Greetings from the home of Mozart and Princess Sissi! Austria offers something for every taste. Athletes get their money’s worth in the Alps. Whether hiking in summer or skiing in winter. Culture lovers will be fascinated by the museums and architecture in Graz, Salzburg and Linz. The capital Vienna is an attraction in itself. Here you will find Schönbrunn Palace – UNESCO World Heritage Site, the old town, St. Vienna Museum. You can also admire other sights such as the Glockenspielhaus, the Schlossbergplatz and the Krigssteig, the Gösting ruins or the Mariatrost Basilica in Graz; the Salzburg Cathedral, the monastery Stift Sankt Peter, the Schloss Leopoldskron or the Rezidenzplatz with the marble residence fountain in Salzburg; the Brucknerhaus, the New Cathedral, the Terminal Tower, the City Tower 1, the Knowledge Tower or the Sparkasse Tower in Linz. Take a tour through Austria!
The capital of the Austrian state of Styria has around 280,000 inhabitants and is located south of Vienna. Those who spend their holidays in the Graz region can easily take a detour to Hungary and the border triangle Austria-Slovenia-Hungary. The old town of Graz is definitely worth a visit. There are numerous extraordinary historical buildings to be visited – and to be photographed!
The castle and the “painted house”
The castle does not stand on a castle hill, but in the center of the city; it is actually a city palace, namely the former Graz residence of the Habsburgs. Today the seat of the provincial government of Styria is located in the venerable building (built from 1438). The castle is open to the public every day. Its main attraction is the “double spiral staircase” from 1499. Also worth seeing is the “honor gallery” in front of the castle, a collection of busts of famous citizens of Graz. A prominent example: the bust of the architect Fischer von Erlach.
The most beautiful churches
The cathedral dominates the cityscape of Graz. It was built in 1437 in the late Gothic style and is decorated inside with baroque altars. Visitors also admire the wall paintings and the reliquary shrines in the cathedral. The pilgrimage church “Maria Trost” is slightly smaller than the cathedral, but also very impressive. Around 200 steps lead up to it. The altars of the baroque church were made with a lot of marble. The goal of the pilgrimage is an ancient statue of the Virgin Mary.
The Schlossberg with the clock tower
If you want to see the landmark of the city of Graz, the clock tower, up close, you have to go to the Schlossberg. But that’s not a problem: In addition to various footpaths, there is also a lift and a mountain railway to Graz’s local mountain! The lift is built into the mountain. Its “valley station” is located on Schlossbergplatz. The funicular that goes up the Schlossberg starts at Kaiser-Franz-Joseph-Kai. The castle, from which the Schlossberg owes its name, was demolished at the beginning of the 19th century. Only the clock tower, built in the 16th century, remained. The clock face on the tower is unusually designed, namely with a large hour hand and a small minute hand! After visiting the tower there would still be an opportunity
Discover the beauty of the Alps by car or on foot
The Großglockner Pass is the most famous high mountain road in the Alpine state of Austria. The pass connects the federal states of Carinthia and Salzburg and leads right into the heart of the Hohe Tauern National Park. Especially in terms of tourism, the Alpine Road is of great importance for the region, because it is one of the most popular excursion destinations in the country. When driving over the 50-kilometer mountain pass, travelers inevitably reach Austria’s highest mountain, the Grossglockner and its Pasterze glacier. The road climbs up to a height of 2500 meters. The historical zero point of the route is in the center of the village of Bruck. If you set out from there to the ice-covered summit, you will find unique mountain worlds, breathtaking viewpoints, alpine meadows and natural mountain forests.
Around the Großglockner Pass
The toll road can easily be discovered by car. But the grandiose Großglockner Pass also has a fascinating attraction for sports enthusiasts. The pass is also one of the most popular cycling routes in Austria, despite or perhaps because of the great differences in altitude. However, you can also immerse yourself deeply in the unique nature of the Eastern Alps on foot. A well-developed and extensive network of hiking trails extends around the pass. When traveling to the Großglockner Pass, you should definitely go to the numerous viewpoints. A visit to the Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe and the Edelweiss peak is recommended. The majestic beauty of the Alps comes into its own in these two places.