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  • Mayrhofen (Tirol) as seen from Penken ski lift
    Mayrhofen (Tirol) as seen from Penken...
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  • 1. Bezirk / 1st District
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  • 1. Bezirk / 1st District
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  • 1. Bezirk / 1st District

    Vienna Favorites

    Altes Rathaus (The Old City Hall), situated in Wipplingerstrasse 6 - 8, stands opposite to the Bohemian Chancery. It was the first City Hall of Vienna, dating from the year 1316, and was built by the order of Herzog Friedrich dem Shonen. Its present appearance, however, displays the 18th century Baroque motifs on the front facade after the...

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  • Travel tips and assistance

    Salzburg Favorites

    As with all these tourist cards, you need to do your homework to see if it's viable to buy or not. I did this, and for us it was, so we bought ours from our Pension, and began using it straight away, as we caught a Bus into the city centre. The Salzburg Card provides free admission to all the sights in the City of Mozart, free use of the public...

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  • Personal Memories and Impressions

    Innsbruck Favorites

    This park was originally founded as a hunting ground. Later it was declared a public garden. There are various plants and a small lake here. At one of the entrances of the park there is a cafe-restaurant. The Hofgarten is open from 9 a. m. to sunset. It is located very near the Imperial Palace.

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  • Schönbrunn

    Vienna Favorites

    The initial animal collection at Schounbrunn was formed by the stock of animals from the former palace of Neugeboude and the menagerie belonging to the Belvedere. These animals - with the exception of the "rapacious" beasts - were moved to the new menagerie at Schounbrunn. The number of exotic animals subsequently increased through new...

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  • Mirabell gardens

    Salzburg Favorites

    We were three blocks from Mirabell Gardens and walked by them a half a dozen times without realizing what it was. On our last day, we discovered them about 20 minutes before our bus was to leave for a tour we took to Berchdesgaden. We only got to spend about 10 minutes in the Gardens, and it was raining, but it was still beautiful.

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  • Mountains around Innsbruck

    Innsbruck Favorites

    There are several cable cars up into the mountains on either side of Innsbruck. At least two have cafes at the top. We walked up from this cable car to a viewing area and from it we could see the mountain deer, called chamois, but I have to admit that I needed the help of other tourists on the top of the mountain to spot them because they blend...

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  • museums

    Vienna Favorites

    Vienna seems to be a hot-bed for creativity and I wanted to search out the sites relating to some of the most famous people in the world who either were born in Vienna or who had spend creative years in this city. Naturally, I wasn't successful this time. However, I did master the public transportation system! Some of my Favorite people...

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  • Sightseeing by foot

    Salzburg Favorites

    Here is some useful information about Salzburg for you just in case: www.salzburginfo.at tourist@salzburginfo.at tel.+43 0662 88 98 70 fax +43 0662 88 98 7-435 Salzburg Guide Service www.salzburg-guide.at Tel. +43 0662 84 04 06 Fax +43 0662 84 54 70 info@salzburg-guide.at Visiting the city center and walking up to Hohensalzburg

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  • Triumphpforte

    Innsbruck Favorites

    This is a picture of the arch at the end of the Maria Thereisenstrasse. It was quite weird to see all the traffic going around it and even through the arch. Hahaha, add to that a little bit of rain, and the arch looked more like a traffic obstacle than a monument. History of the arch : Empress Maria Theresia had the Triumphal Arch built to...

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  • sightseeing & day-excursions

    Vienna Favorites

    I love architecture and i like to walk around and exploring new places them with my camera. It is the best way to learn about them. It is interesting how much Viennese put effort in architecture. They preserve monuments, object, washing them and build new one to connect them with present style. It is not exclusive Viennese custom, of course. One...

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  • Mozart Platz

    Salzburg Favorites

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in this town and you can visit his birth home that is located in the old city center. He was born in 1756 and died in 1791. Mozart is touted as one of the greatest musical geniuses of all time and was sough after through out Europe to play for kings and queens. While here you may just acquire a taste for classical...

