Austria can be found deep within Europe and comes complete with lakes, mountains, beautiful cities and a rich history. It is landlocked between eight other countries and there are plenty of connections via plane, train, bus or car. This makes it an easy destination to visit, especially if you are in a country nearby.

In this post I will suggest five top places that are worth visiting. They are in geographical order from right to left, so you could even consider doing them one by one.

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Here are five top places to visit in Austria.

1. Vienna

Vienna is the capital of Austria found towards the north east of the country.  The city is beautiful and well looked after, and it’s no surprise Vienna is often voted as one of the best cities in the world to live. Everywhere you walk you will find clean well looked after public spaces, the subway is crazy cheap, with a weekly pass only costing €16.20 or €2.20 for a single journey (at time of writing). The city also has plenty of green spaces, official hiking routes and public swimming pools; and what’s more, it’s easy to get there, with international connections through Vienna International Airport, as well as plenty of great bus and train links. Some of the popular attractions include The Rathaus (city hall), Schönbrunn Palace, Belvedere and mighty Stephansdom.

To read our detailed post on Vienna head to City Breaks: Guide to Vienna in 24-48 Hours
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Belvedere, Vienna in the spring
Belvedere in the spring

2. Salzburg

Salzburg is one of Austria’s most popular cities and is famous for being the setting for The Sound of Music (musical play). Overlooking the city is Festungsberg hill and atop the incredible Hohensalzburg, which is an ancient castle and is over 900 years old. The city is also the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the most famous and renowned composers. A walk along the charming streets of Salzburg‘s old town, relaxing by the river, or admiring the views from the many fantastic viewpoints are just a few of the things you can do here.

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Salzburg Skyline, Austria
Salzburg Skyline

3. Hallstatt

Hallstatt is one of the most famous places in Austria, due to its beautiful location and traditional Austrian architecture climbing up the mountain. All year round it makes for one of the most beautiful locations to visit, with stunning colours in the Autumn, often snow in the winter, and beautiful greens in the summer and spring. For anybody who loves beautiful places you can’t go wrong to visit Hallstatt. Here you’ll have the opportunity to go for boat rides, explore by foot, or take the gondola to the summit for spectacular views across the lake.

Read my post on Hallstatt: Hallstatt: A Stunning Austrian Village on the Lake

Hallstatt in the Autumn, Austria
Hallstatt in the Autumn

4. Grundlsee

Grundlsee is in the Salzkammergut part of Austria, almost directly in the middle of the country. It is famous for its lake and beautiful mountains that surround it. Around Grundlsee are plenty of hiking trails you can walk for incredible views and to really get a taste of rural Austria. Close by is Toplitzsee which is another but smaller lake. Here you can get opportunities to dine on the lake or take boat rides and tours to learn more about the area.

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Toplitzsee Lake in Austria
Toplitzsee Lake

5. Innsbruck

Innsbruck is a city located west of the country. Built between a valley, it offers stunning views from the ground level, or high up in the mountains. Some of the popular attractions include Golden Roof, Triumphal Arch, Maria Theresien Strasse, the Imperial Palace and taking the Nordkette cable car up the mountain. Around Innsbruck in the winter you will find opportunities to go skiing, and the city has previously hosted the Winter Olympics in 1964 and 1976, as well as the Winter Paralympics in 1984 and 1988.

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Colourful buildings along the River in Innsbruck
Colourful buildings along the River in Innsbruck


There are lots of other beautiful places to visit in Austria. I hope this post gives you an idea of some of the places to visit. Have you ever been to Austria, and if so where would you recommend?

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  1. I’am only a few hours away from those beautifull places, yet never saw them. It’s a shame we always think we have to travel so far to see something special

    • Mike

      Thanks Wendy. I hope you get a chance to visit some of the suggestions 🙂

  2. These places literally look like a fairytale/ absolutely stunning! Thank you for sharing this route also, I would love to follow it at some point and see all these places for myself!

    • Mike

      You’re very welcome Laura. They definitely are! 🙂

  3. Great tips for great places! I agree, these are really fascinating locations and good of this list is the diversity. Hallstatt looks like my personal favorite, it reminds a bit of some magical elves places from Lord of the Rings 🙂

    • Mike

      Thank you Hendrik. Hallstatt is possibly my favourite too. It’s absolutely stunning and very photogenic.

    • Mike

      Totally, you can easily spend a nice amount of time in each. I agree Innsbruck is fabulous. It’s a place I’d love to visit again.

  4. Austria is such a gorgeous country. Vienna is one of our favorite cities. We really loved the bakeries there. The smell was so amazing we couldn’t resist.

    • Mike

      The bakeries are soo good eh! And the coffee too. Glad you’ve visited Vienna and loved it!

  5. Thanks for sharing! I really want to go to Vienna… and I can’t believe almost that I haven’t been there so far.. I have been in Innsbruck though and it was beautiful 🙂 I liked the golden roof!

    • Mike

      I totally agree, Innsbruck is fantastic. I went in the spring last year but would love to visit again. I hope you visit Vienna at some point. It’s amazing with so much to do and see.

  6. I went to Vienna on a Contiki tour many years ago and remember attending a glass-blowing demonstration and buying Swarovski crystals. I’d love to see the other Austrian places on your list though. They look so beautiful.

    • Mike

      Thank you. That tour sounds really interesting. I haven’t seen anything like that yet so will have to have a look. 🙂

    • Mike

      Thanks so much Carola. Really appreciate your nice words! 🙂

  7. I would love to spend some time in Austria. I would never get tired of the mountains. The subway price does not sound very cheap, though. What would you say about eating out and the cost for accommodation? Nevertheless all of the spots look wonderful!

  8. Stunning photo from Hallstatt, I’m inspired to visit. When I visited Innsbruck my favourite photo was the same one you chose. I was actually in Vienna with my fish eye lens yesterday, I’ve still got to check out my photos and see which is best. I was lucky there was a foot of snow but it meant I couldn’t get reflection pics of Belvedere or Schönbrunn.

  9. Cynthy Barnes

    Salzburg is my favorite place on earth. It’s a beautiful city that I have visited many, many times. I was fortunate enough to get to live in Salzburg and study there for a semester with my university back in (gulp…could it be this long ago?) 1964. The Sound of Music was being filmed then and one of our professors from the college here was Robert Wise’s first cousin. Wise was the director of SOM, so some of the students in our group got to be extras in the filming if they had already bought dirndls or lederhosen. They had to be in complete costume. Very exciting. I was standing about 8′ from Julie Andrews as she finished the filming of the Do-Re-Me song on the steps of the Mirabell Palace garden. We students got to watch a lot of the filming if our studies didn’t interfere. There is so much to see and do in and around Salzburg that I could spend a whole year there now and still not be ready to leave. I have many great memories of that semester and of the city called the Rome of the North…Salzburg!

    • Mike

      Thanks for your amazing comment. That must have been amazing to be living in Salzburg during the filming of The Sound of Music. I didn’t know it was called Rome of the North. That’s quite nice. I hope you visit Salzburg again soon! 🙂

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