Even the short trip to Austria must include the visit to its capital.Schoenbrunn and Hofburg palaces give the idea of Habsburg’s real power, 19th century buildings remind where secession has its origins, and the smell of coffee mixes in the air with the delicate tunes of classical music. The suburbs of Vienna offer the local wine in Heuringen restaurants, green walking patches in the fores Wienerwald or entertainment in Prato in old fun city style, including the big wheel Riesenrad.
Although its old city area enrolled the World Heritage list of UNESCO, Salzburg is recognized as a site of Mozart, and so the classical music spirit accompanies the visitors to this enchanted location. The ‘must’ are also castles Festung Hohensalzburg and Schloss Mirabell.
Near Salzburg lies the region, which got its name from deposits of salt, some old mines are still opened for visitors.
But Salzkammergut is above all the lakes district popular for summer water sports, yachting, windsurfing and of course, sunbathing.
Another UNESCO site features over 4 000 years old remains of human activity, and a remains of much younger activity in the form of the medieval salt mine, another tourists attraction.
Austria’s second large city lacks the spectacular views from the motorway passing by the city, but hides art treasuries in Landesmuseum Joanneum, and vast museum collections in Schloss Eggenberg. the old buildings in the historical city center were recently accompanied by several top-modern architectural structures prepared for celebration of title Cultural Capital of Europe in 2003.
The site of two Winter Olympic Games from 1964 and 1976 features modern sport facilities for winter sports.
As a capital of Tyrol, Insbruck consists a good base to discover Tyrol both ways by visiting the local museums or by exploring its alpine surroundings.
The centre of winter sports during the season filled with rich and famous, especially in January, when every year commences the FIS Alpine World Cup competitions.
Numerous athletes did and are practicing on the slopes around Kitzbuehel, to name only two – Franz Klammer and Andreas Goldberg.
National Park Hohe Tauern
Located on the slopes of the highest mountain in Austria – Grossglockner ( 3 797 m ) the national park is popular for walking and hiking tours, especially in the area of the glacier Pasterze.
Spectacular alpine views are provided by following the meanders of motorway 107 called Grossglockner Hohalpenstrasse, which reaches several times the altitude above 2 000 m.
In every country Danube flows through, the river shapes picturesque landscape and brings prosperity to numerous towns and cities there were settled on its way to Black Sea.
The boat tours on Danube allow to discovery the land in the slow relaxed way. In Austria we suggest the part of the river between Krems and Melk.
[photo courtesy of travellingtamas]