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Austria's main cities of interest are Graz, Innsbruck, Salzburg and Vienna.

For other places of interest, see Austrian Regions.


Graz is the largest city in Steiermark and often overlooked by visitors to Austria.

The region is south of Vienna and a gateway to Slovenia and the Lake Balaton area of Hungary.

The old town of Graz is built around the Schlossberg Park on the west bank of the river Mur, and connected to the new town on the east bank by seven bridges.

An early Roman settlement is thought to be beneath Graz.

A castle was built here in the 11th-century, there is a 13th-century church of the Teutonic Knights, and the 15th-century Gothic Cathedral of St Aegidius. A 16th-century parish church has an altarpiece by the Venetian artist Tintoretto.

Graz was also a residence of the Holy Roman Emperors in the 15th century, and occupied by the French during the Napoleonic Wars.

Graz Airport:
Flight information and how to get to Graz Airport.

Graz Tourismus:
A warm welcome to Graz, from the Graz/Steiermark Information Office, Herrengasse 16.

Stadt Graz:
The first significant date in Graz’s history is the year 1128, marking the first documented reference to the city. 250 years later, in 1379, Graz had grown enough to be designated capital of Inner Austria, an area which comprised Styria and Carinthia, along with Krain, Inner Istria and Trieste (now in present-day Slovenia, Croatia and Italy). As capital, Graz was residence to the Hapsburg dynasty until 1619.

Accommodation in Graz

Hotels in Graz.


Innsbruck literally means bridge over the River Inn.

The capital of Tyrol is popular with winter tourists as its near many ski areas, and was the site of the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics.

Innsbruck is at the junction of two important commercial routes - both open all year due to their tunnels. The Arlberg Pass goes to Voralberg, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland, while the Brenner Pass links into Italy.

A motorway also runs to Munich and the Autobahn system of Germany.

Accommodation in Innsbruck

Hotels in Innsbruck.

Sights in Innsbruck

The Furstenberg castle was built in Innsbruck during the 15th century.

The Hofkirche, a Franciscan church dating from the 16th century, contains the monumental tomb of Holy Roman Emperor, Maximilian I.

The former imperial palace, dates from the 17th and 18th centuries.

Innsbruck Tourism:
Marketing the 'Capital of the Alps' and its holiday villages.

Innsbruck Travel Tips

Visitors to Innsbruck should take advantage of the 24 and 48 hour Innsbruck Card, which allows unlimited access to museums, public buildings, local transport and the mountain railway system during the time of validity.

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Salzburg has an attractive Alpine setting on the Salzach River, at the base of a 500 metre-high rocky crag.

An 11th-century fort rests on the Monchsberg.

As Mozart's birthplace, Salzburg hosts many internationally famous music and drama festivals every year.

Salzburg A-Z:
An a-z listing of just about everything you'll want to know about Salzburg.

Accommodation in Salzburg

Hotels in Salzburg.

Budget Accommodation in Salzburg.

The Sound of Music

Fans of The Sound of Music can visit the film locations in and around Salzburg.

Mirabell Gardens:
Where Maria and the children were seen dancing around the statue of Pegasus, the winged horse, and throughout the gardens singing 'Do-Re-Mi'.

Leopoldskron Castle:
The front side of the castle was used as the Trapp family home, the children were boating on the Leopoldskron Lake and fell into the water. The Venetian room was copied from the castle and used as the ballroom.

Hellbrunn Castle:
This hunting castle was built in the early 17th century by Prince-Archbishop Markus Sittikus. In the gardens the glass pavilion was reconstructed for the pleasure of those fans still returning after 30 years.

Nonnberg Nunnery:
Nonnberg is the oldest convent in the German speaking part of Europe. Maria was a novice there. The baron and Maria were married here in 1927. The scenes for the movie made here include the opening with the nuns going to Mass and Maria arriving too late.

St.Gilgen and Lake Wolfgang (Wolfgangsee):
Scenery shown at the beginning of the movie was filmed at Lake Fuschl on the way to St. Gilgen. Like the Mozart family, visitors from all over the world appreciate the beautiful village in the Salzkammergut.

The Basilica of St. Michael is where the movie's famous wedding scenes were filmed.

