Austria Favorites

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    The Volksgarten
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    The Volksgarten
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  • 1. Bezirk / 1st District

    Vienna Favorites

    The 1. district is small enough to do everthing by walking and a tour is not really necessary. Driving is very difficult (complex oneways, pedestrian roads, no parking...). In case you have walking problems, Hop on Hop off and similar can't go inside the Ring except Albertina Platz. There are 3 inner city bus lines which might be convenient. 1A...

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  • Travel tips and assistance

    Salzburg Favorites

    In this modern age of the internet and the advent of the smartphone, tablet and phablet, you can just download the various maps and the layout of the various attractions in and around Salzburg from either their website or other related tourist friendly apps and then use them on your tablets or smartphones and phablets to get around the nooks and...

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  • Old Town (Altstadt)

    Innsbruck Favorites

    Later in the day, we came back to the Altstadt looking for somewhere to have lunch. How the area had changed! There were throngs of people and those tables that were being put out on the cobblestones were now partially filled with people. The streets were much busier and packed with tourists, and now tour groups are being show through the Altstadt....

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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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  • Sightseeing by foot

    Salzburg Favorites

    The three top things for me in Salzburg are: 1) getting up high to see the town with its stunning backdrop, 2) the Dome's equally stunning interior and 3) the Augustiner Bräustüberl. With the major excursion to Italy behind us, we took a few days to explore Munich and lay out the plans of our final day trips in the region. I thought the pace had...

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  • Useful Information

    Innsbruck Favorites

    If you are part of generation x or part of the baby boom generation, you can still do it the old fashion way via getting various pull up maps and brochures of the Innsbruck attractions so that you would not get lost or disoriented and the best deal here is that the maps are free and you can get them at the various souvenir shops around innbruck and...

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  • sightseeing & day-excursions

    Vienna Favorites

    I love architecture and I like to walk around and exploring new places. I try to make as many photos I can. I think this is the best way to learn about new places. It is interesting to see 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...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • River Inn

    Innsbruck Favorites

    As it so happened, we had been following the scenic River Inn on our drive to Innsbruck. It turned out our Hotel was close to the River, then later on we saw the river was dividing the city centre. The Inn River, more commonly referred to as the Inns, is a tributary of the Danube. Numerous small towns have developed along the banks of the river,...

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  • Hofburg

    Vienna Favorites

    The Imperial Eagle, the two headed Eagle, I saw all around Vienna. Eagles "Lords of the air" Habsburg Monarchy "Lords of a Kingdom." Eagles are often chosen as they are a symbol of power, but why add the second head? This puzzled me, and now I know the answer. The Byzantine Empire was who added a second head to the originally one-headed Roman...

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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 on that site. This has been a site of pilgrimage since the Middle Ages. Unfortunately I only could admire the interior of the church thought a gate. When I went there it was the closing time. The Wilten basilica...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Grinzing & Heurigen

    Vienna Favorites

    off course you visit the Vienna Woods area around Grinzing to try the Viennese Heurigen Wines and then to partake of a Viennese feast and lively feast which is a nice way to see Vienna. Each Wine Tavern usually has their own Heurigen Wines (wines which are not vintage and are usually not that aged) which are made from their own vinyards located at...

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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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  • Goldenes Dachl

    Innsbruck Favorites

    The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl) is practically a three storey balcony with a roof made of 2657gold plated tiles. 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.

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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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  • 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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  • 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, 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Ringstrasse

    Vienna Favorites

    What I suggest you do at some time, is to take a tram on the Ringstrasse, the ring road of Vienna, where many of the most important buildings and sights are located beside. The Ringstrasse is a 5km long horseshoe-shaped boulevard, which starts and ends at the Danube canal. Together with the canal, the street completely encircles the historic center...

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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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  • Outside Innsbruck

    Innsbruck Favorites

    If you are going to Innsbruck via west from Switzerland and Vaduz, many will have a stop along a large strip mall along the town of Mils Bei Imst just after the Arlberg Tunnel. the Strip Mall is called Trofana Tyrol and it sits just , directly on the Inn valley motorway A12 (own exit) and on the main road B 171st and is a popular pit stop for both...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Jugendstil / Art Nouveau

    Vienna Favorites

    Have you heard of Otto Wagner (1841 to 1918) ? I bet you have by the time you leave Vienna! He was a trained architect, visual artist and brick layer who shaped Vienna. Many of the residential buildings he built in the style of beautiful Art Nouveau. Some of them I have already written about, others I didn't see. His most recognized buildings...

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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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  • Kaffeehaus

    Vienna Favorites

    Viennese Coffee Houses are known all over the world not only for their excellent coffee brews and local Viennese coffee concoctions like coffee Verkhert or eiskaffe, turkischer kaffe or Franz Lundimann Kaffe or Mozart's Kaffe or Maria Theresia Kaffe to name a few of the wide variety of the coffee brews and the dizzying array of Viennese pastries...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Donau / Danube

    Vienna Favorites

    we spend 2 days in vienna it's quite big but we went during june in donau area a lot a people are eating here bringing their own barbecue, there s also a lot of little restaurant closes to the pedaloboats to make a little cruise cycling in the water.

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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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