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Salzburg 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.
During its thousand-year history, Austria has been a part of various empires. It has developed as an independent and strong state. This led to the …
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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”. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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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.

History and Entertainment

Admirers of historical attractions, colorful festivals, health tourism and sports entertainments come to Austria. The history of Austria as an independent duchy dates back to 1156 when it withdrew from Bavaria. For the next 300 years, the area of the duchy had been constantly increasing. In the first half of the 16th century, it was joined by Croatia and the Czech Republic. In the 18th century, a part of Poland passed on to the duchy. In the late 17th century, Hungary acceded to Austria.
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Since the beginning of the 19th century, the country saw a lot of wars and political feuds, during which the territorial organization of Austria had undergone significant changes. The economic and political development of the country was seriously impacted by the Second World War, after which the country challenged the times of the Cold War. Austrians honor their history. During the year, there are a lot of holidays dedicated to important memorable dates in the country.
Over the years, Austria has been notable for food traditions. The main components of the national cuisine are meat and poultry dishes. Some Austrian desserts, for example, apple strudel and Sacher cake, are also popular all over the world. The country is famous for its historical winemaking traditions. There are old wine cellars called heurigers in the surroundings of Vienna. Here, you can not only enjoy exquisite wines from historical wineries, but also taste the most popular national dishes.
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Austria is also known as an amazing place for recreation. There is no sea but Austrian lakes are famous all over the world for their beauty and comfortable beaches. The most popular lakes are in Carinthia. They are small and not deep, so they are quickly warmed up to comfortable temperatures.
Vienna Skyline However, the most part of the state territory is occupied by mountain ranges. Here, at the beginning of the 20th century, upscale ski resorts were opened. At present, they attract usual fans of winter entertainments, as well as professional sportsmen. Some resorts welcome guests all year round. Besides attractive ski routes, there are invaluable nature attractions, marvelous lakes, in the mountains.
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Map of all parks
National and city parks of Austria
♥   Nature Park 'Blockheide-Eibenstein' . On the map   Photos
♥   Nature Park 'Buchenberg' . On the map   Photos
♥   Nature Park 'Dobersberg' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Donau-Auen' . On the map   Photos
♥   Nature Park 'Eichenhain' . On the map   Photos
Map of all Michelin restaurants
Michelin-starred restaurants in Austria
♥   Restaurant 'Edvard' Wien. Type - Modern cuisine. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant 'Eisvogel' Wien. Type - Austrian. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant 'Esszimmer' Salzburg. Type - Creative|Classic cuisine. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant 'Fabios' WIEN. Type - Italian. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant 'Feuerwehr-Wagner' WIEN. Type - Country. On the map   Photos
Map of all castles
Castles of Austria
♥   Castle 'Burg Bruck' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Burg Clam' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Burg Deutschlandsberg' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Burg Dürnstein' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Burg Falkenstein' . On the map   Photos
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Palaces in Austria
♥   Palace 'Schönbrunn Palace' . On the map   Photos

Famous and uniques places in Austria from our review series

Karlskirche

From the series “The Most Elegant Buildings of Baroque Architecture”
Karlskirche is a baroque church located on the south side of Karlsplatz in Vienna, Austria. The church has a huge turquoise cupola with two high columns. Its high is 72 meters, it was built by order of Karl VI in 1716.

At the beginning of the 18th century, Vienna had a terrible plague epidemic. Thousands of locals died because of it. When the epidemy has finished, the emperor ordered to build a church in honour of his patron Saint Charles Borromeo. The building was finished in 1737. At first, the church was quite complex from the architect point of view. There you can see several styles – the columns are made in ancient Roman style, the portico is an ancient Greek style, pavilions are in a baroque style.

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Halstatt

From the series “15 Sparsely Populated Places for Solitude with Wildlife”
Hallstatt is a nice Austrian town with popularity about 1 000 people. It has placed in a remote mountain area on the shore of Hallstatt Lake. Today this town with all nearby area is included in a list of UNESCO world heritage. In 1311 the world knew about this place. People were attracted by rich salt mines at this region. Mines, where the salt was getting, are the oldest in Europe. At the end of the 16th century locals built there a unique pipeline.

It was about 40 kilometers long. The pipeline was built for transporting salt to the nearby Ebensee city. Since the foundation of the town, the main local problem is a lack of earth. The area is restricted with a lake on the one part and lofty mountains on the other part. That’s why the town doesn’t have a permanent burial ground, bodies … Read all

Hallstatt Village

From the series “Small Flamboyant Towns Painted with Van Gogh Colors”
The picturesque town of Hallstatt is hidden in the Austrian Alps. The settlement is located on the shores of the lake. Despite the fact that it’s quite difficult to get to the town, it is visited by thousands of tourists every year. One of the main attractions is the Hallstatt Salt Mine that is one of the oldest in the world. Its development has begun more than 3 000 years ago. In the 19th century, the archaeological research was first carried on the territory of the modern village and its surroundings. In the course of excavations, scientists were able to detect traces of more than 2 000 graves, which were created as far back as the Iron Age. This unique discovery allowed Hallstatt to be considered one of the oldest settlements in Europe.

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Sightseeing in popular cities of Austria

Vienna
Belvedere. Belvedere is a romantic park with numerous ponds, waterfalls, and two palaces. Do not forget to visit the Upper Belvedere, which is home to several museums. In 1955 the Grand Ballroom of the Palace was the place where the document declaring the independence of Austria was signed - after the Second World War the country was not independent for ten more years. Thus, Vienna, as well as Berlin, was divided between the allies. Strangely, this historical fact is usually little-known in … Read more
Salzburg
The Franziskaner Church and the Collegium Church. Both the churches are located close to each other, and both are definitely worth visiting. The Collegium Church is a university church, so its main altar is mostly decorated with science related motives. This is a beautiful church made in the baroque style in contrast to somewhat formless Franziscaner Church built in the XIII century and rebuilt several times. During some time the Franziscaner Church was the cathedral one, but then the … Read more
Solden
In summer, hiking tours to the mountain area make up the majority of tourist programs. Not far from the resort, vacationers will find dozens of interesting hiking trails, from short and simple ones to the most complicated. Freizeit Arena sports center is open all year round and glad to serve guests of the resort. The center includes a swimming pool, tennis courts, and a modern gym. There is also an authentic Finnish sauna, tanning salon, and even a bowling. In Solden, there are several ice … Read more
Zell am See
At the resort, there is a very interesting History Museum. Most of its exhibits date back to the period when the city was founded. Its visitors have an opportunity to see archaeological artifacts found by researchers in this area and evaluate the collection of important historical documents and the first city pictures. Most of the museum exhibits are real pieces of art. It will be very interesting for admirers of paintings to visit the art gallery. It houses unique works of William Cowley, … Read more
Kaprun
Fans of unusual entertainment are welcome to make a refreshing ride on a tram around the lake. During such a ride, travelers will be able to admire magnificent landscapes and relax. No wonder why this entertainment is incredibly popular with travelers with children. Danielstollen is an old mine that also has become a popular tourist landmark. Vacationers are welcome to participate in interesting thematic excursions. Kaprun is very interesting to visit in warm months – this destination is a … Read more
Seefeld in Tirol
Heiligkreuzkirche is considered the main historical symbol of the resort. It is located in an incredibly attractive place – on the lake shore. This church with its crisp white façade looks absolutely stunning among hills and mountains. In winter, water in the lake freezes and turns into a wonderful open-air skating rink. Seefeld is the motherland of famous writer Ludwig Ganghofer. Travelers can still attend the house where he once lived. Nowadays, the house has been transformed into a … Read more

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