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    • City holidays in Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien (Art History Museum) / Vienna
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    City Breaks in Summer - Your Cultural 'Lebensgefühl'

    The Austrian cultural summer hits right at the heart: city breaks guiding you in pulsating quarters, into museums and to the most famous sights. Austria's cities surprise and make curious – and even make you hungry for more. #feelAustria

    Leopold Museum exterior view / Leopold Museum Vienna

    Sights & Historic Treasures in Austria

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    Binge Watching: Culture with Passion

    People with a love of art, culture and city trips know the feeling of literally sinking into excitement: Painting in museums, fascinating and captivating. Living history in castles and palaces. Paths in historic towns that cast a spell over you. Heart palpitations included! Art and culture are, after all, among the most important parameters of being human. They transport you to another world, inspire mind and soul - and often your own creativity. The multitude of cultural offers is typical for Austria. The term binge-watching is on the tip of the tongue: the devotion to the breathless visual experience. For those who love to soak up art and culture, city breaks in Austria are just the ticket. This is a holiday where your heart beats to the rhythm of the city.

    How about a city trip to Graz, for example, bursting with sights? A walk up the Schlossberg, past the clock tower, with a view of Graz's old town. Or would you rather go to Vienna, the proud cultural capital of Austria - history and stories around every corner. To marvel in front of genuine masterpieces by Schiele, Klimt and Lassnig is incomparable. And to feel the soul of the cities, a visit to a coffee house should definitely be on the daily agenda. #feelAustria

    Every day we should listen to at least one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words.

    Musikverein Vienna
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    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    City Breaks - At the Museum

    Leopold Museum - exhibition view / Leopold Museum Vienna
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    For Lovers of Schiele and Klimt

    The Leopold Museum

    With its 6,000 works, the Leopold Museum houses one of the world's most important collections of Austrian art from the second half of the 19th century and Modernism. The creators, Rudolf and Elisabeth Leopold, put together this unique collection, which includes the largest and most important Schiele collection in the world, various masterpieces by Gustav Klimt, as well as furniture and decorative works from the Art Nouveau and Wiener Werkstätte (Viennese Workshops) movements, over the course of five decades.

    The Leopold Museum is showcasing impressive special exhibitions in 2023, one of them being "Amazing - The Würth Collection", which is one of the largest private collections in Europe. Another one highlights the works of "Max Oppenheimer", an Expressionist pioneer.

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      The Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna

      The Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna is not just a place for art – it is an artwork in itself, displaying objects from seven millennia.
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    •                         Belvedere Vienna _ Klimt _ Kiss
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      Belvedere Palace, a Cultural Institution

      The two palace complexes, among the most important ensembles of the Austrian Baroque, are home to the world's largest Klimt painting collection.
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      Albertina: Classic to Modern

      A unique melange of modern exhibition house and historic palace, binge-watching is highly encouraged! Art lovers can look forward to a journey through time.
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    Good Vibes for your 'Lebensgefühl'

    Graz, Clock Tower on the Schlossberg
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    From the Middle Ages into the Present

    Arts and Culture in Graz: An affair of the Heart

    The Graz Clock Tower sits on the Schlossberg, high above the UNESCO World Heritage city. From here, hearts beat faster at the view of the historic roofs of Graz's old town. Historical monuments meet modern architecture here. For example, the Kunsthaus Graz, affectionately called the "Friendly Alien" by the people of Graz. Or Graz Castle, which houses the Gothic double spiral staircase. Because of its idiosyncratic construction, it is often interpreted as a symbol of eternity and is one of the most important Gothic staircases in Europe. For insiders, it is also known as the "staircase of reconciliation": Separate paths always lead back together here.

    But Graz also more than lives up to its reputation as the "City of Design". In the creative quarter around Lendplatz, connoisseurs browse for unusual design products and enjoy life in the hip cafés.

    Visit Graz - a Love that Remains
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    Salzburg costume
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    A Unique City

    Immerse Yourself in Salzburg's Joie de Vivre

    Salzburg owes its worldwide fame to the incomparable charm of the city, the scenic beauty of its surroundings and the coincidental fact, that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born here in 1756.

