Location: Stiftsstrasse, Melk, Lower Austria. How to get in Melk
On a rocky outcrop facing the beautiful Danube river, lies a Benedictine abbey of Melk. Founded in 1089, it is one of Austria’s oldest monasteries and it is a burial ground of several members of House of Babenberg, Austria’s first ruling dynasty. Including garden and wood area, the monastery is a gorgeous landmark and it is even minted in one of commemorative Euro coins of Austria. Seasonal cruises down the river also stop off here.
Photo: Flickr – Dennis Jarvis
Hofburg Imperial Palace
Location: Heidenplatz, Vienna
The empire of the Habsburg dynasty was ruled from this royal palace from 13th century until 1918. Today, the Imperial Palace houses the office of the President of Austria as well as an important congress center and numerous art collections. The Hofburg has been expanded over the centuries and the palace area includes various residences, such as the Imperial Chapel, the Austrian National Library (Hofbibliothek), the Imperial Treasury (Schatzkammer), the Burgtheater and the Spanish Riding School (Hofreitschule).
Photo: Flickr – Francisco Antunes
Location: Salzburg. Train connections from Vienna.
This enormous-looking castle lies atop the Festungsberg, a small hill in the city of Salzburg. Its construction began in 1077 and it served for centuries as headquarters of mighty archbishops of Salzburg. With a length of 250 m (820 ft) and a width of 150 m (490 ft), it is one of the largest castles in Europe. It is a remarkable landmark of Baroque skyline of Salzburg.
Innsbruck old town
Location: Innsbruck, Tyrol.
International airport. Train connections from Vienna.
In the half circle-shaped town of Innsbruck tourists can take a walk through its old Tyrolian architecture filled with Baroque, Reneissance and Rococo styles.
Structure highlights of the area include Baroque-styled Helblinghaus decorated with fancy Stucco angels and the 16th century built Goldener Adler inn where many Austria-Hungary’s emperors and writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe had spent their nights.
Connected with the Old Town Hall, the 57-meter-high observation tower Stadtturm offers breathtaking views of the whole area of Innsbruck. Other interesting buildings include the 1494 built Ottoburg Tower and the 1530s built Deutschordenshaus, also known as the Teutonic Order House.
Photo: Flickr – James Cridland
Tirol Farmstead Museum
Location: Angerberg 10, Kramasach, Tirol state. How to get
Tirol Farmstead Museum in Kramasach town affords a unique travel to rural Tirol. 14 relocated heritage buildings and authentic farmhouses from all parts and valleys of Tirol have been preserved and restored with classy handwork. Since 1974, visitors have been welcomed for tours to the restored farmhouses including period outbuildings. Video projections on walls of the farmhouses give a remarkable view into history and habits of the Tirolian countryside. Museum also offers educational programs for children. Opening times
Location: Salzburg state. Train connections from Salzburg and Vienna.
Picturesque spa town of Bad Gastein lies in a valley of the Hohe Tauern range.
It offers many sorts of relaxation by spa treatment during e.g. the hiking trip in beautiful Alpine terrain. The town is also popular for winter sport activities and the Bad Gastein and Bad Hofgastein ski resorts are part of the large Ski Amadé region.
Photo: Flickr – -Susanne Tofern
Location: Styria state. Train connections from Vienna, Innsbruck and Salzburg
Graz is the capital of Styria and a vivid student city with its six universities. It was added as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999 and was the European Capital of Culture in 2003.
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Location: Werfen, Salzburg state. How to get there
This limestone ice cave is one of the most idyllic nature attractions of Austrian Alpine region, and it is the largest one in the world, extending over 42 kilometres.
It includes e.g. a stalagmite hall Posselt Hall, the 25 height Great Ice Embankment formation and the Hymir’s Castle with remarkable stalagtite formations. Guided tours are available. A good starting point for caving.
Photo: Flickr -Maik-Meid
Location: Kufstein, Tyrol state. Train connections from Munich, Salzburg and Vienna.
This fortress situated on the hill was first mentioned in 1205, serving at the time as the headquarters of bishop of Regensburg. In 1415 Duke of Bavaria Louis VII reinforced that.
It was a famous prison of political dissidents during the Austro-Hungarian Empire and currently it houses the City Museum of Kufstein and space for concerts and conferences.
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