Things to see in Austria

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Austria Attractions

Austria is perfect for sightseeing, with an assortment of wonderful tourist attractions. Just the mention of this scenic, multicultural country brings to mind images of skiing in the Alps, exploring Vienna's impressive Baroque architecture, and sampling the warm, rich cuisine of the alpine villages and their friendly inhabitants.

Austria is the birthplace of many famous figures, including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Sigmund Freud, not to mention Arnold Schwarzenegger. Austria is also home to Swarovski crystals, Lipizzaner stallions, and the 11th-century Hohensalzburg Fortress, as well as one of the largest youth parties in Europe, the Danube Island Festival.

Austria is a year-round destination, with snowy winters perfect for mountaineering, skiing, and snowboarding, and mild summers ideal for sightseeing. The many sights and attractions are made accessible by the national railway system, the U-Bahn, extensive motorways, and various ports and harbours. With all these magnificent highlights so easily within grasp, taking a trip to this beautiful country in the warm heart of Europe is guaranteed to be a fulfilling, memorable experience for anyone.


Hofburg Palace Vienna, Austria

Hofburg

The Hofburg Palace, or Imperial Palace, was the home of the Austrian Hapsburgs for 600 years. The first fortifications were erected by King Ottakar Premyst in the 13th century and were added to by every generation until it became the monumental structure it...  see full details



Spanish Riding School

Spanish Riding School

The Spanish Riding School of Vienna is one of the oldest surviving riding schools in the world where classic dressage is still practised in its purest form. This institute was founded in 1572 and named for the Lipizzaner horses, which are of Spanish origin....  see full details



Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna

Schönbrunn Palace

The magnificent Schönbrunn Palace was used as the summer residence of the Hapsburgs from the 18th century onwards. Set among superb gardens, this vast symmetrical structure is everything you would imagine an imperial palace to be.

A tour of the palace offers visitors the...  see full details



Giant Ferris Wheel in Vienna

Giant Wheel

One of Vienna's most recognisable landmarks, the Giant Wheel is located in a large wooded park and playground known as the Prater. It was built in 1897 by an English engineering firm and is the only one of its era still standing (the...  see full details



Belvedere Palace

Belvedere

The Belvedere consists of two splendid rococo mansions, designed in the early 18th century, which face each other across formal, sloping grounds offering excellent views over the city. From the outside, it is Vienna's finest palace complex, built by Prince Eugène of Savoy, the...  see full details



Vienna State Opera

Vienna State Opera

The Vienna State Opera performs a repertoire of nearly one hundred operas, operettas, and ballets every day from September to June. The opera house was founded in the early 18th century (it was rebuilt in 1955 after being all but destroyed in 1945)...  see full details



St. Stephen's Cathedral interior

St Stephen’s Cathedral

The cathedral is one of the city's most recognisable symbols and the massive south tower, standing at 445 feet (136m) tall, is a dominant feature on the Vienna skyline. The 343 steps can be climbed for a fantastic view over the city.

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The Albertina museum in Vienna

The Albertina

The former Hofburg residence today houses one of the largest and greatest graphic art collections in the world with drawings, old master prints, and modern graphic works. The museum explores the development of graphic arts since the 14th century and there are more than...  see full details