Austria has a rich, colorful history, dating back to before the 10th century. The country is filled with cultural and art events, museums, and more. In the middle of Europe, Austra has been the center of tumultuous historic events. Since the country is also in a mountainous Alpine range, they also have some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.
Here are some of the places you don’t want to miss out on when traveling abroad in Austria!
Take a step into the past and visit the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, a spectacular sight with a rich, centuries-old history, dating back to the 13th century. The palace was the seat for Austria’s monarchy, the Habsburgs. The President now conducts state business within these same walls. Since 1275, every ruler has made some changes and expansions to the palace. Because of this, there are many different architectural influences like Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, and Classicism.
The palace also has 59 surrounding acres, 19 courtyards, and 2,600 rooms! When visiting, you will get to see the Imperial Silver collection, the Sisi Museum, and the Imperial Apartments.
Melk Benedictine Abbey
Founded in 1098, Melk Abbey is one of the most famous monastic sites in the world! The abbey became the home to a monastic school and a monastic library, later known for a large manuscript collection. There is a plethora of amazing buildings sprawled out around seven courtyards. One of the most noticeable features is a large, 325-meter-long complex at the west end, with a twin-towered church above a semicircular terrace range.
Other reasons to visit the site include the tomb of Saint Coloman of Stockerau, the remains of Austria’s first ruling family, and the Imperial Rooms that house a display relating to the abbey’s history as well as statues and paintings.
You can go on self-guided tours from April to November, but from November to March, you must arrange a pre-booked tour.
Many cities like to claim a connection to famous composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, but most weren’t as important as Salzburg. Mozart was born in Salzburg on January 27th, 1756, at No. 9 Getreidegasse, now a museum called Mozart’s Birthplace. The rooms, where Mozart’s family used to live, are filled with mementos, instruments, and portraits.
You can also visit Makartplatz 8, where Mozart moved to in 1773. Here, you will find interesting artifacts related to the life and times of the composer. He entertained Europe’s musical elite and wrote many symphonies in this home.
Attend one of the many music festivals in his honor, including Mozart Week in January and the Salzburg Festival, a six-week long festival in the summer.
The historic city offers a wide variety of other cultural events and sites, as well as historic architecture.
Spanish Riding School
In 1562, the famous Lipizzaner horses were introduced into Austria by Emperor Maximilian II. In 1735, the magnificent riding hall was designed for nobility to demonstrate their riding skills.
Today, the riding school is the only place where the Classical style of riding is practiced. If you are traveling abroad in Vienna, it is highly advised you see the displays of the Baroque Winter Riding School, an event held here since the time of Charles VI.
This event is very popular so make sure to book online as soon as possible.
After you get your fill of history and art, it is time to see the natural beauty Austria has to offer. The Kitzbüheler Horn sits at 1,998 meters in the Tyrol region. The horn is one of the most picturesque of Austria’s summits. The peek is accessible by cableway or climbing from Kitzbühel. When on the summit, you will have views of Radstädter Tauern and the Ötztal Alps to the south, Kaisergebirge to the north, the Lechtal Alps to the west, and to the Hochkönig to the east.
At the top, you will also see the Gipfelhaus, which is a unique mountaintop home, a chapel, a restaurant, and an Alpine garden. The mountains nearby attract skiers from all over the world.
Snowbombing in Mayrhofen
This week-long festival will be held this year for the fourth year in a row. Attendees will enjoy numerous artists, musicians, venues, and much more, as well as world class skiing and snowboarding. The festival attracts youth from all over the world.
The Krimmler Ache are Austria’s tallest waterfalls. Located on the Krimmler Ache river in the High Tauern National Park, the three cascades fall 380 meters altogether. To see the falls, you can walk along the well-maintained path that takes you along the upper section of the waterfall, offering a stunning view. Your hike begins in the village of Krimml and takes about an hour and a half to reach the top of the falls. If you find yourself tired on the way, you can stop at the restaurant, located at 4,216 feet, the Schoennagel.