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Austria is a country packed full of photogenic and beautiful places to visit. From grand cities with palaces and baroque architecture, incredible lakes, mountains and scenic landscapes. In this article, you’ll find picture inspiration on where to go. This isn’t an exhaustive list as there are so many other places! But for now keep scrolling. Here are photos of beautiful places to visit in Austria.

Vienna

Starting with the capital Vienna which is full of baroque architecture, palaces, beautiful parks and historical monuments. There are tons of Vienna posts on my website, which tell you the best photography spots, things to do, tips for visiting and more.

Vienna in the summer

Grüner See

Grüner See is Austria’s Green Lake and is famous for being an incredible colour and having water from snow that melts from the nearby mountains. Read more: Visiting Grüner See – One of Austria’s Most Beautiful Lakes

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Gruner See, Austria

Hallstatt

Hallstatt is one of the most popular lakeside villages in Austria and is so famous that the Chinese have created a replica. It is extremely picturesque and perfect for those wanting to see one of Austria’s most beautiful destinations.

Hallstatt Lake, Austria in the autumn

Wachau Valley

Quite close to Vienna and a perfect day trip, is to go on a cruise on the Danube along the Wachau Valley. This area is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and on a tour you’ll see hills, vineyards, castles and lots of stunning natural scenery.

Wachau Valley, Austria

Melk

Also along the Wachau Valley is the small town of Melk. This charming town is fantastic to visit and one of the highlights is the 11th-century abbey that is perched high over the town.

Melk, Austria

Bad Gastein

A great place to go for skiing, snowboarding, or just to relax is Bad Gastein. With its huge 208km ski area and incredible scenery, you may find yourself having one of your best winters yet.

Stubnerkogel, Gastein, Austria

Salzburg

Salzburg is another one of Austria’s most famous and beautiful cities. It is also the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and a film location for the Sound of Music film. It’s fantastic to visit at any time of year, but at Christmas I think it’s one of the most beautiful cities in Europe to visit.

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Getreidegasse, Salzburg at Christmas

Innsbruck

Towards the far west of Austria is Innsbruck, the capital of the Tyrol State, and a city nestled in the Alps with mountains all around. One of my favourite places in this city was along the river with these colourful facades and the mountains in the background.

Innsbruck, Austria - Buildings and mountains along the river

Zell am See

Zell am See is in the SalzburgerLand district of Austria and is south of Salzburg. As well as the lake you’ll be able to head up to Schmittenhöhe for skiing and snowboarding in the winter, or paragliding, views and hikes in the summer.

Views of Lake Zell, Austria at Sunset

Kaprun

Also near Zell am See is Kaprun, which is at the base of the Kitzsteinhorn glacier. A few great attractions in Kaprun include the stunning Lake Klammsee and also the very cool Sigmund-Thun Klamm Gorge.

Sigmund-Thun Klamm Gorge, Kaprun

Obertauern

Another fantastic destination south of Salzburg is Obertauern, which is perfect for skiing and snowboarding. It’s also incredibly scenic and photogenic!

Obertauern Resort, Austria

Saalachtal

Just west of Salzburg is Saalachtal which consists of four rural communities. It makes for a great place to see landscapes, gorges, mountains and lots of Austrian cows (see below). It’s also a great location for adventure activities, such as rock climbing, white water rafting and hiking.

Cows in Saalachtal, Austria

Kahlenberg

Kahlenberg is in the hills above Vienna, and are perfect for hiking, visiting vineyards, sipping local wine and enjoying scenic views.

Kahlenberg, Autumn in Austria

Grundlsee

Grundlsee is a beautiful lake in the Styria state of Austria. Also nearby is the smaller Toplitzsee (lake) where you can go on boat tours and see some hidden gems.

Grundlsee in Austria

Other places worth noting

Although I haven’t been to these destinations yet you may also like:

  • Graz – One of Austria’s biggest cities
  • Krimml Waterfalls – At a height of 380 meters this is Austria’s highest waterfall
  • Neusiedler see – Austria’s largest lake and just south of Vienna

By: Mike Clegg/ www.travelanddestinations.com

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