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This Alpine country is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Europe. With a glorious artistic, cultural and natural heritage, Austria marks itself out as a splendid country where fantastic experiences await the enthusiastic tourist. Sightseeing in Austria is a marvellous experience because the eye is forever confronted with the most beautiful examples of natural and man-made grandeur.

The imperial palaces and villas are only exceeded in grandeur by the stalwart Alps encasing them, the lovely streets and squares only surpassed in beauty by the graceful Alpine lakes dotting the countryside. Experiencing both these aspects of Austria is essential to enjoying the country’s wealth at its best, and once experienced, these places will imprint themselves upon your mind, picture postcards that will delight your heart long after you have left the country. 

There are many cities and towns to visit and many unique things to do in Austria. Knowing where to begin can often be daunting for that reason. This comprehensive, painstakingly curated list of the best things to do in Austria is a great starting point to plan your Austrian adventures. Bookmarking it for future reference is, therefore, a great idea. Now, without further ado, let's get started.

Here are the things to do in Austria:


Things to Do in Vienna

Things to Do in Vienna
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1. Hallstatt Village- Located on the western shores of Lake Hallstatt, with quaint 16th-century houses lining its streets, Hallstatt Village is a delightful destination near Vienna. A day spent exploring its cafes and lounging on the grassy shores of the lake will be a memorable experience indeed.

2. Schoenbrunn Palace- Renowned all over the world, the Schoenbrunn Palace gardens are a joy to the senses. Set against the backdrop of the magnificent palace, these sprawling gardens are a great recreational destination and are filled with cultural and historical significance

3. Vienna City Hall Rathaus- This Gothic building is the seat of the local government and is a fascinating place to visit in Vienna. Its rich architectural legacy is a popular tourist attraction and may be enjoyed with guided tours and a lunch at the Wiener Rathauskeller' restaurant within its halls.

4. Palace Gardens in Schonbrunn- Evenings of spellbinding musical extravagance take place regularly in the gardens of the Schonbrunn Palace and are a must when you’re in the city. Give yourself up to a beautiful evening where Mozart and other Austrian masters reign strong, while also enjoying dance and vocal performances by skilled artists.

5. Explore Vienna’s Schönbrunner Gardens By Mini-Train- The gardens of Schönbrunner are vast and touring them entirely on leg is often a challenging proposition. Which is why the hop-on-hop-off mini-train that runs at regular intervals around the gardens is such a lovely way to explore them. You can also stop at the Gloriette viewpoint, Obelisk Fountain and Schönbrunn Zoo.

6. Le Loft Restaurant- Haute cuisine served with a side of gorgeous panoramic views of the city, Le Loft is a must visit in Vienna. This sophisticated restaurant features among the top dining locations in Austria.

7. Cycling Through Streets- Cycling through the Viennese streets is a pleasure unlike any other. Paved roads bereft of traffic, cycling along the streets of Vienna is a great way to experience the culture of the city.

8. Giant Ferris Wheel at Prater Park- The magnificent 64.75-metre tall Ferris wheel at the entrance of Prater Park, standing tall since 1897, is an integral part of Vienna. The views from the top are spellbinding both during the day and at night time.

9. St. Stephen’s Church- The gorgeous stained glass windows that decorate the grandest church in Vienna and those that have beautified the aisles for centuries, visit the St. Stephen's Church to explore its beauty and grace.

10. Farmers’ Markets- If you want a dose of local life in Vienna, then visiting the vibrant farmer's markets is a great way for it. These markets are held all around the city and are trading grounds for pretty much all kinds of domestic goods.

11. Bridge From Spittelberg To Museumsquartier- Known as the Street Art Passage of Vienna, the stretch from the Spittelberg to the MuseumsQuartier features a beautiful display of contemporary art in a quintessential Viennese presentation. Local and international productions are both displayed here.

12. Karlsplatz- Karlsplatz is a prominent square in Vienna which in the summer months is transformed into a vibrant hub of lights and sounds. With numerous open-air movie screenings taking place around its streets, the experience is unique and memorable.

