20 Unmissable Attractions in Austria


With dramatic alpine landscapes, Baroque architecture and a fascinating culture, Austria has much to offer its visitors. Here is a list of Culture Trip’s recommended must-see sites.

1. Salzburg Old Town

Grain lane with guild character in the Old Town, Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria

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Salzburg, considered one of Vienna’s most magnificent cities, is picture-perfect. Be beguiled by the delightful atmosphere of the Old Town.

2. Vineyards outside Vienna

View over vineyards towards Vienna city - heuriger at the top of Stammersdorfer Kellergasse road

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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.

3. Lake Attersee

The largest lake in Upper Austria, Lake Attersee is a hotspot for water-sports junkies – attracting swimmers, windsurfers and sailors in the summer months.

4. Ars Electronica Center

Citing itself as “the museum of the future”, this museum explores science, art and technology in a range of mediums.

5. The mountains of Innsbruck

Innsbruck, Austria sits in a valley in front of steep mountains.

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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.

6. Österreichischer Skulpturenpark

Sculpture, concrete boat, 2003, by Michael Schuster, Austrian Sculpture Park, Unterpremstaetten near , Austria, Europe

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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.

7. 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.

8. Lentos Kunstmuseum

Austria’s finest museum of modern art, the Lentos Museum – which opened in 2003 – has a strong collection of works, including many European masterpieces.

9. Wachau

Beautiful landscape with the town of Durnstein and Danube river in the Wachau valley, Lower Austria

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Experience Austria’s breathtaking natural beauty on this 177-km (110-mile) hiking trail that overlooks the winding River Danube

10. Belvedere Palace

Belvedere Palace, Vienna, Austria

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There are many assets to this imperial attraction, including the incredible Botanic Gardens and a delightful view of the city from the top of the hill.

11. Hallstatt

This attractive 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.

12. Mumok

This museum of modern art is located in the cultural hub of the Museum Quarter – a must-see for contemporary art lovers.

13. Kunsthistorisches 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.

14. St Stephen’s Cathedral

St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna and the seat of the Archbishop of Vienna. Religion.

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

15. The Bathing House

Lake Constance borders Germany, Austria and Switzerland. This bathing house, located at the Seehotel, gives fabulous views of this natural wonder.

16. The Riegersburg Castle, Styria

Burg Riegersburg castle, Styria, Austria, Europe

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

17. Lainzer Tiergarten

Wien, Vienna: " Wiener views " in the Lainzer Tiergarten overlooking the Vienna Woods , the Kirche am Steinhof ( golden dome ) a

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

18. Bregenzerwald Cheese Road

Sample the regional speciality, Bergkäse (mountain cheese) in Vorarlberg, which has over 40 varieties of cheese.

19. Café Central

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 delightful locations to enjoy a cup.

20. Zwölferkopf Mountain

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

By: theculturetrip.com

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