Everybody who’s watched The Sound of Music will remember the breathtaking scenery of Salzburg, the lush green meadows of the Alps all around were just a flight away. This is the image that Austria evokes in any travel loving human being.
Austria is a land locked nation in Europe, situated within the Alps. Due to its geographical position besides the Alps, the country has been a perennial tourist attraction. Wanderlusts are attracted to this place for both its summer meadows and snow laced mountains. Having it on your bucket list is a must. Here are 10 must visit tourist attractions in Austria:
- Melk Abbey: Nobody can miss this magnificent building standing atop the city. Melk Abbey is a Benedictine Abbey and is also the tomb of Saint Coloman of Stockerau and the family members of the House of Babenberg, Austria’s first ruling dynasty. Over 900 years old, this abbey is now a school. The church, library, and marble hall are all places to be visited when you are here. You can see the Danube River flowing by from here.
- Hohensalzburg Castle: Sitting on the Festungsberg hill, this is one of the largest castles in Europe. You can witness Austrian and some of Europe’s history in this castle. It has stood erect through a lot of wars since the German Peasants’ war in 1525. The interior of the castle houses the ‘Salzburg Bull’, a large aerophon comprising of over 200 pipes. Archbishop Leonhard von Keutschach had it installed in 1502. The Golden chambers, chapel of Archbishop Leonhard von Keutschach are among the other sites tourists can visit in this castle.
- Hofburg Imperial Palace: This is the Oval Office of Austria. The Hofburg Imperial Palace was built in the 13th Century and it was the then the winter palace, while the Schönbrunn Palace was the summer palace. The Imperial Palace now comprises of the Naturhistorisches Museum, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Austrian National Library, Imperial Treasury, Burgtheater, Spanish Riding School, the Imperial Horse Stables and the Hofburg Congress Centre.
- Tiergarten Schonbrunn: The world’s oldest zoo resides in Austria. With Giant Pandas as a part of the animal attractions, Tiergarten Schonbrunn has been turned into a centre for preservation of species and nature. Constructed in the 18th century, you will not only see animals or nature within these 4 walls, but also some amazing architecture. This zoo is inside the grounds of Schonbrunn Palace.
- Salzkammergut: Boasting lakes, valleys, a picturesque view and just fresh air to enjoy your travel days, Salzkammergut is the place in Austria to check out nature in its splendid best. Traun, a tributary to the mighty Danube River runs through this place. It is a resort of sorts where you can stay for a few days and enjoy some mountain air and local Austrian cuisine. Salzkammergut is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These are more than enough reasons to visit this place.
- Naturhistorisches Museum: The Vienna Museum of Natural History is shelter to 30 million objects and all kinds of history from animals to the solar system can be seen here. To those people who have a taste for natural history, this should be a treat.
- Stephen’s Cathedral: It is the main place of Roman Catholicism in Vienna. The cathedral has been part of world history since it has consecrated over two older churches. Hence, the actual construction of the building was done in the 12th century. Romanesque and Gothic architecture has been used on this cathedral which makes it reminiscent to the medieval times. For a religious, spiritual and an eye catching experience, the Vienna cathedral is the perfect visit.
- Schloss Hellbrunn: This was the summer palace at one point of the time. It was built in 1613–19 and named so for the clear spring close by which supplied water to the palace. The palace also hosts the jeux d’eau water games which attract a lot of tourists during summer.
- Ambras Castle: A renaissance aged castle above Innsbruck in the hills, it was built in the 16th century. It has a lot of cultural importance. The only known Renaissance Kunstkammer to be in its original place. The Spanish Hall in the castle is an example of German Renaissance architecture. This is one of the reasons why a lot of travelers visit the Ambras Castle.
- Leopold Museum: Situated in the Museums quarter, the 8th largest cultural area in the world, this museum has the biggest collection of modern Austrian art. The world’s largest Egon Schiele Collection is in here. With 5,000 exhibits collected by Elisabeth and Rudolf Leopold over five decades, the Leopold Museum was opened in 2001.
The Alps are nature’s gift to Austria which you have to definitely visit when you are here. However Austria is also home to some architectural and historical wonders also. Visit Austria if you want to have a blending taste of nature’s magic with man made structures. Know more about World travel & tourism and you could plan yours with Cozmo travel.