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14 Best Places to Explore in Austria

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With rich in history, amazing places, traditions, and more activities, Austria is an amalgamation of these things which are specific to the individual areas. With neighboring Switzerland, it is Europe’s winter sports capital. Nevertheless, it is popular for summer tourists also who can visit historic cities and villages and trip to magnificent views of the Alps.

Below are some of the top tourist attractions in Austria to help guide you in making a travel program that will surely make your trip a bit more special.

1. Hochosterwitz Castle

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Medieval Hochosterwitz Castle is called inspiration behind Sleeping Beauty Castle, and it can be easily seen why.

There are 14 gates in the magnificent palace, designed to protect every castle and its natives.

The unimaginable proclivity railway line makes way for the visitors which is also home to a church which is designed using marble and claims an abundance of idols. The military building features an array of 14th-century weapons and it is still open to the public.

Nearby Attractions: Stift Sankt Georgen am Langsee, Wild Herbs Garden Haimburger, Archeological Park Magdalensberg.
Entrance Fee: 

  • Adults: € 15,00
  • Children (from 6 till 15 years): € 8,00
  • Military in uniform: € 10,00
  • Students with student card: € 10,00
  • Region card: € 12,00
  • Family ticket: € 45,00
  • Seniors (65+): € 13,00
  • Disabled person 70%: € 10,00
  • Groups (15 persons)

Groups without elevator

  • Adults € 14,00
  • Children € 7,00
  • Seniors (65+) € 12,00
  • Teachers – free
  • Drivers – free

Elevator fee per person: € 9,00*

Children under 6 years: entrance free*

Timings: Single Visitors 

  • April 1st till May 14th: Every day from 10:00 a.m. to  5:00 p.m. and last admission 3:30 p.m.
  • May 15th till September 14th: Every day from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 pm. Attention last admission at 4:30 p.m.
  • September 15th till October 31st: Every day from 10:00 a.m. to  5:00 p.m. Attention last admission at 3:30p.m.

2. Krems

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Krema is located on the Western side of Vienna the historic city of Krems marks the point where the blue Danube and Krams rivers co-center at the beginning of the Wachau valley.

Krems treasure a historic city center, and the pedestrian-friendly layout inspires the discovery of the ancient city gate and the castle named Gozoberg. Krams has a reputation for the influential liquor industry, and many visitors come to know exactly what it is.

For wine lovers, Weinstadt Museum is a popular place in the city center, and travelers can get great recommendations for the local wine shops and judging rooms spotted throughout Krems alongside the banks of the Danube.

Nearby Attractions: Winzer Krems, Steiner Tor, Karikaturmuseum, Wachauer Marillen Erlebnisweg, Wachau Valley.

3. Eisriesenwelt Cave

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Eisriesenwelt can easily be exemplified as a theme park or funfair. There are so many underground complex ice caves. Eisriesenwelt offers dozens of miles route through stunning caves. After climbing over 700 steps, Eispalast arise.

It is a huge palace made of ice, and when the light striking the walls results in the magnificent glittering area. The closest city of Eisriesenwelt in Werfen, where visitors can go for a round-trip shuttle which at frequent intervals departs from the railway station of the city.

Nearby Attractions: Erlebnisburg Hohenwerfen, Gollinger Wasserfall, Rossfeld Panoramastrasse, The Sound of Music Trail, Karkogel, Bluntautal Valley.
Entry Charges:

  • Cave visit Ticket (without cable car)
    Regular: € 12.00 | Children (5-14 yrs old): € 7.00 | Youth (15-18 yrs old): € 9.00
  • Cave Visit and Cable Car Ticket
    Regular: € 24.00 | Children (5-14 yrs old): €14.00 | Youth (15-18 yrs old): €18.00

Timings: Eisriesenwelt is open from the 1st of May to the 26th of October and Closed from November to April. Open Everyday (Rainy or Sunny day) from May – October

  • 8 am – 3 pm (May, June, Sept., Oct.)*
  • 8 am – 4 pm (July, Aug.)*

4. Vienna State Opera

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In the inner city of Vienna, there is Ringstrabe, or Ring road, which is surrounded with endless landmarks. Out of these sites, there is only one Vienna State Opera House. Itself the structure was built in the 19th-century in the style of Neo-Renaissance.

Marble stairs and painted roofs really contribute to gorgeous and a perfect destination. The structure was reconstructed in original style after it was destroyed in World War I.

Nearby Attractions: Opernbrunnen, Welcome Tour Vienna, Big Bus Vienna, Pedal Power Bike and Segway, Galerie dei der Albertina, St. Anna’s Church.
Entry Charges: You have to book advance tickets for it.

