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Things To See in Austria

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• Many museums and other attractions classify everyone under 19 as a child. At some attractions, such as the Hofburg and Schönbrunn palaces in Vienna, all visitors under 19 pay a significantly lower entrance fee, while at others, such as the natural history museums and Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum, entry is even free for those under 19 (they may be asked to show an official photo ID to confirm their age).
• If you are a student, make sure you have a student card or other proof of student status, as many museums and attractions offer reduced prices for students (e.g. the Hofburg and Schönbrunn Palace).

Both in summer and winter, Austria’s mighty mountain landscapes attract many tourists. No less than 62% of the country lies at an altitude of 500 m or more, and it is hard not to see the magnificent snow-capped peaks and lush green valleys. Depending on the season, you will find green mountain meadows or white landscapes as far as the eye can see, but either way you will not be disappointed by the magnificent views. Highlights include the high mountain national park in the Zimmertal Alps with peaks up to 3476 m, narrow gorges and steep rock faces. The Thayatal National Park combines beautiful valley landscapes with a multitude of castle ruins and fortresses.

The highest peak in the country is called the Großglockner and is located on the border between Carinthia and East Tyrol. For a good view, the Grossglockner High Alpine Road with its magnificent panorama is highly recommended. At the foot of the peaks you will find beautiful valleys, including the charming Villgratental. The Danube has created beautiful valley landscapes where you will find famous vineyards today. The Wachau and the Dunkelsteinerwald in Lower Austria are good (and protected) examples. To complete the picture, the valley and hill landscapes are dotted with countless picturesque villages.

In addition to this rustic and tranquil nature and landscape, Austria also shows a completely different side. As a former great European power, Austria is rich in majestic architecture and historic buildings. As the long centre of power of the Holy Roman Empire, you will find not only palaces and magnificent urban architecture, but also grand cathedrals, monasteries and churches. Vienna, the country’s capital and most popular tourist destination, is full of medieval and baroque structures. Schönbrunn Palace, with its 1441 rooms, is the absolute highlight and every little princess’s dream. Its zoo, the Schönbrunn Zoo, is the oldest in the world. St. Stephen’s Cathedral, dating from the 12th century, is the most important religious building. Salzburg, Mozart’s birthplace, combines an enchanting Alpine backdrop with a beautifully preserved historic centre. The same goes for Innsbruck, in the heart of Tyrol. The Basilica of Mariazell in Mariazell is one of the most visited attractions in the country and an important pilgrimage destination. Just like Schönbrunn Palace, Esterházy Palace in Eisenstadt is located in the easternmost province. It is considered one of the most beautiful baroque castles in Austria. Lake Neusiedl, a national park, is also worth seeing in this region.

How To Travel To Austria

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Visa & Passport Requirements for Austria

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Money & Shopping in Austria

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Festivals & Holidays in Austria

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Traditions & Customs in Austria

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Internet & Communications in Austria

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Language & Phrasebook in Austria

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