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Additional Information
Capital Vienna
Timezone Europe/Andorra
Total States 9
Airport City Vienna Airport, Salzburg Airport, Innsbruck Airport, Graz Airport , Linz Airport
Ruling Type Government
Offical Languages Austrian German, English, French , Italian,
National Animal Black Eagle
Food Viennese Apfelstrudel, Wiener Schnitzel, Vienna Sausage
Seasons Autumn  : Sep - Nov
Summer : Jun - Aug
Winter     : Dec - Feb
Sprint      : Mar - May


1 ) Innsbruck
Popular - Great Restaurants     Location - Innsbruck, -Tyrol, -Austria

Innsbruck is the capital city of Tyrol and the fifth-largest city in Austria. It is in the Inn valley, at its junction with the Wipp valley, which provides access to the Brenner Pass some 30 km (18.6 mi) to the south.

Located in the broad valley between high mountains, the so-called North Chain in the Karwendel Alps (Hafelekarspitze, 2,334 metres or 7,657 feet) to the north, and the Patscherkofel (2,246 m or 7,369 ft) and Serles (2,718 m or 8,917 ft) to the south. Innsbruck is an internationally renowned winter sports centre; it hosted the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics as well as the 1984 and 1988 Winter Paralympics. Innsbruck also hosted the first Winter Youth Olympics in 2012. The name translates as "Inn Bridge".

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2 ) Vienna
Popular - Arts and Cultural     Location - Vienna, -Vienna, -Austria

Vienna is the national capital, largest city, and one of nine states of Austria. Vienna is Austria's primate city, with a population of about 1.9 million (2.6 million within the metropolitan area, nearly one third of the country's population), and its cultural, economic, and political centre. It is the 7th-largest city by population within city limits in the European Union.

Until the beginning of the 20th century, it was the largest German-speaking city in the world, and before the splitting of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in World War I, the city had 2 million inhabitants. Today it is the second largest German-speaking city after Berlin and just before Hamburg. Vienna is host to many major international organizations, including the United Nations, OPEC, and the OSCE. The city is located in the eastern part of Austria and is close to the borders of Czechia, Slovakia, and Hungary. These regions work together in a European Centrope border region. Along with nearby Bratislava, Vienna forms a metropolitan region with 3 million inhabitants.[citation needed] In 2001, the city centre was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In July 2017 it was moved to the list of World Heritage in Danger.

Additionally to being labeled the "City of Music" due to its musical legacy, Vienna is also said to be the "City of Dreams", because of it being home to the world's first psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud. Vienna's ancestral roots lie in early Celtic and Roman settlements that transformed into a Medieval and Baroque city. It is well known for having played a pivotal role as a leading European music centre, from the age of Viennese Classicism through the early part of the 20th century. The historic centre of Vienna is rich in architectural ensembles, including Baroque palaces and gardens, and the late-19th-century Ringstraße lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks.

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3 ) Salzburg
Popular - Arts and Cultural     Location - Salzburg, -Salzburg, -Austria

Salzburg is the capital city of the State of Salzburg and the fourth-largest city in Austria.
The town is located on the site of the former Roman settlement of Iuvavum. Salzburg was founded as an episcopal see in 696 and became a seat of the archbishop in 798. Its main sources of income were salt extraction and trade and, at times, gold mining. The fortress of Hohensalzburg, one of the largest medieval fortresses in Europe, dates from the 11th century. In the 17th century, Salzburg became a centre of the Counter-Reformation, where monasteries and numerous Baroque churches were built.

Salzburg's historic centre (German: Altstadt) is thus renowned for its Baroque architecture and is one of the best-preserved city centres north of the Alps, with 27 churches. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. The city has three universities and a large population of students. Tourists also visit Salzburg to tour the historic centre and the scenic Alpine surroundings. Salzburg was the birthplace of the 18th-century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Because of its history, culture, and attractions, Salzburg has been labeled Austria's "most inspiring city."

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4 ) Graz
Popular - Museum & Galleries     Location - Graz, -Styria, -Austria

Graz is the capital city of Styria and second-largest city in Austria after Vienna. On 1 January 2019, it had a population of 328,276 (292,269 of whom had principal residence status). In 2015, the population of the Graz larger urban zone who had principal residence status stood at 633,168. Graz has a long tradition as seat of universities: its six universities have almost 60,000 students. Its historic centre is one of the best-preserved city centres in Central Europe.

