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Top ten attractions and places to see in Austria 

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UNESCO World Cultural Heritage: Wachau - Melk, (Photo:Benediktinerstift in Melk)

 Tip 1: Wachau - Melk (Symbol of Austria in Mini-Europe)

The oldest written reference to this small town - the gateway to
 the Wachau valley along Danube -
dates 831. In 11th century
was Melk a power centre of the Babenbergs in Ostarichi
 (Austria today
). Stift Melk - a massive Benedictine monastery
was founded in the year 1089 on the site of earlier castle, in the
periode 1702 - 36 was made reconstuction in baroque style.
 The most known parts of the Benedictine monastery are Marble
 Hall, bibliotheca, outlook terrace and St. Peter and Paul
 monastery church. The town hall in the town
was founded in the
year 1575.
Region is also known for good wine.

Our Tip: Refreshment in
 Café & Konditorei Mistelbacher  

UNESCO World Cultural Heritage: Wachau - Krems, (Photo:Steiner Tor in Krems)

 Tip 2: Wachau - Krems

 Krems belongs to the oldest and nicest towns in the Austria.
 The oldest written reference to this Danube town in the Wachau
dates 995. There are prehistorical findings from the ice
 time here, later settlement traces of the
Teutons and Slavs.
 Places to see: Steiner Tor, DominikanerKirche, PfarrKirche St.
 Veith, PiaristenKirche, PulverTurm, Dreifaltigkeitsäule,
 HerkulesBrunnen, SimandelBrunnen, Steiner PafarrKirche,
 FrauenbergKirche, Steiner Rathaus, Mazzettihaus, Rathaus,
 MinoritenKirche, Göttweigerhof, Linzer Tor, Kunsthalle Krems,
 Grosse PassauerHof, Mauthaus, Karikaturmuseum
 Region is also known for good wine.

UNESCO World Cultural Heritage: Salzburg, old town (PhotoSource: Wikipedia)

 Tip 3:  Salzburg city

 Salzburg with 150000 citizens is one of the smaler Austrian
 towns but one of the most important in the tourism industry
 - one of
the most visited tourist destination in the country.
There are prehistorical findings from the Neolithic Age in the
 area, later was probably a Celt camp here. The Romans
 called the town Juvavum. On the beginning of the 8th
 century St. Rupert after becoming bishop choosed Juvavum
 of the site of his basilica and named the city Salzburg (Salt
 Castle). Places to see: Salzburg Cathedral, Fortress
 Hohensalzburg, Mozart´s birthplace, Getreidegasse, Palace
 of Leopoldskron, Mirabell Palace, Neutor, Hellbrunn, ZOO.

Our Tip: Vacation & Accommodation in Brandstättgut

UNESCO World Cultural Heritage: Neusiedl, (Foto: Neusiedler See)

 Tip 4: Lake Neusiedl - the meeting place of different cultures

 Excellent wind conditions and warm climate make Neusiedler
 Lake top area for sailors, windsurfers and cyclists. Excellent
 conditions for beach holidays with many leisure parks and
 sports activities: bike rentals, boat rentals, golf, tennis, etc.
 In winter it is also popular Nordic walking here. Cultural and
 natural sightseeings at the Neusiedler See which belong to
 UNESCO World Heritage: Ramsar wetland National Park
 Neusiedler See - Seewinkel, Rust, Mörbisch, Oggau,
 Donnerskirchen, Oslip, Purbach, Breitenbrunn,
Winden am See,
 Neusiedl am See, Jois,
Weiden am See, St. Andrä am Zicksee,
 Illmitz, Apetlon, Gols, Frauenkirchen, Podersdorf am See,
 Pamgahen, Romans Quarry St. Margarethen, in the Hungary:
 Fertö-Hanság, Fertörákos. Viticulture in the whole region.
Our Tip: Refreshment in Brunnenstüberl Café

Eisenstadt - "Iron city" (Foto: Esterházy castle)

 Tip 5: Eisenstadt - the capital of the federal state of Burgenland

 Finds prove that Eisenstadt was already populated in ancient
 Halstatt period. Celts and the Romans built his settlements
 here too, later came Germanic tribes, Huns, Lombards, Avars,
 Bavarii. In the Annals 1118 it is a settlement as "castrum
 ferreum" recorded and refers iron mining & trade in this area.
 Today Eisenstadt is (sometimes called "Haydn city") a beautiful
 smaller city with a population of about 12000, which is always
 worth a trip - the culture and history have high priority here.
 Attractions: City Hall, Pestsäule, Franciscan church, Esterhazy
 castle with Castle Park, Gloriette,
Haydnmuseum, Bergkirche
 with Haydnmausoleum, Pulverturm, Wehrkirche
, synagogue.
 Region is also known for good wine.
 Our tip: Refreshment
in Restaurant of the Parkhotel

UNESCO World Cultural Heritage: Hallstat, Halstätter See (PhotoSource: Wikipedia)

