenfurt

city in Austria

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Graz

capital of Styria, Austria

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Bregenz

capital of Vorarlberg, the westernmost federal state of Austria

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Sights

Tyrol (state)

federal state in western Austria

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Kunsthistorisches Museum

art museum in Vienna, Austria

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Lake Constance

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Vienna State Opera

Opera house in Vienna, Austria

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Albertina

museum of art in the Innere Stadt of Vienna, Austria

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St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna

cathedral in Vienna, Austria

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Mariazell

municipality in Austria

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Schönbrunn Palace

building in Vienna, Austria

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Lech (river)

river in Austria and Germany

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Mariahilf

6. district of Vienna

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Wattens

municipality in Austria

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Carpathian Mountains

The Carpathian Mountains are mountains in Central Europe from Poland to Romania.

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Vienna Secession

group of Austrian artists and architects

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Karawanks

A 120 km long mountain range of the Southern Limestone Alps on the border between Slovenia and Austria. It is traversed by important trade routes and has a great tourist significance. Ajdna, Roblek under Begunjščica or Dobrča.

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Wörthersee

lake

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Territorial Abbey of Wettingen-Mehrerau

A bit outside of the city, but can easily be reached by walking or cycling along the lake. The monastery has a museum with exhibits illustrating monastic life.

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Tiergarten Schönbrunn

zoo in Vienna

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Eggenberg Palace, Graz

Early Baroque architecture with lavish state rooms. There is a small (€ 2.00) fee for entering the park surrounding the castle, which they likely will not charge if you say you intend to take the castle tour. The castle guided tour is highly recommended though, as it contains dramatic wall and ceiling paintings, elaborate ceramic stoves, and inlaid wood floors. Eggenberg Castle is closed from 1 January till 23 of March.

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Lake Ossiach

lake

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Kunsthaus Bregenz

contemporary art museum in Austria

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Mirabell Palace

Next to the Salzach river and the Mozarteum University of Music and Arts lies a beautiful castle with gardens, built by an archbishop for his beloved courtesan. Watch out for the "Garden of Dwarfs" and the Garden of Roses. Inside, you find the marble stairs of Raffael Donner, and the world's most beautiful wedding hall, the Marble Hall. If you plan to marry there, reservations should be made at least a year in advance. Weddings in English are only held on Tuesday and Friday. If you don't speak German, you can't get married any other day!

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Lentos Art Museum

Houses a large collection focusing on modern art, with representative works by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, and Oskar Kokoschka, as well as current contemporary art.

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Grossglockner High Alpine Road

Austrian mountain pass

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Schlossberg (Graz)

hill and former fortress in the centre of the city of Graz, Austria

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Stadttheater Klagenfurt

Klagenfurt's theater is well known (even beyond the borders of Carinthia) for the high quality of its theatre and opera performances.

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Wachau

valley in Austria

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Goldenes Dachl

Most famous landmark of the city since 1500, the Golden Roof is a late-Gothic alcove balcony of which the roof is decorated with 2657 fire-gilded copper tiles. It was built to commemorate the wedding of Emperor Maximilian I with Bianca Maria Sforza. The balcony allowed the Emperor and his wife to enjoy festivals, tournaments and other events on the square below.

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Bregenzer Festspiele

A famous festival attracting 200,000 visitors each year. The centerpiece of the festival is its main stage built on Lake Constance, the largest floating stage in the world. The open-air production changes every two years, with Mozart's The Magic Flute in 2013 and 2014. The setting – 7,000 seats looking out over the lake, the larger-than-life stage, night falling during the performance, and the cool breeze coming off the lake – is truly spectacular. In addition to the production on the floating stage, there is a yearly changing program including an opera in the Festival House (Festhaus), a series of orchestral concerts and other cultural events such as Kunst aus der Zeit (KAZ) and cross culture.

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Museum der Moderne Salzburg

Two locations: Wiener Philharmonikergasse 9, and Mönchsberg 32. The Salzburg Museum of Modern Art is on the cliff overlooking the old town. It houses contemporary art works from the 20th and 21st centuries, along with rotating international art displays.

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Mariazell Basilica

parish church

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Court Church

church

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Hofburg, Innsbruck

The palace is a former Habsburg palace, and considered one of the 3 most important cultural buildings in Austria (the others being the Hofburg palace and Schönbrun palace in Vienna). It is the main building of a large residential complex used by the Habsburg dynasty. Construction started around 1460 under Archduke Sigismund, including medieval fortifications such as the Rumer Gate which was converted into the Heraldic Tower in 1499 under Emperor Maximilian I. The palace saw numerous expansions during the next 2.5 centuries. The most significant alterations were made between 1754 and 1773 under Empress Maria Theresia, who gave it a Baroque outlook. The palace now hosts 5 themed museum areas: Maria Theresia's Rooms from the 18th century, Empress Elisabeth's Apartment from the 19th century, a Furniture Museum, an Ancestral Gallery, and a Painting Gallery. The museum areas illustrate different aspects of the political and cultural history of the imperial palace under reign of the Habsburg dynasty for over 4.5 centuries.