For centuries, Graz was more important to Slovenes and Croats, both politically and culturally, than the capitals of Ljubljana, Slovenia and Zagreb, Croatia; it remains influential to this day.In 1999, Graz's historic centre was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites and in 2010, the site was extended with Eggenberg Palace (German: Schloss Eggenberg). Graz was the Cultural Capital of Europe in 2003 and became a City of Culinary Delights in 2008.

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5 ) Linz
Popular - Museum & Galleries     Location - Linz, -Upper Austria, -Austria

Linz is the third-largest city of Austria and capital and largest city of the state of Upper Austria (German: Oberösterreich). It is in the north centre of Austria, approximately 30 kilometres (19 miles) south of the Czech border, on both sides of the River Danube. The population of the city is 204,846, and that of the Greater Linz conurbation is about 789,811.

In 2009 Linz, together with the Lithuanian capital Vilnius, was chosen as the European Capital of Culture. Since 1 December 2014 Linz is a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities (UCCN) network as a City of Media Arts. Cities receive this title for enriching the urban lifestyle through the sponsorship and successful integration of media art and involving society in these electronic art forms. Linz is well known for the Linzer torte, which is said to be the oldest cake in the world, with its first recipe dating from 1653.

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6 ) Hallstatt
Popular - Shopping Malls     Location - Hallstatt, -Upper Austria, -Austria

Hallstatt is a small town in the district of Gmunden, in the Austrian state of Upper Austria. Situated between the southwestern shore of Hallstätter See and the steep slopes of the Dachstein massif, the town lies in Salzkammergut region, on the national road linking Salzburg and Graz.
Hallstatt is known for its production of salt, dating back to prehistoric times, and gave its name to the Hallstatt culture, the archaeological culture linked to Proto-Celtic and early Celtic people of the Early Iron Age in Europe, c.800–450 BC.
Hallstatt is at the core of the "Hallstatt-Dachstein/Salzkammergut Cultural Landscape" declared as one of the World Heritage Sites in Austria by UNESCO in 1997.
Some 1,300 burials have been found, including around 2,000 individuals, with women and children but few infants. Nor is there a "princely" burial, as often found near large settlements. Instead, there are a large number of burials varying considerably in the number and richness of the grave goods, but with a high proportion containing goods suggesting a life well above subsistence level.

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7 ) Melk
Popular - Culture     Location - Melk, -Lower Austria, -Austria

Melkis a city of Austria, in the federal state of Lower Austria, next to the Wachau valley along the Danube. Melk has a population of 5,257 (as of 2012). It is best known as the site of a massive baroque Benedictine monastery named Melk Abbey.

The town is first mentioned as Medilica in 831 in a donation of Louis the German; the name is from a Slavic word for 'border.' The area around Melk was given to Leopold I, Margrave of Austria, in the year 976 to serve as a buffer between the Magyars to east and Bavaria to the west. In 996 mention was first made of an area known as Ostarrîchi, which is the origin of the word Österreich (German for Austria). The bluff which holds the current monastery held a Babenberger castle until the site was given to Benedictine monks from nearby Lambach by Leopold II, in 1089. Melk received market rights in 1227 and became a municipality in 1898. In a very small area, Melk presents a great deal of architectural variety from many centuries.

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8 ) Villach
Popular - Museum & Galleries     Location - Villach, -Carinthia, -Austria

Villach is the seventh-largest city in Austria and the second-largest in the federal state of Carinthia. It represents an important traffic junction for southern Austria and the whole Alpe-Adria region. As of January 2018, the population is 61,887.[3]

Together with other Alpine towns Villach engages in the Alpine Town of the Year Association for the implementation of the Alpine Convention to achieve sustainable development in the Alpine Arc. In 1997, Villach was the first town to be awarded Alpine Town of the Year.

The oldest human traces found in Villach date back to the late Neolithic. Many Roman artifacts have been discovered in the city and its vicinity, as it was near an important Roman road (today called Römerweg) leading from Italy into the Noricum province established in 15 BC. At the time, a mansio named Sanctium was probably located at the hot spring in the present-day Warmbad quarter south of the city centre. After the Migration Period and the Slavic settlement of the Eastern Alps about 600 AD, the area became part of the Carantania principality.

