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  • 1 Residenz Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Residenzplatz 1 A - 5020 Salzburg

    In 1595, the former 11th-century bishop's palace was replaced by this fastuous building, on the initiative of Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau. The north-west wing only dates from the end of the 18th century. Young Mozart played numerous concerts in the Co..

  • 2 Gaisbergstraße Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Gaisbergstr. A - 5020 Salzburg

    Near Salzburg, the Gaisberg enables you to overlook the whole region. On the road leading to the summit, the view faces West towards Salzburg, the Salzach gap, then Bavaria and much further afield, the Salzburg Alps. When reaching the top, at 1,288 m..

  • 3 Old Town Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Hauptplatz A - 8011 Graz

    Graz's Old Town is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. From the top of the picturesque Schlossberg Hill overlooking it, visitors can enjoy a scene of reddish-brown roofs crowned by onion-shaped belfries. This partly-pedestrianized district su..

  • 4 Landhaus Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Herrengasse 16 A - 8010 Graz

    Seat of the former Styrian Diet since the 16C, the Landhaus is one of Graz's finest Renaissance palaces. The main façade, with its handsome round-arched windows and elegant doorway, hides the Italianate elegance of its three-storey arcaded courtyard ..

  • 5 Mausoleum Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Burggasse 2 A - 8011 Graz

    The magnificent Mausoleum of Emperor Ferdinand II is undoubtedly Graz's most unusual building. It gracefully combines Mannerist Austrian Baroque with the theatrical splendour of Rome's great churches. The initial work of the Italian Pietro de Pomis w..

  • 6 Eiserner Brunnen Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Koloman-Wallisch Platz A - 8600 Bruck-an-der-Mur

    The wrought-iron well made by local craftsman Hans Prasser in 1626 is considered to be the finest example of this art in Styria. The forged section, on a stone base, particularly the canopy with delightful Renaissance motifs, was produced in an outst..

  • 7 Admont Abbey Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    A - 8911 Admont

    The Benedictine Admont Abbey has been one of Christendom's great cultural centres since its foundation in the 11C. It remains so today, with a library that boasts some 1 400 manuscripts and 150 000 volumes. It is a splendid Rococo building, worthy of..

  • 8 Basilica Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Benedictusplatz 1 A - 8630 Mariazell

    If the façade, where a Gothic porch-belfry is flanked by two onion-capped Baroque towers, surprises visitors to the popular pilgrimage church of Mariazell, then they will be amazed by the dazzling interior. Apart from the glittering Chapel of Mercy, ..

  • 9 Eggenberg Castle Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Eggenberger Allee 90 A - 8010 Eggenberg

    Built for Johann Ulrich Eggenberg between 1625 and 1635 on the site of a medieval castle, this building's uniqueness lies in its Universe-inspired allegorical design: 4 towers represent the compass points, it has 365 windows and 24 state rooms, the P..

  • 10 Pfänder Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Steinbruchgasse 4 A - 6900 Bregenz

    This summit overlooking Bregenz offers an impressive view of part of the Alpine range and leads to the entrance of the Alpenwildpark. There, visitors can discover the great wildlife of the region, via a circuit of about 30 mn which crosses through la..

  • 11 The Hofburg : Albertina Graphic Arts Collection Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Albertinaplatz 1 A - 1010 Wien

    With over 1 million engravings and 60 000 drawings and watercolours, the Albertina Graphic Arts Collection is undoubtedly one of the largest in the world. Housed in the former Tarouca family palace since 1795, it owes its name to its founder, Duke Al..

  • 12 The Hofburg : Collection of Historical Instruments and Music Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Heldenplatz A - 1010 Wien

    Already virtually complete in the 16C, this collection in the imperial palace accords antique musical instruments the status of artworks, giving them a unique historical context. Among the rarest pieces are a rebec (Venice, 15C), a harpsichord (Venic..

  • 13 The Hofburg: Armoury Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Heldenplatz - Neue Burg A - 1010 Wien

    This rich collection of arms and armour was begun in the early 15C by the Archdukes Ernest of Styria (1377-1424) and Ferdinand of Tyrol (1527-1595), and capped by the inclusion of the Imperial Court's arms in 1806. The ingenious filigree decoration o..

  • 14 Ephesos Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Heldenplatz A - 1010 Wien

    Since 1895, teams of Austrian archeologists have been excavating the site of Ephesos in Asia Minor, one of the most important ancient cities. Their finds are impressive. The Parthian monument frieze and the Ephesian Athlete, are the two major works i..

  • 15 Church of the Capuchins Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Neuer Markt A - 1010 Wien

    Glancing at the discreet façade of the Kapuzinerkirche, the Church of the Capuchins on Neuer Markt, you would not think that the embalmed bodies of 138 members of the Imperial family of the Habsburgs are buried here, including 12 emperors and 17 empr..

  • 16 The Ring Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Ring A - 1010 Wien

    Leaving the narrow streets of the Old town, the appearance of Vienna changes radically as you reach the Ring, the ring of boulevards around the city. The city's old fortifications became the site of the most extensive urban development programme ever..

  • 17 Art Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Schillerplatz 3 A - 1010 Wien

    The neo-Renaissance façade of the Academy of Fine Arts stands slightly back from the ring on the Schillerplatz. This little-known museum, with its succession of unattractive rooms, contains some veritable masterpieces. The Renaissance period is parti..

  • 18 Museum of Applied and Decorative Arts (MAK) Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Stubenring 5 A - 1010 Wien

    The MAK or Museum of Applied and Decorative Arts, occupies a building along the Ring. The pre-eminence of its collections reflects Vienna's passion for decorative arts and modern design. The arrangement of certain of its displays has been enturusted ..

  • 19 State Opera House Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Opernring A - 1040 Wien

    Inaugurated in 1869, the fine Renaissance façade of the Staatsoper (State Opera House) proudly overlooks the Ring. Of worldwide renown, the greatest conductors and international stars, past and present, have or will pass through its portals. It is st..

  • 20 St Stephen's Square Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Stephansplatz A - 1010 Wien

    The small Stephansplatz or St Stephen's Square forms a contrast with the proportions of the cathedral whose arches are now reflected in the glass walls of the modern Haas-Haus. The two main pedestrian thoroughfares of the old town converge in the squ..

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