Who does not know or have heard of Austria? Austria is just one of the most beautiful countries on planet earth. Austria is known for its scenic beauty and its cultural activities. This country, which is Situated in the Alps, it is a very popular place for skiers and hikers. However, one of the most important fact about Austria is that it’s the country that gave the world an important musical heritage, music ranging from the classical composer Mozart to the Strauss waltzes and the Von Trapp family whose story was told in The Sound of Music all came from Austria.
Here’s the 10 Best Places to visit in Austria:
10. Bad Gastein
Starting from #10, I would advice you to visit this town known as Bad Gastein in Austria, although almost 90% of the towns and cities in Austria sounds funny to an English person, they are unique with wonderful meaning.
The town Bad Gastein is situated and located in Hohe Tauern National Park, this town is generally known for its Belle Époque buildings, which is majorly surrounded by mountains and fog-free air.
The Most amazing fact about BAD Gastein? It is situated at a whooping 1,000 meters (3,000 feet) above sea level, so tourists and visitors flock to Bad Gastein to breathe the pure mountain air, unstained, soak in its hot springs and partake of spa treatments. Bad Gastein also is popular with outdoorsmen. This is the perfect environment for those who love to ski in the winter and hike or bike mountain trails in the summer.
My advise? If you have the Money, visit BAD Gastein and you won’t regret it.
Taking the 9th position of Austria’s best places to visit is Worthersee. The Worthersee is Carinthia’s biggest lake, and is known as one of the most popular summer destination for tourists in Austria. This place has a huge appeal and it is not just for those who like to canoe across the lake, but also spelunkers who will want to check out several caves which is situated round the lake, including Griffen Stalactite Cave, which is considered as Austria’s most colorful cave.
Want to see some of the best designed cathedrals? Then you should visit Worthersee, because certainly won’t want to miss out on the cathedrals, the most famous among them is the Cathedral of Gurk, which dates back to the 12th century, while vintage car enthusiasts may enjoy a visit to Gmund, where you get to see first hand, the birthplace of the Porsche, or to the large Villach Automotive Museum with its collection of cars, motorcycles and more fr you to feed your eyes with.
Graz is the second largest city in Austria, and Students will find this city intriguing. Graz is known as the city of students, as this city alone is home to six universities, which enrolled more than 44,000 students.
Graz also has the reputation as one of the best preserved old towns in central Europe, which reflects the culture of the Balkan States and Italy. This second largest city in Austria is filled with numerous eye popping destinations, which ranges from museums, art to armory.
Now let your imagination run wide, since Graz is known as the city of students, what do you think will be the most popular factor here in this city?
THE ANSWER is food!
Graz is also known as the City of Culinary Delights, due to having students from almost all countries in the world! Graz offers a wide variety of international cuisines. Cooks may want to bring home a bottle of pumpkin seed oil, a local product, after touring a summer farmer’s market.
7. St Anton am Arlberg
Want to visit the Best and #1 leading ski resort destination in Austria? Allow me the pleasure of introducing to you, St Anton am Arlber. St Anton Am Arlberg is a village which is Located in Tyrol and offers serious, legendary ski terrain that caters for a mixed level of abilities.
This village often attracts adventurous youths, and where there is youth, you know there will be fun there! St Anton is notorious for living up to the saying “work hard, play hard”. The vast landscape welcomes its loyal winter crowd, as well as its summer mountaineers, who come to trek the landscape each year and takes pictures of it’s beautiful scenic landscape.
Taking 6th position as the best places to see in Austria is Wachau. This valley has the Danube River running through it. For your information, the Wachau Valley is one of the most popular tourist destination in southern Austria. The town of Dunstein is well known as the place where Duke Leopold V held the British king, Richard the Lion-Hearted, as his war prisoner for several years in the late 12th century.
