Top 10 Must-Visit Attractions in Austria

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Austria is the Schönbrunn Palace, Hohensalzburg Fortress, Hofburg Palace, Salzburg Cathedral, and St. Stephen's Cathedral. The Schönbrunn Palace is located in the southwest of Vienna, the capital of Austria. It is a Baroque architectural masterpiece and was once the palace of the Holy Roman Empire, the Austrian Empire, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and the Habsburg dynasty. This article will introduce you to the top ten most popular tourist attractions in Austria, hoping to be helpful to you.

Mei Quan Palace

Schönbrunn Palace is a baroque art architecture located in the southwest of Vienna, Austria. It was the imperial palace of the Holy Roman Empire, the Austrian Empire, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and the Habsburg dynasty. The palace is named after the beautiful spring water enjoyed by Holy Roman Emperor Matthias during a hunting trip in 1612. Today, Schönbrunn Palace is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Vienna and is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Lake Haltstadt

Hallstatt town is located in the Salzkammergut region of Upper Austria, near Hallstatt Lake, at an elevation of 511 meters. As of December 2005, the town had 923 residents, and by 2015, it had increased to 1221 residents. The "Hall" in Hallstatt's name may come from the Celtic word for "salt," as there used to be salt mines nearby, which made the area wealthy in history due to salt. Therefore, Hallstatt is also known as the "most beautiful town in the world" or the "oldest salt town in the world."

Hofburg

Hofburg Palace is the palace of the Habsburg dynasty in Austria, located in the center of Vienna. From 1275 to 1913, the palace underwent multiple renovations and expansions, eventually forming its current layout, including 18 wings, 19 courtyards, and 2500 rooms, resembling a massive maze. The palace is divided into the Upper Residence and the Lower Residence, each with its own garden. The Upper Residence serves as the emperor's offices, reception area for guests, and venue for grand events, while the Lower Residence is the residential area for the royal family.

Salzburg Cathedral

Salzburg Cathedral is the largest church in Salzburg, Austria, built in the 17th century and in the Baroque style. It is the most important religious building in the old town of Salzburg and serves as the center of Catholicism in the city. The cathedral's earliest construction dates back to the year 774 AD, during the time of St. Virgil (745-784 AD). Since its completion, the cathedral has had close ties with the papacy and royalty.

St. Stephen's Cathedral

St. Stephen's Cathedral is a famous building on the Vienna Ringstrasse, renowned worldwide and a symbol of Vienna. It is located in the center of Vienna, hence known as the "heart of Vienna". The construction of St. Stephen's Cathedral began in the late 12th century, and its towering spire reaches a height of 137 meters, second only to the Cologne Cathedral in Germany. The architectural style of the entire cathedral is quite unique, blending various different style elements. The main entrance facing west is in Roman style, the spires are typical Gothic, and the altar showcases the characteristics of Baroque style. These different architectural styles are cleverly integrated in the cathedral, resulting from over four centuries of reconstruction and restoration, also reflecting the wisdom and talent of the Viennese people in coordination and fusion.

Golden hall

The Golden Hall, also known as the Great Hall of the Musikverein, is one of the famous concert halls in Vienna and the world. It is a combination of ancient and modern elements, with a rich history. The Golden Hall has 1,744 seats and 300 standing places, and it is the permanent venue for the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

7. Meijing Palace

Belvedere Palace is a historic complex of buildings in Vienna, Austria, consisting of the Upper Belvedere, Lower Belvedere, Orangery, and Palace Stables. It is located in the southeastern part of the city center's third district, surrounded by a Baroque-style park landscape. The Belvedere Palace also includes the Austrian Belvedere Art Museum. The palace courtyard is situated on a gentle slope, featuring ornamental fountains, waterfalls, Baroque-style sculptures, and magnificent iron gates. This Baroque palace used to serve as the summer residence of Prince Eugene.

Vienna State Opera

The Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper) is one of the world-renowned opera houses and is known as the "center of the world opera". It is also one of the main symbols of Vienna. Built in 1861, the Vienna State Opera is one of the four largest opera houses in the world and took 8 years to construct with a total area of 9000 square meters. It is located on the Ringstrasse in the old city of Vienna and was originally the Royal Court Theater.

Vienna Museum of Art History

The Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien is a famous art museum in Austria, with 8 branches. The main museum is located on Maria-Theresien-Platz in the center of Vienna's Ringstrasse, opposite the Hofburg Palace. The museum was built with funding from the Habsburg family, who ruled Europe for nearly 7 centuries. In addition to displaying the royal collection, the museum also showcases the magnificent artistic heritage of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. There are also 7 branch museums located in Vienna and Innsbruck. Today, the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien is the fourth largest art museum in the world. The museum houses European treasures collected by the Habsburg dynasty over hundreds of years. Works by famous painters such as Rubens, Rembrandt, Dürer, Raphael, and Titian have made this art museum renowned.

10. Karl Church

The facade of this church is in the style of ancient Greek temples, while the side aisles showcase the style of the Italian Renaissance. The dome and the columns on both sides are adorned with exquisite shallow reliefs, which are very eye-catching. The interior of the church is beautifully decorated and solemn, especially the religious murals on the dome, which are lifelike. Visitors can take an elevator to the dome to admire the gorgeous murals up close. At the entrance of the church, there is a broad fountain pool and a park with many small cafes. People often sit here to chat, read or rest.