13. St. Marx Cemetery and Central Cemetery- Many of Austria’s greatest public figures are buried in the St. Marx and Central Cemetery. The former is the resting ground of Mozart while the latter has the graves of music composer Udo Jürgens, pianist Joe Zawinul and actor Fritz Muliar, and an honorary grave of Mozart.

14. Sky - Cafe, Restaurant & Bar- A rooftop café located at the top of the luxurious Steffl’s department store, Sky Café is a wonderful place to visit for some delicious food and exotic city views of Vienna. You can reach this cafe by climbing 343 steps and then enjoy the amazing views from the top.

15. Vienna Zoo- The oldest operational zoo in the world, the Vienna Zoo is located in the grounds of the Schönbrunn Palace and is a lively place to visit while you’re touring the palace. Historic and naturally rich at the same time, this zoo is a touristic delight.

16. Night Pub Crawl- A Vienna Night Pub Crawl involves touring 3 or more bars around the city and enjoying all their diverse offerings. The crawls are arranged by tour operators though you can conduct your own private night pub crawl too.

17. Bike Tour of Donauinsel Island- With the Danube River flowing on one side and the parallel channel Neue Donau flowing on the other, Donauinsel Island is a picturesque delight. Cycling along the length and breadth of this island is one of the most beautiful experiences you can have in Austria.

18. Walk in The Woodlands Of The Lainzer Tiergarten- A sweeping wildlife reserve in Vienna, The Lainzer Tiergarten is a lovely destination in Vienna, 80% of which is covered in woodlands that are home to creatures like wild boars, fallow deer, mouflons and red deer among others.

19. Vienna Ring Tram- The Vienna Ring Tram is a fantastic way to explore the grand sights along the Vienna Boulevard including the Vienna State Opera, Imperial Palace, Parliament and City Hall.

20. Joseph Bakery- Touted to be one of the best bakeries in Vienna, Joseph Bakery is the place to head to for a quintessential European breakfast made of a generous helping of crackling sourdough bread, fresh pastries, buttery croissants and aromatic coffee.

21. Hike On Gösing Mountain- A small, approximately a 2-hour trek up the Gösing Mountain near Vienna will take you to a dainty spot from where the majestic beauty of the Gutensteiner Alps can be experienced in full force, making it a spellbindingly memorable experience.

22. Museum of Illusions- Enter the mind-boggling world of the Museum of Illusions and find yourself confronted with sights and sounds that will tease your senses and pull your nerves. Visiting this museum is one of the most interesting things to do in Austria. 


Things to Do in Salzburg

Things to Do in Salzburg

23. Salzburg's Old Town- Medieval and Baroque buildings dominate the streets of the Old Town of Salzburg, a delightful district which houses numerous cafes and boutique shops.

24. Salzburg Salt Mines- One of the best things to do in Austria is exploring the underground salt mines in Salzburg. This is an adventure that will take you into the depths of the Salzburg Mountain, across the subterranean Mirror Lake, and right up to the Salt Cathedral- all inside the heart of the mountain.

25. Viewing Point of Mönchsberg- Take a gentle hike up to the top of the Mönchsberg and explore the fortress that stands atop the hill. The views from this spot are among the most fantastic in Salzburg and the sunset is truly magical.

26. DomQuartier Museum- A grand architectural complex, the DomQuartier comprises of the Cathedral, Benedictine St. Peter’s Abbey and the Residenz and includes 5 museums within its premises. A cultural and historical trip of Salzburg is incomplete without a visit to this museum. 

27. Mirabell Gardens- Some of the pleasantest moments you spend in Salzburg will be in the geometrical baroque gardens that beautify the landscape around the romantic Mirabell Palace. Constructed in 1690, the gardens boast a Pegasus fountain, a Hedge Theatre, a Dwarf Garden and a Rose Garden.

