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Nearby to the town is a string of lakes: a large lake, the Grundlsee, a medium-sized lake, the Toplitzsee, and a tiny lake, the Kammersee.... more

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Most of the Roman artifacts removed from the excavations surrounding Petronell-Carnuntum are displayed in the town of Bad Deutsch Altenburg at the Carnuntinum Museum. The town is known for its location along the Danube and its wonderful therapeutic spas.... more

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Bad Goisern is one of the smaller spa towns between Bad Ischl and the Hallstatter See.... more

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Follow the signs for Bad Ischl, a spa town made famous by Franz-Josef who spent holidays here with his family. The setting of the town is splendid. The Ischl and Traun rivers join in Bad Ischl, creating a loop of water around the town, which is still a popular health resort.... more

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A few kilometers south of Bernstein you will come to the popular health spa of Bad Tatzmannsdorf. The town is not very interesting and quite crowded with tourists “taking the waters,” but there is a splendid park in the center of town that you might want to see as well as an incredible outd... more

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The road to Bezau zigzags up and over Hochtannberg Pass, where the landscape becomes wild and barren. There are some spectacular vistas, especially near the town of Nesslegg. Bezau is one of the most typical of the small hamlets that dot the velvety meadows. Walk around the village: there are ... more

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Dürnstein. The tiny hamlet, Durstein, perched on a ledge overlooking the Danube, is fairy-tale perfect. Still walled, the village boasts colorful houses, a tiny square, a lovely monastery with an especially attractive courtyard and castle ruins atop the hill. Dürnstein is so tiny that it tak... more

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Eisenstadt is where Franz Joseph Haydn lived for 30 years and brims with mementos of his musical genius. Continue straight into town and stay on the same street until you come to the Schloss Esterhazy. Either before or after the tour of the castle, take the short walk to Haydn’s home (only a... more

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The scenic town of Feldkirch lies almost on the Austria/Swiss border. Feldkirch has not yet become “touristy.” It is tiny, but reminiscent of Salzburg with its beautiful setting, maze of streets, and colorful old buildings. The mountains rise at the edge of town and, if you look up, you se... more

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Feldkirchen was at one time an important medieval town belonging to the bishops of Bamberg. There you find a lovely old parish church and some picturesque houses.... more

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Gerlos is a famous high-mountain ski resort.... more

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The old town of Gmunden makes a nice luncheon stop since there are many restaurants in the town. Before dining, check the ferry schedule at the pier so that you can linger over your lunch, leaving just enough time to board the wonderful old-fashioned ferry that circles the lake. (Usually there ... more

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Another suggested excursion from Hallstatt is a loop that takes you through some beautiful countryside south of town. To do this, drive north for a few minutes and then west for about 10 kilometers on 166 to the town of Gosau. Here a road branches to the south to the spectacularly lovely little... more

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Just outside of Vienna, travel to Grinzing to sample the new wines and join in with the music and gaiety. There is so much to see and do in Vienna that you could spend your entire holiday here.... more

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There is a delightful road south from Grünau im Almtal leading through a splendid forest: the prize at the end of the road is a small jewel of a lake, the Almsee.... more

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Although not an especially beautiful medieval walled city, Hainburg was very important due its strategic location and many famous battles were fought here.... more

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Before reaching Innsbruck, make a stop in Hall, which in medieval times was one of the most important towns in the Tyrol due to the mining of that most precious commodity—salt.  The historic walled town of Hall exudes character. This is a region known for its salt mines but Hall’s true ... more

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Of all the scenic places in Austria, none can outshine the amazingly picturesque small village of Hallstatt, whose quaint houses cling to the hillside as it rises steeply from the blue lake. Narrow, alley-wide streets twist their way up the hillside. A small church was built strategically near ... more

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Innsbruck looks like just another large city, but within a few minutes’ walk of the train station there is a colorful town snuggled within medieval walls. Innsbruck is an alluring city for sightseeing. Its medieval core looks just like it must have many centuries ago. It is fun just to mea... more

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This region of Austria is glorious with its tranquil, unspoiled perfection. As you approach Kapfenstein, the castle crowns a hill to the left of the road. Kapfenstein makes a most fitting conclusion to the “wine” portion of this itinerary since from here you can venture out each day to expl... more

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Kitzbühel, a charming walled town, is a very popular tourist center both in summer and winter. It is the epitome of what one pictures when one thinks of the Tyrol—a colorful village whose painted buildings echo the past, charming little squares, inviting shops, walls surrounding the town, pi... more

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Klagenfurt is easily reached by train, car, or airplane, making it a convenient starting point for a trip through the lake district of southern Austria. In addition to its geographic attributes, Klagenfurt merits admiration as an interesting medieval city. Like Vienna, the medieval walls of Kla... more

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In Kramsach you find the Museum Tiroler Bauernhöfe, a complex of ancient farmhouses brought here from all over Austria and set in a meadow to show what rural life was like in days gone by.... more

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As you near the town of Krems watch for the magnificent Benedictine monastery, Gottweig Abbey.... more

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From Zürs the road drops farther into the valley and in a few minutes you arrive in Lech, an appealing village with lovely chalet-style hotels and shops lining both sides of a clear stream that rushes through the center of town. Because of its slightly lower elevation, Lech has many more trees... more

