Situated in central Europe, Austria is landlocked between Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia and the Slovak Republic.

With Vienna as its capital, Austria is known for its rich cultural and historical heritage as well as its breathtaking mountainous and lakeside landscapes offering spectacular scenery.

Austria ranges from the dramatic mountain backdrop of the Alps in the west to the sprawling flat land of the Danube Basin in the east. In the Carinthian, Tyrolean and Salzkammergut regions one can take in the picturesque mountain scenery and glistening lakes, which offer plenty of outdoor activities or perfect sites in which to relax.

The Carinthia province is the warmest and can get quite hot in the summer, here the Lake Worthersee is the perfect site for bathing or trekking, while in winter Bad Kleinkirchheim is one of the most well-known skiing destination.

The region of the Tyrol in the west is a popular destination for walking trails surrounded by the magnificent mountain setting, while the Salzkammergut also provides the perfect site for trekking or cycling through alpine pastures, resplendent landscape and charming villages.

The climate in Austria is a moderate continental one, with warm summer days and cooler nights, while the winters offer plenty of snow and sun.

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    Belvedere Palace, Vienna

    The Belvedere is a historic building complex in Vienna, Austria, consisting of two Baroque palaces (the Upper and Lower Belvedere), the Orangery, and the Palace Stables.

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    Hainburg Castle, Hainburg an der Donau

    The Hainburg Castle stands at the Schlossberg Hill (291 meters above the sea level). Emperor Henry III commissioned the erection of a fortress on the Castle Hill (Schlossberg) in 1050.

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    Halbturn Castle

    Halbturn Castle was built between 1701 and 1711 by Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt as a hunting lodge for Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor.

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    Hofburg Palace, Vienna

    Hofburg Palace is the former imperial palace in the centre of Vienna. Part of the palace forms the official residence and workplace of the President of Austria. Built in the 13th century and expanded in the centuries since, the palace has housed some of the most powerful people in European and Austrian history, including monarchs of the Habsburg dynasty, rulers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

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    Hoher Dachstein

    Hoher Dachstein is a strongly karstic Austrian mountain, and the second highest mountain in the Northern Limestone Alps. It is situated at the border of Upper Austria and Styria in central Austria, and is the highest point in each of those states.

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    Marchegg Castle

    In the 13th century, a fortified city including a moated castle was erected at the place where then, as now, the Morava riverbed disappears around the bend. Marchegg Castle.

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    Niederweiden Palace

    Palace Niederweiden is a baroque palace in Engelhartstetten in Marchfeld in District Ganserndorf (Lower Austria).

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    Old Castle, Kittsee

    The Old Castle Kittsee is located in the market town of Kittsee im Burgenland. It is a listed building. Old Castle Kittsee.

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    Potzneusiedl Castle

    The construction of the present castle had been started on the year 1798 and was finalised in 1808. Partly the walls of the castle are grounded on gothic foundation walls. Potzneusiedl Castle.

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    Rabensburg Castle

    The Rabensburg Castle is a castle in the municipality of the same name Rabensburg in Lower Austria.

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    Schattenburg Castle, Feldkirch

    The first time in history the name of a castle was mentioned was in the chronicle by the monks Ortlieb and Berthold from the year 1138. Muntifurt Castle, mentioned in the first half of the 12th Century, may have housed vassals of the Earl of Bregenz, who ruled over the area at the time.

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    Schonbrunn Gardens, Vienna

    The sculpted garden space between the palace and the Sun Fountain is called the Great Parterre. The French garden, a big part of the area, was planned by Jean Trehet, a disciple of Andre Le Notre, in 1695. It contains, among other things, a maze.

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    Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna

    Schonbrunn Palace is a former imperial summer residence located in Vienna, Austria. The 1,441-room Baroque palace is one of the most important architectural, cultural and historical monuments in the country.

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    The Innere Stadt (Old Town) of Vienna

    The Innere Stadt is the 1st municipal District of Vienna. The Innere Stadt is the Old Town of Vienna. Until the city boundaries were expanded in 1850, the Innere Stadt was congruent with the city of Vienna.

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    Wachau Cultural Landscape

    The Wachau is an Austrian valley with a picturesque landscape formed by the Danube river. It is one of the most prominent tourist destinations of Lower Austria, located midway between the towns of Melk and Krems that also attracts "connoisseurs and epicureans" for its high-quality wines.