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AUSTRIA The Land of Time less Beauty

• Austria is one of the most popular holiday
destinations in Europe, attracting tourists not
only in summer but also in winter.

• Visitors are drawn particularly from
neighboring Germany, as for them there is no
language problem.

• It is the scenic beauty that is to be found in all
of the republic's provinces which is the main
reason that induces large numbers of tourists to
spend their holidays in Austria year after year.
• Austria is situated in the south-east of
Central Europe. It is predominantly a country of
upland areas and high mountains .

• Austria is bordered by Germany and Czech
Republic in the north , Slovakia and Hungary in
the East , Slovenia and Italy in The South and
by Switzerland in the West

• With an area of just around 84 Thousand
sq.kms , Austria is one of the smallest
countries in Europe.
• The Eastern Alps occupying a good 60 per cent of the
country's territory.

• The River Danube flows for about 350 kms from west
to east through the northern part of Austria.

• Currency : Euro

• Capital : Vienna

• Other Major Cities : Graz , Innsbruck , Linz , Salsburg
and Klagenfurt

• Climate : Pleasant in Summer ,Very Cold in Winter
National Flag of
The Republic of Austria

The National Emblem
( Coat of Arms ) Of

~~ Tourism forms an important part of Austria's
economy, accounting for almost 9% of the Austrian
GDP. In 2007, Austria ranked 9th worldwide in
international tourism receipts, with 18.9 billion US$. In
international tourist arrivals, Austria ranked 12th with
20.8 million tourists.

~~ Of great tourist importance are the Austrian skiing,
hiking and mountaineering resorts in the Alps as well
as family-friendly recreation areas . The same applies
to the numerous Austrian lakes
~~ People of Austria are known to be
simple and hospitable but tend to be a little
suspicious of Strangers especially if they’re
wearing sunglasses

~~ They are very fond of and like to talk
about Art, Music and Politics

~~ The Cost of Living in Austria is
 Austria is well connected to rest of the world
by Air . It has major Airports in the Cities of
Vienna , Innsbruck , Klagenfurt , Graz and
Salsburg .
 Vienna International Airport (Code : VIE),
located 18 kilometers southeast of Vienna, is the
busiest and biggest airport in Austria. It is often
referred to as Schwechat, the name of the nearby
 The airport is capable of handling wide-body
aircraft such as the Boeing 747 and Airbus A340.
 The airport is the hub of the flag carrier airline
of Austria Austrian Airlines , as well as budget
Krimml Falls
 Situated at the north-western margin of the
Salzach valley in Salzburg .. Krimml is the
longest water fall in Europe.Huge number of
tourists come to Krimml Falls every year to
enjoy the summers.

 Nearby village of Krimml is a popular holiday
resort, and in winter season the place presents
excellent skiing. Considered one of the best
tourist places to explore the winter pleasure of

 Krimml Falls is a tourist spot which is best
Hohe Tauern National Park
 Located in the central Alps, this park
covers over 1786 sq km (690 sq mi), making it
Europe's biggest. At the extreme interior of
this park lies the highest mountain of Austria,
Grossglockner, which is 11,145 feet tall.

 Its lush vegetation makes it one of the
most scenic places all over the world. This
fostered oasis of flora and fauna, also stands
as one of the best tourist attraction all over

 Variety of outdoor activities like mountain
 Several ski resorts are located just
outside the park grounds.

 Different species of deer, chamois,
ibex, mountain goats and other animals
reside here. Ancient forests, lush green
alpine pastures, rugged mountainsides
and spectacular waterfalls are the
breathtaking features of the park.

 The park is open year round and no
entry fee is charged.
Hoher Market Square

 The oldest square in Vienna, the Hoher Market, is
found on the edge of the textile district . It is rich with
memories that go back to the very start of the city's
 The Romans called it the "old forum"; here stood the
palace of the Commander of the Roman fortress of
Vindobona, and it is here that Emperor Marcus Aurelius
 In the Middle Ages executions were carried out here.
 After the destruction resulting from the events of 1945
nearly all the houses in the Hoher Markt had to be rebuilt.
Scheonbrunn Palace
 The Former summer residence of the imperial
family ( The Habsburgs ), this palace is part of
UNESCO's cultural heritage since 1996 . The
sculptures in the Scheönbrunn garden were
generally made between 1773 and 1780.

