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Cities and Culture in Austria

Austrian cities offer a wide range of cultural experiences. From museums and amazing architecture to glorious balls and festivals for all senses - experience the diversity of Austrian culture.

Find Inspiration. A journey through Austria.

Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna © Österreich Werbung / Peter Burgstaller Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna © Österreich Werbung / Peter Burgstaller

A Cultural Intersection

Austria as a European Meeting Place

Austria has an abundance of cultural treasures. This includes its “high culture”, of course, but also its everyday culture and the special lifestyle of the people who live here, the culinary specialities that serve as the landmarks of Austria and its individual regions, and the encounters visitors have with the incomparable people of our country. All of these qualities are so impressive today because they are the result of a great variety of influences from West and East, from North and South. Throughout history, Austria has always played a special role in the centre of Europe: as a bridge-builder, as a meeting place, and as a venue for cultural exchange.

A cultural voyage of discovery

Music & Stage

Sound of Music, Salzburg © Tourismus Salzburg Sound of Music, Salzburg © Tourismus Salzburg

The Sound of Music

The much-loved Sound of Music, based on the life of the Austrian von Trapp family, rings in 50 years in 2015 with a host of special productions and events. Having won 5 Academy Awards, the film's legacy is maybe best measured by its continuing popularity across generations and the visitor interest in Salzburg where filming took place.
Highlights of the jubilee year

Festivals for all Senses

Austria’s diverse cultural offerings include over 200 festivals, stretching from world scale events to small regional gatherings. Many of them make use of Austria’s beautiful surroundings, and most of them offer an outstanding culinary menu to accompany the cultural experience.
Our favourite Austrian festivals
Rock House Salzburg, Stuck Festival © Reptile Youth Rock House Salzburg, Stuck Festival © Reptile Youth

Austria’s Young Vibrant Music Scene

The young music scene in Austria is full of exciting discoveries and a melting pot of influences that result in very distinctive sounds. All across the Austrian provinces, unique artists are rising to international fame.
Austrian music more colourful than ever
Utau Daiku Wiener Saengerknaben © 世界音楽合唱チャリティー協会 Utau Daiku Wiener Saengerknaben © 世界音楽合唱チャリティー協会

Vienna Boys' Choir

The Vienna Boys' Choir is one of the oldest boys' choirs in the world. For nearly five hundred years it has been one of the enduring symbols of Austria and Vienna.
Find out more
Haydn's Birthplace in Rohrau © Österreich Werbung / Mayer Haydn's Birthplace in Rohrau © Österreich Werbung / Mayer

Joseph Haydn: Life and Works

Austrian composer Joseph Haydn was a much loved person, esteemed by his contemporaries, diligent, humorous and affable, unspoilt by his steep climb from humble conditions into the highest social circles.
More on Haydn
Portrait of Franz Liszt  by Henri Lehmann, 1839 Portrait of Franz Liszt by Henri Lehmann, 1839

200 Years of Franz Liszt

More than 200 years ago, Franz Liszt created an entirely new genre of piano music and a groundbreaking compositional style. Guided by his vision of transporting his ideas out into the world, Liszt soon became a cosmopolitan due to his extensive concert tours throughout all of Europe, dazzling audiences with his unique performance style and virtuosity.
Learn more about the composer

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Seasonal Occasions & Traditions

Austrian Christmas Market © Österreich Werbung/ Peter Burgstaller Austrian Christmas Market © Österreich Werbung/ Peter Burgstaller

Christmas Markets in Austria

From the middle of November until the end of the year, Austria is the place to find romantic Christmas Markets. Glistening lights, seasonal treats and snow-covered roofs make for a magical experience in Austria's towns.
Our favourite markets
The Vienna Opera Ball © Österreich Werbung/Lammerhuber The Vienna Opera Ball © Österreich Werbung/Lammerhuber

Vienna's Glorious Ball Season

Ever dreamed about dancing the waltz at one of Vienna's many famous balls? With hundreds to choose from, here are some highlights of the Viennese Ball Season.
Get your tickets now
Acoustic Fireworks Zürs am Arlberg © Lech-Zürs-Tourismus Acoustic Fireworks Zürs am Arlberg © Lech-Zürs-Tourismus

New Year's From Above

High above the rooftops and valleys, visitors to Austria have the most spectacular start to the year. We let you in on the best New Year's celebrations in Austria's cities and on the mountain tops.
Some highlights
Dirndl Grundlsee © Österreich Werbung / Peter Burgstaller Dirndl Grundlsee © Österreich Werbung / Peter Burgstaller

Handcrafts and Traditions

Discover Austria's wealth of traditions, from nearly forgotten handcrafts such as indigo printing to much loved forms of expression including yodeling.
Austria's passion for tradition
Ostereier, gefaerbte Eier (Osterbrauchtum) © Österreich Werbung, Weinhaeupl W. Ostereier, gefaerbte Eier (Osterbrauchtum) © Österreich Werbung, Weinhaeupl W.

Easter Markets in Austria

Easter in Austria brings out more colours than you could imagine. The various Easter Markets invite you to experience regional traditions under the blanket of the delightful spring sunshine, and a grand selection of concerts fill the evenings with musical delight.
Popular Easter Markets
Wedding by Lake Mondsee © TVB MondSeeLand, Mondsee-Irrsee Wedding by Lake Mondsee © TVB MondSeeLand, Mondsee-Irrsee

Weddings in Austria

Have you ever thought about celebrating your big day in Austria? From luxury spa pamper weekends for brides-to-be, to being swept up to the mountain chapel in a wedding gondola, find inspiration here.
The dream place to say I do!

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