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  • Old Town (Altstadt)

    Innsbruck Favorites

    Besides Innsbruck's great bars and restaurants and the skijumping of course my favourite thing about this place was the beautiful old houses of the old town. The old town is rather small, it only covers very few streets but there are so many nice buildings here it's unbelieveable! Of course I had to walk around and take pictures of facades as...

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  • Hundertwasser

    Vienna Favorites

    The Hundertwasserhaus is an apartment house in Vienna, Austria, built after the idea and concept of Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser with architect Joseph Krawina as a co-author. This expressionist landmark of Vienna is located in the Landstraße district on the corner of Kegelgasse and Löwengasse.

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  • Hohensalzburg

    Salzburg Favorites

    This very well preserved cannon and thee others just like it remain aimed out of the portals of Hohensalzburg's Katze bastion. The heavy cast iron portal doors remain open these days. The bastion and its artillery were added during the 30 years war of the mid 1600's. ( yes, this ancient artillery is authentic and not a modern day duplication ). The...

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  • Churches

    Innsbruck Favorites

    This yellow church with two towers was built between 1751 and 1755 in Rococo style. A first church had been erected in the 13th century. This has been a site of pilgrimage since the Middle Ages. There is an statue of a Madonna on the main altar I suppose. I couldn't see it as I only could admire the interior of the church thought a gate. When I...

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  • Hofburg

    Vienna Favorites

    The Hofburg, a magnificant complex collection of buildings that take up about 59 acres and since almost every ruler stopping there has made additions, you can see represented many styles such as Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo. Classicism and the style of the early 1870’s. Until 1918 this was the seat of government. Now it is a complex of...

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  • Architecture

    Salzburg Favorites

    Upon entering the old town one cannot help but to notice the sturdy construction of the tunnel even though it was built between 1764 and 1767. One of the examples of the magnificent old architectural work that still stood strong unchallenged by the urban modernization The City & The Weather!

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  • River Inn

    Innsbruck Favorites

    The city got her name from Inn river and this quite city achieves energy from the energetic river Inn.... I bought my first 1/43 scale car from Innsbruck marketplatz in 1988,now it becomes a large collection wth 346 items.

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  • Stephansdom

    Vienna Favorites

    Stephansdom is also called " Steffel " by the local people of Vienna. Already in medieval times it was situated in the very centre of town, overlooking all other houses. And from the beginning it had a small chamber - the so called " Turmstube " - where a fireguard was watching out for fires all day and night. Nowadays you can still step up to...

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  • Dome/Cathedral

    Salzburg Favorites

    This is going to be hard to explain. Looking directly at the front of the Dome, walk back so you are past the statue of Mary and through the arches across the way. If you back up far enough and then walk slowly forward you'll see that the crown on the cathedral actually slowly places itself on Mary's head when you walk toward the cathedral. This...

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  • Food and Drink

    Innsbruck Favorites

    Well this is another specialty, that you don't have to miss. Sachertorte is a chocolate cake, invented by Franz Sacher in 1832 for Klemens Wenzel von Metternich in Vienna, Austria. It is one of the most famous Viennese culinary specialties. The trademark for the "Original Sachertorte" was registered by the Hotel Sacher, which was built in 1876 by...

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  • Classical Music

    Vienna Favorites

    Several ways to purchase tickets: 1) Call the ticket offices of the venues (Staatoper, Musikverein, etc) ahead of time. The Viennese speak excellent English. 2) Attempt to reserve on the venues' website (I speak passable German but did not successfully manage to complete any online transactions). 3) Visit the ticket office upon your arrival to...