The town of Melk is renowned for its beautiful Benedictine abbey. The Wachau city is also known and respected for its wines, as well as rare fruits like apricots. The valley has more than 500 historic monuments scattered round it, giving tourists the perfect excuse to be in the city for days, exploring these monuments. However, if you are on a low budget, you seriously going to have to make some tough choices.
5. Zell am See
Another wonderful name, the Zell am See is another city which is located in the state of Salzburg. The Zell am See is one of the most visited areas and popular among tourist. This place is majorly famous for its mountains and lakes. This Autria city was once governed by French troops back in the early 19th century, but is under the Austria government today.
Another Zell am See has played host to several international skiing competitions. Off the ski slopes, you get to see other intriguing places, such as the Romanesque St. Hippolyte’s Church, which is the most famous. The Romanesque St. Hippolyte Church has an amazing elevated walkway that dates back to the early 16th century. Zell am See is also a good starting point for the Grossglockner Alpine Road, a panoramic road famous for its high alpine scenery.
Just like I said in the introduction of this article, Austria’s people have wonderful names for their cities. Taking 4th position on the list of best destination to visit in Austria, is the Innsbruck.
The Innsbruck translates as “bridge over the inn,” and the most important selling factor about this tourist destination? It is an all-season tourist destination!.
The Innsbruck is well known, in fact, it is internationally known for its winter sports, having hosted the Winter Olympics in 1964 and 1976. However, this amazing Tyrolean city offers more than just great skiing. It offers a good mix of cathedrals, such as Hofkirche, which houses the tomb of Emperor Maximilian I; the Schloss Ambras, which also house wonderful and eye popping collection of paintings and armor; and the Bell Museum, a nod to 400 years of bell-making.
Taking 3rd position in this list is the Salzkammergut. The Salzkammergut is a beautiful resort area that starts with Salzburg and went east into a land of lakes. This place has few rivals in this world, as it has clean and sparkling lakes, green hills, wonderful mountains, romantic towns such as the St.Wolfgang and Hallstatt, few statistics like this make up this region.
If you plan on visiting this place or want a video view of how this location looks, then I will advise you to go see the movie “The Sound Of Music“, which gives you a clearly view of what the Salzkammergut lake region looks like, because that movie was filmed in and around the city of Salzburg and the neighboring Salzkammergut region.
Another tourist attraction is the resort area, which is really famous because it is filled ith sunbathers as well as visitors who seek relaxing spa treatments. Tourists are allowed to join in the relaxed moods by donning the ever-popular resort wear, lederhosen for men and dirndl outfits for women.
Salzburg on it’s own, is one of the most famous Tourist centers in the world today. Salzburg is a city which is located in central Austria, closely to the German border. One of the most popular fact about this city Salzburg, is that it is the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Salzburg is Austria’s fourth largest city, and Travelers from all round the world come to view the sights that inspired such unforgettable music created by the legend, Mozart. With its hill-topped medieval fortress, picturesque Altstadt old town and breath-taking Alpine scenery, Salzburg is probably one of the best places to visit in Austria.
You can also choose to visit the 17th-century Baroque Mirabell Palace and Gardens and the von Trapp family home, which has been turned into an Hotel. Mozart aficionados can visit his birthplace as well as a reconstruction of his home, to see the legend birthplace.
Taking the 1st position as the Number 1 most desired location in Austria is it’s largest city, Vienna. Whenever we hear of this wonderful city, Elegant waltzes and Johann Strauss immediately come to mind.
Vienna is not just the largest city in Austria, but also the capital city. The city still holds more than 200 balls each year. However, the most amazing fact about Vienna and reason why it’s a popular choice for tourists, is that the city is known for having some of the world’s best classical composers such as Mozart, Brahms, Beethoven and Schubert.
Travelers can take a break from music by visiting the Hofburg, which houses the Hapsburg rulers’ imperial jewelry, and the Kunsthistorisches, which is a museum that has an outstanding collection of paintings by old masters respected in the world today. Vienna also have some of the best restaurants in the world.