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When you think of Austria, you probably think of mountains, Nazi occupation, quaint traditions, classical music, Julie Andrews skipping through the meadows and picturesque hillside towns. Which - aside from an impressive modernest take on architecture in many of the larger cities (and Nazis, of course) - is pretty much what you'll get.

The enchanting baroque buildings of Vienna stand proud amongst a city fast developing into a dynamic center for classy cuisine, contemporary museums and an enviable, pulsating nightlife. The palaces and museums skirting the capital’s aging squares welcome promenading locals every evening, chattering and relaxing as they wonder through the characteristic city’s giant green spaces.

Salzburg is equally characterful. The classic home of Mozart has a skyline flooded with endless church spires, while proud residents occasionally walk the city clad in lederhosen or ride the cobbled streets in horse drawn carriages. Amadeus provides the soundtrack to the vibrant café scene too, focused along the banks of the rushing Salzach, and to a walk around the massive Schloss Mirabel and its manicured gardens.

Of course, many come to Austria to experience the Alps, following in the footsteps of the cast of The Sound of Music in trotting above the clouds through gently sloping fields of flowers, past ornate churches and flocks of bell-laden goats. The tiny lanes of alpine Innsbruck offer the perfect mountain stereotype, set against a backdrop of soaring peaks and featuring aging palaces, breakneck skiing and a surprisingly lively nightlife. The steep, glacier-carved valleys of the nearby Tyrol district also draw world-class plant and board sliders throughout winter.

Krimml Falls – gushing down the entire length of a sizable mountain valley – is Europe’s biggest and sometimes iciest waterfall. In gentle Bregenzerwald you’ll find pointy limestone peaks and clanging cows, as well as evenings in front of open fires in your own wooden chalet feasting on freshly made local cheese. Back in the valleys, second city Graz is a cultural hub with palaces and hot springs to compliment its characteristic red rooftops and miles of vineyards.

With a lively cultural scene and ambiance that hints at east and west, Austria’s uber-modern stylings don't overwhelmed its classical past. Grateful visitors can explore dreamlike alpine vistas without sacrificing cutting-edge modern hospitality and vivacious city scenes.