    The city has so many facets, from the beautiful architecture, which got it on the UNESCO World Heritage List, to being the "City of Music" not only during the Salzburg Festival season, magnificent gardens to wander in like the Mirabell Gardens, and interesting museums to visit like Hangar-7.

    Salzburg of course also provides for your taste buds, with beautiful centuries-old coffee houses, and a history of beer-brewing, dating back more than 600 years.

    Salzburg - The Best of Two Worlds
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      Summer Feelings in Vienna

      Preserving traditions, yet making room for the modern: Vienna is full of life and constantly evolving, whilst taking good care of its historic treasures.
      Vienna
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      Linz in Bright Summer Colours

      Explore Linz on foot, at your own pace. Step by step on a journey of discovery while enjoying the city vibe – what a great plan!
      Linz
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      Innsbruck's Summer Facets

      The city in the Alps has many facets: great for sports, strolling through the Old Town, and experiencing cultural heritage.
      Innsbruck
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      Grandeur of the Lake in Klagenfurt

      Located right by Lake Wörthersee, Klagenfurt wins you over with its pleasant climate and a city centre filled with splendidly decorated Renaissance and Art Nouveau facades.
      Klagenfurt
    •                         Kunsthaus Bregenz / Kunsthaus Bregenz
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      Summer All-Rounder Bregenz

      The city by Lake Constance has both traditional and modern sides: the old city centre in "upper town" and a fresh art mile along the shores of the lake.
      Bregenz
    •                         Herrenplatz in St. Pölten
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      St. Pölten in Full Bloom

      The Baroque city centre with its centuries-old buildings, enchanting houses, cafés, and bars is a popular city trip destination.
      St. Pölten
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      Summer in Eisenstadt

      Austria's smallest provincial capital has a lot to offer, from the beautiful Esterházy Palace to lush wine growing regions in its surroundings.
      Eisenstadt

    City Breaks - At the Coffee House

    Enjoying the atmosphere in a Viennese coffee house
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    Time to Linger

    Austrian Coffee House Culture

    Coffeehouses belong to Vienna like Mozart belongs to Salzburg. However, most people don't just stop at one of the time-honoured, elegant cafés to get their caffeine fix. Spending time at the coffeehouse is far more a culture that is all about relaxed contemplation and lively conversation. Marble tables, upholstered sofas, and local and international newspapers in their own bentwood holders are part of the furnishings of the old Viennese coffeehouses. The melange and other coffee specialities are served on a silver tray – always accompanied by a glass of fresh mountain spring water. Social etiquette and the elegance of the waiters dressed in black vests complete the unique atmosphere. They may be a little bit terse, but that's all part of the Viennese charm. The love for coffeehouses is present in other Austrian cities too, and you will find plenty of trendy cafés across the country.

    The Viennese coffee house is a special kind of institution that cannot be compared to any other in the world.

    Culinary delights - Melange (Viennese coffee specialty)
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    Stefan Zweig (1881 - 1942)

    City Breaks - Small Historic Towns

    View of the city of Steyr
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    Culture – Silent Yet Significant

    Secret Trails Through Small Historic Towns

    Those seeking a quieter pace need look no further than Austria's Small Historic Towns, scattered throughout the country like precious gemstones. Towns such as Bludenz in Vorarlberg, Bad Ischl in Upper Austria or Hallein near Salzburg invite visitors to share their history, hospitality, and romantic flair.

    We recommend three routes for a round trip through Austria, which lead past the loveliest Small Historic Towns – where the clocks tick slower, such as in the narrow streets of Kufstein or in the more than 1,000-year-old town of Steyr in Upper Austria and its historic square that is one of the most well-preserved in the German-speaking area. Another route begins in the spa town of Baden, known for its 19th century Biedermeier buildings.

    Small Historic Towns
    •                          Night watchman of Bludenz
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    •                         Kaiserbummel in Bad Ischl / Bad Ischl
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    •                         The Baden Theatre, Baden bei Wien
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    • Bludenz, Radstadt, Wolfsberg

      It's impression after impression on the tour from Bludenz to Radstadt and Wolfsberg.

