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Blick aufs Kräuterwirtshaus Strumerhof © Familie Holzer Blick aufs Kräuterwirtshaus Strumerhof © Familie Holzer

Kräuterwirtshaus Strumerhof

Visitors exploring the East Tyrolean side of the Hohe Tauern National Park are sure to end up in the town of Matrei.
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Gastzimmer im Gasthof Morent © Burda Gastzimmer im Gasthof Morent © Burda

Gasthof Morent

The eating, drinking and accommodation at this simple, and yet incredibly well-appointed inn all take place in an exclusive atmosphere. 
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Blick in die Küche vom Gasthaus Schwan © Günter Eberl, Gasthaus Schwan Blick in die Küche vom Gasthaus Schwan © Günter Eberl, Gasthaus Schwan

Gasthaus Schwan

Gasthaus Schwan has plenty of surprises for guests with its wonderfully fresh and creative kitchen, for example the eight-course wild plant menu.
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Wirtshaus Steirereck am Pogusch © Steirereck, Familie Reitbauer Wirtshaus Steirereck am Pogusch © Steirereck, Familie Reitbauer

Restaurant Steirereck

On the Pogusch, in what used to be considered a rural backwater, a steady stream of celebrities and bon vivants from near and far now gather to enjoy some fine dining.
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Gastgarten vom Rauch-Hof © Rauch-Hof Gastgarten vom Rauch-Hof © Rauch-Hof

Rauch-Hof

The Schilcherland with its vineyards and authentic local wine taverns combines all sorts of delights, and not just of a culinary nature.
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Blick in die Stube © Jagawirt Blick in die Stube © Jagawirt

Country Inn Jagawirt

The Jagawirt, high up in the idyllic Reinischkogel region of western Styria with its beautiful forests and vineyards lives up to its excellent reputation.  
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Hotel Restaurant Krainer Aussenaufnahme © Hotel Restaurant Café Krainer, Kristoferitsch Hotel Restaurant Krainer Aussenaufnahme © Hotel Restaurant Café Krainer, Kristoferitsch

Hotel Restaurant Krainer

The Hotel-Restaurant has become one of the top culinary addresses between Graz and the Semmering.
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Landgasthof Löckerwirt © Leonhard Löcker Landgasthof Löckerwirt © Leonhard Löcker

Country Inn Löckerwirt

The Löckerwirt sources its basic products from its own biological landscape and in the kitchen transforms them into honest, down-to-earth dishes
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Mühltalhof, Oberösterreich © Andreas Balon Mühltalhof, Oberösterreich © Andreas Balon

Mühltalhof

The Mühltalhof in Neufelden is one of those places that’s so good one would much rather keep it a secret.  
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Gastgarten, Die Donauwirtinnen © Die Donauwirtinnen Gastgarten, Die Donauwirtinnen © Die Donauwirtinnen

Donauwirtinnen

The propriertors place special emphasis on offering guests a sustainable dining experience in lovingly furnished surroundings.  
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Gastwirtschaft Floh Hinterzimmer © Gastwirtschaft Floh, Jürgen Skarwan Gastwirtschaft Floh Hinterzimmer © Gastwirtschaft Floh, Jürgen Skarwan

The Floh Inn

Josef Floh, head chef and owner of the Floh in Langenlebarn an der Donau has adopted this strategy and worked his way right into the top category of restaurants in Austria.  
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Michael und Wolfgang Sicher © Fischrestaurant Sicher Michael und Wolfgang Sicher © Fischrestaurant Sicher

Fish Restaurant Sicher

If you’re looking for the finest in fish, you’re sure to find it at Sicher. Char and trout are served up fresh here, and the homemade char caviar is a delicacy known far and wide.  
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Stephanie und Eduard Tscheppe-Eselböck © Gut Oggau Stephanie und Eduard Tscheppe-Eselböck © Gut Oggau

Gut Oggau

Extraordinary atmosphere, high-end biodynamic wines and a small, but delicious Heuriger-style kitchen: Gut Oggau has conquered the hearts and palates of Austrian connoisseurs with this rich combination, and has even made it into a museum in San Francisco!  
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kaunertaler gletscher © Kaunertaler Gletscherbahn / Daniel Zangler kaunertaler gletscher © Kaunertaler Gletscherbahn / Daniel Zangler