 Its splendid architecture and furnishing make it
Vienna's most important cultural monument. Plants
stemming from rain forests from all continents is
the primary attraction of the palace.

 In the days of the Turkish sieges Katterburg was
nearly destroyed and it appeared to be impossible
to restore the castle.

 In 20th century the palace was used several
times for important events such as the historical
¤ Imperial Palace (Hofburg)

Once Imperial Palace served as residence of powerful
Hapsburg emperors. It now owes the honor of being the office of
Austrian president, an international convention center and home
to several museums.

¤ Schloss Belvedere (Belvedere Palace)

Schloss Belvedere is one of the best examples of glorious
past of Vienna consisting of two separate buildings. One is at the
foot of a hill called museum of medieval Austrian art and other is
on top known as Austrian gallery, overlooking the city. It is famous
as the former residency of the prince of Savoy.
¤ Naturhistorisches Museum (The Natural History Museum)

The Natural History Museum of Vienna is one of the
world's great museums. Early stone Age exhibits is the
specialty of the Natural History Museum .Coin and medal
collections of early Stone Age exhibits are other cardinal
features of the museum. A Stone-Age body called "Venus
of Willendorf," is the striking feature of the museum.

¤ The Imperial Furniture Collection (Vienna Furniture Museum)

The museum is famous for largest collection of
furniture worldwide. It provides the opportunity to shop
and visit the museum simultaneously. It has a wide
variety of traditional furniture used by many famous
Austrian emperors. Time to time, special exhibitions on
¤ Kunsthistorisches Museum
(Museum of Fine

 The Austrian Museum of Fine Arts has one
the world’s most remarkable collection of
Egyptian, Greek and Roman art .
 Priceless objects collected for the
Habsburg emperors over the centuries are
now open for the visitors.
 The visitors find it difficult to see this huge
¤ Alpine Gardens

Build in 1803, it bears the honor of being Europe's first
alpine garden consisting a rich and diverse flora more than
40,000 in number

¤ Burggarten

One can enjoy the variety of tropical butterflies
flourishing in the park's butterflies house which was built in
1901. Other interesting features are monuments of Mozart,
Goethe and Emperor Franz Joseph.

 One of the largest castles of Europe,
Hohensalzburg was built in 1077 by Archbishop
Gebhard von Helffenstein. Presents an awesome
view of the city as it is 400 feet over the river.

 Till the 19th century , It was used as barracks,
storage house and cell . The castle was refurbished
in late 20th century.

 Today it is crowned as the best preserved castles
Mozart-Wohnhaus (Mozart’s House)
This house which is the famous composer’s birthplace ,is now a
famous museum. Attributed to Mozart and his family,The museum
conserves their memorabilia and letters. Mozart's childhood violin,
his concert violin, his clavichord, the pianoforte, portraits are some
worth seeing assets of the museum.

The St. Peter Cemetery

St. Peters’ Abbey is one of the most charming cemeteries of the
world. Completely overhauled in 17th - 18th century with an
elegant embellished architecture. Church is known for its art
treasures. The Church is often considered as one of Salzburg's
most impressive Buildings. Catacombs here are famous
» Bell Tower

Bell Tower is known for its 4200 kg bell, biggest
in Graz. The 34m high tower was built in 1588
and is known for its renaissance style double

» Clock Tower

The Clock tower, considered the symbol of Graz,
was erected in 1550. For several years since its
construction, it had only one long hand which
indicated hours. The smaller hand which
» Lock Mountain
Lock Mountain, most prominent among Graz
monuments is located on western outskirts of
Graz. This building is based on elaborate and
intricate allegorical planning.
The design is profoundly influenced by cosmic
harmonies. Lock Mountain tells a lot about
» Mausoleum
archaeological heritage of the country

This imperial mausoleum is the tomb of
Emperor Ferdinand II. It was built by Italian
architect Pietro de Pomis between 1614 and
» New Cathedral (Neuer Dom)

Built in Neo gothic style the church is the
largest church of Austria. It is able to
accommodate 20000 worshippers at a time.
Paintings on the stained glass windows in the
church are very captivating.