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9 ) Klagenfurt
Popular - Historic Building     Location - Klagenfurt, -Carinthia, -Austria

Klagenfurt is the capital of the federal state of Carinthia in Austria. With a population of 100,817 (1 January 2019), it is the sixth-largest city in the country. The city is the bishop's seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Gurk-Klagenfurt and home to the University of Klagenfurt.
Legend has it that Klagenfurt was founded after a couple of brave men had slain the abominable "Lindwurm", a winged dragon in the moors adjoining the lake, the staple diet of which is said to have been virgins, but which did not spurn the fat bull on a chain that the men had mounted on a strong tower. The feat is commemorated by a grandiose 9-ton Renaissance monument in the city centre.

Historically, the place was founded by the Spanheim Duke Herman as a stronghold sited across the commercial routes in the area. Its first mention dates from the late 12th century in a document in which Duke Ulric II. exempted St. Paul's Abbey from the toll charge "in foro Chlagenvurth". That settlement occupied an area that was subject to frequent flooding, so in 1246 Duke Herman's son, Duke Bernhard von Spanheim, moved it to a safer position and is thus considered to be the actual founder of the market place, which in 1252 received a city charter.

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10 ) Alpbach
Popular - Food     Location - Alpbach, -Tyrol, -Austria

The earliest written record of the name Alpbach comes from 1150, although human settlement is known to have begun there before and around the year 1000, and a bronze axe found at Steinberger Joch (the pass leading to the Ziller Valley) in 1860 suggests that the route was already in use in the Hallstatt period.

Christianity was first brought to the region in the 7th and 8th centuries by Irish and Scottish monks, and the patron saint of the parish church is in fact St. Oswald, a former King of Northumbria.

At the beginning of the 15th century, deposits of copper and silver were discovered on the Gratlspitz and Schatzberg and in the Luegergraben. At the time, the Fugger merchant family from Augsburg had control over mining operations in Schwaz and Kitzbühel, and they extended their activities to include the Alpbach valley. The Böglerhof housed the Fugger offices and was also seat of the Mining Court. In those days, Alpbach already had two inns, the Böglerhof and the Jakober Inn, where the men of the village would go to drink spirits, such as schnapps. By the middle of the 19th century, productivity at the mines had declined to the stage where they had to be closed.

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1 ) Hungerburg Railway (Hungerburgbahn)
Activity Category - Attraction

over 4.5 million passengers have made more than 8 million journeys on the funicular railway between the centre of Innsbruck up the Nordkette mountain to Hungerburg. In 2017 alone, over 600,000 passengers made 2.1 million journeys on the railway and used its four stations designed by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA).

The Hungerburg funicular (Hungerburgbahn) is part of Innsbruck’s Nordpark Cable Railway (Nordkettenbahnen) and begins at the Congress underground station in the centre of the city. Trains stop at Lowenhaus Station before crossing the bridge over the River Inn, then climbing to Alpenzoo Station and on to Hungerburg where passengers can continue their journey on the Seegrube and Hafelekar cable cars up to its summit at 2,300m

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2 ) Imperial Palace (Hofburg)
Activity Duration - July and August 9 am to 6 pm September to June 9 am to 5.30 pm     Activity Category - Palace

The Hofburg Palace is a must-see when visiting Vienna. The power-house of the Austrian empire, it holds a wealth of rich culture and history waiting to be explored. The Habsburg emperors built their imperial forum into one of the most lavish locations and now it stands as the official seat of the Austrian President. With a variety of museums such as the Imperial Treasury Vienna, art galleries and prestigious collections, there is plenty to be discovered. 

The palace complex — one of the largest in the world — is particularly interesting as its major buildings reflect more than 700 years of architectural history; nearly every Austrian ruler since 1275 ordered additions or alterations. As a result, the Hofburg shows many different architectural styles, from Gothic to Renaissance, Baroque to Rococo, and a smattering of Classicism for good measure. The oldest part of the complex, the Royal Chapel (Burgkapelle) dates from the 13th century and can still be visited; it's notable as the home of the famed Vienna Boys' Choir, who can be seen in action during Sunday mass services.

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3 ) Swarovski Crystal Worlds (Swarovski Kristallwelten)
Activity Category - Attraction

Blingtastic Swarovski crystals, a light exhibition, intriguing modern art and stunning gardens, Swarovski Kristallwelten (Swarovski Crystal Worlds) is one of the top places to visit near Innsbruck.