Kaunertal nature conservation area

The Kaunertal valley in the Ötztals Alps is dominated by the high mountains. Here stringent environmental regulations have preserved a natural landscape that is guaranteed to take your breath away.  
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Nationalpark Hohe Tauern © Nationalpark Hohe Tauern Nationalpark Hohe Tauern © Nationalpark Hohe Tauern

Hohe Tauern National Park

The vastest National Park in Central Europe covers three federal provinces: Carinthia, Tirol and Salzburger Land.  
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Wanderreiten im Nationalpark Kalkalpen © OÖ Tourismus/Erber Wanderreiten im Nationalpark Kalkalpen © OÖ Tourismus/Erber

Trail riding in the Kalkalpen National Park

The Kalkalpen National Park is one of Austria’s most mysterious landscapes. This secluded mountain and forest area can be best experienced on horseback.  
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Wolf im Wildpark Ernstbrunn © Zupanc Wolf im Wildpark Ernstbrunn © Zupanc

Ernstbrunn Game Park

Wolves at only 50 kilometres from Vienna! Austria’s only wolf research centre is located at the Ernstbrunn Game Park, where this animal species can be excellently watched in the wild
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Speikpflanze in Bad Kleinkirchheim © Kärnten Werbung, Franz Gerdl Speikpflanze in Bad Kleinkirchheim © Kärnten Werbung, Franz Gerdl

Healing power of Nature

The Nock mountains in Carinthia are home to a unique medical plant. Its heady scent and exceptional powers can be felt by hikers exploring the mountains
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Wanderer in der Buckligen Welt © Laschober Wanderer in der Buckligen Welt © Laschober

alpannonia® – hiking without borders

From the sub-alpine slopes of the Semmering region to the Pannonian plain and Hungary: the alpannonia® hiking route. Limitless hiking pleasure, guaranteed
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Kanufahrt auf der Drau, Drautal, Kärnten © Kärnten Tourismus/ Gerdl Kanufahrt auf der Drau, Drautal, Kärnten © Kärnten Tourismus/ Gerdl

Canoeing on the river Drau

It is the ideal means for discovering one of Austria’s last natural paradises: Carinthia’s upper Drau valley
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Blick auf den Sonnenuntergang von der See-Sauna © St. Martins Therme & Lodge, Rigaud Blick auf den Sonnenuntergang von der See-Sauna © St. Martins Therme & Lodge, Rigaud

St. Martins Therme & Lodge

In the Burgenland’s Seewinkel region, where the last hills of the mighty Alps melt gently into the steppe-like plains of Pannonia, one finds the St. Martins Spa & Lodge – an oasis for wellness fans and wildlife friends alike
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Paradeiser Rarität von Erich Stekovics © Stefanie Distler Paradeiser Rarität von Erich Stekovics © Stefanie Distler

Erich Stekovics

In search of lost tastes, Erich Stekovics has collected tomato seeds from around the whole world. Nowadays, he has more than 3,200 old kinds growing on his fields near Lake Neusiedl.  
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Alpinarium Galtür Außenansicht © Alpinarium Galtür Alpinarium Galtür Außenansicht © Alpinarium Galtür

Galtür Alpinarium

The combination of protective walls and exhibition rooms makes the Galtür alpinarium and its architecture unique in Europe today.  
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Klangspuren

Whether you're foraging for mushrooms together with contemporary composers or you’re on the traditional "pilgrimage" that takes you to the different venues over the course of one day, the festival of contemporary music in September has unusual twists and turns.  
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Eröffnung der Styriarte © PhotoWerk, styriarte Eröffnung der Styriarte © PhotoWerk, styriarte

Styriarte

Summer after summer, Nikolaus Harnoncourt invites people to styriarte in Graz. “Old masters, newly interpreted” is the motto of the festival.  
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Stift Admont © Österreich Werbung, Trumler Stift Admont © Österreich Werbung, Trumler

