Austria Things to Do

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Austria Things to Do

  • Schonbrunn

    Vienna Things to Do

    When visiting the park of Schönbrunn palace, don’t miss the climb up Gloriette hill. Unless your walking abilities forbid this walk, that is, of course. The hill is steep but the paths zigzag up, so it isn’t as bad as it seems from below, although still something. Watch how the view over the park and the palace opens up during the climb and reveals...

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  • Hohensalzburg Fortress

    Salzburg Things to Do

    Hohensalzburg, the home of the Archbishops of Salzburg for centuries, is still a draw, both for what's inside and the views from it. You can stroll around the grounds, enjoy the views from the ramparts, visit the Palace Museum, or tour the fortress itself (the latter must be done with an escorted tour, but there is no additional charge). To get...

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  • Swarovski Crystal

    Innsbruck Things to Do

    I went to the information office inside the main train station. Got the voucher for the bus trip and entrance to Swarovski. That saved me time from buying the tickets in Swarovski and I highly recommend to do the same to avoid queues at the entrance. True, you pay for the entrance but your senses will be pleased with what awaits you inside....

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  • Schlossberg

    Graz Things to Do

    A giant slab of rock dropped right into the middle of the city was once the home of a powerful fortress, but now the home of a beautiful piece of parkland with amazing views over the city. The berg reminded me of a similar tree clad hill in my own town of Coburg, but this one was so close to the city center, with such staggering steep sides, that...

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  • Hofburg

    Vienna Things to Do

    My favored part of the Hofburg Palace complex is the enclosed courtyard called "In der Burg" reached after passing under the Michaeler cupola. On the west side stands the Amalienburg which is my preferred building because of its nice late Renaissance style. Once (16th c.) it was a free-standing building opposite the older Schweizertrakt (Swiss...

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  • Mirabell Garden & Castle

    Salzburg Things to Do

    When the weather permits you should go for a walk through the Mirabell Garden and maybe have a look at the Castle too. The Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg had these gardens and the castle especially designed for his mistress. Gardens that once suited the exquisite taste of the P-A's mistress should certainly be to the liking of humble tourists such...

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  • Old Town

    Innsbruck Things to Do

    "The Old Town"'s centerpiece is the Goldenes Dachl, a glittering Gothic oriel built for Emperor Maximilian I dappled with copper tiles. Nearby, wallow in Hapsburg majesty in the Hofburg imperial palace and the Hofkirche where Dürer's King Arthur statue solemnly guards the emperor's empty tomb. The works of Paul Troger, Klimt and Kokoschka draw...

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  • Mur River

    Graz Things to Do

    Another piece of great architecture, this time a left-over from Graz's year as the Cultural Capital of Europe in 2003, is a curved metallic island from New York architect Vito Acconci. It was only meant to be a temporary piece, but proved so popular that it has remained, becoming the site of a chic cafe and a place for sun seekers to hang out...

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  • Stephansdom

    Vienna Things to Do

    St. Stephens Cathedral and Stephensplatz is well known touristic attraction and symbol of Vienna. It is also a popular meeting place and for my first all-myself-arranged trip its high spears was a main orientation point in my exploring Vienna's old town. Its architectures style is very interesting. It remind me on several similar but smaller (by...

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  • Mozart's House

    Salzburg Things to Do

    This is the birthplace of the famous Salzburg composer Mozart. He was born and grew up in this his father's house. There is a second Mozart haus on the new side of the river where Mozart lived as an adult.

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  • Maria Theresien Strasse

    Innsbruck Things to Do

    Maria-Theresien Strasse is Innsbruck's main street and a wonderful place to stroll around or sit at one of the side cafes and whatch the people go by. When we were there, they were getting ready for UAFA cup and seeing the soccer balls up along the street was lovely.

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  • Kunsthaus

    Graz Things to Do

    This has to be one of my favourite art exhibitions in Europe - it's worth a visit to Graz on its own. A combination of shocking architecture, and fascinatingly different artwork on display inside, makes for great entertainment. The building, designed by British architects Peter Cooke and Colin Fournier, is amazing. Dubbed "the friendly alien" its...

