Austria is a landlocked alpine German speaking country in Central Europe bordering Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west, Germany and Czech Republic to the north, Slovakia and Hungaryto the east and Slovenia and Italy to the south. Austria, along with neighbouring Switzerland, is the winter sports capital of Europe. However, it is just as popular for summer tourists who visit its historic cities and villages and hike in the magnificent scenery of the Alps. Important information about the 5 Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Austria are below.
Innsbruck is the provincial capital of Tyrol. Its 120,000 residents make it the fifth largest city in Austria. It was one of the eight host cities in the 2008 European Football Championships. It has twice hosted the Winter Olympics making it not only an interesting and beautiful situated city but the “largest ski resort in the alps”. It is located both close to Munich and northern Italy making it a must see alpine destination.
Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart, is a city in central Austria, near the German (Bavarian) border with a population of some 150,000 in 2013. If you have seen the movie The Sound of Music, you may think you know all there is to see in Salzburg. Admittedly, it is difficult not to spontaneously burst into song when you’re walking along the Salzach River, or climbing up to the Hohensalzburg fortress which looms over the city. But there is a lot more to this compact, courtly city than Julie Andrews.
3. Zell Am See
Zell am See is part of the region Zell am See-Kaprun and located in Pinzgau, Salzburg, Austria. The city has about 9600 inhabitants and since 1961 Zell am See is a climatic health resort. Every time of year Zell am See is a highlight. The city is characterised by a combination of glacier, mountain, lake. Furthermore it has to be mentioned that the lake Zell am See is well known for its drinkable water.
The Salzkammergut (means Property of the Salt Chamber) is one of the most beautiful holiday regions in Austria, with its name coming from its history. As the premier spot for Salt (“Salz”) Mining. As salt was and is important it was under direct control by the Emperors in Vienna – that’s where the name “Kammer” came from.
Sparkling clean lakes, green hills, wonderful mountains, romantic towns and cities (like St.Wolfgang and Hallstatt make up this magical region that is filled to the rim with scenic beauty and a rich local culture.
If you ever visit the city of Salzburg and don’t see this glorious lake region just half an hour by car east of the city then you have truly missed out on the most beautiful part of Austria.
Vienna is an Austrian state. It is the capital of the Republic of Austria and by far the largest city in Austria with its population of more than 1.7 million. As you’d expect it’s Austria’s cultural, economic, and political centre. As the former home of the Habsburg court and its various empires, the city still has the trappings of the imperial capital it once was, and the historic city centre is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.