Austria is famous for its excellent ski resorts, picturesque nature and numerous historic landmarks. Vienna is the most interesting city from the cultural point of view. During many centuries St. Stephen’s Cathedral has been considered the symbol of the city. Vienna is an old city and numerous historic buildings and places are treated with great care here, so in Vienna you will find many beautiful churches and castles, such as St. Ruprecht’s Church, Vatican Church, Schoenbrunn Castle, Belveder Castle, St. Bernard Chapel, Parliament House and Town hall. Just like most capitals, Vienna is home to numerous museums – Historic Museum, several Art Museums, Graphics Museum and Albertine Gallery. The former imperial residence Hofburg is worth close attention. The building of the residence took place in the 13th century. The treasury that is located in Hofburg stores many rare artifacts that once belonged to the Order of Golden Fleece. The Crown of the Holy Roman Empire is, without a doubt, the most famous and precious exhibit of the museum complex. The crown was made yet in 962 A.D.
Vienna suburbs are also rich in landmarks. The most popular excursions here include a visit to Durnstein Castle and ancient monasteries. The internationally famous Vienna Forest is located approximately 70 kilometers away from the city. This is a big and beautiful nature reserve that will please all tourists who enjoy walking.
Salzburg is another popular tourist city. The most famous landmark here is the cathedral that dates back to the 8th century. The sanctuary is surrounded by three large squares that are also the location of such famous places as house of Mozart, Baroque Museum, Hellbrunn Palace and several beautiful fountains. There is a small village of Tennenhebirge located near the city. This village is famous for Eisriesenwelt Caves. The caves are spectacular, their beauty is so striking that they are also called “The World of Ice Giants”.
Every year a small town of Innsbruck attracts many visitors who come to see Ambras Castle that was built in the 16th century. Tourists, who enjoy long walks in beautiful places, are recommended to visit Kitzbuhel. Other popular tourist destinations include sport resorts of Karnische, Arlberg, and Baden. They feature modern infrastructure, quality ski slopes, luxury hotels and rich choice of entertainment centers. Baden is more famous for its balneology complexes, there are several dozen hot water springs there. This is one of the oldest and most famous health centers in Europe that has been popular for over a century.
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