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A "blast from the past" is how one recent visitor described her journey through Austria. It remains, she explained, a place where children laugh at marionette shows in the parks, couples linger for hours over pastries at gilt-ceiling cafés, and Lipizzan stallions dance to Mozart minuets—in other words, Austria is a country that has not forgotten the elegance of a time gone by.

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Vienna

One of the great European capitals, Vienna was for centuries the stomping ground for the Habsburg rulers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The...

Salzburg

Art lovers call Salzburg the Golden City of High Baroque; historians refer to it as the Florence of the North or the German Rome; and music...

Innsbruck

The capital of Tyrol is one of the most beautiful towns of its size anywhere in the world, owing much of its charm and fame to its unique location...

Linz

The capital of Upper Austria—set where the Traun River flows into the Danube—has a fascinating Old City core and an active cultural life. Once...

Graz

Austria's second-largest city, Graz is graceful, welcoming, and far from the usual tourist routes. Instead of visitors, it's the large university...

Bregenz

Lying along the southeastern shore of the Bodensee (Lake Constance) with the majestic Pfänder as its backdrop, Bregenz is where Vorarlbergers...

Klagenfurt

Klagenfurt became the provincial capital in 1518, so most of the delightful sites here date from the 16th century or later. However, a group...

Kitzbuhel

Kitzbühel is indisputably one of Austria's most fashionable winter resorts, although the town boasts a busy summer season as well. "Kitz" offers...

Zell am See

This lovely lakeside town got its name from the monks' cells of a monastery founded here in about 790. It has excellent skiing and is busy throughout...

Hallstatt

As if rising from Swan Lake itself, the town of Hallstatt is the subject of thousands of travel posters. "The world's prettiest lakeside village...

Krems

Krems marks the beginning (when traveling upstream) of the Wachau section of the Danube. The town is closely tied to Austrian history; here...

Bad Gastein

Though it traces its roots all the way back to the 15th century, this resort, one of Europe's leading spas, gained renown only in the 19th century...

Baden

The Weinstrasse brings you to the serenely elegant spa town of Baden. Since antiquity, Baden's sulfuric thermal baths have attracted the ailing...

Solden

Sölden's newest addition to its already massive lift network is the "Black Blade," which carries eight at a time more than 2,987 meters (9,800...

Eisenstadt

Burgenland's provincial capital, Eisenstadt, is a really small town. Nevertheless, it has an illustrious history and enough sights to keep you...

Ischgl and Galtur

Ischgl, the best-known resort in the Paznaun Valley, has become as renowned for its party scene as for its excellent skiing—it links with the...

Bad Ischl

Many travelers used to think of Bad Ischl primarily as the town where Zauner's pastry shop is located, to which connoisseurs drove miles for...

Lech

Just down (literally) the road from Zürs, Lech is a full-fledged community—and one of the most fashionable in the Alps. But there are more hotels...

Rust

Picturesque Rust, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, is easily the most popular village on the lake for the colorful pastel facades of its...

Heiligenblut

One of the most photographed places in the country, Heiligenblut remains one of Austria's most picturesque Alpine villages. With the majestic...

Carnuntum and Hainburg an der Donau

Until a few years ago, the village of Carnuntum was a yawning backwater on the Austrian plain and, along with its bigger neighbor, Hainburg...

St. Anton am Arlberg

St. Anton is a particularly lovely town in summer, which has also become a fashionable season, but it really swarms with visitors at the height...

St. Wolfgang

The town has everything: swimming and hiking in summer, cross-country skiing in winter, and natural feasts for the eye at every turn. Here you...

Friesach

The oldest settlement in Carinthia, romantic Friesach is great for wandering. Friesach has many medieval marvels: be sure to stop in at the...

Landeck

Landeck is a popular place to pause while traveling from Tyrol into Switzerland and Italy. ...

Hall in Tyrol

A few minutes by road east of Innsbruck is what many assert to be the most beautiful town in Tyrol—ancient Hall, wonderfully preserved and with...

Durnstein

If a beauty contest were held among the towns along the Wachau Danube, chances are Dürnstein would be the winner—as you'll see when you arrive...

St. Johann im Pongau

St. Johann has developed into a full-fledged year-round resort, with its own small local ski area and a more extensive ski network starting...

Werfen

The small size of Werfen, adorned with 16th-century buildings and a lovely Baroque church, belies its importance, for it's the base for exploring...

Melk

One of the most impressive sights in all of Austria, the abbey of Melk is best approached in mid- to late afternoon, when the setting sun ignites...

Neusiedl am See

At the north end of the lake for which it is named, is a pleasant resort town with good facilities. Direct hourly commuter trains from Vienna...

