Austria is home to spectacular mountainous scenery, alpine meadows, outstanding museums and a diverse cuisine. You can enjoy the landscape and admire the interesting historic cities in this varied country.
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Austrian Arts and Architecture
In the Capital City of Vienna you can experience the historical surroundings with many buildings from the Habsburg Empire. Among numerous magnificent buildings you can see are the Schonbrunn and Hofburg Palaces. The Schonbrunn is a stunning imperial palace where you can see the architectural styles of the Habsburgs and have tours around many of the splendid rooms. With its Baroque architecture, elegant rooms and huge gardens it is one of the most popular places to visit in Austria. The Palace has many features of interest, including the Neptune Fountain and Gloriette, and the garden includes sculpted and botanical areas and a maze, and each year the Summer Night Concert Schonbrunn is held there.
The Kunsthisthorisches Museum, The Museum of Art History, is an impressive building with a huge dome, and interior with marble and gold leaf. It holds a vast collection of art and was opened by Emperor Franz Joseph I. Among the numerous important works there are paintings by artists such as Albrecht Durer, Jan van Eyck, Raphael, Rembrandt, Vermeer and Brueghel. There are also Egyptian, Greek and Roman and armoury collections.
The Museums quartier in Vienna is a large area where there are many art museums such as the Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation, exhibition spaces including Kunsthalle Wien, and Baroque and modern architecture. There are also festivals held there and it is huge and diverse cultural area.
Vienna has many restaurants and cafes and venues for music of all tastes including opera.
In the City of Salzburg you can admire the Baroque architecture of the Old Town, the palaces, and see Salzburg Cathedral all set by an alpine landscape, and it is on the World Heritage List by UNESCO. There are Gothic and Romanesque churches and also examples of modernist buildings including Zahnwurzen House and Grobes Festspielhaus, together with contemporary architecture such as the Mozarteum.
Some of the many sights to visit are the fountains and gardens in the Mirabell Palace. The fountain is well known from the Sound of Music where the Von Trapp children sang Do-Re-Me, and there are tours that show visitors around locations from the film. Salzburg is also the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and you can visit where he was born and lived together with the monuments to him. You can also visit Schloss Hellbrunn, which is the former palace to the Salzburg Archbishops, with many fountains that have amazing displays, together with the large gardens. Other interesting places are the Toy Museum, along with its regular puppet shows, and Salzburg Zoo, both great places to visit for all the family.
Hallstatt is a picturesque village in the Salzkammergut in Austria and is near the Hallstatter See Lake. The village is famous for its salt production going back to prehistory and the earliest known salt mine is here. You can see the salt lake and the body of a minor from prehistoric times who was preserved by the salt. In addition, the area is linked to the earliest of the Celtic culture and is a World Heritage Site.
Visitors to the village can have a ferry trip on the lake and take in the magnificent alpine views. The mountains have pretty houses built into them and the lake is very serene. You can enjoy the nature of the area in the Echerntal trail and the surrounding landscape.
In the Gastein Valley in the Austrian Alps, Hohe Tauern National Park is Europe’s second biggest National Park. Here you can explore the breathtaking scenery and enjoy the nature in this huge protected nature area. There are high majestic mountains, glaciers, and pretty alpine meadows covered in flowers and waterfalls thundering down. The Grossglockner, Austria’s highest mountain is in this region and the glacial Pasterze at its base.
The wildlife in the area includes marmots, ibex, chamois, bearded vultures and golden eagles, all to be admired in their natural habitat in the invigorating landscape. There are thousands of species of plant and flowers species growing in the Park’s meadows, including orchids, lilies, rhododendron and edelweiss in an abundance of colour.
Austrian cuisine is quite diverse with many influences from neighbouring countries. Among the traditional Austrian dishes are Wiener Schnitzel, which is meat (particularly veal) covered in breadcrumbs and fried. It can be served with foods such Erdapfel Salat which is made with potatoes. Tafelspitz is a beef soup regularly served with chive sauce together with apple and horseradish. Kaiserschmarrn is pancake cut in small pieces and roasted and can be eaten with apple sauce or plums.
Another favourite is palatschinken which are pancakes with a jam filling, and can also be savoury with a variety of fillings such as cheese and spinach. Sausages are also a national favourite and there are lots of different varieties such as Frankfurters, Burenwurst with pig blood and Grune Wurst.
Other popular foods include the world famous Apfelstrudel, which is very thin pastry filled with apple, raisins and cinnamon. There are various other strudel dishes such as Weichselstrudel which has a sour cherry filling, Topfenstrudel with soft cheese, Millirahmstrudel with milk cream, along with those filled with plums, apricots or poppy seeds. Semmelknodel are dumplings and are another popular food eaten in Austria, together with other dumplings such as Germknödel with a plum jam filling, and Marillenknödel, which is stuffed with apricot.
A popular soft drink in Austria is Almdudler which has mountain herbs and elderflower flavour. It can be enjoyed on its own or mixed with white wine. Beer is popular, especially pale lager and wheat beer. The drink schnapps is made from various fruits including rowanberries and apricots.
Whether your visiting for a skiing holiday in the mountains, exploring Habsburg Palaces and gardens, or enjoying Alpine wildlife, there is something for every visitor in Austria.
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