The Ultimate 5 Places to Visit in Austria

Published 25 January 2018

Note: The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of RetoxMagazine.com

Vienna
Hallstatt
Salzburg
Hochosterwitz Castle
High Alpine Road

Places to visit in Austria

Vienna

Old fashioned horse carriage tourist attraction in Vienna’s old town

Pictured: Vienna, the capital of Austria.

Vienna is a large city full of cultural delights. The historic centre of Vienna has many gems to see. There are lots of historic sites, museums, palaces, landmarks, etc. Vienna also has a busy pub and nightlife scene, great restaurants, shows and other entertainment. To really explore and experience Vienna you will need several days.

Hallstatt

Beautifully coloured buildings of Hallstatt village sitting on lakeside surrounded by mountains

Pictured: Hallstatt is a village on Lake Hallstatt.

If you love small quaint towns and lakes, you will love Hallstatt. village in the district of Gmunden, in the Austrian state of Upper Austria. This is one of the most beautiful lakes in Austria. Expect to see pastel-coloured houses, a glassy lake, and towering mountains all around. Hallstatt Skywalk and the old town are just some of the activities you can enjoy. Boat hire and tours are also available.

Salzburg

Salzburg old town on the riverfront photographed from above at dusk.

Pictured: Salzburg city.

Salzburg city borders Germany. It offers lovely views of the Eastern Alps. The city is divided by the Salzach River, and the old city is on its left bank. There are many wonderful things to see in the old city. The old city features medieval and baroque buildings, and the pedestrian zone in the old town centre means that you can keep snapping photos without worrying about road traffic. Hohensalzburg Castle is the Salzburg city landmark and its one of the finest castles in Austria. By the way, Mozart was born in Salzburg back in 1756 and thus Salzburg is nicknamed the Mozart City. As such, Mozart’s residence and Mozart’s birthplace are now both museums.

Hochosterwitz Castle

Hochosterwitz castle perched on top of a steep green mountain set against the blue sky.

Pictured: Burg Hochosterwitz Castle.

The Hochosterwitz Castle is considered to be one of Austria's most impressive of all the castles – and Austria has many castles! The castle is perched on a 172-metre high rock and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s located in the province of Carinthia, so if you’re planning to visit the castle, you might as well plan to see the Abbey of Gurk on the same day. The abbey is not too far from the castle and would make a good sightseeing addition while spending a daytrip in Carinthia.

High Alpine Road

Road photographed from above set over Austrian mountains

Pictured: High Alpine Road.

This road is worth the inclusion on the list of must-sees in Austria not only because it offers 360 degrees of mind-blowingly gorgeous scenery but also because the Grossglockner High Alpine Road is the highest surfaced mountain pass road in Austria. Take a ride on this road and you will get 48 kilometres of enriching unforgettable experience. The road leads deep into the centre of Austria’s largest national park, so for mountain and nature loving peeps, this is THE trip!

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