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  • Belvedere

    Vienna Things to Do

    The baroque gardens of Belvedere are one of my favourite walks in Vienna. The formal garden extends on a gentle slope between Prince Eugen’s two summer palaces known as the Upper and the Lower Belvedere. Downhill is probably the best direction to enjoy the view over the gardens, the palaces, the surrounding buildings. Enter at Upper Belvedere and...

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  • Schloss Hellbrunn

    Salzburg Things to Do

    Hellbrunn Palace gardens are surrounded by a large yellow-ish wall all around with several entrance gates. There is about 60 hectares of grounds around the castle. The gardens at the grounds of Hellbrunn Palace are well worth a visit. The are well-maintained and full of water and bright coloured plants. There are several ponds with huge fish in...

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  • Schloss Ambras

    Innsbruck Things to Do

    The Schloss Ambras was transformed from a fortress to a renaissance palace by the Arch Duke Ferdinand II who acquired the property in 1564. Entrance fees are €10 per adult and this includes the "Arts and Wonders" museum, the armour museum and the Habsburg Portrait gallery. The castle itself is a fine old pile and makes a lovely backdrop to a...

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  • Churches

    Graz Things to Do

    Barmherzigekirche, situated in a district Lend which is across the River Mur, is closly connected with the Roman Catholic Brothers known as The Hospitaller Order of St. John of God. The Hospitaller Order (some call them Brotherhood of Compassion) is dedicated to caring for the poor, the sick, the dying and the disabled. In 1615 Archduke Maximillian...

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  • Hundertwasser

    Vienna Things to Do

    The Hundertwasser Museum - Kunst Haus Wien is a few block from the Hundertwasser house and village with signs pointing the way. This Museum is the world's only permanent exhibition of Hundertwasser's works, and is a gathering place for Hunderwasser lovers from all over the world. Typical of Hundertwasser he repurposed a building vs building new...

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  • Getreidegasse

    Salzburg Things to Do

    The main, albeit narrow shopping street in old Salzburg is The Getreidegasse. Squeeze your way through the crowds, whilst enjoying shopping for all those Mozart souvenirs and chocolates. Take time to admire the ornate wrought iron signs and carved window fames of the houses here - many of which are several storeys high. Notice the crowds around...

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  • Stadtturm (City Tower)

    Innsbruck Things to Do

    This tower was built between 1442 and 1450. Once it was a prison. When you're on the top of this tower you'll enjoy a wonderful landscape over the city center. You'll also see the houses on the river Inn. You have to climb 148 stairs to go to the top. Opening hours; october to may; from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June to september; from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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  • Hauptplatz

    Graz Things to Do

    The main marketplace is just in front of the Town Hall, and usually a wide open space dominated by the monument to the "Styrian Prince", Archduke Johann. When I arrived it was still crammed full of Christmas market stalls, and they were squeezing in some New Year's event stage on top of that. The square was therefore a maze, and it was teeming with...

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  • Ringstrasse

    Vienna Things to Do

    The Ringstrasse is the part of Vienna I like most for its architecture and I don't know a city in Europe showing such an ensemble of beautiful buildings. The Ringstrasse is not one single street; it is a succession of large avenues with monumental buildings, parks and luxury hotels. It starts in the north with the Votivkirche, University and ...

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  • Sound of Music Tour

    Salzburg Things to Do

    We went to Salzburg specifically for the Sound of Music tours, as my friend and I are really big fans. It's a great way to see and explore the city! Even if you are not a fan of the movie, I think this tour will prove to be really enjoyable as well! It's just that the SOM shot in various and beautiful locations around Salzburg, and these places I...

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  • Goldenes Dachl

    Innsbruck Things to Do

    The Golden Roof (or Goldenes Dachl ) is the most well known landmark in the city of Innsbruck. Situated in the heart of the old town and looking down on Herzog-Friedrich-Straße this historic building with it's famous facade was built in the 15th century by Archduke Friedrich IV as the residence of the sovereigns of the Tirol. The actual golden...

