• Architecture in Austria

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

    Magnificent Melk Abbey in Lower Austria

    Magnificent Melk Abbey in Lower Austria

    Österreich Werbung / Homberger
    Melk, Lower Austria

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

 

Belvedere Palace, Vienna

Belvedere Palace, Vienna

Austrian National Tourist Office / Popp-Hackner

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
A great view over Vienna Volksgarten, a public garden

A great view over Vienna Volksgarten, a public garden

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.

Birdseye view of the Kunsthaus Graz also called the friendly alien

Birdseye view of the Kunsthaus Graz also called the friendly alien

Austrian National Tourist Office / Julius Silver
Graz
  • Hohenwerfen Fortress

    Hohenwerfen Fortress

    Österreich Werbung / Volker Preusser
    Werfen
  • Melk Abbey in the Wachau Valley

    Melk Abbey in the Wachau Valley

    Österreich Werbung / Homberger
    Melk
  • Schoenbrunn Palace and the Gloriette

    Schoenbrunn Palace and the Gloriette

    Austrian National Tourist Office / Julius Silver
    Schloss Schönbrunn