World famous & wonderful: Swarovski Crystal Worlds, located just 20 kilometres east of Innsbruck, awaits with new and exciting attractions.
Between 2013 and 2015, the worlds of art and culture, entertainment and shopping were extended to cover an area of 7.5 hectares. The “Home of the Giant” now inspires with a new poetic garden, which features a unique Crystal Cloud made from 800,000 hand-mounted and enchanted floating crystals. This mystical masterpiece is the largest of its kind worldwide and with it Swarovski has set the new standard for brilliantly implemented installations. The Crystal Cloud draws visitors to the Mirror Pool where the sparkling light of the crystals is captured to form a sea of stars both day and night.

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4 ) Tyrolean State Museum Ferdinandeum (Tiroler Landesmuseum)
Activity Duration - Tuesday-Sunday, 9am-5pm, Monday closed     Activity Category - Museum

The Ferdinandeum, also known as the Tyrolean State Museum, is a sprawling art and culture complex that has continued to thrive since it was founded in 1823. Named after Archduke Ferdinand, it is the third oldest national Museum of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Step inside, and visitors will be invited to explore Tirol’s past, present and future through archeological, historical, scientific, cultural, music and art exhibits that help define our place in the world. This treasure-trove of Tyrolean history and art houses remarkable artefacts in its collections. The Modern Gallery displays an astounding collection of Austrian and Tyrolean art, including paintings by Egon Schiele, Albin Egger-Lienz' somber depictions of rural life in postwar Tyrol, and Alfons Walde's Kitzbühel winterscapes. By presenting contemporary and historical work of art and culture, the Ferdinandeum helps to link the past and the present. Uncover Tirol's secrets at this world-class institution, featuring unique exhibits and hands-on experiences that showcase the unique stories, events and characters that have helped shape Tirol's history.

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5 ) Innsbruck City Tower (Stadtturm)
Activity Duration - June - September Monday - Sunday: 10.00 am - 8.00 pm October - May Monday - Sunday: 10.00 am - 5.00 pm     Activity Category - Tower

Look out over the rooftops of Innsbruck as the tower guards once did in the Middle Ages. Guards kept watch from the City Tower for almost 450 years, warning citizens of fire and other dangers. The lower storeys also once served as a prison. Today, the tower is there for visitors to enjoy. Over 133 steps lead up to the 31-metre-high viewing platform, which overlooks the medieval streets of Innsbruck and offers stunning views of Bergisel, Patscherkofel mountain, the River Inn and the Nordkette mountain range.

The City Tower is a good 50 years older than the Golden Roof. It was completed in 1450 on the side of the old town hall. It doesn’t seem huge in comparison with modern buildings but 51 metres was very impressive in 1450 and the tower was a proud symbol of the self-confidence of the people of Innsbruck. The onion dome was added 100 years after its completion. Today, the tower still rises up majestically from amongst the medieval buildings in the old town – providing a good vantage point and a romantic view of Innsbruck.

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6 ) Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl)
Activity Duration - May - September: Daily 10:00am – 5:00pm; October - April: Tuesdays to Sundays 10:00am – 5:00pm     Activity Category - Attraction

Innsbruck's most famous landmark shines in the heart of the historic old town. The splendid alcove balcony gets its name from the 2,657 fire-gilded copper tiles that adorn the roof. The building has reigned over medieval houses and shady arcades for over 500 years. It was built by Emperor Maximilian who very much enjoyed the view: from there he would look down over the colourful hustle and bustle of his city, watch jousting tournaments and be revered from below.

The shining golden roof can be seen on entering the historic old town but it is also well worth taking a look up close. The structure below the roof is richly adorned with a wide variety of figures and images, including many curiosities.

 Reach out and touch the past through a wide range of new technologies and specialist multimedia techniques at the Golden Roof Museum. 21st century touch screen technology, sound installations and state of the art interpretive activities and exhibitions are among the exciting techniques that will connect visitors to tales of siege and warfare in Tirol in medieval times and reveal the secrets of Emperor Maximilian I. Children will love Court Jester Kunz von der Rosen as they travel back through time.

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7 ) Audioversum Science Center
Activity Duration - Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm, Monday closed     Activity Category - Attraction

AUDIOVERSUM is an interactive museum in Innsbruck all about the fascinating worlds of listening and wondering. As a ScienceCenter it fascinates visitors from across Austria and beyond with its combination of medicine, technology, education and art. Multimedia installations developed in cooperation with the renowned Ars Electronica Center Linz invite guests to have a go themselves and learn more about our senses.

