Austria Top Attractions

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Spanish Riding School

Vienna 1

The Spanish Riding School in Vienna is the only institution in the world which has practiced for over 430 years and continues to cultivate classical equitation in the Renaissance tradition of the haute école.

State Opera House

Vienna 1

Guides inside this historic Opera House will take you round and explain some of the history, the myths and the legends behind this famous Opera House

Austrian National Library

Vienna 1

Housed in a superb Baroque building, the Austrian National Library which holds documents dating back to the 14th century, is one of the world's leading librarys.

Castello di Montebello

Bellinzona

This fascinating fortification which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site now contain a historical and archaeological museum.

Church of the Augustinians

Vienna 1

This triple-naved Church of the Augustinians has been the scene of many great weddings including the marriage of Napoleon I to the Archduchess Marie Louise in 1810.

Giant Ferris Wheel

Vienna 2

You may want to visit this landmark of Vienna in the footsteps of the immortal movie 'The Third Man' or simply enjoy the view of the city from almost 200 feet up.

Hochosterwitz Castle (Burg Hochosterwitz)

Klagenfurt

Considered to be one of Austria's most impressive medieval castles. It is situated on a 160 metres (520 ft) Dolomite rock. Still privately owned, several of the rooms are open to the public.

Imperial Palace (Hofburg)

Innsbruck

Originally constructed in 1453, the Hofburg was remodeled in 1755 under Maria Teresia. Installation of the Baroque south wing , remodeling of the facade and grand staircase followed. The interior with largely intact original Rococo furnishings is a reminder of Innsbruck's Hapsburg past.

Kapruner Tal

Kaprun

The beautiful Kesselstrasse along the right bank of the Kapruner Ache, passes the works village and the large Kaprun-Hauptstufe power station, which harnesses the water power of the extensive glacier areas of the Hohe Tauern.

Kufstein

Achenkirch

A visit to the town of Kufstein, is like traveling back to the Middle Ages. This fortressed town is near the majestic Kaiser mountains. It boasts a well-preserved medieval center, innumerable recreational activities, and a large selection of marked hiking trails.

Kunsthistorisches Museum

Vienna 1

This museum contains not only one of the finest collections of art, but also many priceless objects created for the Habsburg emporers.

Mariendom

Linz

This cathedral, the city main cathedral ans monumental facades, all laboriously worked, great coloured windows inside and is located in the Domplatz. Don't miss the Lapis-lazuli sculpture in the Square.

Mirabell Palace and Gardens

Salzburg

his former palace now houses government offices. The gardens are where the von Trapp children sang "Do-Re-Mi" in the Sound of Music.

Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus)

Salzburg

Allow a couple of hours at least to make the most of this well-designed museum tracing the life and times of Mozart and his family.

Mozart's Birthplace (Mozart Gerburtshaus)

Salzburg

The birthplace of the famous composer displays numerous musical artifacts from his early childhood.

Salzburg Fortress (Festung Hohensalzburg)

Salzburg

Prince Archbishop Eberhard (1060 to 1088) built the first castle on the Festungsberg in 1077 and was little more than a bailey with a wooden wall, serving mostly for the protection of Imperial troops of the Holy Roman Empire.

Salzburg Old Town

Salzburg

The Old City is photographically rich with everything from panoramas to closeups. Dusk is particularly beautiful as the sun goes down behind the Alps and the lights come on.

Schönbrunn Palace

Vienna 13

magnificent Habsburg palace and gardens
This magnificent palace is just outside Vienna but well worth a visit. A sumptuous interior is enhanced by wonderful gardens, one of the oldest zoo's in the world and a fabulous palm house.

Swarovski Crystal Worlds (Swarovski Kristallwelten)

Innsbruck

Enter the amazing world of Swarovski Crystal and find a glittering display of fantastic artefacts and don't miss the shop!

Viennese Museum of Chocolate

Vienna 23

The First Viennese Museum of Chocolate, created by the Heindl Company, offers a glimpse at how these delicacies are produced and information about the progress from a cocoa bean to a sweet delight. Tastings included.

Belvedere Palace (Schloss Belvedere)

Vienna 3

Former residence of the Prince of Savoy consists of two palaces: one houses the Museum of Medieval Austrian Art and the Museum of Austrian Baroque; and a second contains the Austrian Gallery.

Vienna Prater

Vienna 2

From nostalgic rides to cutting-edge roller coasters, this attractions has something for everyone. If Amusement Parks aren't for you, head for Green Prater, an area of shady paths and quiet lawns.

Accademia Carrara

Bergamo

As of 2006, it possesses 1,800 paintings dating from the 15th to the 19th century, and by artists including Pisanello, Botticelli, Bellini, Carpaccio, Mantegna, Raffaello, Moroni, Baschenis, Fra Galgario, Tiepolo, Canaletto, and Piccio.

Accademia Gallery

Florence

The Gallery is particularly famous for its sculptures by Michelangelo: the Prisoners, the St.Matthew and, especially, the statue of David which was transferred here, to the specially designed tribune, from Piazza della Signoria in 1873.

Achensee Steam Cog Railway

Achenkirch

Built over 117 years ago, this remarkable railway is a memento of the great steam railway age. Its steam locomotives are among the oldest ones still operating in the world, and among the few used for commercial purposes.

