There is no doubt Austria is a beautiful country with a rhythm of its own. But when most of us think of Austria we only tend to think of Vienna. Vienna is a fabulous city but it’s not the only place to visit in the country. There are much more to Austria than just Vienna. We’ve mention 10 must-visit places in Austria but before starting the list we’d like to mention a few other places. Such as the Botanical Garden in Linz, the Stubai Glacier, driving on the Grossglockner Alpine Road, riding the Semmering railway, explore the wine region of Wachau, Eisenstadt and it’s capital Burgenland, St. Anton am Arlberg and Klosterneuburg. Now, here is the list of 10 Most Beautiful Places To Visit In Austria–
You can’t complete your Austrian journey without visiting its artistic and elegant capital. Its intellectual legacy was formed by residents including Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud. Its Imperial palaces, the MuseumsQuartier district, the Vienna Hofburg, the Spanish Riding School, Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Belvedere Palace and Vienna State Opera House are must-visits in the city. Lying on the Danube River, Vienna is a great place to start your Austrian journey. Nearby you’ll find the Melk Benedictine Abbey in Melk, a great attraction for tourists. About 70 kilometres west of Vienna is Krems, a beautiful town to explore.
Made off of lakes, Alpine and beautiful towns, Salzkammergut is the region that includes the famous picturesque town of Hallstatt. Salzwelten, above the town, is known for an underground salt mine’s thousands of years of history. The Dachstein Mountain is famous for the Ice Cave. The 5 Fingers lookout offers a breathtaking view. One should also visit St. Gilgen, a charming village by the Wolfgangsee. Along with Lake Hallstatt, don’t forget to spend some time by Traunsee lake too.
Enjoying the view of the Eastern Alps, the city of Salzburg is one of the most beautiful places in Austria. Known for its medieval and baroque buildings of the Old City and for the Salzach River, Salzburg is the birthplace of famed composer Mozart. The Salzburg Altstadt is a UNESCO World Heritage Site where a museum displays Mozart’s childhood instruments.
The neighbouring places of Salzburg are also worth exploring. About 40 km south of Salzburg is Werfen where the famous Eisriesenwelt is located inside the Hochkogel mountain. The natural limestone and ice cave is the largest ice cave in the world. The Castle of Hohenwerfen is also located in Werfen. Also, visit the place Bad Gastein, south of Salzburg. A must-visit place in Salzburg is the High Tauern National Park and the Krimml Waterfalls
Located in the Alps and known for its ski resorts, historic sites and folk traditions, Tyrol is most famous for its capital city Innsbruck. The Old Town in Innsbruck and its Hofburg and Hofkirche are few of the most popular attractions here. The Gothic Hofkirche Church and the 15th-century Goldenes Dachl are two of the best-known places here. There are many beautiful towns to explore too such as Alpbach and Kitzbuhel. Kitzbuhel is known for the Kitzbüheler Horn, one of the most important mountains in the Kitzbühel Alps and the skiing resorts.
One of the four quarters of Lower Austria, Mostviertel in the southwestern quarter. From rolling green meadows in the North to snow-laced rugged peaks in the South, Mostviertel is known for its charming and diverse landscape. It boasts Europe’s largest continuous area of pear orchards. There are also museums, monuments and family activities that you can enjoy here.
A mountainous state in western Austria, Vorarlberg is known for its alpine scenery and ski resorts. Its famous capital Bregenz sits on the serene lake of Constance. Vorarlberg is a place for hikers, explorers and artists. The Verwall area in Montafon, the city’s modern Kunsthaus, the cable cars running up Mt. Pfänder and offering sweeping views are the main attraction of this region.
A mountainous, forested state in southern Austria, Styria is best-known for its wine, spas, castles and its charming and warming capital Graz. The riverside capital, Graz shows a unique blend of Renaissance and Baroque architecture with modern designs. Murinsel, an artificial island made of glass and steel is the biggest example of the city’s innovating architecture. Kunsthaus, Schlossberg and the 16th-century clock tower, the Styrian Armoury, the Gesäuse National Park and the Hoher Dachstein, located at the border of Upper Austria and Styria, are the must-visit places here.
Home to Austria’s highest mountain Grossglockner, Carinthia is known for its medieval buildings, alpine lakes and mountains. The Hochosterwitz Castle is a popular attraction here. Its capital Klagenfurt sits on the shores of Lake Wörthersee which is surrounded by vineyards and its Old Square is dotted with Renaissance buildings. Carinthia is home some beautiful and popular lakes such as Lake Faak and Wörthersee. The Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary in the town of Maria Saal is another must-visit here.
The beautiful Austrian Alpine resort town, Saalbach-Hinterglemm is a winter wonderland. Not far from Salzburg, Saalbach-Hinterglemm is known for its ski areas, Skicircus Saalbach-Hinterglemm. Reiterkogel, Kohlmais, Schattberg mountains, the Glemmtal valley and the Zwölferkogel mountain are the must-explore places here.
10. Zell am See:
Lying on Lake Zell, Zell am See is a picturesque town near Salzburg. The Romanesque St. Hippolyte Church with its historic tower, the ski slopes of Schmittenhöhe mountain, Gipfelwelt 3000 panoramic platform, the Kitzsteinhorn glacier, the Hohe Tauern National Park and the looming Grossglockner mountain, are the must-explore places here. It’s also a good starting point for the Grossglockner Alpine Road.
11. Thayatal National Park:
Austria is home to seven protected areas. These areas protect Austria’s most important natural landscapes. Such as alluvial forest, Alpine massif, Pannonian steppe and rocky valleys. No need to tell that these areas are the paradise for nature lovers. And all of these parks are equally beautiful so you can choose to explore any of them or all of them. Thayatal National Park centres around a meander cutoff of the Thaya River. The steep slopes along with the river form the prettiest water gap in Austria. It is one of central Europe’s last natural valleys nearby Podyjí National Park.