DISCOVER AUSTRIA: Destinations & Attractions
One quarter of of Austria's population lives in Greater Vienna, located where the Danube meets the Easternmost fringe of the Alps, not far from the boarder to Slovakia. Virtually all government, financial and cultural institutions, as well as national media and large corporations are based in Vienna. Thus, the capital dominates Austria's cultural and political life.
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Vienna is the capital and largest city of Austria, and the Historic City Centre is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Vienna has hosted the Habsburg court over centuries, first as the imperial see of the Holy Roman Empire, then the capital of the Austrian Empire and later of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. This has had a tremendous impact on the culture ...
Vienna Boys' Choir,
Vienna State Opera,
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Salzburg is the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the setting for parts of the musical and film The Sound of Music, which features famous landmarks in Austria, but focuses mainly on Salzburg. Salzburg is on the banks of the Salzach river, at the northern boundary of the Alps. The closest alpine peak - the Untersberg - is only a few kilometres from the city centre ...
Palace of Mirabell,
St. Peter's Archabbey,
Salzburg Marionette Theatre,
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Historically, Tyrol was a County of the Holy Roman Empire, later the Austrian Empire and finally a Kronland of Austria-Hungary, which extended beyond the boundaries of today's state. Historical references to Tyrol (before World War I) include today's Tyrol, but also the Italian provinces of Bolzano-Bozen and Trentino ...
Lech am Arlberg,
St. Anton am Arlberg,
Zurs Ski Resort,
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Villach is also surrounded by the mountains of the Alps which are used for skiing in winter and hiking in summer. It is located half an hour by train or car from the border to Italy or Slovenia. The oldest human traces found in Villach date back to 3500 BC ...
Graz's Old Town is one of the best-preserved city centers in Central Europe, and in 1999 was added to the UNESCO list of World Cultural Heritage Sites. Graz was sole Cultural Capital of Europe for 2003. The city is situated on the Mur river. It is approximately 2.5 hours south of Vienna by train or 2 hours by car ...
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