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  • Altstadt

    Salzburg Favorites

    City tours starting at 9.30 a.m., 10 a.m. and every hour until 5 p.m are quite popular among the visitors of the city. You can make reservations at +43 0662 87 40 29 sightseeing@panoramatours.com www.panoramatours.com Departure from Bus terminal Mirabellplatz/St.Andrew's Church

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  • Useful Information

    Innsbruck Favorites

    The great variety of Innsbruck's cultural and nature program can be enjoyed at particularly reasonable prices with the Innsbruck Card since the holder gets free local transportation as well as admission to all museums in Innsbruck. Rates: 24-Hour Validity EUR 21.00 48-Hour Validity EUR 26.00 72-Hour Validity EUR 31.00 Information &...

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  • Belvedere

    Vienna Favorites

    Vienna has the best cafes and pastries I have tried...walking around and hopping from one cafe to another was a delightful daily experience for me. Shopping may be expensive though I'd rather spend money on tiks for classical shows and museums. It was winter so its was difficult for me to walk around with my heavy clothes though it never stopped me...

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  • Residenz

    Salzburg Favorites

    Start wandering from RESIDENZPLATZ. Upon reaching Salzburg, we were given half the day to explore on our own. Happily with my new found friend, a Japanese girl & a couple from Israel, we proceed to check out buildings, streets & the watchtower.

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  • Goldenes Dachl

    Innsbruck Favorites

    The Golden Roof ( Goldenes Dachl) is a three storey balcony. It was built in 1420 to honour Maximilian's second marriage to Bianca Sforza of Milan. It served as a royal box where he could sit and enjoy tournaments and other street performances in the square below. This small roof is made of 2657 gold plated tiles.

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  • churches

    Vienna Favorites

    This church is also very different to the usual Viennese Baroque being neo-byzantine in design and really looking very unlike a church at all from the outside. It's in the old Fleischmarkt area, once frequented by many Greek merchants who eventually built their own church and had it re-designedn in mock- Byzantine style in 1861. This red brick...

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  • The Moenchsberg

    Salzburg Favorites

    Mönchsberg is a small hill - and you may walk to the top or take an elevator - the charge is about 2,- € for both ways and from Mönchsberg you will have a great view of the city, see the river Salzach and the castle Since march 2003 this lift and the terrace are closed, due to reconstruction works ! The way it looked it will NOT be open again...

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  • Maria-Theresien-Strasse

    Innsbruck Favorites

    Maria Theresien Strasse is one of the main streets in the city. It is bordered with 17th and 18th centuries houses and lots of shops, cafes and restaurants. In the middle of this street stands the Saint Anne's column (Annasaule); erected in 1706 to commemorate the withdrawal of Bavarian troops on Saint Anne's Day in 1703. At the southern end of...

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  • Grinzing & Heurigen

    Vienna Favorites

    I asked LJ that when we got to Vienna, let's stay away (as much as possible) from the tourist places...I want to experience the "real" Vienna with the locals. Well, not only did we do that, we went "way" off the beaten path to a heuriger (basically a place where local wine, music and food are served). I (we) had a blast, danced and had a song...

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  • Pferdeschwemme

    Salzburg Favorites

    We stopped by to take some picture at this pool because we saw beautiful murals on the wall, little that we know…it a horse pond or bathing pool for horses a long time ago. Well that interesting though :)) Lucky horses!!! The City & The Weather

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  • Helblinghaus

    Innsbruck Favorites

    Originally a Gothic town house, dating from the 15th century. In 1730, the facade was decorated with late-baroque stuccoes by artists from the Wessobrunner School. Now a residential and business building.

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  • Ringstrasse

    Vienna Favorites

    The " Rathaus " , situated on Ringstraße, opposite of " Burgtheater " , was built between 1872-83 in Neo-gothic style. In front of the town-hall you will see different activities all over the year : In December the " Christkindlmarkt " in Jan/March the whole square will be iced for scaters for several weeks, and in summer there will be...

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  • Take the Sound of Music tour. ...

