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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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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

Cities & sightseeing

View from the Schlossberg, Graz © Steiermark Tourismus / Harry Schiffer View from the Schlossberg, Graz © Steiermark Tourismus / Harry Schiffer

Graz: A multi-faceted and creative town

Small design shops, cafés and museums: Graz offers a lot of cultural highlights. Welcome to this small creative city with its own sculpture park.
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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 GmbH / Bernhard Luck Museumsquartier in Vienna © Vienna Pass GmbH / 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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Austria's Quirkiest City Tours

Sightseeing does not have to be all about following the guidebook in Austria's cities, as those looking for something a little bit different are sure to find out on one of these less conventional tours...
Cities from a different perspective
Bauernmarkt © © Österreich Werbung / Niederstrasser Bauernmarkt © © Österreich Werbung / 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.
Plan your visit
Burg Bernstein © Castello di Bernstein Burg Bernstein © Castello di Bernstein

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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Museumsquartier, Vienna © Österreich Werbung / Thomas Smetana Museumsquartier, Vienna © Österreich Werbung / Thomas Smetana

Cultural Midpoint

From urban space to performance space. The body sculptures of the world-renowned choreographer Willi Dorner and his team of performers are surprising and inspirational.
Culture in Movement
#yearinaustria © Borders of Adventure #yearinaustria © Borders of Adventure

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
#yearinaustria © Borders of Adventure #yearinaustria © Borders of Adventure

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.  
What not to miss
#yearinaustria © Borders of Adventure #yearinaustria © Borders of Adventure

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.  
What not to miss

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Music & Stage

Sound of Music, Salzburg © TSG Tourismus Salzburg GmbH Sound of Music, Salzburg © TSG 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 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.
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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 © © Österreich Werbung / Trumler Portrait of Franz Liszt © © Österreich Werbung / 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.
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

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.
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Acoustic Fireworks Zürs am Arlberg © Lech Zürs Tourismus GmbH Acoustic Fireworks Zürs am Arlberg © Lech Zürs Tourismus GmbH

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

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
Eastermarket in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee © Wörthersee Tourismus / Pixelpoint Multimedia Eastermarket in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee © Wörthersee Tourismus / Pixelpoint Multimedia

Easter in Austria

Visit one of Austria's many colourful Easter markets and discover unique (and curious) regional traditions.  
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hochzeit tirol © Tirol Werbung hochzeit tirol © Tirol Werbung

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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