Vienna #1 most popular location
Vienna is one of Europe's most classical and refined cities and an absolute must for enthusiasts of classical music and architecture. Its magnificent Habsburgian buildings, Baroque and Rocco…
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Salzburg #2 most popular location
Salzburg, or the princess-filled, castle-skylined fairytale section of an unannounced Austrian Disneyland? Sometimes, it’s honestly difficult to tell the difference: this is a city so steep…
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Solden #3 most popular location
Sölden is a small town in the austrian province Tirol in the west of Austria. The town is a famous ski resort and every year a large number of tourists visit Sölden during winter season.
Innsbruck #4 most popular location
Tucked away in the comfortable confines of the Inn Valley along the Wipptal and Inn Rivers with the Nordkette Mountains rising against the background, Innsbruck sits as one of the largest an…
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Zell am See #5 most popular location
Zell Am See, literally translating to 'Zell at the Lake' is a superb little Austrian town in the state of Salzburg. Nestled between the mountains and by the large lake of Zell it makes for a …
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Lech AM Arlberg #6 most popular location
Mayrhofen #7 most popular location
Mayrhofen is a town in the Austrian Tyrol. It is located in the Ziller River Valley, about an hour away from the city of Innsbruck. In summer Mayrhofen is a great place for hiking. In win…
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Ischgl #8 most popular location
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Kaprun #9 most popular location
Kaprun is town in the province of Salzburg in Austria. This town lies directly to 'Zell am See'. Together these towns form a great touristic region. Kaprun lies directly on the mountain K…
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Saalbach #10 most popular location
nice village in a valley between high mountains together with hinterglemm, nearby zell am see. Best time to go there is in winter for skiing or boarding, in summer a good place to start your…
Neustift im Stubaital #11 most popular location
Graz #12 most popular location
Graz with its population of about 280,000 is Austria's second-largest city and is the capital of the federal state of Styria (Steiermark). Graz is a university town (over 40,000 students) …
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Sankt Anton am Arlberg #13 most popular location
'Sankt Anton am Arlberg' is the German name for what is known in English as 'St Anton'. This is a very popular and beautiful ski resort town located in the western region of Austria in the 's…
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Bad Gastein #14 most popular location
Bad Gastein is a spa town in the Austrian state of Salzburg, situated at the northern rim of the Hohe Tauern national park. It has 5,838 inhabitants. The name "Bad" means "spa", reflecting th…
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Seefeld #15 most popular location
Another of the attractive villages in the Tirol region of Austria.The Casino there is an unique experiance with a charm not experianced in some modern establishments.As a holiday destanation …
Kitzbuhel #16 most popular location
Kitzbuhel is a small town in Austria, best known as the home of the Hahnenkan ski race. In the winter, it is mostly a ski resort, with lots of ski schools, apres ski bars, and extremely expe…
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Bad Kleinkirchheim #17 most popular location
Hermagor-Pressegger See #18 most popular location
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Bad Hofgastein #19 most popular location
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Pertisau #20 most popular location
Pertisau is a small cosy village enclosed by the mountains of the Karwendel and a view to the Achensee. It was not overcrowded when we where there. It's a great place to ski, langlauf (cros…
Langenfeld #21 most popular location
Sankt Leonhard im Pitztal #22 most popular location
Gerlos #23 most popular location
Gerlos is a small town in the Austrian Alps in the region Zillertal. It has to offer lots of slopes waiting for skiers and snowboarders. In summer the place is quite and a good place for …
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Tux #24 most popular location
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Villach #25 most popular location
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Fugen #26 most popular location
Fugen is a nice small town in the begining of Zillertal valley. Atmosphere is nice, people are nice and the prices are much smaller than in Mayrhofen. The Hochfugen ski area is one of the bes…
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Kirchberg #27 most popular location
This is a popular village in the kitzbuhler alps in winter, there are a lot of facilities for skiing and snowboarding, laying between the mountains on 864 meters above sealevel, and the top o…
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Lermoos #28 most popular location
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Linz #29 most popular location
Linz is the capital of the Bundesland Oberösterreich/Upper Austria, and Austrias third-largest city. Thanks to its location on the Danube, Linz was and still is a popular trading point. The…
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Millstatt #30 most popular location
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Wagrain #31 most popular location
Soll #32 most popular location
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St. Johann in Tirol #33 most popular location
St Johann is part of the Schneewinkel pass, which offers a total of 182km of runs. Even though Kitzbuhel is only just over the mountain, the two aren't lift-linked due to bureaucratic conflic…
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Ehrwald #34 most popular location
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Fieberbrunn #35 most popular location
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Westendorf #36 most popular location
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Hallstatt #37 most popular location
Hallstatt, with its 900 people one of the most visited towns in Austria. Since 1996 Hallstatt is recoginzed by the UNESCO as world heritage. Since more than 7000 years people are living he…
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Klagenfurt am Worthersee #38 most popular location
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Mittelberg #39 most popular location
Serfaus #40 most popular location
Serfaus is with the two nearby places Fiss and Ladis a famous ski resort: Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis. Serfaus is also known for its tiny subway system with 4 stations. Because of a car-free zone i…
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Nauders #41 most popular location
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Riezlern #42 most popular location
Riezlern, situated at the start of the valley, is with its local areas Wald, Schwende, Unterwestegg and Egg the largest village in Kleinwalsertal. It contains the offices of the Gemeinde, who…
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Dorfgastein #43 most popular location
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Obertraun #44 most popular location
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Bad Mitterndorf #45 most popular location
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Mallnitz #46 most popular location
Bregenz #47 most popular location
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Bad Ischl #48 most popular location
Bad Ischl is the main town of the Salzkammergut, where salt was (and stil is) mined and processed, Austrian since the 13. century. The heyday of Ischl starts in the 19th century. 1823 was the…
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Faak am See #49 most popular location
Dornbirn #50 most popular location
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