    • Braunau, Gmunden, Steyr, Bad Ischl

      The journey into the imperial period begins in Braunau, the oldest town in Upper Austria's Innviertel, and ends in Bad Ischl, passing by Gmunden and Steyr.

    • Baden, Freistadt, Schärding, Hallein

      This route begins in the spa town of Baden, 26 km south of Vienna and in the middle of the sun-kissed, wine-growing thermal region of the Vienna Woods, and ends in Hallein, passing by Freistadt and Schärding.

    City Breaks - The Green Outdoors

    View of Volksgarten, museums and parliament in Vienna
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    Take a Deep Breath in Austria's Cities

    Green Oases and Climate Culture

    In urban spaces in particular, we are always looking for places to take a deep breath and relax. There are plenty of such spots to be found in Austria's cities, in the shape of green oases, parks, and local recreation areas. There are also large meadow areas and avenues of trees to help against the summer heat in the city.

    Because the city and recharging your batteries outdoors are not a contradiction, but rather an exciting symbiosis. From invigorating spots to innovative green projects within the urban environment – the power of nature is ever-present.

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      A Peaceful Walk on Salzburg's City Mountain

      The path that leads up Salzburg's city mountain is as unspectacular as it is wonderful. Because you always find yourself surrounded by silence at the top.
      Mönchsberg
    •                         Empress Elisabeth Monument in the Volksgarten, Vienna
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      Vienna – The World's Greenest City

      The greenest city with parks, green spaces, renewable energy, public transport, and markets.
      Greenest City

    Guest Cards all over Austria

    See a lot and save money at the same time: The discount cards of the federal provinces and regions give you access to countless sights, public transport and events free of charge or at a significantly reduced rate.

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      Vienna

      Your key to unlimited sightseeing: sights, use of public transport and many discounts offer a lot of Vienna for little money.

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      Burgenland

      The Burgenland Card and the Neusiedler See Card offer admission and discounts at over 200 destinations. Most boat trips are even half-price.

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      Carinthia

      Hundreds of excursion destinations can be visited as often as you like. Whether cable cars, panoramic roads or boat trips. Numerous museums, animal parks and other leisure activities round off the offer.

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      Lower Austria

      The Niederösterreich-CARD and the Wilde-Wunder-Card (Wilde Wonders Card) guarantee over 300 excursion destinations within one year with reduced or free admission.

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      Upper Austria

      365 days a year, guests enjoy numerous discounts or free admission to museums, sights and leisure activities with inclusive partners.

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    •                 Salzburg in autumn, view from Kapuzinerberg to the old town with fortress Hohensalzburg / Kapuzinerberg
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      SalzburgerLand

      Numerous sights and attractions - museums, mines, castles and cable cars - await you in SalzburgerLand. Public transport and the Grossglockner High Alpine Road included.

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      Styria

      The range of advantage cards in Styria makes you want to discover! Nature experiences, culture, culinary delights and thermal spas can be excellently combined in this region.

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      Tirol

      Tirol attracts visitors with numerous free guest cards that open the door to a wide range of leisure activities: Public transport, museums and discounts on cable cars are usually included.

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    •                 The Bregenz Festival / Festspielhaus, Bregenz
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      Vorarlberg

      Guests enjoy offers and discounts with the regional Vorarlberg Inclusive Cards. For example, the VAL BLU amusement park, a boat trip on Lake Constance or a ride on the Pfänderbahn.

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    6 Questions and Answers about Binge Watching in Austria's Cities

    What can we do to protect the environment on a city break?

    Climate Protection Tips

    • Arrival and departure to and from Austria by train
    • Use of public transportation: underground/tube, tram, busses, trains
    • Rent a city bike
    • Use the bike rental at your hotel
    • Use refillable water bottles
    • Dispose of everything that you brought with you (tissues, packaging materials, disposable bottles)
    • Do without daily room cleaning and towel change
    • Never throw hygiene products into the toilette, but into the waste bin
    Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) Cityjet at Salzburg
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