The Original Sound of Music Tour in Salzburg.

Enjoy a wonderful ride with breathtaking views of the landscape where the opening scenes of the famous musical, the Sound of Music, were filmed. Relax and listen to the soundtrack or sing along to the famous songs and lyrics including My Favourite Things, Do-Re-Mi, Edelweiss, Climb Ev'ry Mountain, Sixteen Going on Seventeen, The Lonely Goatherd and of course the glorious title song The Sound of Music.

If you don't fancy a sing-along on the bus, then a Sound of Music Private Tour may be more to your liking.


The capital of Austria, Wien in German, is on both banks of the River Danube; in the north-east of the country, near Slovakia and Hungary.

The Wienerwald (Vienna Woods) and the foothills of the Eastern Alps begin shortly after the western suburbs of Vienna.

Vienna was the political and economic centre of the Austrian Empire for many centuries and the capital of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy between 1867 and 1918.

Accommodation in Vienna

Hotels in Vienna.

The Heart of Vienna

Known as the Innere Stadt, the Inner City was once surrounded by defensive walls, today it is within the Ringstrasse; a broad boulevard, lined with imposing buildings, monuments, and parks.

The Rathaus, Burgtheater, University, Parliament, and State Opera were all constructed during a building boom in the late 1800s.

The oldest part of the Hofburg, the former imperial palace, was built during the 13th century.

In the centre of the Inner City, the Gothic St Stephen's Cathedral (rebuilt 13th-15th century) has a 113 m steeple that can be seen from most parts of Vienna.

Vienna's architecture is glorious. Its buildings play together harmoniously in a symphony of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and typical Austrian Biedermeier designs.

Prater Park

To get away from the buildings and the monuments, visit the Prater Park, on an island between the River Danube and the canal.

The large fairground wheel offers a splendid view of the city, and then there are plenty of outside beer gardens for you take the weight off your feet and soak up the other side of the Viennese whirl.

Vienna Attractions

Coffeehouse Culture in Vienna:
Pascal's German-language article; better known as 'Kaffehauskultur und Heurige in Wien'.

Pedal Power Vienna:
Rent a bike and really discover Vienna. Sightseeing in the capital of Austria, by Pedal Power.

Vienna Museums:
Vienna's rich tradition of culture is evident in its many museums and galleries.

Vienna Now or Never:
B2B service for the tourism industry. The Vienna Tourist Board sends out mailings on what is new in Vienna to international tourist guide editors.

Vienna Tourist Board:
There is much to see in Vienna: From Gothic St. Stephen’s Cathedral to the Imperial Palace to the Art Nouveau splendor of the Secession, from the magnificent baroque palace Schonbrunn to the Museum of Fine Arts to modern architecture at the Museums Quartier.

Vienna Unwrapped:
Barbara Cacao is a native Viennese and frequent traveller to her hometown. Tap in to her insight, honest reviews and local connections to plan a more authentic trip to Vienna.

Vienna's Palaces

Belvedere Palace

One of Vienna's most well-known landmarks was built for Prince Eugene of Savoy in the early 18th century.

Schonbrunn Palace

Built between 1706 and 1711 this former royal residence has been the home of the Museum of Austrian Folklore since 1917.

Schonbrunn Palace:
All the information you need about the palace and its attractions, including opening hours, prices of admission and how to get to the palace.

Around Vienna's Schonbrunn Palace:
Each year, 3.6 million people flock to the Habsburg Emperor's splendid summer residence west of the city centre.

By Barbara of Vienna Unwrapped.

Vienna Danube Guide:
Old Danube, Danube Island and more Insider Tips.

By Barbara of Vienna Unwrapped.

Vienna Historical City Tour with Schonbrunn Palace Visit:
The real treat of this tour is your visit to Schonbrunn Palace, summer residence of the Hapsburgs and Maria Theresa, mother of Marie Antoinette, who later became Queen to Louis XVI of France.

Cultural Austria

Austrian Culture:
Austria's illustrious history leaves a lot of memories behind. Uncover the delights of former glory at these interesting places to visit.

Austria Travel Notes

Kaffehauskultur Wien.

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