Zell am Ziller

Zell is the main town of the Zillertal, one of the many beautiful Alpine valleys of the Tyrol, and a real working community rather than just...

Heiligenkreuz

...

Klosterneuburg

This moderate-size town, with forest mixed in between the houses, seems much farther from the big city than just a few miles. In antiquity the...

Filzmoos

One of the most romantic villages in Austria, Filzmoos is still something of a well-kept secret. Though skiing in the nearby Dachstein mountains...

Schruns-Tschagguns

Author Ernest Hemingway spent many winters at the Schruns–Tschagguns skiing area in the Montafon Valley. Today neither of the towns—across the...

Zurs

The chosen resort of the rich and fashionable on this side of the Arlberg, Zürs is little more than a collection of large and seriously plush...

Gosau am Dachstein

Lovers of scenic beauty should not leave the Hallstatt region without taking in Gosau am Dachstein, considered the most beautiful spot in Austria...

Fuschlsee

Nothing powered by more than a trolling motor is allowed on the crystalline waters of the peaceful alpine Lake Fuschl, and the emperor's Schloss...

Steyr

...

Barnbach

...

Marchegg

This tiny corner of the lower Weinviertel is known as the Marchfeld, for the fields stretching east to the March River that form the border...

Gurk

Gurk is located in central Carinthia in the Gurk Valley, surrounded by high mountain meadows and magnificent forests. The actual center of the...

Stuben

Traveling from Feldkirch to the Arlberg Pass you'll come to the village of Stuben, poised right above the 14-km (8.6-mile) -long Arlberg Tunnel...

St. Florian

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Hochosterwitz

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Stubing bei Graz

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Mayerling

Scenic Route 210 takes you through the quiet Helenental valley west of Baden to Mayerling—the scene of a tragedy that is still passionately...

Korneuburg

Aside from Burg Kreuzenstein, a castle a short distance outside the town, Korneuburg has a few attractions, including sections of a town wall...

Vienna

One of the great European capitals, Vienna was for centuries the stomping ground for the Habsburg rulers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The...

Salzburg

Art lovers call Salzburg the Golden City of High Baroque; historians refer to it as the Florence of the North or the German Rome; and music...

Innsbruck

The capital of Tyrol is one of the most beautiful towns of its size anywhere in the world, owing much of its charm and fame to its unique location...

Linz

The capital of Upper Austria—set where the Traun River flows into the Danube—has a fascinating Old City core and an active cultural life. Once...

Graz

Austria's second-largest city, Graz is graceful, welcoming, and far from the usual tourist routes. Instead of visitors, it's the large university...

Bregenz

Lying along the southeastern shore of the Bodensee (Lake Constance) with the majestic Pfänder as its backdrop, Bregenz is where Vorarlbergers...

Klagenfurt

Klagenfurt became the provincial capital in 1518, so most of the delightful sites here date from the 16th century or later. However, a group...

Kitzbuhel

Kitzbühel is indisputably one of Austria's most fashionable winter resorts, although the town boasts a busy summer season as well. "Kitz" offers...

Zell am See

This lovely lakeside town got its name from the monks' cells of a monastery founded here in about 790. It has excellent skiing and is busy throughout...

Hallstatt

As if rising from Swan Lake itself, the town of Hallstatt is the subject of thousands of travel posters. "The world's prettiest lakeside village...

Krems

Krems marks the beginning (when traveling upstream) of the Wachau section of the Danube. The town is closely tied to Austrian history; here...

Bad Gastein

Though it traces its roots all the way back to the 15th century, this resort, one of Europe's leading spas, gained renown only in the 19th century...

Baden

The Weinstrasse brings you to the serenely elegant spa town of Baden. Since antiquity, Baden's sulfuric thermal baths have attracted the ailing...

Solden

Sölden's newest addition to its already massive lift network is the "Black Blade," which carries eight at a time more than 2,987 meters (9,800...

Eisenstadt

Burgenland's provincial capital, Eisenstadt, is a really small town. Nevertheless, it has an illustrious history and enough sights to keep you...

Ischgl and Galtur

Ischgl, the best-known resort in the Paznaun Valley, has become as renowned for its party scene as for its excellent skiing—it links with the...

Bad Ischl

Many travelers used to think of Bad Ischl primarily as the town where Zauner's pastry shop is located, to which connoisseurs drove miles for...

Lech

Just down (literally) the road from Zürs, Lech is a full-fledged community—and one of the most fashionable in the Alps. But there are more hotels...

Rust

Picturesque Rust, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, is easily the most popular village on the lake for the colorful pastel facades of its...