Acquario di Genova

Genoa

Huge tanks form virtual walls of water among which visitors can wander accompanied by the sound of waves, currents and echoes from the deep. Some tanks reproduce natural environments from the Antarctic, the Mediterranean, the Red Sea, the Amazon and the Indian Ocean.

Akademie der bildenden Künste

Vienna 1

Concentrates on the classic Flemish, Dutch and German painters and includes Hieronymus Bosch, Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Rubens, Titian, Guardi, and Cranach the Elder. It still operates as an art school and is famous for rejecting Adolf Hitler twice.

Albertina

Vienna 1

An impressive building, worth seeing in its own right, houses travelling exhibitions and an impressive collection of Impressionist paintings.

Alpenpark Karwendel

Innsbruck

The Karwendel is the 2nd highest mountain in Germany, bordering Austria. Starting at the base lodge in Mittenwald a cable car takes you to the top of the Karwendel, approximately 20-30 minute ride. The view on the way up is breathtaking and not for the squeemish.

Alpenzoo

Innsbruck

Unlike traditional zoos, the Alpenzoo only features animals native to the Tyrol. It is a great favourite with children and there are play areas and an excellent restaurant serving Bavarian food.

Alpine Coaster

Imst

Make the most of the mountain views during the graceful chairlift ride to the start of the Coaster because during the Coaster ride you will be busy controlling your speed through the many twists, curves and bumps in the track of this exhilarating ride.

Alte Pinakothek

Munich

The Alte Pinakothek is one of the oldest art galleries in the world. It features more than 900 paintings from some of Europe’s greatest 14th to 19th century artists.

Alter Dom

Linz

The largest baroque church in the city and formerly the cathedral of Linz, the Alter Dom was constructed by the Jesuits at the end of the 17th century.

Alto Garda Bresciano

Gardone Riviera

The Alto Garda Bresciano park, with its sheer rock cliffs rising straight from the lake, the wide terracing, the twisting paths and the panoramic roads that wind among valleys, mountains, forests and towns, is a land of strong contrasts.

Anfiteatro Romano

Rimini

Probably erected during the 2nd Century, it was pillaged by the barbarians and damaged further by air raids in World War II. Now there are only a few remains of what used to be one of the largest amphitheatres in Emilia Romagna.

Antoniano dell’Arcella Sanctuary

Padova

The Antoniano dell’Arcella Sanctuary is thought to have been built by Saint Francis himself in 1220. The site became famous because two saints are said to have died here, the blessed Elena Enselmini and Saint Anthony.

Aquafan

Rimini

The largest water park within Europe offering fun entertainment. The park is constantly renewed and updated. Everything is possible here whether you fancy swimming at night or going to the Walky Cup disco during the day, the choice is yours.

Aqualandia

Jesolo

A superb water park with flumes and raft riding plus plenty of very hairy rides if you enjoy a thrill.

Archaeological Museum

Padova

The Archaeological Museum’s collection starts with the Pre-Roman period and features many of the findings from the Paduan Necropolis from the 8th to the 3rd Century B.C.

Arena di Verona

Verona

The Roman Amphitheater (Arena) in Verona, one of the largest of its kind, was built in the reign of Diocletian (about A.D. 290). Of the outer wall only four arches on the north side have survived.

Armory (Landeszeughaus)

Graz

The richest building in the world when it comes to armor and weapons from the late 15th century to the end of the 17th century, there are about 30,000 pieces stored on four floors.

Ars Electronica Center

Linz

Enjoy this unique Art and Technology Museum where music causes light changes and your senses are assaulted with a myriad of different experiences from the future.

Art Gallery

Bellinzona

Bellinzona's art museum in the Villa dei Cedri has sculptures and paintings by early 20th C. Swiss artists and more recently by the 16th C. Italian Francesco da Basano.

Atelier Augarten

Vienna 2

Alongside sculptures by Austrian-born Gustinus Ambrosi (1893-1975) are other European sculptures from the 20th and 21st centuries.

Ausservillgraten

Lienz

Tucked away amongst high sloping hills and cascading spring waters, this gorgeous little town is a marvellous starting point for breathtaking hiking trails and great skiing.

Bad Cannstatt Wilhelma Zoo

Stuttgart

The Zoo and Botanical Gardens were created by King Wilhelm I, with many of the buildings being inspired by the Moorish architecture of southern Spain. The Zoo is famous for it's monkeys, as they have four different species living in family groups which were all hand-reared. The Botanical Gardens house a plant collection of 5,000 species which change with the seasons.

Balaggio

Como

This fine resort situated on a narrow promontory where Lake Como subdivides into two branches, with the lake on both sides, has an enchanting covered promenade along the lakefront, and a picturesque medieval borough, with narrow alleys rising to the top.

Baptistery of the Cathedral

Padova

The Baptistery of the Cathedral is dedicated to St. John the Baptist and dates to the end of the 12th Century. It is square in shape with a high round tambour, a cupola and a small apse with a small cupola.

Baptistery of the Orthodox

Ravenna

An octagonal fifth century brick structure. The mosaics in the dome, some of which have been restored, are among the oldest in Ravenna.

Bargello

Florence

There are rooms dedicated to Donatello, Michelangelo, Giambologna and Verrocchio. Michelangelo’s fist major work, Bacchus, the Roman god of wine is housed here, as is David by Donatello, which was the first nude statue by a Western artist since Classical times.
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