The 10 Top Sightseeing Spots in Austria

Hofburg (Vienna)

The Habsburgs were an imperial powerhouse in Austria and Hofburg is a testament to their lasting influence. Here you can see the private apartments of the Emperor, and experience the unparalleled luxury of imperial life. One of the most beloved sites within the palace is the Sisi museum, concerning the life and mythos of the late Empress.

Schonbrunn (Vienna)

Schonbrunn Palace, like Hofburg, is a tribute to the legacy of the Habsburgs. The Rococo style summer retreat boasts almost 1,500 rooms as well as some of the unique collections in Austria. There are numerous gardens including a French Garden, an arboretum, an Orangerie, a palm house, and a botanical garden. Schonbrunn remains one of Austria’s most important cultural sites and a major international destination for travelers.

Opera House (Vienna)

No trip to Vienna is complete without an excursion to the opera house for a once-in-a-lifetime show. Built during the mid-eighteenth century, this gorgeous building wasn’t always beloved by the Viennese people. At the time it was built it was deemed to plain to grace the Viennese skyline, but after being nearly blown to bits during World War II, the opera house came to symbolize the perseverance of the nation. Now it is a top destination for Austrians and foreigners alike who wish to experience the elegance of an opera performance in the timeless city.

Freud Museum (Vienna)

A visit to the museum in Vienna probably won’t uncover any dark secrets from you or your loved ones’ psyches, but it is a fascinating and unique experience. Sigmund Freud, whose ideas took the psychology world by storm in the late 19th century, is famous for his rather dark depiction of the human mind. Check out this museum (Freud’s former home) for a glimpse into numerous historical artifacts relating to his life and work.

Freud Museum (Vienna)

Mozart’s House (Salzburg)

In Salzburg, you can visit the home of the maestro himself. Predictably this is the top destination in the city. The home is now a museum dedicated to Mozart’s life and work, including furniture, instruments, and even an actual sheet on which music is written by the master. The museum also features an impressive audio room so you can experience Mozart’s genius in his very residence.

Mozart’s House (Salzburg)

Sound Of Music Tour (Salzburg)

The hills are alive with the sound of music. Experience the Von trap family’s rich real-life saga in beautiful Salzburg. The tour features such destinations as blank. If you’re lucky your tour will feature a singing Maria, and possibly appearances by a few the Von trap children. The sound of music tour is also a great way to learn about the Nazi influence in Austria during World War II, as the conflict plays a pivotal role in the story.

Sound Of Music Tour (Salzburg)

Ice Caves (Salzburg)

If you can handle the cold, the ice caves are a truly unique experience to Salzburg. Be sure to dress warm, as the temperatures are (obviously) below freezing. However, once inside, you will be transfixed by the magnificent natural ice formations. Also, while exploring the caves you will occasionally be afforded some stunning views of the Austrian landscape, particularly of the castle Hohenwerfen.

Ice Caves (Salzburg)

Swarovski (Innsbruck)

Prepared to be dazzled by the stunning world of Swarovski crystals. In addition to finding an elegant and valuable gift for your loved ones, a visit to Swarovski is a stunning experience. Crystals of every shape and size catch the light and reflect amazing patterns across the walls. It is truly a dreamlike experience, with crystalline walls and multifaceted rainbow sculptures transporting you to a fairytale world.

Stadtturm (Innsbruck)

This is the city Tower of Innsbruck. Once used as a prison, the tower is now a popular tourist destination as you can visit the top and witness spectacular views of Innsbruck. The façade features an ornate clock face and the interior has one hundred forty-eight steps to the top. From there you have a three hundred sixty degree panorama of the medieval architecture and layout of the city, as well as mountain ranges on all sides.

Stadtturm (Innsbruck)

Old Town (Innsbruck)

The old town of Innsbruck is the best place to experience authentic Austrian culture in the city. Innsbruck’s Old Town features many historic houses, including the homes of some of the architects responsible for most of the city. Many of these homes have been converted into cafes, but their exteriors and friezes tell you much about what life was like in Austria during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

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