Heiligenblut

One of the most photographed places in the country, Heiligenblut remains one of Austria's most picturesque Alpine villages. With the majestic...

Carnuntum and Hainburg an der Donau

Until a few years ago, the village of Carnuntum was a yawning backwater on the Austrian plain and, along with its bigger neighbor, Hainburg...

St. Anton am Arlberg

St. Anton is a particularly lovely town in summer, which has also become a fashionable season, but it really swarms with visitors at the height...

St. Wolfgang

The town has everything: swimming and hiking in summer, cross-country skiing in winter, and natural feasts for the eye at every turn. Here you...

Friesach

The oldest settlement in Carinthia, romantic Friesach is great for wandering. Friesach has many medieval marvels: be sure to stop in at the...

Landeck

Landeck is a popular place to pause while traveling from Tyrol into Switzerland and Italy. ...

Hall in Tyrol

A few minutes by road east of Innsbruck is what many assert to be the most beautiful town in Tyrol—ancient Hall, wonderfully preserved and with...

Durnstein

If a beauty contest were held among the towns along the Wachau Danube, chances are Dürnstein would be the winner—as you'll see when you arrive...

St. Johann im Pongau

St. Johann has developed into a full-fledged year-round resort, with its own small local ski area and a more extensive ski network starting...

Werfen

The small size of Werfen, adorned with 16th-century buildings and a lovely Baroque church, belies its importance, for it's the base for exploring...

Melk

One of the most impressive sights in all of Austria, the abbey of Melk is best approached in mid- to late afternoon, when the setting sun ignites...

Neusiedl am See

At the north end of the lake for which it is named, is a pleasant resort town with good facilities. Direct hourly commuter trains from Vienna...

Zell am Ziller

Zell is the main town of the Zillertal, one of the many beautiful Alpine valleys of the Tyrol, and a real working community rather than just...

Heiligenkreuz

...

Klosterneuburg

This moderate-size town, with forest mixed in between the houses, seems much farther from the big city than just a few miles. In antiquity the...

Filzmoos

One of the most romantic villages in Austria, Filzmoos is still something of a well-kept secret. Though skiing in the nearby Dachstein mountains...

Schruns-Tschagguns

Author Ernest Hemingway spent many winters at the Schruns–Tschagguns skiing area in the Montafon Valley. Today neither of the towns—across the...

Zurs

The chosen resort of the rich and fashionable on this side of the Arlberg, Zürs is little more than a collection of large and seriously plush...

Gosau am Dachstein

Lovers of scenic beauty should not leave the Hallstatt region without taking in Gosau am Dachstein, considered the most beautiful spot in Austria...

Fuschlsee

Nothing powered by more than a trolling motor is allowed on the crystalline waters of the peaceful alpine Lake Fuschl, and the emperor's Schloss...

Steyr

...

Barnbach

...

Marchegg

This tiny corner of the lower Weinviertel is known as the Marchfeld, for the fields stretching east to the March River that form the border...

Gurk

Gurk is located in central Carinthia in the Gurk Valley, surrounded by high mountain meadows and magnificent forests. The actual center of the...

Stuben

Traveling from Feldkirch to the Arlberg Pass you'll come to the village of Stuben, poised right above the 14-km (8.6-mile) -long Arlberg Tunnel...

St. Florian

...

Hochosterwitz

...

Stubing bei Graz

...

Mayerling

Scenic Route 210 takes you through the quiet Helenental valley west of Baden to Mayerling—the scene of a tragedy that is still passionately...

Korneuburg

Aside from Burg Kreuzenstein, a castle a short distance outside the town, Korneuburg has a few attractions, including sections of a town wall...

Innsbruck, Tirol, and Vorarlberg

The provinces of Tyrol and Vorarlberg make up the western tip of Austria with Innsbruck, the capital of Tyrol, the natural, historic, and economic...

Vienna Woods, Lake Neusiedler, and the Danube River

A trip along the Austrian Danube unfolds like a treasured picture book. Roman ruins (some dating to Emperor Claudius), remains of medieval castles...

Carinthia and Graz

While lesser-known than the mountainous terrain of Tyrol or the culture-rich cities of Vienna and Salzburg, the southern provinces of Carinthia...

Eastern Alps

The whole Eastern Alps region is dramatic countryside, with breathtaking scenery and great winter sports opportunities. Here majestic peaks...

Salzkammergut

Remember the exquisite opening scenes of The Sound of Music ? Castles reflected in water, mountains veiled by a scattering of downy clouds...

Grossglockner Highway

One of the best-known roads in the Alps, the Hochalpenstrasse—rising to more than 2,438 meters (8,000 feet) and negotiating 36 hairpin bends...

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