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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.

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Cities & Sightseeing

Spring at the Volksgarten in Vienna © Christian Stemper Spring at the Volksgarten in Vienna © Christian Stemper

Vienna: a Green Cultural Oasis

Johann Strauss Jr. immortalised just how blue the Danube is with his world-famous waltz. But just how green the city around it is can still surprise.

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Museumsquartier in Vienna © Vienna PASS / Bernhard Luck Museumsquartier in Vienna © Vienna PASS / Bernhard Luck

Austria’s Culture on the Cutting Edge

Find out what happened when two dancers travelled from one end of Austria to the other with a group of bloggers.
 


 
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Bauernmarkt © Österreich Werbung / Albin Niederstrasser Bauernmarkt © Österreich Werbung / Albin Niederstrasser

Shopping

Visitors will be delighted by the many large malls, small souvenir shops and splendid shopping streets across Austria.
Shop till you drop in Austria
Rudolf's Crown at the Imperial Treasury in Vienna © Österreich Werbung / Lois Lammerhuber Rudolf's Crown at the Imperial Treasury in Vienna © Österreich Werbung / Lois Lammerhuber

Castles and Palaces

Austria is filled with magnificent castles and palaces, grandiose witnesses of a bygone era. Follow the footsteps of emperors and knights and let history come alive.
A grand choice
Foyer of the Albertina Museum © Österreich Werbung / Hans Wiesenhofer Foyer of the Albertina Museum © Österreich Werbung / Hans Wiesenhofer

Vienna for Gay Travellers

Vienna is well known for its music and culture, the coffee houses, opera and its Imperial history, showcased across the city. Vienna’s cultural appeal is, in fact, what draws an ever larger number of gay and lesbian travellers to the city.
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Live in a Castle

Bernstein Castle in southern Burgenland is the closest you will get to living like a medieval knight or maiden.

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A mini guide to Innsbruck

Borders of Adventure discovered a city hugged by the mountain peaks and Alpine meadows, and filled with 800 years of urban history - an accessible nature haven and cityscape in one.

What not to miss
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A mini guide to Salzburg

Borders of Adventure discovered that there's much more to experience here than the birthplace of Mozart and the Sound of Music, although both should be appreciated on your trip.


 
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A mini guide to Graz

Borders of Adventure discovered a world where the artistic modern blends with the traditional and the Mediterranean, with the River Mur cutting the old and new in two.




 
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Music & Stage

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

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
Musikverein Vienna © Österreich Werbung / Sebastian Stiphout Musikverein Vienna © Österreich Werbung / Sebastian Stiphout

A Temple of Music

Vienna’s venerable Musikverein has been offering world-class classical music for 147 years, featuring prominent artists from Anna Netrebko to Riccardo Muti. And behind the scenes, the staff has its work cut out for it.

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Film Festival Rathausplatz, Vienna © Österreich Werbung / Lois Lammerhuber Film Festival Rathausplatz, Vienna © Österreich Werbung / Lois Lammerhuber

Festivals in Austria

Austria’s diverse cultural offerings include over 200 festivals, stretching from world scale events to small regional gatherings.

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
第九で歌うウィーン少年合唱団 © World Music Choir Charity Association 第九で歌うウィーン少年合唱団 © World Music Choir Charity Association

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.
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Haydnsaal: Pannonische Weihnachtsgala © Andreas Hafenscher Haydnsaal: Pannonische Weihnachtsgala © Andreas Hafenscher

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.
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Portrait of Franz Liszt © Österreich Werbung / Gerhard Trumler Portrait of Franz Liszt © Österreich Werbung / Gerhard Trumler

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.
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