Benedictine Abbey of Admont

A jewel of Baroque meets contemporary art. 70,000 restored books, ceiling frescoes and sculptures in the magnificent library hall face works by Erwin Wurm, Rudi Molacek and Lois Renner
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Schubertiade Hohenems © Schubertiade GmbH Schubertiade Hohenems © Schubertiade GmbH

Schubertiade

For over 25 years, Schubertiade has been mastering the seemingly impossible: maintaining intimacy and being the world’s most important Schubert festival at the same time
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Das Sonus Brass Ensemble am Lünersee © peteionian.com Das Sonus Brass Ensemble am Lünersee © peteionian.com

berge.hören

Hiking with musicians to mountain huts, getting to know their worlds of sound and discovering a source of inspiration – that’s what "berge.hören” in Vorarlberg's Brandner Valley is all about.  
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Alpe Steris im Großen Walsertal, Vorarlberg © Tvb Großes Walsertal Alpe Steris im Großen Walsertal, Vorarlberg © Tvb Großes Walsertal

Walser Autumn

The Walser Autumn Festival calls itself the “The steepest festival deep in the mountains”. And in fact, you can expect pretty much anything at the festival in the biosphere park in the Great Walser Valley.  
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Jazzfestival Saalfelden © Peter Moser Jazzfestival Saalfelden © Peter Moser

Saalfelden International Jazz Festival

The mountain range of the Steinerne Meer, lush green meadows and a lake form the backdrop for Europe’s most important festival for contemporary jazz.  
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Gustav Klimt Zentrum am Attersee © www.klimt-am-attersee.at Gustav Klimt Zentrum am Attersee © www.klimt-am-attersee.at

Gustav Klimt Centre

In Kammer am Attersee, where Gustav Klimt spent his summer holidays, you can now find the Gustav Klimt Centre and an inspiring Klimt-themed path along the picturesque banks of Lake Atter
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Lunzer See im Ötscherland © Österreich Werbung / Weinhäupl Lunzer See im Ötscherland © Österreich Werbung / Weinhäupl

Wellenklänge

Lunz Lake with its crystal clear water and the forests and mountains of the Alpine foothills form the backdrop for a July festival which has committed to the crossover of all style and genres boundaries.  
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Festival Grafenegg © Alexander Haiden Festival Grafenegg © Alexander Haiden

Grafenegg Music Festival

The interaction of culinary delights, the historic castle, landscaped and modern architecture and a world-class range of concerts make the Grafenegg Music Festival a delight for all the senses.  
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Außenansicht vom Museum des Nötscher Kreises © www.fatzi.at Außenansicht vom Museum des Nötscher Kreises © www.fatzi.at

Museum of the Nötsch Circle

Art and province - two terms that exclude each other? Far from it! The history of Austrian visual arts was largely written in the village-like Nötsch in Carinthia.  
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Liszt Festival Raiding © Ulrich Schwarz Liszt Festival Raiding © Ulrich Schwarz

Raiding Liszt Festival

Prodigy, virtuoso pianist, bon vivant and Abbé, citizen of the world and self-proclaimed "gypsy musician". Franz Liszt's music is also as versatile and contradictory as its creator.  
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aida st. margarethen © Thomas Ludwig aida st. margarethen © Thomas Ludwig

St. Margarethen Opera Festival

Bizarre rock formations at Europe's largest natural stage form the stunning backdrop for opulent opera productions every year
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Winterliche Außenansicht © Biohotel Schwanen Bizau Winterliche Außenansicht © Biohotel Schwanen Bizau

Hotel Schwanen Bizau

Old and new, traditional and modern – barely any other region places such emphasis on the interplay of contrasts in architecture as the Bregenzerwald forest region. In Hotel Schwanen in Bizau they go one step further – here the gourmet kitchen prepares medieval recipes.  
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Naturhotel Chesa Valisa

Here everything is 100% environmentally friendly, with clean air, a hygenic altitude, plenty of nature and an optional program of indulgence into the bargain.   
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Posthotel

