The Top 10 Sights of Austria

Travel to Austria without any tourist traps! Here you will find a list of the top 10 sights of Austria! Which highlights and attractions are not to be missed when on holiday in Austria?

The small country of Austria in the heart of Europe offers a wide variety of sights and a unique culture. Salzburg, Mozart's birthplace, is just as worth seeing as the historic capital Vienna, and nature lovers will get their money's worth in unique national parks, the Grossglockner High Alpine Road and along the wonderful Danube.


Vienna Old Town

The Pallas Athena Fountain in front of the columned entrance hall of the Parliament in Vienna, Austria - © INTERPIXELS / Shutterstock
© INTERPIXELS / Shutterstock

Austria's capital has been voted the world's most liveable city several times. No wonder, because the former imperial city offers magnificent buildings and idyllic parks, historic cafés and attractive shopping streets, cultural events and a thriving party scene - all in a safe and clean environment unlike any other metropolis in the world with millions of inhabitants.

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The picturesque village of Dürnstein is located directly on the Danube in the Wachau, Austria - © travelpeter / Fotolia
© travelpeter / Fotolia

Along the beautiful blue Danube between the Lower Austrian towns of Melk and Krems lies the picturesque Wachau region with its apricot trees and vineyards. In addition to culinary delights, interesting buildings, such as the magnificent Melk Baroque AbbeyThe ruins of Aggstein, which are well worth seeing, and the Renaissance Schallaburg Castle with its changing exhibitions are also worth a visit.

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Grossglockner High Alpine Road

Panorama of the Grossglockner High Alpine Road in summer, Austria - © Nailia Schwarz / Fotolia
© Nailia Schwarz / Fotolia

The Grossglockner High Alpine Road, one of the most beautiful panoramic roads in Austria , leads up to the Grossglockner, the highest mountain in the country at 3,798 metres. On the road, which is also the highest road in Austria, you can comfortably explore the dreamlike landscape of the Alps by car.

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City of Salzburg

Sublime and mighty, the medieval fortress of Hohensalzburg is visible from afar above the baroque towers of the Mozart city of Salzburg, Austria - © James Camel / franks-travelbox.c
© James Camel / franks-travelbox.c

After the capital Vienna, Salzburg is the second most visited city in Austria. Mozart's birthplace in Getreidegasse acts as a successful tourist magnet, as does the magnificent Mirabell Baroque Palacethe venerable Salzburg Cathedral or the Austria's oldest coffee house - and majestically enthroned above it all is the Hohensalzburg Fortress.


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Glacier Park Imst-Pitztal-Kaunertal

For winter sports enthusiasts, the snow conditions on the Pitztal Glacier in Tyrol are more perfect than anywhere else in Austria - © FRASHO / franks-travelbox
© FRASHO / franks-travelbox

The magnificent mountain region in the Tyrolean Glacier Park Imst-Pitztal-Kaunertal has dedicated itself to gentle tourism. Not only ibexes, but also hikers and winter sports enthusias ts feel right at home in the pristine Alpine landscape. And there are also various records to be broken: Austria's highest and youngest glacier, the highest café with the highest cable car, the highest lake and the largest herd of ibex can be found here.

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Schlossberg and clock tower of Graz

At 123 metres high, the Schlossberg with the famous clock tower, the landmark of Graz, is the highest point of the city, Austria - © photo 5000 / Fotolia
© photo 5000 / Fotolia

As Graz's landmark and UNESCO World Heritage Site, the clock tower towers over the old town of Graz on the Schlossberg. Apart from the sensational view over the red roofs of the provincial capital, the Schlossberg is home to the fairytale grotto railway, the Kasemattenbühne stage with cultural events of all kinds and tasty restaurants serving regional cuisine.

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Lake Neusiedl

Lighthouse on Lake Neusiedl just before sunset, Austria - © Tomas1111 / Shutterstock
© Tomas1111 / Shutterstock

In the very east of Austria, Lake Neusiedl is the second largest steppe lake in Europe - after Lake Balaton (Plattensee) in Hungary, which is not far away. The Pannonian climate and 2,000 hours of sunshine a year make Lake Neusiedl a popular bathing lake.

Unique flora and fauna thrive in the nature reserve, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The region's excellent wine, the Lake Festival in Mörbisch and the opera in the quarry of St. Margarethen complete the attractive holiday offer around Lake Neusiedl.

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Hallstatt is located in the Austrian province of Upper Austria in the Salzkammergut region and has gained worldwide fame due to its history, Austria - © James Camel / franks-travelbox
© James Camel / franks-travelbox

The small town of Hallstatt is so picturesque that it has even been recreated by the Chinese. Accordingly, you see many Asians among the listed houses who want to get to know the original.

The historic town, after which the Hallstatt period was named, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is particularly famous for its millennia of salt mining. Its dreamlike location on Lake Hallstatt, framed by mountains, makes Hallstatt a holiday destination par excellence.

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Lake Wörthersee

View from the Pyramidenkogel lookout tower of idyllic Lake Wörthersee and Carinthia's capital Klagenfurt, Austria - © FRASHO / franks-travelbox
© FRASHO / franks-travelbox

Art, culture and water sports can be found at Lake Wörthersee in Carinthia. Austria's warmest Alpine lake is a popular destination for swimming holidays from June to September. Its sights include the pilgrimage church of Maria Wörth, posh Velden with its popular Fête Blance, the historic centre of Klagenfurt, where the annual beach volleyball Grand Slam tournament also takes place, and various private castles and villas of the rich and famous.

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Schärding Old Town

The baroque old town of Schärding is considered the most beautiful in Austria and offers an ensemble worth seeing for culture enthusiasts and gourmets - © James Camel / franks-travelbox
© James Camel / franks-travelbox

Schärding is located on the border to Germany and is considered the most beautiful baroque town in Austria. Cafés, museums and boutiques are hidden behind the pastel-coloured façades, which together with historic town gates and pretty churches offer an ensemble worth seeing. Gardens and parks, as well as the picturesque Innlände, invite you to stroll and relax in between.

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