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The Green Lake, Tragoess

During the fall and winter, Austria’s Green Lake is a small but scenic body of water surrounded by popular hiking trails. But when the snow on the b ordering mountains begins to melt in the spring, the run-off causes the lake’s water levels to rise. By June, the nearby park becomes completely submerged, making for one of the most unusual diving experiences in the world.


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Schönbrunn Palace

Schönbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the Habsburgs, is Vienna’s most popular tourist attraction, with more than 2.7 million visitors annually. Join the crowds to appreciate the palace’s Baroque architecture, spectacular gardens, and on-site children’s museum.

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Austrian-born artist/architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser was known for his quirky buildings: think uneven floors, tons of bright colors, and live vegetation incorporated directly into the design. For the best example of his style, head straight to Vienna’s Hundertwasserhaus (pictured), an apartment complex built during the 1980s.

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Burg Hochosterwitz

You can’t visit Central Europe without seeing an epic castle or two—and Burg Hochosterwitz, built circa 860, is about as epic as they come. Sitting on a 564-foot-high limestone rock in Carinthia, the castle’s main medieval building, 14 fortified gates, and frescoed chapel are open to visitors from May-October.

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Bregenz Festival, Lake Constance

Lake Constance sits on the border of Austria, Germany, and Switzerland, where people gather during the summer months to sail and swim. If you can only visit once, try to make it during July and August for the annual Bregenz Festival. This performing-arts festival](, founded in 1946, takes opera to a whole new level with a floating stage, pyrotechnics, and innovative productions. (Seriously, you’ve never seen set designs like this before.)

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Made famous by Mozart and the Von Trapps, Salzburg remains popular among music-lovers and tone-deaf travelers alike. Make a point to stop by the city’s UNESCO-listed Old Town, Mirabell Palace and Gardens (pictured), and Bräustübl zu Mülln (Austria’s largest beer hall).

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For some of the best skiing (and après-ski) in the Alps, head to the Arlberg mountain range. Here, you’ll find pristine slopes and well-rounded villages that offer much more than just an occasional funicular lift. We’re particular fans of St. Anton am Arlberg’s modern Alpine architecture and picturesque main street promenade.

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Austria’s second-largest city is often overshadowed by Vienna and Salzburg, but it deserves a spot on your itinerary. Since being named European Capital of Culture in 2003, Graz continues to impress with its combination of cutting-edge buildings and well-preserved Old Town. The surrounding wine country isn’t too shabby, either…



By Lala