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On approach, the town looks like a modern, uninteresting city. Cross the river and park at the car park near the center of the town, then walk into the heart of Lienz and you will be well rewarded. Although war destroyed much of the town’s periphery, the core has been restored to its former p... more

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Lofer, an exceptionally picturesque market town, with another stately onion-domed church on the main square. Stroll through town noting the many oriel windows and painted façades of some of the buildings. Be tempted by a cup of coffee and a pastry at one of the inns along the river that rushes... more

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Maria Saal is known as one of the most holy pilgrimage sites in Austria. Here, in the 8th century, Bishop Modestus built a church dedicated to the Virgin Mary in which many people from the surrounding area were converted and baptized into Christianity. The original structure was rebuilt in the ... more

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The most attractive of the villages surrounding the Worther See is Maria Wörth, located on a peninsula that juts into the lake. A beautiful Gothic parish church crowns the crest of the hill in the village center and makes a splendid picture as the boat draws near. In Maria Wörth we recommend ... more

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In addition to the endless variety of castles, museums, palaces, gardens, parks, churches, and entertainment to be savored within Vienna, on the outskirts of the city you can enjoy the City of Mayerling where the tragic Prince Rudolph, only son of the Emperor Franz Joseph, committed suicide wit... more

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Melk, a boat station for the Danube ferry. has a marvelous Benedictine abbey which dominates the hill above the town and overlooks the river.... more

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The old part of Millstatt is snuggled on the incline rising from the lake. Here you can visit the abbey, which dates back to the 11th century. However, most tourists head for the lake where a promenade lined with hotels, restaurants, and small parks traces the water’s edge. Boats are availabl... more

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If you like churches, you will find not just one, but two baroque churches to explore in the town of Mittersill.... more

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Just a few minutes south of the autobahn, the Mondsee is the first of the lakes you explore on this itinerary through the lakes and mountains of Salzkammergut(Land of the Salt Mines). At the north tip of the lake is the town of Mondsee with its l7th-century church facing the village square. The... more

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A few kilometers farther south of Rust lies another wine town, Mörbisch, . Mörbisch is not quite as colorful as Rust, but is picturesque with many little lanes spanned by arcades that connect gaily painted houses... more

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At Warth take road 200 heading west to Bezau. The road zigzags up and over the Hochtannberg Pass, where the landscape becomes wild and barren. There are some spectacular vistas, especially near the town of Nesslegg.... more

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The town is known for the Dachstein Ice Caves, a must see if you are in the area.... more

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Ossiach is one of the few picturesque villages along this pretty lake(Ossiacher See) that hosts mostly camping sites. Ossiach is a good place to have lunch and visit the Benedictine Abbey.... more

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At Petronell-Carnuntum signs on both sides of the road indicate footpaths to Roman ruins. There is now only a hint at what was once a stronghold of the Roman power in Austria: only a couple of amphitheaters located in open meadows, some ruins of Roman houses, and a lonely stone gate remain. (To... more

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In Pörtschach we recommend the Schloss Leonstain, a beautiful castle hotel located in the center of town. The town borders the Wörther See, a lovely lake backdropped by majestic mountains. While staying in Pörtschach be sure to take one of the ferries that ply the lake—the complete circle ... more

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Radstadt, built in the 13th century by the archbishops of Radstadt, still maintains its ancient town walls and moats.... more

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The Dachstein Massif rises impressively to the north of Schladming. Here is one of Austria’s playgrounds for sports enthusiasts, both winter and summer. Lovely farms dot the lush green fields, mingling with newer chalets and hotels to cater to the skiers. If time allows, take a loop north of ... more

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This is a picturesque medieval walled town that rose to prominence because of its valuable salt mines. These were exhausted in the early part of the 18th century but now the town is famous for the production of fine glassware—a craft brought to Rattenberg many years ago by refugees from Czech... more

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The town is famous for the Riegersburg Castle located high above the town.... more

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Amazingly, this simple town was the birthplace of two musical geniuses, Franz Josef Haydn (1732–1809) and Michael Haydn (1737–1806). Just before you enter the town, watch on the left side of the road for the small whitewashed thatched cottage where Haydn (one of a family of 12 children) was... more

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Rust is a charming village with picturesque old houses, many still with thatched roofs. Park your car in the center of town and wander around. Look carefully and you will see storks proudly perched on their rooftop nests. If you are lucky, you might even see a baby stork noisily asking for dinn... more

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Park your car in Saint Anton and stroll along the main street, a pedestrian mall with many fancy shops—clues to the international fame of Saint Anton as a jet-set ski resort... more

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Another worthwhile excursion from Saint Wolfgang is to the resort town of Saint Gilgen, a beautiful village on the west shore of lake. The town has a delightful lakefront garden and also a picturesque medieval section encircling the main square dominated by a wonderful onion-domed church. Not o... more

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A few kilometers beyond Waidring is another picturesque village, Saint Johann, surrounded by new condominiums announcing its popularity as both a summer and winter resort. You will still find the heart of the old town with many of the houses covered in intricate, colorful paintings.... more

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Saint Veit is known as the medieval capital of Carinthia. As you approach the town you will notice the ruins of many medieval castles that at one time guarded this strategic route to Vienna On the outskirts of town you will see Burg Hochosterwitz, a fascinating castle dominating the top of a m... more

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