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Schloss Esterházy

château in Eisenstadt, Austria

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Hellbrunn Palace

Once the summer palace of the Archbishops of Salzburg it has lots of clever fountains and pretty gardens. When you take the tour stand next to the guide otherwise you will get wet. Hellbrunn is surrounded by vast gardens, including a good children's playground with swings and flying fox (zip wire), and a cold wading pool, and is a perfect place for a picnic or a long walk through the green. In the Steintheater (Stone Theater), the first opera in Middle Europe was conducted. Children and adults alike are amused. There is an excellent and substantial zoo within the grounds.

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Old Cathedral, Linz

Designed according to drawings by Pietro Francesco Carlone, the cathedral was built between 1669 and 1678. It was the cathedral church of the diocese of Linz from 1785-1909. The single-nave Baroque church has lateral chapels and galleries, as well as a closed choir and stucco work by J.P. Spaz and G.B. Mazza. The marble high altar is by Colomba and Barberini with a picture by Antonio Bellucci. The Aloisian altar picture is by Bartolomeo Altomonte. The choir pews originate from the former monastery church in Garsten, while the organ by Franz Xaver Krismann derives from Engelzell monastery. From 1856-1868 Anton Bruckner served as the cathedral organist.

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New Cathedral, Linz

The construction of the neo-Gothic cathedral was already initiated in 1855 by F.J. Rudiger, then Bishop of Linz, and the foundation stone was laid in 1862. The building was designed by the Cologne cathedral builder Vinzenz Statz. The cathedral was consecrated in 1924. The height of the tower was limited to 134m (as it was not permitted to surpass St Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna). The cathedral can accommodate 20,000 worshippers and is also notable for its stained glass windows, including the famous Linz Window with scenes from the history of Linz (left front). At Christmas the crypt church contains one of the largest nativity scenes, measuring 12 m in length.

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Carnuntum

human settlement in Austria

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Mozart's birthplace

The Mozart family lived in this house in the heart of Salzburg from 1747-1773, where W.A. Mozart was born on 27 January 1756. The house is now a popular museum devoted to Mozart and his family, with interesting memorabilia and letters. Well worth a quick visit.

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Armoury, Innsbruck

Construction of the Armoury between 1500 and 1505 was ordered by Maximilian I to strengthen the defensive capabilities of the city, as illustrated by its location near the city walls at the time, next to the main entrance gate of the Sill. The building consists of 2 large 80 m long wings and 2 narrow gatehouses forming a large inner courtyard. It served as a storage for weapons such as cannons and small arms, and a training ground for the city guard. The Armoury retained its function as barracks until the fall of the Austrian Empire in 1918, after which it was closed. The Tyrolean State sourced funds for an extensive restoration from 1964 until 1969, and the Armoury reopened for the public in 1973 as the Tyrolean State History Museum, a branch of the Tyrolean State Museum. On display are historical and technical collections illustrating the history of Tyrol from classic antiquity to the present. In summer, the inner courtyard is often use for open-air cinemas and concerts.

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Hofgarten, Innsbruck

Large park at the edge of the Old Town (Altstadt) covering an area of 10 ha between the Congress Palace, the Imperial Palace (Hofburg) and the Tyrolean State Theatre. The initiative for the park was taken by Archduke Ferdinand II in the 16th century, and at the time of completion it was one of the most elaborate gardens north of the Alps. It underwent transformations into a Renaissance style garden, a French formal garden, and since 1858 an English landscape garden. The garden features ponds, a playground, a palm house with 1700 species, and several restaurants and bars. Some of the plants in the park were planted by Austrian empress Maria Theresa.

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Herz-Jesu-Kirche

parish church

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Landskron Castle (Carinthia)

the remains of the old fortress of Landskron are on the top of a hill, 676 m high. A great part of the castle was destroyed by a fire in the 19th century, but some parts are still there and a few halls can be visited. There is also a restaurant, and every Tuesday evening there is a special "medieval" dinner served by waiters dressed in period costumes. The view from the castle is wonderful. From here you can see Villach and the valley of the river Drau with its lakes, and the Slovenian Alps on the other side of the valley.

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Tyrolean Folk Art Museum

Considered among the finest regional heritage museums in Europe, next to the Hofkirche and across from the Hofburg. Its collection features a remarkable selection of cultural artifacts from Tyrol, spread over four wings of a former Franciscan monastery around an arcaded Renaissance courtyard. The permanent exhibition includes handicrafts, costumes, household items, glass, pottery and ceramics, furniture, and many more. A large part is devoted to religious and secular folk art. The architecture of the museum itself is also worth visiting, with rooms outfitted in wood-paneled Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque style salvaged from noble houses in the area.