This hideaway in the Tyrolean mountains sees itself as an exclusive retreat for adults – for guests 14 and upwards – who want to enjoy an intimate romantic break or a relaxing time-out in an exquisite and multi-award winning wellness resort.  
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gradonna neu ansicht winter © Schultz Gruppe / www.schultz-ski.at gradonna neu ansicht winter © Schultz Gruppe / www.schultz-ski.at

Gradonna Mountain Resort, Chalets & Hotel

Wooden tiles on the roof, luxurious comfort beneath the ceiling. Skiing pleasure and intensive recuperation. A cosmopolitan feel together with a local way of life: the Gradonna Resort in Kals (East Tyrol) unites many ways of life in one, and is located just beside the ski run at the foot of the Großglockner mountain.  
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Lanserhof von aussen © Lanserhof Lanserhof von aussen © Lanserhof

Lanserhof

Focus on better health with an individually customized program. The future of lasting well-being can be found in Tyrol.  
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Terrasse bei Nacht © PURESLeben Terrasse bei Nacht © PURESLeben

PuresLeben

Enjoy the luxury of the simple life; live well, eat and drink well and take in the surroundings. A guide to slowing down.  
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Rogner Bad Blumau

The Rogner Bad in Blumau is far more than just a thermal spring. Designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser, the establishment, which is made up of healing springs, a sauna area, hotel and garden, sees itself as a work of art.  
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Außenansicht Naturhotel Waldklause © Naturhotel Waldklause, Auer Gastronomie GmbH & Co KG Außenansicht Naturhotel Waldklause © Naturhotel Waldklause, Auer Gastronomie GmbH & Co KG

Naturhotel Waldklause

When a hotel is chosen three times in a row as “the most beautiful eco-hotel in Europe” by an expert jury from German travel magazine ‘Geo Saison’, it must be something special.  And the Waldklause is!  
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Terrasse vom Seehof © Hotel Seehof Mondsee Terrasse vom Seehof © Hotel Seehof Mondsee

Seehof Mondsee

At one of the most beautiful coves on Lake Mondsee, you’ll find the five-star hotel with its private 300-metre beach, award-winning gourmet restaurant and particularly peaceful park. It’s an oasis of tranquillity with a diverse range of leisure activities on offer.  
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Terrasse mit Blick auf den Fuschlsee © Ebner's Waldhof am See Terrasse mit Blick auf den Fuschlsee © Ebner's Waldhof am See

Ebners Waldhof am See

The fact that it is ideally located on Lake Fuschl, is nearby to the festival city of Salzburg, has the largest private spa in the Salzkammergut and excellent cuisine makes the Waldhof a worthwhile destination at any time of the year.  
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Baumhotel © Baumkronenweg Baumhotel © Baumkronenweg

Baumhotel

Fancy holidaying at lofty heights? Live in a tree house on the longest treetop path in Europe. The scent of wood will follow you for your entire stay – your clothes, backpack and skin will all smell like forest by the end of your first day.
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Almdorf Seinerzeit in den Kärntner Nockbergen © Almdorf Seinerzeit Almdorf Seinerzeit in den Kärntner Nockbergen © Almdorf Seinerzeit

Almdorf Seinerzeit

Holidays in a mountain hut? Behind the authentic Alpine ambience of the Almdorf Seinerzeit, perched high up in Carinthia’s Nockberge, guests encounter a great deal of privacy and even more luxury.
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Forsthofalm © Forsthofalm Forsthofalm © Forsthofalm

Forsthofalm

The Alpine pastures, the quiet and a hint of luxury; a holiday at the 4-star Forsthofalm is a sensual experience. And an unusual one at that. The hotel is contructed entirely out of wood.  
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Winterwandern im Bregenzerwald © Bregenzerwald Tourismus / Ludwig Berchold Winterwandern im Bregenzerwald © Bregenzerwald Tourismus / Ludwig Berchold

Bregenzerwald

This valley, once completely covered by forest, lies between Lake Constance and the Arlberg and is the ideal destination for gourmet holidays amidst pristine nature.
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Blick in Villgratental © Österreich Werbung, Niederstrasser Blick in Villgratental © Österreich Werbung, Niederstrasser