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  • Grazer Burg

    Graz Things to Do

    Across the road from the Cathedral is the imperial residence of the Burg. The building was started in 1438 by Emperor Frederick III, and before the end of that century its most famous architectural piece had been put in place: the double spiral staircase. These two intertwined staircases are known locally as the "stairs of reconciliation", because...

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  • Karlskirche - St Charles Church

    Vienna Things to Do

    In his plans of the church Johann Bernhard Fisher von Erlach united the most diverse historic elements of architecture. The front facade corresponds to a Greek temple portico, the two columns a model of Trajan's Column in Rome, while the two tower pavilions show the influence of the Roman Baroque. The two flanking columns of bas-reliefs have been...

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  • Dome and Cathedral

    Salzburg Things to Do

    On entering the Cathedral, I couldn't help but notice the height of the ceilings, they were so high and were painted with baroque murals and were surrounded by impressive stucco work. The interior colour is sepia and white, I thought a little drab looking, but still the inside was very nice! Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was baptised here, and you can...

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  • Nordkette

    Innsbruck Things to Do

    Right from the centre of Innsbruck you can be whisked away and up into the mountains by the Nordkettebahnen. This system of funicular railways and cable cars links the city centre with the summit of Hafelekarspitze. The Nordkettebahnen comprises 3 different 'legs' of the journey: The Hungerburgbahn links the city centre with the Alpenzoo and...

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  • Schloss Eggenberg

    Graz Things to Do

    An hours spent enjoying the castle grounds on a beautiful Autumnal day. There are museums and galleries inside but time was limited and outside was fantastic! Visited the planet garden and spotted more peacocks than I've ever seen at one time before I think! Lovely place to visit, entrance to gardens (Oct 2010) just 1 Euro.

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  • Giant Ferris Wheel

    Vienna Things to Do

    In the Praterstern, actually a somewhat disappointing park with a fair, we find the Giant Ferris Wheel (Riesenrad). It was built in 1896-1897. This 65 m high Ferris Wheel with 15 gondolas is one of the most famous symbols of Vienna. We make a ride what was a fun experience. Right at the top gives a magnificent view over the city. See for an...

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  • Salt Mines

    Salzburg Things to Do

    The Salt Mines tour opened with an interesting short movie about the history of the mines. The lady guide toured us around the mine. We took the voyage across the subterranean lake and even went to Germany (and after a few minutes, was back in Austria again). The giant slide was really awesome! The tour was approx 70 minutes.

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  • Hofburg

    Innsbruck Things to Do

    This great palace is tucked in between the cathedral and the Golden Roof, stretching along Renweg. This magnificent and imperious building was the responsibility of Archduke Siegmund the Rich, who had it constructed in the Gothic style in the 15th century. From a distance on the outside, along Renweg, it doesn't look all that different from the...

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  • Landhaus

    Graz Things to Do

    Another look of the famous landhaus building with the clock tower on the top. Unfortunately, when I have visited the town, inner courtyard of the building was closed and it is definetelly the most interesting and the most beautiful part of it. During my following visit the inner courtyard was reconstructed and again accessible for visitors,...

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  • Oper - Staatsoper

    Vienna Things to Do

    The Vienna State Opera was originally called Wiener Hofoper (the Vienna Court Opera), and it was the first major building constructed on the Ringstrasse. Construction works started in 1861 and the building was completed in 1869, following design by architects August Sicard von Sicardsburg and Eduard von der Null. This building wasn't popular with...

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  • St Peter's Church Abbey

    Salzburg Things to Do

    St. Rupert originally founded St. Peter's Abbey in 696 AD. The present building was constructed in the Romanesque period. As I entered the Church, I passed through a beautiful porch with Romanesque vaulted arches from the original structure, built in the 12th century. A FAN OF MOZART..... You may know that Mozart's famed Great Mass in C Minor...