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Säuling

mountain

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Helbling House

A 15th-century house which adopted different architectural styles in later centuries until it evolved into its current amalgamation of Gothic and Baroque facade. The Rococo stucco decorations that look like icing on a cake were added in the early 18th century, and these bows, window frames, oriels, masks, sculptures and shells are what makes this building unique. The architecture helps to capture a maximum of sunlight, which is sparse in the Alps. The last major construction took place in 1732 by Anton Gigl, after which the building was renamed to Sebastian Helbling who owned it at from 1800 until 1827.

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Pöstlingbergbahn

The historic "Pöstlingbergbahn", Europe’s steepest mountain railway, is not operating any more. The renovated Pöstlingberg tramway is in operation and makes runs from Hauptplatz through Urfahr and through the neighborhoods up the Pöstlingberg its self. Additionally, you can take Bus No. 50 from Hauptplatz (main square) to the top of Pöstlingberg.

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Patscherkofel

mountain in Tyrol, Austria

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Rote Wand

mountain

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Bergisel Ski Jump

The Bergisel jump is a design by Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid in 2001, replacing the far less glorious jump stadium that hosted the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympic Games. You can still stand beneath the Olympic rings and flame holder, and either walk 450 steps to the top or take a funicular lift. Because of its design and prominent location (on Bergisel, south of Innsbruck) it is considered a new city landmark. During sporting events, the jumping tower is not accessible, and a ticket is needed to enter the terrain.

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Minimundus

miniature park

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Hafelekarspitze

The highest section of the Nordkettenbahn, the Hafelekar chairlift takes visitors to the top of the highest point of the Nordkette moutain, from which the 47.312811.38631 Hafelekarspitze can be reached by foot in approx. 10 - 15 min. Halfway to the summit is the 47.3126911.383831 Cosmic Radiation Research Station of the University of Innsbruck, and an amateur radio outpost.

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Triumphal Arch, Innsbruck

It was built in 1765 to mark the marriage of archduke Leopold and the Spanish princess Maria Ludovica. The north side displays mourning themes on the occasion of Franz Stephan of Lothringen.

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Kühtai

ski resort

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Bergkirche (Eisenstadt)

church

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Stubaital

valley

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Pfänderbahn

Signage throughout town will direct you to the cable car station.

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Dunkelsteinerwald

mountain range

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Vassacher See

lake in Austria

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Petersfriedhof Salzburg

Perhaps most remarkable are the small catacombs (€2 adults, €1.50 children) carved into the nearby cliff side. Climb up for a couple of small chapels and a nice overlook. The church will be closed for renovations on 25 Sep 2018, for provisionally one year.

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Museum of Art Fakes

The Museum of Art Fakes is a museum of faked and forged artworks that opened in Vienna, Austria in 2005. This small, privately run museum in the Landstraße district is the only one of its kind in the German-speaking world.

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Botanical Garden of the University of Innsbruck

The garden is operated by the University of Innsbruck and covers an area of 2 ha. It was established around 1911 and replaced an earlier garden, then redesigned after the Second World War from 1948 to 1965. The Alpine rock garden underwent another revision from 1987 to 1990 to update it to the most modern botanical principles. The greenhouses were constructed in 1909, with 3 additional greenhouses added from 1977 to 1979, a succulent house in 1993, and a 6th greenhouse for container plants in 1997. Visitors can view over 5,000 different species in the garden.

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Eboardmuseum

A museum for electronic key instruments.

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Skulpturenpark Artpark

A 5,000-m² sculpture garden, with works by more than 20 artists.

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Alpine Club Museum

Museum dedicated to the history of alpinism, hosted in the Hofburg. The museum is owned and operated by the Austrian Alpine Club ÖAV, and received numerous prizes including the Tyrolean and Austrian Museum Prizes, as well as being nominated for the European Museum Prize in 2010. The original museum opened in 1911 in a former villa on the Isar river side, but was destroyed by shelling in 1944 during the Second World War. It was rebuilt and reopened in 1977 in its current location. Since 1996 there are regular exhibitions on various mountaineering related topics. The collection covers over 700 m² of exhibits.

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Kremlhoftheater Villach

Claiming to be the smallest theater in the world, it seats 8 people and has a stage measuring 1.30 m (4.3 ft) by 1.30 m (4.3 ft)

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Austria

Austria (German: Österreich, literally "the Eastern Realm" or "Eastern Empire") is a landlocked alpine German-speaking country in Central Europe bordering Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west, Germany and the Czech Republic to the north, Slovakia and Hungary to the east and Slovenia and Italy to the south. Austria, along with neighboring Switzerland, is the winter sports center of Europe. However, it is just as popular for summer tourists who visit its historic cities and villages and hike in the magnificent scenery of the Alps.

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Slovenia

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Germany

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