Austria For First Time Travellers

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Austria is a European country, bordered by Switzerland, Slovakia, Czech and Germany! Therefore, you can take a day trip to Austria, if you are staying in Zurich, Engelberg, Interlaken, Lucern, Budapest, Bratislava, Brno, Munich or salzburg. The republic of Austria, exhibits spectacular mountainous views of the alpine range. In addition, this country is one of the historical gems of Europe, that reveals Roman remains and architectural styles. In addition, Austria retains most of its German inheritance, and you will observe the same in their culture. Let’s explore this nature-rich country, that has been into existence ever since the 12th century.

Top 5 Places to Visit in Austria

Explore the baroque architecture and Imperial history of Austria, or hike the mountain villages and Alpine terrain. There’s a lot to do in this country, and a day trip should cover the prime spots. You can either stay in Austria, or travel from the neighbouring countries for a day trip. Here’s a list of top 5 places, that you will enjoy visiting in the Republic of Austria.

  1. Visit Swarovski Crystal World in Wattens

Swarovski Kristallwelten, is also known as the Swarovski Crystal World museum. Swarovski museum was built in 1995, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Swarovski. Visit the Chambers of Wonder, to experience global interpretation of crystal by diverse artists. In general, this museum features 16 thematic rooms, that offer an unforgettable shimmering crystal memory. This fairy tale world, amidst the mystical mountains of Tirol, is full of magical menageries of art installations.

  1. Explore The Golden Roof of Innsbruck

The Golden roof is Austria’s most famous landmark in Innsbruck, which is also known as the Goldenes Dachl. Visit this 15th century architecture flaunting 2,738 fire-gilded copper tiles, installed to mark Emperor Maximilian’s wedding. In addition, Royals used the balconies, to observe tournaments, festivals and other events. Above all, this magnificent gothic structure was designed and built by architect archduke Friedrich. You get to enjoy the audioguide in 6 languages, namely English, German, Spanish, Italian, French and Russian. The text panels are also available in Chinese.

  1. Clock Museum in Vienna

The Clock Museum in Vienna, features an exclusive collection of clocks from 14th century onwards. The museum is  inside a Viennese house, where you will hear hourly chiming. Moreover, this gem of a museum is situated in the heart of the city. Come here to explore, the most significant time-piece collections of Europe. You can browse through 700 clocks from around the world, on 3 different floors. In reality, this exhibition honours technological precision, social transformation of designs and scientific advances. The museum offers decorative arts, picture clocks, astronomical clocks, watches and luxurious pendant jewellery on display.

Furthermore, the exclusive collection includes, Viennese Biedermeier period pendulum wall clocks, miniature Zappler table clocks and the elaborate astronomical Cajetano clock. This 18th-century Cajetano clock, is equipped with 150 gears and wheels in a splendid precision. Above all, the clock also shows the movement of planets, along with solar and lunar eclipses.

  1. Dachstein Salzkammergut and the Giant Ice Cave

Dachstein’s giant ice-cave, has many alternative names such as King Arthur’s dome, Parsifal dome or the Castle of the Holy Grail. The cave offers, fascinating views of ice and stone! Explore this magical-cave, under the guidance of an experienced cave guide. The Dachstein cave in Austria, sports fantastic ice sculptures, ice curtains and colossal icicles. In August, you can attend the unique musical ice-concert organised by the Parsifal Dome. The Dachstein Ice cave, is located above the panoramic Trauntal valley. Visit this Ice-Cave to immerse yourself in the world of natural wonder!

  1. Melk Abbey in Melk

You will cross several vineyards and adorable villages, on your way to Melk Abbey. This serene village is situated along a beautiful river valley. This place is ideal for a day trip and you can reach here from Vienna, in an hour by train. Tour the glorious Melk abbey, enjoy delightful lunch and meander down the river by boat. Melk Abbey, proudly offers one of Europe’s greatest sights. To emphasise, Melk Abbey is re-built on a 11th century fortified Benedictine abbey, that was destroyed by fire.

Although, the town was restored in 18th-century Baroque style, which is what you see today. In addition, the abbey contains several tombs of Saints, along-with other members of the Austria’s first ruling dynasty. Austria also flaunts unmatchable scenery, splendid river valleys and incredible mountainous views. Above all, the country offers plenty of activities to keep you entertained. You can stay here and explore the neighbouring countries or otherwise. Either way, we hope you enjoy your Austria vacation.

  • Veidehi, also known as Krazy Butterfly is a passionate Travel, Lifestyle and Food Blogger who loves to connect with diverse cultures and cuisines. The world is a Book, and she will unfold many unread pages for you! With that focus, her restless roaming spirit is out there taking pictures and capturing the true essence of her port of call.

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