The new highlights are the interactive exhibits “Singing Wall” and, a world premiere, the “Sound Labyrinth”. The special exhibition “Olfactory Worlds” takes the visitors on a journey through exciting olfactory rooms where they may explore the stories behind more than 100 scents. The second special exhibition “Superbrain” explains, in an exciting and entertaining way, how our brain is constructed.


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8 ) Schönbrunn Zoo (Tiergarten Schönbrunn)
Activity Duration - Open daily 9am - 4.30pm     Activity Category - Zoo

As the world’s oldest zoo, built in 1752, the Schönbrunn Zoo is well worth a visit to see over 500 different species of animal; including the baby elephant and baby panda who have hit the headlines over the last few years. Steeped in historical settings, but with some of the best conditions and facilities a zoo can offer, Vienna’s Schönbrunn Zoo is a great day out for the family.

The conception of Vienna Zoo first came about when Emperor Franz Stephan I ordered the construction of a menagerie, with the intention of it being used exclusively by members of the royal family. Construction began in 1782, next door to the Imperial Summer residence, Schönbrunn Palace. In later years, when the public had been granted admission—with the request of the Emperor that they wore appropriate attire when attending—the zoo had assembled a colorful collection of birds and monkies. Many of the original cages are still in existence on the site of the modern zoo, including the shockingly small lion enclosures that, thankfully, are no longer in use.

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9 ) Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper)
Activity Category - Attraction

This famous stage offers a different program every day, with over 60 operas and ballet works on around 300 days per season.

With 58 different operas an 21 ballet productions, the State Opera offers an incredibly extensive program in the 2019/20 season, ranging from Handel's Ariodante and Eötvös' Tri Sestri to the premieres of Albin Fries' Persinette and Olga Neuwirth's Orlando. There are also children's programs as well as numerous concerts, matinées, and special events.

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10 ) Historic Center of Vienna
Activity Category - Historical Place

Vienna developed from early Celtic and Roman settlements into a Medieval and Baroque city, the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It played an essential role as a leading European music centre, from the great age of Viennese Classicism through the early part of the 20th century. The historic centre of Vienna is rich in architectural ensembles, including Baroque castles and gardens, as well as the late-19th-century Ringstrasse lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks. 1st District or Inner City and preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the area is rich with baroque castles and gardens, as well as the 19th-century Ringstrasse, a beltway of grand buildings, monuments, and parks that encircles most of the inner city.

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11 ) Hofburg Imperial Palace (Hofburg Wien)
Activity Duration - Open daily Sept - June 9am - 5:30pm, July - Aug 9am - 6pm     Activity Category - Palace

The Hofburg Palace is a must-see when visiting Vienna. The power-house of the Austrian empire, it holds a wealth of rich culture and history waiting to be explored. The Habsburg emperors built their imperial forum into one of the most lavish locations and now it stands as the official seat of the Austrian President. With a variety of museums such as the Imperial Treasury Vienna, art galleries and prestigious collections, there is plenty to be discovered. 

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12 ) Schönbrunn Palace (Schloss Schönbrunn)
Activity Duration - April through June, Sept through Nov: 8am - 5:30pm. July through Aug: 8am - 6:30pm. Nov through March: 8am - 5pm     Activity Category - Palace

At the end of the seventeenth century Emperor Leopold I commissioned the Baroque architect Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach, who had received his training in Rome, to design an imperial hunting lodge for his son, Crown Prince Joseph, later to become Emperor Joseph I. Replacing the château de plaisance built on this site for the dowager empress Eleonora of Gonzaga in 1642, it was to grow into a palatial imperial residence over the course of the eighteenth century.

The history of Schönbrunn and the buildings that previously stood on this site dates back to the Middle Ages. From the beginning of the fourteenth century, the estate as a whole bore the name of Katterburg and belonged to the manor of the abbey at Klosterneuburg. The estate boasted a corn-mill together with an arable farm and vineyards. Over the following centuries numerous lessees are documented, including a reference in 1548 to one Hermann Bayer, mayor of Vienna, who extended the property, transforming it into a substantial country estate.

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13 ) Belvedere Palace (Schloss Belvedere)
Activity Duration - Open daily 10am - 6pm. Open until 9pm on Fridays.     Activity Category - Palace

The Belvedere was built as a summer residence for Prince Eugene of Savoy and the stunning Baroque palace complex is now home to an art museum as well as beautiful gardens.

