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Attractions in Austria

Dachstein Ice CavesDachstein Ice Caves

Situated at the south end of the beautiful Hallstatt lake is a cable car that takes you high up into the Dachstein mountain range. From here it's a short walk to two sets of show caves, the stone 'Mammoth Caves' and a set of Ice caves.

Eisriesenwelt - Werfen Ice CavesEisriesenwelt - Werfen Ice Caves

The Werfen Ice caves are the largest accessible ice caves in the world and stretch for 42km into the mountains. They are not easy to get to with the car park situated 6km from the town up a 1 in 5 hill with many hairpin bends. It's then a 20-minute walk up a steep road to the cable car station. After the cable car ride it's another equally long and steep walk to the caves. There are fantastic views of the valley and it's castle from the top though.

Grossglockner High Alpine RoadGrossglockner High Alpine Road

The Grossglockner High Alpine Road is one of the most scenic and dramatic routes in the Alps. The road goes from Lienz north through the Hohe Tauern National Park and passes right under the highest mountains in Austria. Both sides are extremely windy and steep, with many hairpin bends all the way up.

Hellbrunn Palace, SalzburgHellbrunn Palace and Zoo

Hellbrunn Palace is situated just a few miles south of Salzburg and is easily visited by public transport from the centre. It was originally built by the Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg Markus Sitticus as a summer villa and is surrounded by a large expanse of parkland including an elegant water garden.

Krimmler WaterfallKrimmler Waterfall

One of the best-known sights in Austria's Hohe Tauern National Park besides the peaks is the Krimmler Waterfalls. There are three main levels to these falls, pouring down a 450-metre section of mountainside and visible for miles around.

Salzburg SkylineSalzburg City

The old city of Salzburg nestles between the river and the rocky outcrop of the Monchsberg Hill that along with the Hohensalzburg Fortress dominates the skyline for miles around. Salzburg is really famous for two things, as the place of Mozart's birth, and The Sound of Music which was filmed in city and surrounding countryside.

Schönbrunn Palace, ViennaSchönbrunn Palace

Schönbrunn Palace is located just outside the centre of Vienna and was once the summer residence of the Habsburg family, Austria's rulers. The palace is enormous with over 1400 rooms and is set in a vast expanse of parkland and gardens. There's a zoo hidden in the gardens somewhere and many of the paths that criss cross it are wide enough to drive a coach through.

Melk Abbey, WachauThe Wachau

The Wachau region of the Danube valley between Melk and Krems is the most picturesque stretch of the mighty river. The area was very important as a transport corridor from east to west and was fought over for hundreds of years. This is shown by the many castles, some of which are just hilltop ruins while others are now palaces and museums.

Museum Quarter, ViennaVienna City

A magical city, Vienna effortlessly combines modern efficiency with historical beauty. The transport system is fast and well connected, while the wealth of fabulous Baroque architecture in the centre has to be seen to be believed.