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  • Helblinghaus

    Innsbruck Things to Do

    The most distinctive building in all of the old town has to be the Helblinghaus. Diagonally opposite the Golden Roof, this extravagant baroque building was originally a Gothic town house dating from the 15th century. The baroque stuccoes were added in 1730, transforming the whole look.

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  • Cathedral

    Graz Things to Do

    Graz's Dom is not its most spectacular attraction. It's even outclassed by the Mausoleum which stands adjacent to it. Its high, plain, austere walls and gothic style don't catch the eye, and it is hard to get a good, clear view of the building from anywhere, even from on top of the Schlossberg. What it lacks in looks, however, it makes up for in...

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  • Spanische Hofreitschule - Lipizzaner

    Vienna Things to Do

    The stables where the Lipizzaner stallions, the stars of the Spanish Riding School, reside are a sacred place to everyone who knows a bit about the art of dressage riding. The courtyard is not accessible for visitors but since it is closed off with large glass panels you can look in and observe what is going on. The horses' compartments have...

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  • Residenz and Residenzplatz

    Salzburg Things to Do

    "Hey look, it's the Prince-Archbishops Palace! Gee, these guys sure lived in opulent luxury, didn't they?" (with their fancy tapestries, painted ceilings, elaborate fireplaces, sculpted doorways and all the rest ...) As it turns out, however, apart from this humble abode they also had a magnificent country seat that goes by the name of Castle...

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  • Bergisel

    Innsbruck Things to Do

    This ski jump site is really interesting to visit, and when you are there, think about what a ski jumper feels when he is about to go... Bergiel can be reached using the bus number 1. The "Bergisel" name derives from the name burgusinus (Latin) which means mountain, and later became Bergisel (German).

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  • Sporgasse

    Graz Things to Do

    The old core of Graz, with its architecture, look alike more to the northern Italian cities rather then central European city. I have found here alots of simmilarities with Bolzano or Belluno even with Verona. Luegghaus is one of the most attractive building in whole of Graz, it is situated at the corner of the Main Square and Sporgasse. In fact,...

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  • Jewish Vienna

    Vienna Things to Do

    The Judenplatz which I discovered in the 1990s and which impressed me by its architecture changed in the year 2000 to become a unique place of remembrance in Wien by the opening of the Holocaust Memorial and the Jewish Museum. The Museum is located in the Misrachi-Haus built in1694 at Nr 8 on Judenplatz and concerns essentially the medieval Jewry...

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  • Altstadt

    Salzburg Things to Do

    The Judengasse is a narrow roadway which in the 12th century was known as "The alley of the Jew's." It was home to the Jewish community from 1248 up until their expulsion in 1498. The Jewish School at no15 was first documented in 1377. Sadly, persecution of the Jews and mass executions took place. Many who could, left, and others have stayed behind...

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  • Triumphpforte

    Innsbruck Things to Do

    This triumphal arch at the southern end of Maria Thereisen-Straße was built in 1765 to celebrate the wedding of the then Archduke Leopold, Duke of Tuscany (later Emperor Leopold II) to the Spanish princess Maria Ludovica. When Leopold's father Francis Stephen of Lorraine died suddenly in 1765 it also became a memorial to him. The Northern side is...

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  • Marienlift

    Graz Things to Do

    This is one of the remains of Graz being European capital of culture 2003. A glass lift going to nowhere, just up in the air. The fare costs 1 EUR. You are going up and the lift stops for 1 minute so that you can enjoy the view over the Herrengasse. The idea of it`s designer was to take humble human beings to the same height as the Mary`s column...

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  • Kunsthistorisches Museum - KHM

    Vienna Things to Do

    Actually the KHM Vienna groups 8 museums in Vienna (6) and outside (2): 1° KUNSTHISTORISCHES MUSEUM, the most important located at A-1010 Wien, Maria Theresien-Platz in the magnificent building from the end of the 19th c. (photo 1). See my review : KHM Architecture This museum has FIVE departments: - Egyptian and Near Eastern Collection . -...

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