The two magnificient palaces on the Belvedere grounds lie in the middle of a splendid park. They were constructed for Prince Eugene of Savoy by J.L. von Hildebrandt, a famous Baroque architect.

At this time the Belvedere Palaces were still located outside Vienna's defences, but today they are a part of Vienna`s third district which is not far away from the very centre of Vienna. The Palaces' architecture and interior design are typical for Rococo style.

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14 ) St. Stephen's Cathedral (Stephansdom)
Activity Duration - Open Mon - Sat 6am - 10pm, Sun and public holidays 7am - 10pm     Activity Category - Temple / Mosque / Church

St. Stephen's Cathedral is the symbol of Vienna. Construction commenced in the 12th century. Today, it is one of the most important Gothic structures in Austria.

St. Stephen's Cathedral is 107.2 meters long and 34.2 meters wide. It has four towers. The tallest of these is the south tower at 136.44 meters. The tower room, from which there is a gigantic view across Vienna, is reached via 343 steps. A total of 13 bells hang here. However, the best-known bell of St. Stephen's Cathedral, the Pummerin, is located in the 68.3 meter-tall north tower. It is the second-biggest free-swinging chimed church bell in Europe. On the roof of St. Stephen's Cathedral, colorful roof tiles were laid to create the Royal and Imperial double-headed eagle and the coat of arms of the city of Vienna. The interior of St. Stephen's Cathedral was changed again and again over the centuries, right through to the Baroque period.

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15 ) Mirabell Palace and Gardens (Schloss Mirabell und Mirabellgarten)
Activity Category - Palace

The Baroque masterpiece of Schloss Mirabell Palace was initially built as "Schloß Altenau" under the reign of Prince Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau in 1606. It was a present for his concubine Salome Alt and most famous for its splendid gardens.

His successor Prince Archbishop Markus Sittikus re-named the palace into "Schloss Mirabell" (‘beautiful view′). Prince Archbishop Franz Anton Harrach rebuilt the castle more or less from scratch following plans by Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt between 1721 and 1727.

During the great fire of Salzburg in 1818, the Mirabell Palace was seriously damaged and re-built according to plans by Peter Nobile in the following years. The mighty tower in the heart of the eastern wing was destructed and the facades were re-decorated in Neo-classicist style.

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16 ) Mozart Residence (Mozart-Wohnhaus)
Activity Duration - Daily: 9 am – 5.30 pm (last entry 5 pm) July / August: 8.30 am – 7.00 pm (last entry 6.30 pm)     Activity Category - Attraction

From 1773 to 1787, the Mozarts lived at the so-called “Dance Master’s House”, standing on today’s Makartplatz. The spacious eight-room apartment on the first floor is now home to a museum.

Mozart’s Residence was reconstructed after being partly destroyed during World War II and was re-opened to the public in 1996. The biographies of the family members and the authentic impressions of everyday family life fill the house with their spirit to this day and allow visitors to experience Mozart anew. In the historic Dancing Masters’s Hall Mozart’s original instruments are on display.

All the different and in part still little-known components of the eventful life of Leopold Mozart, are traced in the exhibition that presents rare original letters and music autographs, printed books and documents, in addition to engravings and portraits.

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17 ) Hellbrunn Palace (Schloss Hellbrunn)
Activity Category - Palace

Hellbrunn Palace is an early Baroque villa of palatial size, near Morzg, a southern district of the city of Salzburg, Austria.

When Salzburg's Prince-Archbishop Markus Sittikus commissioned the architect Santino Solari to build his pleasure palace, it was clear that it was to be a place of pleasures and recreation such as the world had never before seen. Thus, in a record-breakingly short construction period (1612-1615), a renaissance palace was built, which – with its magnificent gardens, grottos, and trick fountains – cast its spell not only over the Prince-Archbishop and his guests; Hellbrunn continues to this day to amaze visitors from all over the world. The famous trick fountains and the interactive permanent exhibition "GrandDelight – The unexpected world of Markus Sittikus" convey history in a refreshingly different way – just as the prince-archbishop would have liked.

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18 ) Eagle's Nest (Kehlsteinhaus)
Activity Duration - Open daily May through October     Activity Category - Attraction

The Kehlsteinhaus (Eagle’s Nest) on Obersalzberg Mountain in Berchtesgaden is located at a height of 1820m above sea level and is a popular day-trip destination. Originally built by the Nazi Party as a suitably representative venue, the architecturally unique building now features a mountain-top restaurant offering a splendid panoramic view of the area.