5. Schafberg

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Schafberg peak finds its place in the heart of the Salzkammergut Mountains. This mountain is part of Limestone Alps, and it has really incredible scenes near Wolfgangsee Lake. You can easily approach Schafberg with the help of a steam railway which makes it a top class destination.

Known as Schafbergbahn, this train climbs to the St. Wolfgang city all the way to the summit of the mountain. Featured in Sound of Music, Railway is a prestigious attraction that should not be missed.

Nearby Attractions: Wolfgangsee Schifffahrt, Pfarre St. Wolfgang, St. Wolfganger Klosterkellerei, Sportcamp Raudaschl, St Gilgen Mozartplatz.

11. May to 29. September 2019 from 09:20 a.m. until 15:30 p.m.
(in addition at 16:30 p.m. for guests in the “Hotel Schafbergspitze”)
Entry Charges:

  • Adults € 39,60
  • Family-Day Ticket (Two adults and children aged 6 to 14,99) € 90,80

6. Zell am See

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Zell am See is one of the most popular Alpine sites in the country. The beautiful lake, Zeller See which surrounds the city is a perfect example of Alpine Lake. The Hohe Tauern is a snow-covered mountain peak giving an ideal background, and outdoor special interests such as skiing, fishing, and cycling are all easily available. Places such as 16th Century Castle Rosenberg are a historic cherry on the cake destination.

Nearby Attractions: Gipfelwelt 3000, Schmittenhohe, Lake Zell.

7. Melk Abbey

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Amongst the famous monasteries of the world includes the Melk Abbey. It is situated on the top of the rock, looking at the calm waters of the Danube river, relaxes the peaceful Benedictine abbey. The palace of Leopold II was given to the monks previously, who converted it into a peace and learning place in 1089. The Effective Spiritual Center Baroque has become one of the greatest examples of Baroque architecture and rich music and liberal arts of its time.

Nearby Attractions: Melk Benedictine Abbey, Melk Old Town, Schloss Schallaburg, Artstetten Schloss (Artstetten Castle), The Wachau Valley.
Timings: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM*
Entry Charges: Adults with a guide –  € 14,50 and without a guide – € 12,50; Family ticket: (parents with their children up to 16 years of age with a guide) – € 29,00 and without a guide – € 25,00

7. Seefeld in Tyrol

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Seefeld has been home to the Winter Olympics twice and is an important cross-country skiing center that is suited for beginners and intermediate skiers. Located on a magnificent nature reserve, it is not only an ideal place for cold weather, but also for hot weather and hiking. It provides you with the most luxurious upscale accommodation.

Nearby Attractions: Rosshutte, Olympiabad Seefeld, Olympic & Nostalgia Exhibition, WildseeParish Church Of St. Oswald.

8. Hohenwerfen Castle

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The Hohenwerfen Castle of medieval period sits atop of rugged outcrop, which overlooks the Salzachtal valley, but landscape scenes fall to second place when it comes to the unbelievable palace itself. The castle is actually a way of knocking the doors of medieval life, and in particular, the Falcon is a big draw for travelers.

The Belfry offers picturesque vistas and fresh air, while the opposite is found in the torcher chamber. This chamber still original instruments and that will give you a ghastly experience but at the same time, they are a fascinating part of the castle too.

Nearby Attractions: Eisriesenwelt, Paul-Ausserleitner-Schanze, Lammerklamm, Wasserfall Bischofshofen, Hochthron, Parkplatz Gollinger Wasserfall.
Timings: Hohenwerfen Fortress is open from April to November.
Entry Charges: You get a 20% discount off.

9. Hohensalzburg Castles

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This luxurious Salzburg Castle is one of the largest and best preserved medieval palaces in Europe. This castle is located at the top of the Festungsberg mountain, powerful fortress towers on the city of Salzburg breathes life into its magnificent galaxy.

In this palace, there is “Salzburg Bull”; an organ which has more than two hundred pipes. The Hohensalzburg Castle is an architecture which is a perfect example of the medieval period, the representative of the heart of Salzburg, Hohensalzburg Castle is one of Austria’s top tourist attractions.

Nearby Attractions: Festungsmuseum, Rainer Regimentsmuseums, St. Georgs Kirche, Marionette Museum, St. Peter’s Abbey (Stift St. Peter), Salzburg Cathedral.
Timings: Open all year round –

  • January – April: 9.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
  • May – September: 9.00 a.m. – 7.00 p.m.
  • October – December: 9.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
  • Advent weekends & Easter:9.30 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.