» Old Cathedral (Alter Dom)

Built in 1669. The Church is embellished with
chapels and galleries. It is built with amazing
architecture, closed choir and stucco work .
Outstanding pink marble columns, a  beautifully
carved pulpit, a great deal of statues and a
beautifully decorated altar with marble images
» Ars Electronica Center

 Opened in 1996, the building is also known as the
"Museum of the Future" and is one of the most
important sights in Linz.
 Media art, new technologies and social
developments characterize the Center’s innovative
exhibitions. The most modern techniques from the
technology sector are presented in the museum so
that a normal person can get familiar with that.
 The museum has six floors filled with creative
work from hi-tech laboratories all over the world.
Main objective is to provide an interface to the
general public to the modern techniques
Linz Zoo
Linzer zoo presents an ideal spot for excitement for
children as well as grown ups. A wide range of
mammals (llamas, pygmy cows, sheep, goats,...), a
variety of birds (parrots, ostriches, ...) and reptiles
(crocodiles, iguanas, snakes,...) flourishe here. Fresh
and sea water aquariums can also be enjoyed here.

Grotto Railway
"Dragon Express", a mini train in the shape of a the
famous mythological beast, Visitors can enjoy a ride
to fairy tale scenes while passing through the
beautiful landscapes. Children can enjoy famous
fairy tales which are depicted in the side passages.
» Lake Wörthersee

 Located to the west of the Kalgenfurt , This
alpine lake is a must-see tourist spot.
The lake attracts visitors mostly during the short
summer season. The lake is of elongated shape,
about 20 km long and 1-2 km wide, stretching from
Klagenfurt towards the east in Velden.
Greenish blue water of the lake is unique in it self.
» Klagenfurt Cathedral
This is a spectacular building decorated in
great style. Highly visible landmark of the city is
Central Parish church. The cathedral of Klagenfurt is
the church of the Roman-Catholic bishop of the
diocese of Gurk

» Landhaus
Built as an arsenal and later Carinthian state
headquarters, this structure now houses the offices
of the provincial government. Building was begun in
1574 and completed in 1590. A set of staircase
towers with bulbous caps and a two story arcade is
the special attraction of the building.
» Goldenes Dachl

Golden Dachl or Golden Roof is
the most attractive building in
Innsbruck and one of the city's
landmark. Sturdy medieval houses,
attractively painted in pastel colors
and supported by sloping
earthquake buttresses, flourish in
Innsbruck Old Town. Golden Roof is a
three-story balcony on a house in the
Old Town. Its Gothic oriels are
» Swarovski Kristallwelten
Glittering world of crystals dedicated to Daniel
Swarovski, founder of the world's leading crystal
manufacturers. Wonderful collection of crystals and all
Swarovski pieces (jewelry, collectibles, eye glasses etc) can
be seen. A man-made hill welcomes you with a giant face
spouting a waterfall. It presents a tremendous view to the
» Hofburg
Hofburg was the residence of Emperor Maximilian I
during 15th century. The imperial palace was later rebuilt
in The 18th century. The palace, flanked by a set of domed
towers, is a fine example of baroque secular architecture.
The beautiful Baroque palace and gardens of Vienna's
Schönbrunn Palace are host to this colourful Easter Market.
Stalls are laden with mini-masterpieces of architecture made
from chocolate, marzipan, fondant and praline, tempting
visitors to indulge.

The Market is open from 28 March to 12 Apr every year from 10
am-6.30pm . Its free and open for everyone

Celebrating the end of harvest, the village of Lungötz in
Annaberg hosts the world's biggest Hay Parade, highlight of
the HayArt Festival. Larger-than-life hay figures are paraded
through the village on decorated floats pulled by Norican
horses and vintage tractors.
Street artists from around Europe come together for
the spectacular Pflasterspektakel festival of magic,
mime, juggling and acrobatics.
Every year from the 23rd – 25th July in The city of Linz

For three days , around 40 performance areas are laid
out in 14 zones covering the streets of Linz city centre.

From informal beginnings in 1986, the festival has
grown to attract around 170,000 visitors and become a
fixture in the European street-art scene.
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