Austria is a country with so many beautiful and well-preserved old towns and many amazing ski resorts – there is something for everyone that is eager to visit. We wrote a lot about Vienna, the capital, so we will skip it this time and tell you about other amazing towns in this beautiful country. We bring you our list of 5 most beautiful towns in Austria, enjoy and add them to your bucket list.
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Let’s get to know Austria a little more…
Set on the German border, this city with 12 centuries of history is definitely on the top of our list. Actually, it’s not only on the top of our list, but it is also considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in central Europe. If you are a fan of architecture, you will definitely love Salzburg’s well-preserved baroque-styled old town that is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Check out its amazing castles, gorgeous churches, and Mozart’s birthplace and residence and climb up to the Gaisberg Mountain for an adrenaline boost and amazing views.
Alpbach, Tyrolian gem is a smaller place but very popular because of its unique beauty. It is voted to be the most beautiful village in Austria with its typical timber houses and floral decorations, so it’s perfect in the spring and summertime. It’s even more amazing in the winter because if its a famous family-friendly ski resort with over 100 km of ski pistes and 45 lifts – it’s one of our favorite winter destinations.
Graz (Slovene Gradec – a little castle on the top of the hill) is one of our favorite Austrian cities, for sure. It is considered to be the northernmost Mediterranean city with its narrow, cobbled streets and renaissance vibe. Located near borders it took something from Italy, Central Europe, and the Balkans – that is why it feels so Mediterranean and on the other side, much German. The old town feels especially Italian and it’s pretty well preserved – it’s another UNESCO World Heritage site. Also, Graz is the perfect destination if you are a shopping maniac.
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Innsbruck is the capital of the Tyrol region that is set pretty high in the Alps and offers many possibilities in the wintertime, it even hosted the Winter Olympic Games in 1964 and 1975. It has an awesome old town, just like most of the Austrian cities, and it’s one of the main attractions here. In case you get tired of wandering through its streets hop on a cable car and climb up to Nordkette – Austria’s largest Nature Park. You’ll enjoy 20 minutes ride and an amazing view of the city. Or you can go to one of the surrounding ski resorts and enjoy nature and the snow.
On the Hallstatter Lake, surrounded by the gorgeous Salzkammergut Mountains lies one of the most charming Austrian towns – Hallstatt. Once only accessible by a boat or mountain trail, today it’s one of the most popular tourist destinations in Austria and – of course – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s such a small town with so much to offer – amazing cobblestoned streets and squares, 16th-century buildings built in stone and wood, and an adorable shoreline. So picturesque – especially in spring and summer when everything around it gets green.
This is just the top of our list of most beautiful towns in Austria, we could go on and on… Aaand we did — in part two of this blog post. Let us know if we forgot any that are on your list, we would love to know.
If you’d like to explore Austria, but still haven’t been to Vienna, you should check out one of our guides:
Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Vienna
This tour covers historical highlights, reveals fascinating stories, and takes you down a few cobblestone streets that most visitors never see.