The Kehlsteinhaus, a.k.a. the Eagle’s Nest, was built under the rule of the National Socialists as a gift for Adolf Hitler to mark his 50th birthday. During the Second World War, the building was used for state occasions and government meetings. No bombs or enemy attacks ever impacted the building, allowing it to survive in its original form, right up until today. Since 1960, the Kehlsteinhaus has housed a mountain restaurant, commanding stunning panoramic view of peaks up to 200 kilometres away.

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19 ) Salzburg Salt Mines (Salzbergwerk)
Activity Category - Attraction

"White gold" has been mined at the Berchtesgaden salt mine without interruption since 1517. Since 2007, it has offered innovative visitor experiences unlike any other mine in the world! Visitors are taken on an adventurous guided tour into the very depths of the Salzberg mountain. Before entering the mine, you will be outfitted in functional overalls – for good reason, since the temperatures inside the mine are a constant +12° C.

Above ground, too, the Berchtesgaden salt mine promises intriguing experiences for explorers and interested visitors. Beginning at the salt mine itself, a saltwater pipeline leads down a 150-meter tunnel to the town center of Berchtesgaden.

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20 ) Austrian Lake District (Salzkammergut)
Activity Category - Lake

Alpine and subalpine lakes, picturesque valleys, rolling hills and 3000 meters high rugged mountain ranges of the Austrian Alps – all form a spectacular picture of the Salzkammergut.ower filled valleys with blue lakes, gigantic mountains with fluffy clouds atop and majestic castles reflecting in water, conjure up an exquisite picture reminding us of the opening scene of the movie, The Sound of Music, and rightly so, as those scenes were filmed right here, in the fabled Salzkammergut region of Austria. 

Salzkammergut (‘salt estates’) is the centre region of the Lake District of Upper Austria. The soaring mountains and its peaks, verdant valleys, its Rehe (roe deer) population  and the turquoise lakes forming a beautiful necklace, present spectacular sights.

July to early September is an ideal time for swimming in the mountain lakes, which would be chilly during the other months. The warmest lakes are the Wolfgangsee and Mondsee. Spring and autumn are the shoulder season when the weather is unpredictable. In midsummer, sudden short showers are common. The Dachstein mountains offer good skiing experience once the snow settles, from December to March.

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21 ) Mozart Square (Mozartplatz)
Activity Category - Attraction

Mozart Square is located in the center of the Salzburg historical district and is flanked by Residenz- and Waagplatz squares. The focal point of this square is the Mozart statue, which was commissioned by Prince-Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau.

Mozart Square and its buildings have close ties to the story of this famous boy genius. The house at No. 8 Mozart Square was where Constanze Mozart-Nissen, Mozart’s wife, once lived. To this day, a plaque installed on the wall of the house reminds us of that time.
Nowadays, Mozart Square is an ideal starting point for city tours, as well as being a popular tourist attraction in its own right in the heart of Salzburg’s Old City. Yet another magnet for visitors: the tourist information office at No. 5 Mozart Square.

The central piece on interest is the Mozart memorial by Ludwig Schwanthaler. It was opened in 1842, a difficult time for Salzburg then secularised only two decades earlier and still suffering from the devastations of the Napoleonic wars. The two sons of Mozart were present at the opening of the memorial, Mozart′s widow Constanze von Nissen had died half a year earlier in May 1842 in a house on the Mozartplatz.

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1 ) Salzburg Festival

Festival Month - July

The Salzburg Festival is the world’s most important celebration of opera, music and theater. In summer 2020, it will mark its 100th birthday with brilliant produc-tions and an extensive array of festivities. “The whole city is a stage” – this is how the founding fathers of the Salzburg Festival – Max Reinhardt, Hugo von Hofmannsthal and Richard Strauss – formulated their intentions 100 years ago.

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2 ) Bregenz Festival

Festival Month - July

Bregenz Festival, called Bregenzer Festspiele in german, is more than an opera on a floating stage. This is a performing arts festival that happens every year in July in August in Bregenz. The festival was founded in 1946, only one year after the end of the Second World War. And it became an international event since then with people coming from Switzerland, France and Germany just to see the festival. The most famous part of Bregenz Festival is the floating stage or Seebühne like it’s called in german. It has space for 7.000 seated people in an open air amphitheater by the Lake Constance. The sight is amazing, even on a cloudy day like the one we spent in Bregenz.

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3 ) Schubertiade

Festival Month - August

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