8 Best Places To Visit In Austria In 2020

Austria is a well-known holiday destination in Europe. It attracts tourists from all over the world. The places are worth visiting in summer as well as winter due to pleasant weather. The visitors can enjoy beautiful scenes to calm and enjoy themselves. Austria provides a spectacular mountainous view. The place is famous for its building and architectural artwork, which is impossible to see in any other country in the world.

The River Danube flows from west to east. Its length is about 350 kilometers covering the northern part of the country.

places to visit in Austria

Here are a few fascinating places to visit in Austria.

1. Seefeld


Europe is always a good bet for beauty, and Alpine villages, to us, are among the most perfect places on the planet. But it doesn't always have to be Hallstatt.

As a hiker, nothing makes me happier than looking out over a 2,000 m precipice on a Tyrol or Salzburg trail to see the wildflowers in spring or the Alpenglühen, that fabulous twilight that tints the limestone peaks. Among best places to solo travel in Europe, no country combines urban landscapes and outdoor activities as well as Austria. In one day it is possible to crown alpine peaks and in the next walk through imperial Vienna.

The Danube, the Alps, the castles, the markets along the cobbled streets and the classical music concerts are the pillars that make up Austria's appeal. Austria seems small on the map, but much of the country is vertical, so there is always some remote village, winding road or fabulous alpine panorama to discover.

In Austria the destination is the journey itself, such as a winding journey through deep alpine valleys on trains that cling precariously to steep slopes passing through glaciers and flowery meadows. Staying in hostels, airbnb, apartments and moving in trains are the cheapest way to travel Europe. With a Eurail Pass you can travel on trains across Europe. You can choose your countries and choose the European train pass that suits your traveling plans!

2. Vienna


Austria may evoke images of Baroque churches, Habsburg palaces such as the Schloss Schönbrunn and great achievements of the Gothic like the Stephansdom, but this country is much more than pomp and palaces. You can re-evaluate and reinvent yourself. Vienna Hofburg is the Imperial Palace in Austria. For centuries it was the seat of Austria's monarchy.

Now the president uses this place to conduct state business. Its architecture influences every visitor. Together with squares and gardens, it makes a territory of 59 acres having 19 courtyards and 2600 rooms. Its spectacular visit includes Imperial Silver Collection and various dining services. Sisi Museum focuses on the time of Empress Elizabeth.

The vast cultural heritage of the Habsburgs can still be felt throughout Austria, either by watching a show of Lipizzaner horses at the Spanish Riding School or crossing the Hofburg to see Rubens masterpieces at the Kunsthistorisches Museum. It's a well saying that a long stretch of road can teach you much more than a hundred years of quietness. Traveling, especially to other countries help you in getting more exposure.

Some of the most striking icons in Austria are new buildings, such as the Vienna MuseumsQuartier in the renovated imperial stables, the huge Rubik's cube of the Ars Electronica in Linz or the science fiction building of the Kunsthaus Graz. In Austria they like seasonal food and local flavor.

Beyond the Viennese schnitzels and dumplings, the Austrian cuisine has evolved a lot, but remains true to its philosophy of carefully selected local ingredients. Vegan, organic, wild ingredients and slow food are much more than just fashionable concepts. Whether it's a farmers' market, a retro- style delicatessen, a modern brunch venue or a Michelin-starred restaurant, love for the land is always present.

These landscapes will make the traveler want to ride a bicycle or tying hiking boots to reach magnificent and remote corners. In winter the slopes are filled with skiers and snowboarders, while in summer the rivers and glacial lakes become a paradise for whitewater rafting and canyoning. It is der berg ruft or the call of the mountain.

Vienna has for 10 years been named the world's best city to live in! Enjoy all the eye candy - buildings, art and culture. And Croissants (Kipferl), originally from here. Vienna is the only capital in the world that produce large quantities of wine within the city's borders? Vienna is home to over 1,700 hectares of vineyards and 320 winemakers - and the Viennese love their wine.

The University of Vienna (Universität Wien) is a wonderful place to wander around and dream. This is a public university located found in the first district of Vienna next to the Rathaus (City Hall). It was founded in 1365 and is the oldest university in the German-speaking world.

The Neusiedlersee near Vienna is the far west end of the Eurasian Steppe and makes a totally different impression while the Danube in Vienna is already very large when it flows through Vienna.

Tip: Slovakia's capital Bratislava is just an hour's train ride away - a perfect day trip.

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3. Salzburg


Start by taking a train till Salzburg. It's at a 2.5 hours distance from Vienna. This city is famous for its Baroque architecture and Birth place of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Salzburg is the home of Mozart. The city is pretty and warm. Once you reach Salzburg and check in your hotel, pay a visit to Mozart’s House. It’s been converted into a museum. It displays all the relics used by the great Bard himself.

Close by are the Mirabell Gardens. Spend some time there once you explore the Bard’s place. Located at the north end of the Mirabell Gardens is Zwerglgarten - the dwarf garden. It has dwarf sculptors all over. Next visit Makartsteg and finally visit Linzergasse.

