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6 Picturesque Cities to Visit in Austria

by Angelique Platas

Feb 18, 2020

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Destinations / Europe

Austria is one of those classically stunning Alpine countries in Europe where every city offers its own quaint, stunning appeal. The landlocked country is tucked away enough to have an off-the-beaten-path appeal, but with bustling cities boasting both metropolitan escapes and small-town charm.


Include these must-visit cities in Austria on your list for your next culture-laden getaway with the family. Expect obvious nods to the country’s world-class artistic heritage around nearly every corner.



Topping the list, Austria’s capital and all-around incredible city, Vienna is a must visit. Take in the history, architecture and culture visiting landmarks and museums. Stop in every quaint café you see, shop high-end boutiques, enjoy endless city beauty and rest up for the vibrant, avant-garde nightlife.



Tucked away between Vienna and Salzburg along the Danube River is the charming Baroque city of Linz, Austria. Stroll through the cobblestone streets, old city alleys and modern flare of the beautiful northern region. Linz offers travelers a unique look into modern luxury and street art with old-world architecture, endless natural beauty and sweeping views of the Alps.



Located in the southern Austrian province of Styria, Graz is a charming city brimming with activity. Begin your trip in Hauptplatz, the city’s main square. Tour the unique and historic city along walking tours or embark on your own through the medieval town’s shops, restaurants and architecture — just take one look at the town and you’ll get it.


Graz, Austria. Photo: Rbiedermann | Dreamstime.com



As the capital city of the Alps, Innsbruck, Austria, is an ideal destination for outdoor adventurers. Tyrol, famously celebrated as a top winter-sport destination with two Winter Olympics under its belt, is an active traveler’s dream. Calling all outdoor enthusiasts, get your adventure fill at Bergisel Ski Jump and daredevil slopes.



Just on the border of Germany near the Eastern Alps, the medieval city of Salzburg, Austria, is a must-visit for history enthusiasts and aspiring photographers. The timeless charm and ornate architecture speaks for itself in the Old City, or Altstadt.



Conveniently located near Salzburg, explore the picturesque landscape surrounding the tiny village of Hallstatt, Austria. Located along Lake Hallstatt, explore the town’s romantic architecture and breathtaking views — this place is basically a postcard. The 16th–century town of Hallstatt sits at the base of mountains to one side and pristine shores of Lake Hallstatt to the other. Get out on the water by boat ride, or climb the city Skywalk for a bird’s-eye view of the village.


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