10 best places to visit in Austria

Amal S 2018-08-14 18:40:29


Hallstatt Lake is named after Hallstatt, the smallest town in Austria, famous for its salt mining since prehistoric times and the starting point of the world's oldest and still working industrial pipeline. Its surface is approximately 8.55 kilometer squared and its maximum depth is 125 meters. It is a popular destination for tourists, especially scuba divers.


Grossglockner Mountain is the highest mountain in Austria with an elevation of about 3,798 meters. It lies on the border between the Austrian states of Carinthia and Tyrol. The forests, slopes, meadows and rocky regions of the Grossglockner offer a unique habitat for a variety of animals and plants in various climes with ibexes, chamois and marmots seen in great numbers.


Eisriesenwelt cave is the largest of the world’s ice caves spanning 30,000 sq meters and 42 km of narrow passages burrowing deep into the heart of the Tennengebirge mountain. It is an unusual phenomenon created when ice forms beneath already-created lava or limestone caves underneath the ground. Visitors are allowed to view only very little area, however the rest of cave is not allowed which is formed of limestone.


Hochosterwitz Castle is considered one of Austria's most impressive medieval castles that is 2,178 ft above sea level. The castle rooms hold a collection of prehistoric artifacts, paintings, weapons, and armor, including one set of armor 8 ft tall, once worn by Burghauptmann Schenk. Some parts of the castle are open to the public every year from Easter to the end of October.


The Hintertuxer Glacier is one of the most popular glaciers in Austria. The ice of the Hintertuxer Glacier is up to 390 ft thick at its deepest point and the glacier contains up to about 190 million cubic meters of ice. It is open all year round with skiing in the winter, and hiking activities in the summer. The glacier skiing region has its own ski school for both beginners and advanced skiers.


Hohe Tauern National Park stretches across an area of 1,856 square meters with fascinating alpine landscape, mountain lakes, impressive waterfalls, forests, wild and wonderful rivers and glaciated peaks. Over 10,000 animal species and 1,800 plants have been found here. The fauna includes chamois, Alpine ibex and red deer, as well as griffon vulture and the golden eagle.


Hohensalzburg Castle is a huge 11th-century fortress complex on a hilltop situated at an altitude of 506 m. It is one of the largest medieval castles in Europe with a length of 250 m and a width of 150 m. Inside the castle there is a permanent Fortress Museum that can be visited anytime of the year.


The Krimml Waterfalls are the highest waterfalls in Austria which is a 380 meter-high tiered waterfall. The upper stage has a drop of 140 meters, the middle of 100 meters, and the lowest a drop of 140 meters. The misty spray of the waterfall creates ideal growth condition for hundreds of mosses, lichens and ferns. The surroundings are the habitat for 62 bird species.


Melk Abbey is a Benedictine abbey which contains the tomb of Saint Coloman of Stockerau and the remains of several members of the House of Babenberg, Austria's first ruling dynasty. It is one of the biggest and most beautiful European Baroque ensembles and ranks as one of Austria’s most visited art-historical sites. It includes the Imperial Staircase, the Imperial Corridor, the abbey museum, the Marble Hall, the balcony, the library and the abbey church as well as the abbey park with its Baroque pavilion, the Northern Bastion, the mineral collection and special exhibitions.


Schonbrunn Palace is a former imperial summer residence of the Habsburgs and it is one of Europe's most beautiful Baroque complexes. It is a 1,441-room Baroque palace and is one of the most important architectural, cultural, and historical monuments in the country. The main attraction of this palace are its ceremonial rooms, impressive fountains, statues, monuments, palace park and magnificent gardens.

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