28. Hellbrunn Palace- A work of breathtaking architectural genius, the Hellbrunn Palace is spread out over 60 acres, done in Baroque fashion, and is blessed with beautifully landscaped lawns, sparkling Mannerist fountains and delightful winter markets.

29. Salzburg Cathedral- One of the most beautiful Baroque structures in Salzburg, the Salzburg cathedral is a place full of architectural elegance, with walls of grey stone surrounded by an enclosure of towering arches and decorated with intricate statues.

30. Untersberg Mountain- The cable car leading to the top of the “local” mountain of Salzburg is very popular with tourists. The mountaintop has many gorgeous hiking trails and offers fantastic views of the Salzburg basin and the Berchtesgaden region.

31. Theatre at Mozart's Birthplace- To visit Mozart’s birthplace at No.9, Getreidegasse is a unique and quintessentially Austrian experience. Immerse yourself into the life of the genius by watching the many exhibitions held there.

32. Underground Lake Boat Ride- The Salzburg Salt Mines are home to a unique subterranean lake. To ride a boat inside the very heart of the mountain is an experience unlike any other, so don’t miss it at all.

33. Konditorei Fürst- A Mozartkugel is a desert-tribute to Mozart, and though many variations of the dessert are available all over the city, eating one at Konditorei Fürst, the original creators of the dish, is a unique and authentic experience.

34. Müllner Bräu Beer Garden- There is nothing quite like visiting the MüllnerBräu Brewery and enjoying a delicious beer which is self-catered from the barrels into a classic Austrian stein mug.

35. Salzkammergut Estate- Salzkammergut estate is a breathtaking resort filled with natural beauty. Glacial lakes, big and small, can be found all around it, courtesy the Traun River which flows through it. It is a spellbinding place to visit when in Salzburg.

36. Schloss Hellbrunn Palace- The water fountains at Schloss Hellbrunn Palace is its most famous attraction and truly come to life at night with the light shows and magic displays that take place in and around them.

37. Wolfgangssee Lake- Of the many lakes around the Salzkammergut resort region, the Wolfgangssee Lake is the most famous. Exploring the glacial waters of this lake in a boat is one of the best ways to enjoy its beauty.

38. Getreidegasse Street- One of the best things to do in Austria revolves around shopping in the renowned Getreidegasse Street, a place full of unique fashion shops and boutiques as well as grocery stores and delis.

39. Eagles Nest- Built by the Third Reich atop Kehlstein, this Hitler era building offers stunning views near Salzburg. Hiking to the top is a fun-filled experience and exploring the historical building adds to the depth of the day-trip.

40. Gaisberg Mountain- A popular recreational area in Salzburg, Gaisberg boasts an altitude of 4,226 feet and offers a delightful picnic spot alongside gorgeous panoramic views of the city and surrounding mountains.


Things to Do in Tyrol

Things to Do in Tyrol

41. Zugspitze Peak- The Zugspitze Peak lies at the border of Germany and the Austrian Tyrol and is a wonderful destination for enjoying the mountain landscapes.

42. Innsbruck, Goldenes Dachl- Innsbruck's famous symbol, this structure was built in 1500. Decorated with sculptured reliefs and mural paintings, with a fiery roof tiled with fire-glided copper, this building is a must visit when in Tyrol.

43. Ambras Castle Museum- The Ambras Castle Museum is reckoned to be the oldest museum in the world and features an armoury, a vast collection of portraits, and a collection of precious objects, scientific items and toys.

44. Hofburg Palace- One of the most important things to do in Austria is visiting the Hofburg Palace. Its Baroque elements, sculptures, sacred rooms and rich history all make the visit a memorable one.

45. Ehrenberg Castle Ruins- The 13th-century abode of kings, tsars and princes, this medieval Gothic castle, located in the Tyrolean countryside, still commands tourist attention, despite its dilapidated condition.

46. Tyrol Panorama- A famous museum in Innsbruck, the Tyrol panorama is your ticket into the rich past of the region. The Giant Panorama Painting is the museum’s biggest attraction.

