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Steyr, Upper Austria, Austria. Autore Dal Bianco Gastone. No Copyright
Steyr, Upper Austria, Austria. Author Dal Bianco Gastone

Austria tourist attractions: what to see in Austria

The mountains of the Austrian Alps make the country a world-class destination for ski lovers. The landscapes, the towns and cities are a reflection of the history and culture that has developed over the centuries in Austria. Whether you want to take a vacation in the nature of the Alps or maybe you want to spend a weekend and enjoy the cultural and artistic life of the cities, Austria is a destination not to be missed.

The  most renowned Austrian regions winter sports are the Tyrol, Carinthia, the province of Salzburg, Vorarlberg and Styria. In these regions there are famous ski resorts like Kitzbuhel, Schladming, Sölden, Bad Kleinkirchheim, Alpendorf, Ischgl, Mayrhofen, Bad Gastein, and Arlberg (Lech, Zürs, St. Anton am Arlberg). In Austria, the ski season starts in December and ends in late March / early April, but in some ski resorts at high altitude is possible skiing on the glaciers throughout the year.

Mountains cover about 60% of the Austrian territory, they extend from west to east and cross the whole country. The mountain ranges in Austria are formed by the Rhaetian Alps and the Eastern Alps that are part of the northern slope of the Alps, they are divided into North-eastern Alps, Central-eastern Alps and Southern Limestone Alps. The main mountain ranges are the Hohe Tauern, where there is the highest mountain in Austria, the Grossglockner (3,798 meters), the Ötztal Alps, where stands the Wildspitze (3.768 meters), the second highest mountain in the country, the Zillertal Alps, the Stubai Alps, the Lechtal Alps (Lechtaler Alpen) and the Dachstein Massif (Dachsteingebirge).

In addition to the mountains and the beauty of the landscapes, inevitable destination is the capital Vienna, where you can still feel the ancient atmosphere of the Habsburgs. Other featured destinations are the historic towns of Salzburg, Graz, Innsbruck and Linz. Very rich and world-class are the cultural attractions and museums of every city in Austria.

Nine distinct regions give a wide variety of options for your holidays in Austria, the country is easily accessible via a multitude of low-cost flights. Thanks to the many natural beauties, Austria is one of Europe’s most important destinations for nature lovers and hikers, the country has about 47% of its territory covered with forests.

Schladming, Styria, Austria. Author Frapestaartje. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution

Schladming, Styria, Austria. Author Frapestaartje

Rich in history, Austria has led to the development of various architectural styles and a vast wealth of beautiful buildings that tell their story. Churches, castles and abbeys are fascinating places to visit.

There are many small towns with historic towns, scattered in every region of Austria, between these Judenburg, Bad Radkersburg in Styria; Imst, Hall, Kufstein, Lienz in Tyrol; Feldkirch in Vorarlberg; Spittal in Carinthia; Zell am See, Radstadt in Salzburg; Rust in Burgenland; Bad Ischl, Gmunden, Wels, Enns, Steyr, Schärding in Upper Austria; and Baden in Lower Austria.

The contemporary architecture of Austria has gained reputation all over the world, showing the continued vitality of the culture of this country and a visit to these places is one of the many things to do in Austria.

UNESCO has inscribed 9 Austrian sites in the list of world heritage sites, all sites are cultural properties, in the UNESCO list are in fact many historic centers of Austrian cities such as Salzburg, Graz and Vienna, or palaces such as Schönbrunn in Vienna, cultural landscapes such as mountainous areas of Hallstatt-Dachstein in Salzkammergut, or the river landscape of the Wachau, namely the Danube Valley between Melk and Krems, and lakes like those of Fertö and Neusiedlersee.

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