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The Top Places to Fall in Love With Austria

Capital of Austria

1Vienna

1,610 properties in Vienna

Welcome to Vienna

Previously the center of the Hapsburg Empire, Vienna is the current center of Austria’s culture, economics, and politics. Visitors may think they are in a museum as they walk through the historic first district, but Vienna also has a youthful and dynamic side with lots to offer.

What Travelers Love About Vienna

  • Museums

    76,809 recommendations

  • Architecture

    69,729 recommendations

  • Culture

    69,651 recommendations

  • Sightseeing

    66,370 recommendations

2Salzburg

235 properties in Salzburg

Welcome to Salzburg

Made famous for its “hills alive with the sound of music”, Salzburg is a very pretty town filled with romantic buildings and squares. If you are not yet aware that Mozart was born here, then you will be as soon as you land at Salzburg W.A. Mozart International Airport.

What Travelers Love About Salzburg

  • Old Town

    24,600 recommendations

  • Sightseeing

    19,589 recommendations

  • History

    17,214 recommendations

  • Culture

    17,045 recommendations

3Innsbruck

190 properties in Innsbruck

Welcome to Innsbruck

Set against the spectacular backdrop of the Alps, Innsbruck is not only a world-class European ski resort, it was also the seat of Maximilian I’s Holy Roman Empire.

What Travelers Love About Innsbruck

  • Old Town

    12,769 recommendations

  • Mountains

    10,830 recommendations

  • Scenery

    10,150 recommendations

  • City Walks

    5,737 recommendations

4Graz

146 properties in Graz

Welcome to Graz

Surrounded by lush forests and the Austrian Alps, the picturesque and cosmopolitan city of Graz offers pretty Renaissance courtyards, diverse architecture, a charming and historic old town, along with the winding Mur River which runs through the heart of the city.

What Travelers Love About Graz

  • Old Town

    8,557 recommendations

  • City Trips

    5,847 recommendations

  • Culture

    4,946 recommendations

  • City Walks

    4,655 recommendations

Best places to see in Austria

Albertina
Museums
Shift gears with a trip to the Albertina in the MuseumsQuartier. This 17th-century building houses one of the world's most important photography and graphic art collections, with 1 million prints and 60,000 drawings on display. Masterpieces by Albrecht Dürer, Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso are on permanent display; check their website for details of temporary exhibitions.
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Getreidegasse
Shopping Areas
Take a trip down memory lane. This shopping street next to the river has been a road for a thousand years. Today, it’s lined with shops – “trachten” boutiques (for traditional Austrian costumes), general fashion, antiques and souvenir shops that sell Mozart and “Sound of Music” memorabilia. Dart down the vaulted passageways to see courtyards, arcades and flower arrangements.
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St. Stephen's Cathedral
Landmarks
The iconic St. Stephen’s was founded in 1137 and finished in 1511. It’s said that Beethoven discovered his deafness when he saw birds fly from the bell tower but couldn’t hear the bells. The Romanesque structure thankfully survived fire damage in WWII and hosts a number of classical concerts and choirs throughout the year. The cathedral is open to the general public.
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New Hungerburgbahn
Landmarks
All aboard the Hungerburgbahn! This funicular train is more than your average ski lift. It chugs up and down the mountainside, taking adrenaline-seeking skiers up to Seegrube’s world-class pistes. The funicular passes through four futuristic stations, each with globular curves that create a striking contrast against the jagged mountaintops.
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Golden Roof
Monuments
The best seat in the house. In 1500, Emperor Maximilian I built this bay window as a royal viewing box for festivals and jousting tournaments. While he had pride of place, it’s best appreciated from the outside. A two-storey gallery juts out from the façade, festooned with heraldic carvings and topped with a gleaming gold roof made from almost three-thousand scale-like tiles.
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Haus der Natur Salzburg
Museums
Remember when dinosaurs walked the planet? Neither do we, but the exhibitions at this museum will bring the lives of these giant creatures into vivid focus. This museum has several football fields worth of space, and holds a reptile zoo, aquarium, space exhibitions and numerous dioramas. Many of the exhibitions encourage tactile interaction, making it great for children.
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What travelers love about Austria

Nature
Recommended by 264,144 travelers
Mountains
Recommended by 244,741 travelers
Scenery
Recommended by 238,292 travelers