47. Bergisel Ski Jump- Head over to the summit of the Bergisel Ski Jump and enjoy some delicious coffee and snacks at the café there in between fun-filled skiing adventures.

48. Zillertal Arena- With 50 lifts and 163 kilometres of piste, this ski area is one of the most adventurous places to visit in Tyrol. Ski or snowboard to your heart’s content before heading over to enjoy warm refreshments in the cafes nearby.

49. Triumphal Arch in Innsbruck- Standing proud since 1765, the Triumphal Arch in Innsbruck is one of the most beloved sites. Its aspect speaks of grandeur and its stones are a tribute to some of the most poignant moments in Tyrolean history.

50. AREA 47- Rafting, canoeing, wakeboarding and a lot of other outdoor adventures, in addition to concerts, are to be enjoyed at this diverse amusement park in Ötztal in Tyrol. 

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Things to Do in Styria

Things to Do in Styria

51. The Old Town of Graz- A vibrant old district with old-fashioned alleys, twinkling fountains, remnants of ancient fortifications, and medieval facades, the old town of Graz is a tourist’s delight. Several quaint shops and cafes add further to its appeal.

52. Landhaus- Built in 1527, Landhaus is a spell-binding Renaissance palace with all the features characteristic of the Renaissance era including arched windows and a courtyard of arcades, built into an Austrian mould.

53. Man-Made Island Murinsel- An artistic take on an island, Murinsel is a glass and neon structure that stands in the middle of the Mur River and delights visitors with its unique ultramodern architecture and rejuvenating attractions.

54. Municipal Park and Botanical Gardens- A riot of botanical bounty flourishes inside the premises of The Municipal Park and Botanical Gardens of Graz. Numerous greenhouses with a unique variety of plants are present inside with lovely landscaped lawns for picnicking.

55. Styrian Wine Road- Dozens of wineries lie nestled in the southern Styrian countryside and you can explore them all with a Terroir trekking expedition, which is essentially a winery-hopping tour.

56. Lake Grundlsee- A gorgeous glacial lake, shimmering emerald green amidst the snow-capped mountains, Lake Grundlsee is a lovely place to interact with nature. You can also go for an icy swim in its waters.

57. Aiola Upstairs- Full of the delicate scent of the mountains, the aroma of fresh food and the jaw-dropping top views of Graz, Aiola Upstairs is a very romantic place to head to in Graz.

58. Cycling Tour For Styrian Wine- Going cycling through Austria as mountain winds blow freshness into you is a wonderful experience. Doing so in Southern Styria offers you the chance to enjoy the Styrian wine country too. 

59. Eggenberg Palace- Impressive gardens and age-old art collections in addition to the stalwart Baroque architecture make Eggenberg Palace one of the most interesting places to visit in Styria. 

60. Schloss Kornberg- An ancient castle turned tourist entertainment zone, Schloss Kornberg has a restaurant which serves exquisite Styrian cuisine. Enjoy a hearty Styrian-style meal at this restaurant.

61. Graz Cathedral and Mausoleum- The 15th century Graz Cathedral and the neighbouring mausoleum of Emperor Ferdinand II are both impressive structures decorated with Gothic frescos that impress with their intricate detailing and grandness of vision.

62. Schlossberg Hill- Walking to the top of the small Schlossberg Hill is a lovely experience in itself, and the sweeping views of Graz from the summit add further to the enjoyment.

63. Graz Art Museum- A contemporary art museum which specialises in the artistic creations from the last four decades, the Graz Museum is a must-visit destination, both for its art exhibitions and its jaw-dropping architecture.

64. Burgruine Gösting Castle Ruins- Taking the scenic hiking trail that leads up to the ruins of an ancient castle in the place where the Mur River valley opens up into Graz is the perfect way to enjoy the sights and sounds of the region.

65. Tour of Fantastic Stories on A Miniature Railroad- Running through the Schlossberg hill in the middle of Graz is a set of World War I tunnels with a mini train operating within them. A ride on this train gives you a chance to experience the historical tunnels and enjoy a unique expedition in Graz.