 Tip 6: Hallstat and Salzlammergut

Hallstat is a small village on the Halstätter See lake in the
 Salzkammergut - a tourist region with 54 villages near Salzburg,
 which spread out to Grimmning, Almtal, Vockla and
 The archaeological finds (Mondsee culture & Halstatt culture)
 prove that the area was already populated in the Neolithic
 times. Good conditions for heath vacation. Whole holiday area
 is also known as ski & snowboard world and cross-country
 skiing world. The Salzkammergut resort has many gyms, spas,
 wellness hotels, indoor pools, health spas, etc. Culinary
 interesting region with many fish restaurants and cosy country
and pizzerias.
 Attractions in Hallstatt:
Pfarrkirche Mariae Himmelsfahrt church,
 Hallstatt museum with many archaeological  finds  from
 Halstatt period, burial ground from Halstatt period, salt drift.

UNESCO World Cultural Heritage:  Graz, Grazer Schlossberg (PhotoSource: Wikipedia)

Tip 7: Graz - the capital of the federal state of Styria

 Graz with a population of 288000 is the second largest city in
 Austria. At the heart of the city lies the Schlossberg hill - since
 beginnig of the 12th century there was a fortress here. It
 stands in the Guinness Book Of Records as the strongest
 fortress ever since it has never been captured. Most of the Graz
 sightseeings are to be found in the Old Town: Clock Tower built
 in 1570, Grazer City crown (St. Giles Cathedral, Katharinerkirche,
 Mausoluem, Seminary, Grazer Castle), Franciscan Church, City
 Hall, Landhaus, Landeszeughaus with Museum of armor and
 weapons, Saurau Palais, the Palais Herberstein with gallery,
 Palais Khuenburg with city museum, Leechkirche, Karl-Franzes-
 University. Other attractions: City Park, Murinsel, Kunsthaus,
 Botanical Garden, Schloss Eggenberg, Gösting, Heart of Jesus
 Church, places of pilgrimage: Basilica Mariatrost, Mariagr

Zell am See (PhotoSource: Wikipedia)

 Tip 8:  Zell am See  

 Zell am See is a
well-known international spa and ski resort
situated 80 km from Salzburg. Together with its neighbour
 Kaprun they form the "Europa Sportregion" which is one of the
 most important 
tourist centers in Austria. Besides skiing, the
 region offers a diversity of other sport activities. In winter:
 skating on the frozen lake,
snow-rafting, sledging or nordic
 walking; in summer
you are offered a variety of water sports:
boat rental, water skiing, diving, kayaki
ng, sailing, windsurfing,
fishing and rafting. Also 2 golf courses are here. You can enjoy
 cycling or mountain biking here too
. The highest waterfalls in
 Europe - Krimml Waterfalls are only 55 km away, the
 Grossglockner hill
& Pasterze Glacier is also close. 
 There is also a spa- and sports centre in Zell am See.

St. Pölten (Photo: Rathausplatz)

 Tip 9: St. Poelten - an up-and-coming tourist city

 St. Poelten with 51000 inhabitants is the capital of the federal
 state of Lower Austria.
NÖ Landesmuseum presents  the rich
 history of Lower Austria as a virtual museum.
 Attractions: City Hall,
Domkirche, Institut der Englischen
 Fräulein, Franziskanerkirche,
Schloss Ochsenburg, Schloss
 Pottenbrunn, Schloss Wasserburg, Riemerplatz, Herrenplatz
 State Theatre Lower Austria, the former synagogue.
Stadtwald, Südpark, Hammer Park, Sparkassenpark 
 and recreation areas
Naturlehrpfad Felsmühle, Panoramaweg
 Kremserberg, Nadelbach, Brunnenfeld S
üd, Ratzersdorfer
and Viehofner lakes offer diverse recreational opportunities
 and  attractive walking and cycling paths. It is also known 3-day
 Pilgrimage St. Poelten - Mariazell (90km). 

Baden bei Wien (Photo: Doblhoffpark)

Tip 10:  Baden near Vienna (Baden bei Wien)

 Baden is located 26 km south of Vienna. The warm sulphurous
 springs have been known for 5000
years and have formed the
 economic basis of the health resort. In the year 1480
 Friedriech III
granted the city rights to Baden. In K & K times
 Baden was also  a popular resort and has nothing
lost from its
charm and flair at present. Healing water, culture, wine and the
game formed the city and still dominate the leisure activities in 
the city. Excellent conditions for health and wellness vacation
with sports activities such as golf, beach volleyball, cycling,
tennis, squash, bowling. balloon flights, football, handball etc...
 Attractions: City Hall, spa park with Beethoven
Temple, theater,
 Doblhoffpark with pond and rosarium, Roman spa, casino, 
 Parish church -
Stadtpfarrkirche, House of Art, Frauenbad, spa 
Mariazellhof, Imperial House, Beethoven house.

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