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Austria travel guide. 

Austria has a great deal to offer the visitor; spectacular mountains, ancient palaces and castles, verdant upland meadows, interesting cuisine and a friendly welcome.

Places to visit in Austria.

Vienna - the capital is one of the highlights of any tour of Europe. See separate page Vienna

 

Salzburg - Built around a 7th century monastery and the home of the composer Mozart. The city was listed as a World Heritage site in 1997. Highlights include the Hohensalzburg Fortress - built in 1077 and which became the residence of many of the cities archbishop-princes, Salzburg Cathedral - a 17th century baroque building dedicated to St Rupert and Hellbrunn Palace and Fountains built between 1613 - 1619 as a daytime residence for the archbishop and Schloss Mirabell - built in 1606 with wonderful formal gardens . 

                                                                                        Salzkammergut - Wolfgangsee Austria   

                                                                                                  Salzkammergut - Wolfgangsee Austria

Salzkammergut - Austria's lake district close to Salzburg. With its numerous lakes and mountains, the Salzkammergut offers many opportunities to take part in water sports, bathing, hiking, cycling and golf. Hallstatt is a picturesque small village within the lakes area on the banks of the Hallstätter See (see Austria page for photo). 

   

Tyrol region -  One of the most scenic mountain areas of the Alps and the location of many famous ski resorts which include Kitzbühel, Ischgl and St. Anton; many ski resorts are open to visitors in summer as well for walking, tennis, swimming and just chilling! 

Innsbruck - Is the capital of the Tyrol region, admire the mountain views which are only 25 minutes away. Pay a visit to the Altstadt with its traditional cafes and restaurants. Innsbruck is close to a number of excellent ski resorts including Axamer Lizum, Igls and Seefeld and also  The Bergisel a famous ski jumping venue. 

Kitzbuhel - a picturesque village located in the Tyrol region and home of the famous downhill ski race; and well worth a visit in summer or winter. 

Mayrhofen - in the Zillertal valley. Another ski resort but worth a visit in summer as well for hiking and mountain biking. Skiing is available year round on the Hintertux Glacier.

 

Hohe Tauern National Park, Salzburgerland - Austria's first national park which contains Austria's highest peak - Grossglockner at 3798 metres. Ideal for hiking along miles of mountain trails. Traditional alpine meadows and peaks abound and you might even see marmots and the occasional ibex.  

Zell am See - Picturesque lakeside village at the foot Schmittenhöhe which rises to 2000 meters above the village. 

            Zell am See    Hohenwerfen Castle Austria *Photo from Wikipedia

                                               Zell am See                                                                       Hohenwerfen Castle 

Burg Hohenwerfen - is a spectacular 11th century castle approximately 40 km south of the Austrian city of Salzburg near the town of Werfen (see photo)

 

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