66. Shop At Herrengasse- The vibrant street of Graz, Herrengasse, is lined with tempting stores displaying the latest trends in fashion and home décor. This makes for an enjoyable outing in Graz.

67. Bärenschützklamm Gorge- Trekking through the Bärenschützklamm gorge, which is the longest active gorge in Austria is a must-do. 350 metres high, 1300 metres long, with 164 bridges and ladders along the way and countless torrential waterfalls all around, this is a spellbinding experience to have in Austria!


Things to Do in Upper Austria

Things to Do in Upper Austria

68. Unique Views Down Over Hallstatt From 5 Fingers- 5 fingers on Mount Krippensteinis is reckoned to be one of the best viewing platforms in the Alps. Hallstatt can be seen spread out below, its Baroque buildings interspersed with gardens of green, surrounded on all sides with the Alpine mountains.

69. Hike around Lake Hallstätter See- Hallstätter See is a glacial lake in the Salzkammergut region, surrounded by lush natural beauty on all sides. Hiking around this lake is a joy and should be experienced when you’re in Hallstatt.

70. Ars Electronica Center- Visiting this centre for electronic arts in Lenz, is one of the most unique and interesting things to do in Austria. Dozens of marvels of modern technology are on display here and will leave you gasping with wonder at the scope of technological creativity.

71. Kaiservilla Museum- Kaiservilla is an important royal structure in Bad Ischl, a town which has been associated with Austrian royalty for over 700 years. The Kaiservilla museum documents the lives and times of the royal descendants in depth, making it a fascinating place to learn about Austrian history.

72. New Cathedral Church- This neo-Gothic cathedral with its famous stained-glass windows and a seating capacity of 20,000 is an awe-inspiring structure that must truly be experienced to be believed.

73. Schmiding Zoo- Located inside Schloss Schmiding, this zoo is primarily famous for housing the world’s largest walk-through aviary as well as Austria’s largest marine aquarium.

74. Kalkalpen National Park- Riding a horse on trails through dense forests and by the banks of gurgling brooks is a magical and memorable experience. It can be enjoyed at Kalkalpen National Park.

75. Enns Cycling Path- Ride through the old-fashioned and quaint streets of Austria’s oldest town on a bicycle and stop occasionally to enjoy the local snacks and drinks in roadside cafes.

76. Landstraße- The Landstraße district in Vienna is a shopping district par excellence. High-end stores line the streets, interspersed with significant historical buildings, making for an exciting shopping outing.

77. Treehouse at Baum hotel- Nestled amidst the natural beauty around Attersee Lake, the Baum Hotel is a charming family-run hotel that offers visitors a unique way of interacting with nature. It also makes for a rejuvenating stay. 


Things to Do in Lower Austria

Things to Do in Lower Austria

78. Melk Abbey- This beautiful Benedictine Abbey stands on a rocky projection and overlooks the Danube River with the Wachau valley spread out below, making for a serene and spell-binding experience in Melk.

79. Seegrotte Underground Lake Boat Ride- Seegrotte is an erstwhile gypsum mine that was turned into an underground grotto with small lakes after a flood. Boating around the lakes is a spectacular experience.

80. Schloss Hof- A grandiose palace done in the Baroque style, Schloss Hof is a vibrant tourist destination with lovely landscaped gardens and organic farms all around. Numerous concerts and events are also held in the palace. 

81. Göttweig Abbey Benedictine Monastery- Stunning views of the Danube valley and awe-inspiring architecture make this baroque Benedictine Monastery a must-visit when in Wachau.

82. Roman City Carnuntum- Carnuntum was an ancient Roman city of great significance but only its ruins remain to be seen now. A guided day-trip to this location gives a good insight into the historical identity of Austria and should definitely be experienced.

83. Kreuzenstein Castle- Standing atop the wooded hills overlooking the village of Leobendorf is Kreuzenstein Castle. It's a castle which will take you back in time to the days of the medieval lords while fascinating you with its panoramic views of the valley below.

