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Welcome to Austria

Often known for the art it inspired, Austria mixes quaint Alpine charm with abundant opportunities for arts and culture, set against a sweeping Sound of Music landscape. The capital, Vienna, beckons with its rich musical history, plentiful cafes, and emphasis on the arts. A walking tour through the city reveals a mix of architectural styles, from Gothic and Renaissance to art nouveau, which serve as testament to Vienna's ability to seamlessly blend old and new and St. Stephen's Cathedral, with its fairy-tale appearance, is a particular must-see. In the city center, join the ranks of artists and thinkers such as Beethoven, Sigmund Freud, and Gustaf Klimt by tucking into apfelstrudel and sipping a famously thick hot chocolate at one of Vienna's many cafés. If you've got music on the brain, a nighttime visit to the Schonbrunn Palace or the State Opera House will only highlight the immortality of classical tunes. Further afield, its from Salzburg—the picturesque birthplace of Mozart, with its river cruises and fortresses—that the mountain landscape of Bavaria unfurls. Many tours take travelers through the valley for visits to salt mines, wine tastings, and bicycling; and getting back to nature is a year-round option, with ski opportunities in the winter and hikes in the summer. Alternatively, soak up one of the world's happiest destinations in comfort during a train trip through the country to see the imposing Austrian Alps, deep lakes, and idyllic villages.

Top 10 attractions in Austria

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Eagle's Nest (Kehlsteinhaus)

Eagle's Nest (Kehlsteinhaus)

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Just an hour’s drive outside of Salzburg lies the alpine town of Berchtesgaden and the historic Eagle’s Nest (Kehlsteinhaus), Adolf Hitler’s mountaintop chalet and the former southern headquarters of the Nazi party. Perched atop Mt. Kehlstein, Eagle’s Nest offers a dark history and panoramic views of Germany’s Bavarian Alps.More
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Schönbrunn Palace (Schloss Schönbrunn)

Schönbrunn Palace (Schloss Schönbrunn)

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Built to rival the opulence of Versailles, Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace (Schloss Schönbrunn) was once a summer residence of the Habsburg monarchs. Today, this baroque palace is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the most important architectural, cultural, and historic monuments in Austria.More
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Melk Abbey (Stift Melk)

Melk Abbey (Stift Melk)

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With its ornate golden-colored facade and grand baroque church towers set against an idyllic backdrop of the Wachau Valley and the Danube River, Melk Abbey (Stift Melk) looks more like a palace than a monastery. Founded in 1089, the Benedictine abbey underwent a dramatic makeover in the 18th century and is now regarded as one of Europe’s most beautiful baroque churches.More
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Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper)

Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper)

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A masterpiece of Renaissance architecture and one of the most prestigious opera houses in the world, the Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper) is a hallowed venue for opera fans. Each year, the auditorium hosts 350 Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Vienna State Ballet (Wiener Staatsballett) performances, as well as the Vienna Opera Ball.More
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Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien (Museum of Fine Arts)

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien (Museum of Fine Arts)

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The royal Habsburgs were collectors, and their holdings—from armor to artwork—make up the heart of the vast Kunsthistorisches Museum. In this palatial building topped by an octagonal dome on Vienna’s Ringstrasse, explore the thousands of artifacts, masterpieces, and treasures that make up one of Austria’s foremost museums.More
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Hofburg Imperial Palace (Hofburg Wien)

Hofburg Imperial Palace (Hofburg Wien)

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Formerly the winter residence of the Austrian royal family, the Hofburg Imperial Palace (Hofburg Wien) is now a lasting tribute to the glory of the Habsburg Empire. It’s one of Vienna’s most magnificent baroque palaces, located within Vienna’s UNESCO-listed historic center. Visitors to the Hofburg can explore the Imperial Apartments, visit the Sisi Museum and the Silver Collection, or watch a performance at the world-famous Spanish Riding School.More
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Vienna Prater (Wiener Prater)

Vienna Prater (Wiener Prater)

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One of Vienna’s most beloved parks, the Prater is both an oasis full of greenery and a family-friendly amusement park. Enjoy views of the Danube from the towering Ferris wheel earns big views of the Danube, walk down leafy avenues, visit museums, and join the local crowds turns that out for Sunday races at the Prater race track.More
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Wachau Valley

Wachau Valley

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With rolling vineyards of grapes and apricots, plus a collection of more than 5,000 historic monuments, it's no wonder that the Wachau Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Austria's most popular tourist attractions. Here, the Danube River carves a picturesque path through the valley's towns of Melk and Krems, uniting a harmonious blend of wineries, Gothic churches, and medieval castles.More
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Spanish Riding School (Spanische Hofreitschule)

Spanish Riding School (Spanische Hofreitschule)

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Vienna’s storied Spanish Riding School (Spanische Hofreitschule), established in the 16th century, is the world’s oldest haute école of classical equitation. Experience the Renaissance tradition of classical dressage—on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list—by witnessing the Viennese institution’s morning exercises.More
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St. Stephen's Cathedral (Stephansdom)

