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Architecture in Austria

To visit Austria is to experience brilliant architecture in dramatic landscapes. Whether you travel through Austria's picture perfect countryside or stay in its imperial cities - architectural masterpieces are to be found everywhere.

Key Architectural Styles in Austria:

Belvedere Palace, Vienna © Österreich Werbung /  Popp-Hackner Belvedere Palace, Vienna © