• Architecture in Austria

    To visit Austria is to experience brilliant architecture in dramatic landscapes. Learn more about Austrian architectural styles.

    Stift Melk an der Donau
    Stift Melk an der Donau
    Österreich Werbung / Homberger

Baroque: Italian Architects

In the Baroque period, princes and bishops bought architects in the same way as football clubs buy foreign players today, and building à la italianità was all the fashion.

See it here:

  • Salzburg Cathedral
  • Belvedere Palace in Vienna
  • Mirabell Palace in Salzburg
  • St. Florian Monastery in Upper Austria
  • Hof Palace in Lower Austria
  • Leopold Wing of the Hofburg in Vienna

 

Schloss Belvedere, Wien
Schloss Belvedere, Wien
Österreich Werbung / Popp-Hackner
Prinz Eugen-Straße 76, 1040 Vienna, Austria

Viennese Classicism

This era saw an expansion of cities throughout the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the erection of grand buildings, boulevards, plazas, and squares.

See it here:

  • The grand buildings along the Ringstraße (ring road) in Vienna
Wiener Ringstraße mit Parlament, Volksgarten sowie Kunst- & Naturhistorischem Museum
Wiener Ringstraße mit Parlament, Volksgarten sowie Kunst- & Naturhistorischem Museum
Wien Tourismus / Christian Stemper

Art Nouveau (Jugendstil)

An artistic style that originated in Vienna and came to have a considerable influence on Europe and even America was Jugendstil a.k.a. Art Nouveau (1890–1910).

See it here:

  • Secession in Vienna
  • Residential buildings lining Vienna’s Naschmarkt

 

Secession building
Secession building
Wien Tourismus / Christian Stemper

Modern Architecture

Austria has experienced a remarkable architectural awakening in the past decades, giving rise to fantastic futuristic buildings.

See it here:

  • Kunsthaus Graz
  • Lentos Museum and Ars Electronica Center in Linz
  • Hypermodern government district in St. Pölten

 

Austria's westernmost province has become a centre for innovation as well as the source of a new style of wood architecture in Vorarlberg that has spread all over Europe, one that aims for a symbiosis with the surrounding landscape, with the history of the region, and with the identity of the region’s inhabitants.

Kunsthaus Graz aus der Vogelperspektive
Kunsthaus Graz aus der Vogelperspektive
Österreich Werbung / Julius Silver
Graz
  • Festung Hohenwerfen
    Festung Hohenwerfen
    Österreich Werbung / Volker Preusser
  • Stift Melk
    Stift Melk
    Österreich Werbung / Homberger
    Sterngasse 23, 3390 Melk, Austria
  • Schloss Schönbrunn und Gloriette
    Schloss Schönbrunn und Gloriette
    Österreich Werbung / Julius Silver
    Schönbrunner Schloßstraße 47, 1130 Wien