St. Stephen's Cathedral (Stephansdom)

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With its dark Gothic spires, intricately tiled roof, and imposing bell tower, St. Stephen's Cathedral (Stephansdom) is one of Vienna’s star attractions. Centrally located on Stephansplatz square in the city’s UNESCO-listed historic center, the cathedral is architecturally stunning both inside and out. It’s also a site of great historical significance—Emperor Friedrich III and numerous other Habsburg dignitaries were buried here.More

Trip ideas

Christmas Markets in Austria

Christmas Markets in Austria

Top activities in Austria

The Hills Are Alive

The Hills Are Alive

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Hallstatt Day Trip from Vienna

Hallstatt Day Trip from Vienna

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Recent reviews from experiences in Austria

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Absolutely Spectacular!
Bonnie_E, Oct 2021
Hallstatt Small-Group Day Trip from Vienna
Beautiful way to see Austria.
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Easiest way to spend a day in Halstatt.
Ben_Y, Dec 2021
Hallstatt Small-Group Day Trip from Vienna
You also get to see other parts of the Lake Region.
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Best of the best!
Katherine_D, Dec 2021
Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour in Vienna
Of course, we wanted to see all Vienna's highlights but we also wanted to see and learn about how and where people live.
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Your adventure awaits with MCM Tour & Travel, Salzburg
Marci_T, Sep 2021
Private Tour: Eagle's Nest, Berchtesgaden, Golling Waterfalls and Lake Fuschl
Patrick, with MCM Tours and Travel - Salzburg, customized our trip to Hallstatt, Hallein and the Eagles Nest attractions to meet our groups desire to see the best sites that Salzburg has to offer.
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Nice intro to Budapest
Julie_R, Aug 2021
Budapest Small-Group Day Trip from Vienna
The only thing that was a slight downfall was getting back to our hotel about an hour later than anticipated.
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Fun day to see the Salzburg sites & countryside
227gogirl, Dec 2019
The Original Sound of Music Tour in Salzburg
Enjoyed this tour to see popular Sound of Music movie sites.
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Impressive views
Kylie_A, Sep 2019
Hallstatt Day Trip from Vienna
Great way to see the countryside of Austria and the lakeside towns.
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The perfect trip!!!
Trip35059228466, Jun 2019
The Original Sound of Music Tour in Salzburg
You also get to see quite a lot of Austria’s countryside whilst having fun 👍
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Great tour, but very bad tour guide
OnAir35034583065, May 2019
Alpine Panoramic Hallstatt Day Trip Tour from Vienna incl. Admont Abbey Visit
Sadly the tour guide we had was terrible, bad English, not very organised, didn’t inform the group very well, she got several facts wrong when telling us about Austria.
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Excellent Trip
Linda_W, Apr 2019
Hallstatt Day Trip from Vienna
Totally recommend to those wanting to see another side of Austria
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Quick escapade to scenic land
Michelle_T, Oct 2018
Hallstatt Half-Day Tour from Salzburg
If you have limited days in Austria, but would love to visit Hallstat, this is the tour to go to.
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Walter our guide was so knowledgable...
Ruth S, Nov 2017
Vienna Private Evening Walking Tour
Walter our guide was so knowledgable with perfect English, waiting for us on time iat our hotel.
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An amazing tour....Hallstatt has...
ericadebattista, Jul 2017
Private Tour of Melk Hallstatt and Salzburg from Vienna
Should be on everyone 's bucket list and things to do in Austria.
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Excellent summary of Austrian...
Rose H, Jul 2017
Historical Hitler Walking Tour of Vienna
Moving to see the one synagogue not torched in 1938 and to learn the reason why.
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Great way to see this expansive...
Karmen_W, Sep 2017
Vienna Hop On Hop Off City Tour
Great way to see this expansive city.
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This is a great trip to see Austrian...
Samuel_H, Sep 2017
Austrian Lakes and Mountains Half-Day Tour from Salzburg
This is a great trip to see Austrian lakes and mountains.
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Thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Our...
Karmen_W, Sep 2017
Wachau Valley Small-Group Tour and Wine Tasting from Vienna
So nice to visit wine country in Austria, we learnt so much during the day.
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The guide Marco Muzzi was fantastic...
Krister L, Jul 2016
Wachau Valley Small-Group Tour and Wine Tasting from Vienna
The trip was perfectly timed with good activities.
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What a fun and perfect way to see a...
Christy B, Jul 2016
Wachau Valley Wine Tasting Bike Tour from Vienna
What a fun and perfect way to see a bit of the Austrian wine country.
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Vienna is an awesome city with a lot...
Misha C, Jul 2016
Wachau Valley Wine Tasting Bike Tour from Vienna
Vienna is an awesome city with a lot to see -but if you really want a cool Austrian experience I would absolutely do this tour.
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