84. Danube-Auen National Park- The largest wetlands in Middle Europe are preserved in this national park where the Danube flows gracefully, and the music of hundreds of animals and birds breaks the still silence and makes for a rejuvenating tourist experience.

85. Apricot Dumplings in The Wachau Valley- Apricot dumplings are a unique, extremely quirky and strangely satisfying dish to try in Wachau Valley, a region where apricots grow with a flourish.

86. Skiing In Wechsel-Semmering- Skiers with prior experience will love the experience of flying past on their skis on the Wechsel-Semmering-Panorama cross-country trail. A beautiful trail blessed with jaw-dropping views of the Viennese countryside. 


Things to Do in Carinthia

Things to Do in Carinthia

87. Wörthersee lake- This lake is Carinthia's biggest lake and is a joy to visit in the summers. Go for a swim in its crystal-clear waters, read a book as you sunbathe on its shores, or simply soak in the sun and the wind as you relax.

88. Pyramidenkogel Tower- Pyramidenkogel Tower is located at the top of a mountain and offers magnificent panoramic views of the Carintha region. Bonus attractions include a covered slide to the bottom of the mountain with a restaurant nearby.

89. Diving in Lake Weissensee- Take a dive into the untouched waters of Lake Weissensee and enjoy its solitude and serenity as you make memories in Carintha.

90. Affenberg Landskron Monkey Park- For a bit of frolic and adventure, head over for an interaction with the monkeys at the Affenberg Landskron monkey park.

91. Casino Velden- Located on Lake Wörthersee, Casino Velden offers roulette tables, poker and slot machines, thus allowing you the chance to let your hair down and party hard in Austria.

92. Pilgrimage Church of Maria Saal- A blend of Gothic and Baroque architecture greets the visitors in the Pilgrimage Church of Maria Saal. Visiting here is a beautiful experience to have in Carintha.

93. Dragon Fountain in Klagenfurt- A majestic, towering structure that stands in the middle of the Neuer Platz Square, the Lindwurm inspired dragon fountain is a picturesque place to stop for a couple of photos when strolling around Carintha.

94. Museum of the Nötsch Circle- An art museum which holds paintings by artists like Sebastian Isepp, Franz Wiegel, Anton Kolig, Anton Mahringe, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka among others, this place is a must-visit for anyone who wants to get better acquainted with Austria’s cultural side.


Things to Do in Burgenland

Things to Do in Burgenland

95. Schloss Esterházy- This 13th-century palace is a fascinating destination to take a guided tour of when in Burgenland. If you’re lucky, you might also get to enjoy the many festivities that are hosted here regularly.

96. Sonnentherme Lutzmannsburg- Sonnentherme Lutzmannsburg is an amusement park which includes several thermal baths in addition to slides, saunas, and spas. You can have a refreshing and rejuvenating experience here.

97. Forchtenstein Castle- Set against the majestic backdrop of the Rosalia Mountain ranges, the Forchtenstein Castle is a picturesque place. It takes you right back into the Middle Age with its scenic location and ancient architecture.

98. Open-Air Village Museum Mönchhof- A visit to this unique museum is a must do in Austria. The village museum depicts the life as it was lived on the Pannonian plains in the olden days. It is complete with a school, pub, convenience store, council office, post office, fire station, craftsmen's workshops and a church.

99. Neusiedler See - Seewinkel National Park- Hike through the naturally blessed steppes of the Seewinkel National Park and enjoy the birds, salt ponds and meadows that greet you along the way for an enchanting experience in Burgenland.

100. Familypark Neusiedlersee- 80 themed rides and attractions, a petting zoo and a unique fairytale forest make up the amusement park which delights both locals and tourists alike and compels you to come back for more.

101. Canoeing On River Drau- Enjoy a relaxing and meditative experience in Burgenland as you canoe across the Drau River with the lapping waves and gentle winds as companions. 

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