Entry Charges: 

All-Inclusive Online Ticket Prices

  • Adult: € 15.70
  • Child (6-14 years): € 8.90
  • Family (max. 2 adults, 3 children): € 34.80

Basic Ticket Prices (ticket window)

  • Adult: € 12.90
  • Child (6-14 years): € 7.40
  • Family (max. 2 adults, 3 children): € 28.60

10. Hofburg Imperial Palace

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Hofburg Imperial Palace is one of the most amazing attractions in Vienna. It is a complex that served as the official royal residence of Habsburgs until the World War I. The castle was built in stages, in which places like Stables, Libraries, and Spanish Riding School were added as deposit power and money for Habsburg.

Visitors can visit many onsite museums from the entrance to Michaelerplatz, and can even look at the former royal apartments as well as the bright Imperial Silver Collection.

Nearby Attractions: Silberkammer, Spanische Hofreitschule, Vienna Pass, Michaelerplatz, Kaiserappartements, Sisi Museum.
Timings: 9 am–5:30 pm*
Entry Charges: Prices valid from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2021

  • For Adults: Ranges from € 15,00 to € 34,00
  • Children (aged 6-18): € 9,00€ to € 21,00
  • Students (aged 19-25)3: € 14,00 to 31,00
  • Disabled persons4: € 14,00 to € 31,00
  • Vienna City Card:€ 14,00 to € 31,00
  • School groups (aged 6 – 18)5:€ 7,00 to € 16,50
  • Family ticket (2 Adults & 3 Children): € 71,00

11. Grossglockner Alpine Road

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Grossglockner Alpine Road is a road of panoramic view that takes you to the Kaiser Franz Josef Höhe Visitor Center. From there, you get an unhampered view of the highest mountain in Austria, the Grossglockner. Grossglockner Alpine Road is a not a toll-free road. The road usually opens from the beginning of May to the end of October. It’s one of the top tourist attractions in Austria.

Nearby Attractions: The Church of St Vincent, Bergbahn Schareck von Heiligenblut, Vodopad Jungfernsprung, Hallenschwimmbad.

  • From early May to early November: 6:00 to 20:00,
  • June 1st to August 31st 5:00 to 21:30,
  • 1st Sept. until 26th Oct.: 6 am – 7.30 pm

12. Hallstatt

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Hallstatt is another great tourist destination, which is a small village in the Salzkammergut area, famous for its salt production. Since salt is a desired item for long periods of time, it is used to store and provide flavor to food, hence there is a long historical connection with wealth and prestige of the village.

The resources collected from the salt industry turned it into a glamorous Baroque village.

Go to the underground salt lake of the subterranean Hörnerwerk cavern (hollow in land formation) and look at the prehistoric man preserved in salt. In fact, one of the most unique places in Austria, you have to experience in Hallstatt.

Nearby Attractions: The Hallstätter See, Hallstatt’s Old Town and Market Square, Hallstatt Salt World and Skywalk, Dachstein Salzkammergut and Five Fingers, Dachstein Caves.

13. Salzburg

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In central Austria, Salzburg is situated which is near the German border, Salzburg is probably known as the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Travelers arrive in the fourth largest city in Austria to see places that inspired such an unforgettable music. With its hilltop medieval fortress, the photographic Altstadt old town and breathing Alpine scenes, Salzburg is one of the best places to explore in Austria.

You must see the Baroque Mirabell Palace of the 17th century and Garden and Von Trapp family home, which is now a hotel. Mozart aficionados can visit his birthplace as well as a reconstruction of his home.

Nearby Attractions: Werfen and the World’s Largest Ice Caves, Kapuzinerberg, Petersfriedhof, Getreidegasse, Hangar 7, Mozart Birthplace, Residenzplatz.

14. Schonbrunn Palace

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Schonbrunn Palace is one of Vienna’s major tourist attractions. Comparatively, in the magnificence of Versailles, this 1,441 room palace was constructed on the request of Emperor Leopold I between 16 9 6 and 1712 and turned it into a Royal Summer Palace by Maria Theresa.

The Palace Park is filled with many fascinations, such as the Privy Gardens, the world’s oldest zoo, a maze, and Labyrinth, and a marble summer house located at the top of the hill of 60 meters.

Nearby Attractions: Kultur und Weihnachtsmarkt Schloss Schonbrunn, Schonbrunn Panorama Train, Schonbrunn Children’s Museum, Imperial Carriage Museum Vienna, Schonbrunn Palace Orchestra.
Timings: 8 am–5 pm*
Entry Charges: Adult: EUR 17,50; Child: EUR 11,50

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