    Salzburg Favorites

    Besides the cool little streets with beautiful shops and the amazing view from the fort, the Sound of Music tour was great! My mom and I took it in February when the "Hills were alive with..." SNOW and it was still fun. Visiting Mozarts' home. Get the headphones and take the tour. Wow. So much history in such a small place. Truly touching.

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  • Stadtturm (City Tower)

    Innsbruck Favorites

    We are in the Altstadt now. One thing you certainly have to do is climb the tower. Yes... I know!!! A lot of steps up the tower to get to the top! Yes, hahaha, I admit it : I was exhausted by the time I reached the top. But the view from here is really great. When you take a look at the next view pictures, you know what you will be missing if you...

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  • Zentralfriedhof

    Vienna Favorites

    Ludwig van wasn't originally buried in the Zentralfriedhof - he died in 1827, and the cemetery wasn't opened until 1874. But it was thought to be appropriate that he be here, and his remains were shifted in 1889 - along with those of Franz Schubert, who has his own memorial nearby. There's practically a composer's corner, with Brahms, Gluck, and...

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  • Churches

    Salzburg Favorites

    Music and Mozart are everywhere, you can't miss them. I would recommend visiting the churches particularly if the heat and humidity are high. Few places have air conditioning, but the places of worship have a wide variety of architecture and are cool enough to permit taking the time to appreciate the artistry.

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  • Bergisel

    Innsbruck Favorites

    Olympia Ski Jump As you probably know Innsbruck was a guest town to the Olympic Games, somewhere in the seventies. The Olympic Ski Jump was held in Bergisel a small village south of Innsbruck. The views of Innsbruck standing on the Ski Jump Mountain is simply great. If you get up as high as possible, you have to respect the Ski Jumpers.

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  • Jugendstil / Art Nouveau

    Vienna Favorites

    We were so fascinated by Otto Wagner's works that we ended up doing a "Wagner pilgrimage" through the streets of Vienna! Here is a list of the Wagner buildings we visited, in chronological order. 1) Miesthaus (1877). What makes this rather classical house stand out is the the black-and-white triangles pattern that covers most of the facade of the...

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  • Hofburg

    Innsbruck Favorites

    Duke Friedrich IV got the house in 1401 . Queen Maria Theresia had it transformed into a monumental residence of late baroque style. In 1990 a renovation of the Imperial Residence begun. Inside there´s today restauration and a museum. The buiding itself is very beautiful, on the photo you can see a part of it.

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  • Oper / Staatsoper

    Vienna Favorites

    The famous sweets-shop "Opern Confiserie" in Kaerntnerstrasse 47 near the Opera and Hotel Sacher has been closed and moved to Hietzing (near Schoenbrunn Castle) as "Park Confiserie" in Hietzinger Hauptstrasse 6, phone 876 60 12. They sell exactly the same sweets like Opern Confiserie did! Hope, that helps! PS:and confirmed the above by phone a few...

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  • Alpenzoo

    Innsbruck Favorites

    The Alpen Zoo is the highest zoo in Europe and hosts a small but spectacular collection of animals found in Tirol & Austria. Being from Australia it was great to see many animals which I had not seen before (its too hot for them here) including beavers (they are huge), mountain goats, mooses, and a very interesting array of birds. To zoo itself is...

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  • Kaffeehaus

    Vienna Favorites

    Even if you arrive at or are travelling from the not so pretty train stations Westbahnhof and Südbahnhof, there are many options for having a great breakfast at Vienna's famous coffee houses, either a short walk or tramride/underground ride a way. At Westbahnhof, the nearest coffee place is right across the street, Cafe Westend. Take the main exit...

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  • Schloss Ambras

    Innsbruck Favorites

    Last but not least is a view on Ambras Castle. This is not in the city centre, but just outside of Innsbruck. But Innsbruck is not such a big city, so it was only a 10 minutes drive by car to the castle. I don't want to tell too much about the castle right here, because I have a lot of information about it in my 'must see activities'.

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