Austria's scenic beauties draw visitors here in their millions in summer and winter. Meanwhile millions more revel in its unsurpassed cultural heritage. Its charm is legendary, its inhabitants welcoming, and its cuisine heartily filling. Here's our pick for the best things to do in Austria.
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The city is proud of the fact that its office workers can nip up to the slopes for a quick spot of lunch-hour skiing. Visiting this beautiful city is one of the best things to do in Austria.
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Another point of interest is Mozarthaus in Vienna. Mozart lived here from 1784 to 1787, one of his most productive periods, during which he composed his Marriage of Figaro. In 2006 the museum was completely redesigned to mark the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth.
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Besides being picturesque in the extreme, Hallstatt is also known for the spectacular archaeological finds made here in the 19th century. An array of fascinating Iron Age finds are beautifully presented in the Museum.
Kaffeehäuser still thrive, offering a bewildering range of up to 30 options. Indulge in coffee culture and mouthwatering traditional treats such as Sachertorte (a melting chocolate cake) in one of Vienna’s ornate coffeehouses.
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Or to see an art collection in context, take a tour of Vienna's imperial apartments. This is the imperial palace of Emperor Joseph II and Empress Elisabeth. The 24 rooms are filled with many interesting art pieces and are one of the top tourist attractions in Austria. Don't miss the imperial silver collection.
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Meanwhile, the small town Bad Gastein is a great budget base for excellent skiing. At the end of the day, soak those aching muscles in one of the town’s hot water spas. The snow-covered peaks of this area are just as much worth visiting as the more expensive popular ski resorts.
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Like Louis XIV’s Versailles, Schloss Schönbrunn palace is a treasure trove of 18th-century splendour. Rich in historical associations and packed with paintings, tapestries, parquetry and panelling. Visit to be surrounded by mirrors and marble, lacquer panels, gilt and stucco. The stunning baroque architecture has a show-stopping effect.
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The Sound of Music put the city on the map for many who might otherwise have never heard of it. Hardly a surprise then that Salzburg has become one of the world’s great tourist attractions, with millions of visitors annually.
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From its terrace overlooking town and river, to its church, marble hall and 100,000-volume library, Melk is a triumph of Baroque architecture and interior design, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.
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The historic sites of this town are hard to miss. The historic centre of Graz is a UNESCO world heritage site.
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The Staatsoper, or State Opera is one of the world’s top opera houses. Its orchestra, the Wiener Philharmoniker, is world-renowned. Tickets for the Staatsoper are notoriously difficult to get. Though inexpensive standing places are put on sale shortly before each performance.
These are some of the most extensive and spectacular ice caves anywhere, made even more dramatic when lit only by the lamps of guides and visitors.
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It was in the early 1930s, with the urgent need to relieve some of the country’s acute unemployment, that this feat was laid out. Today it is a gloriously scenic, meticulously engineered toll highway. Taking a road trip on this mountain range road is one of the best things to do in Austria.
At over 380 meters tall, it is by far one of the tallest waterfalls in Europe. You'll want to explore the hiking trails nearby. Some claim that the mist of the pummeling waters has health benefits.
The classic excursion from Zell is by cableway to the top of the local mountain, the Schmittenhöhe. This offers fabulous all-around views — including the snowy peaks of the high mountains of the Austrian Alps.
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Top image: Aerial view of the Austrian ski and spa resort Bad gastein famous for waterwall flowing through ist city center © trabantos/Shutterstock