Villgratental

Tranquillity, simple pleasures, the fragrance of flower-strewn meadows and new mown hay, starry skies that city dwellers can only dream of: you will discover the true luxuries of our time, in a mountain valley at an altitude of 1,400 metres, in Villgratental.
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Sofafamilie Amber 2008 © Polka Products / Wittmann Sofafamilie Amber 2008 © Polka Products / Wittmann

Polka Products

Design with a touch of humour is the trademark of product design duo Marie Rahm and Monica Singer, who own the Polka Product Pleasure label.
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Clara Luzia © Sarah Haas Clara Luzia © Sarah Haas

Vienna Song Writing Association hosts the Blue Bird Festival

The Viennese singer songwriter scene comes together every year with international guests to perform at a small but highly acclaimed festival.
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Mutteralmpark © Innsbruck Tourismus Mutteralmpark © Innsbruck Tourismus

Mountain Carts

Ever thought of “racing” down a mountain in a cart with your family? Or how about a culinary highlight of the Alps – Schnaps-tasting.
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Weinbaugebiet in der Wachau © Österreich Werbung/Himsl Weinbaugebiet in der Wachau © Österreich Werbung/Himsl

Wachau

A region which straddles the banks of the Danube, rich in history, blessed with a mild climate and outstanding white wines, the UNESCO cultural heritage site of Wachau is a magical land in every season.
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Grünau im Almtal: Almsee © Karl Redtenbacher Grünau im Almtal: Almsee © Karl Redtenbacher

Grünau im Almtal

The region is as fresh and green as the name promises. Dense forests, tranquil lakes and peaceful places, where you can find some inner harmony and revel in nature’s treasures. A secret hideaway, not just for bird watchers.
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Wirtshaus Steirereck am Pogusch © Steirereck, Familie Reitbauer Wirtshaus Steirereck am Pogusch © Steirereck, Familie Reitbauer

Steirereck

One of the most famous gourmet restaurants of the city can be found in one of the most beautiful parts of Vienna, in the middle of the Stadtpark and on the banks of the river: the Steiereck and its sister establishment, the Meierei next door.
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Kittenberger Erlebnisgärten © Niederösterreich-Werbung/Rita Newman Kittenberger Erlebnisgärten © Niederösterreich-Werbung/Rita Newman

Kamptal Gardens

The gardens of the Kamptal have been especially blessed by nature and 19 unique oases of green can be visited in one of the most beautiful valleys in Lower Austria.
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Mohnnudeln © Waldviertel Tourismus, Christoph Kerschbaum Mohnnudeln © Waldviertel Tourismus, Christoph Kerschbaum

Mohndorf

A small village in the Waldviertel has devoted itself totally to the poppy: the inhabitants of Armschlag have even patented the unique Waldviertel grey poppy seed.
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Kürbiskernöl: Das Grüne Gold der Steiermark © Steiermark Tourismus / Foto: Pixelmaker R. Sommerauer Kürbiskernöl: Das Grüne Gold der Steiermark © Steiermark Tourismus / Foto: Pixelmaker R. Sommerauer

Pelzmann Pumpkin Seed Oil

It’s known as the black gold of Southern Styria: pumpkin seed oil. These days a modest, family-run oil press has become the world’s biggest producer of this delicacy.
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Windmühle im Weinviertel bei Retz © Österreich Werbung/Lehmann H. Windmühle im Weinviertel bei Retz © Österreich Werbung/Lehmann H.

Weinviertel DAC

The most peppery white wine in Austria is grown in the Weinviertel region and, typically for the land north east of Vienna, is made from Grüner Veltliner grapes. It makes both wine professionals and connoisseurs eager to spice up their lives.
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Im Tal der Quellen © TVB Rauris Fotograf Florian Bachmeier Im Tal der Quellen © TVB Rauris Fotograf Florian Bachmeier

Kalchkendlalm – a school on the mountain

Austria’s most unusual school can be found high on a mountain pasture. Visitors can learn about the bread and butter of life in a centuries-old farmhouse.
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