City of music and shows, Salzburg is a must see destination for lovers of culture, history and those who wish to enjoy nature in Austria. The classical music of great geniuses such as Mozart, Strauss, Mahler, Haydn and Schubert continues to resonate in lavish auditoriums. Music festivals such as the Salzburg Festival or the Bregenzer Festspiele are celebrated in beautiful surroundings with lakes and mountains as a backdrop.

Its old town is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is labelled as Austria's most inspiring city. Salzburg is also walkable city. If you stay in city center you can easily walk around all the attractions like Mirabell Palace Gardens and Love Lock Footbridge etc. It is better to book hotels in advance because there are limited hotels in the city while you will find all food options easily either its vegetarian or non vegetation.

And then there are the fantastic cafés and the fabulous art of Vienna, the romantic Wachau dotted with vines, the crystal clear lakes of Salzkammergut and the medieval villages of Carinthia, not forgetting the castles, abbeys and cakes that are everywhere. Who would not love this?

There are many good eateries in the vicinity of Linzergasse. So have lunch here. Enjoy the delicious sachertorte. For the uninitiated, sachertorte is a cake, of Austrian origin, that consists of a dense chocolate cake with a thin layer of apricot jam on top, coated in dark chocolate icing on the top and sides. It is traditionally served with unsweetened whipped cream.

The Original Sacher-Torte is still hand-made using Franz Sacher’s original recipe to this day and has two layers of apricot jam between the outer layer of chocolate icing and the sponge base and is now served in Hotel Sacher - a five star hotel founded in 1876 and situated in Vienna and Salzberg. The recipe of sachertorte is a closely guarded secret.

Due to the strict guarding of this recipe, this cake is not sold outside Austria, and Hotel Sacher does not plan to sell it at its overseas branch to avoid the recipe to be leaked.

Your last stop for the day should be Hohensalzburg Fortress. The funicular ride to the Hohensalzburg Fortress is a kickass adventure. This ride is officially known as the Festungsbahn. Every few minutes, it rises from the base right up to the Hohensalzburg Fortress.

4. Krimml


Krimmler Ache is Austria's tallest waterfalls. It extends to 380 meters in three wonderful cascades, making an excellent view from the nearby village of Krimml. There lies a wooded valley at an altitude of 1076 meters. It is a beautiful place to stop for a few days if you are on hiking. The excellent walks of waterfall make it worth seeing. Expert climbers can tackle up to 2911 meters height on the Italian frontier.

5. Kitzbuhel


It is one of the best places to visit especially for snow lovers. It is 170 kilometers high with snowy slopes and little mountain huts. The people can stop here to enjoy Alpine snacks and traditional warming drinks. Out of three skiing areas, Bichlalm, the smallest one is dedicated for free-riders.

6. Hallstatt


Hallstatt, which is said to be the most beautiful village on the shores of a lake, is such a beautiful place in Austria that even the Chinese made a copy in their country. A good option, apart from being cheaper, is to stay in a cheap hotel room in the neighboring town of Obertraun, just across the lake and get closer little by little, enjoying the views as we approach Hallstatt. The town itself is small and can be visited in about 2 or 3 hours.

Here it is a traditional thing that people decorate their Alpine houses with fresh bright flowers and trust me they look really amazing. How wonderful it is that you wake up in the morning and have natural fragrance with the breeze. These wooden white and brown houses with colorful flowers give very refreshing view to the visitors specially when you are cruising in the lake.

7. Klagenfurt


Klagenfurt, the capital of Carinthia is also called the Rose of the Wörthersee. It is located on the banks of one of the largest and hottest alpine lakes in Europe. Klagenfurt has one of the most beautiful old town centers in Austria, with fascinating Renaissance courtyards, and for this reason it has already won the Europa Nostra prize three times.

In the Neuer Platz, the dragon, the characteristic stone symbol of the city, recalls the legend of the origins of Klagenfurt and also its proximity to Slovenia as this mythological animal also appears in the fables of this country.

8. Saint Anton am Arlberg


In the mountainous massif of Arlberg, located in western Austria, the breathtaking alpine landscapes combine with a cozy atmosphere in which the sport of snow reigns in the morning in the evening and in the evening are the wellness centers and an excellent gastronomy which captures the attention of visitors.

Twenty kilometers of mountainous road separates St Anton Am Arlberg, the largest town in the area, from Lech, famous for its excellent restaurants. Lech is so beautiful that, it had the honor of being considered best small towns in Europe. On the way you pass through the other three towns of Arlberg like Zürs, St Christoph and Stuben. The five share their traditional Tyrolean appearance and a commitment to quality tourism.

For centuries Arlberg was a region of passage - it communicates the Austrian regions of Tyrol and Vorarlberg - but difficult to access because of snowstorms and the risk of avalanches. The opening of the Arlbergbahn (Arlberg train) and the impressive roads that cross the ports of Arlberg and Flexen in the 20th century radically changed the life of these mountains.

To the north of the Arlberg region are the steep pinnacles and the pronounced ridges of Kalkalpen. The stress of work and everyday routine can distract you from the interesting things in life. Travelling can release your stress. As you start packing your luggage, you are at the start of an adventure.
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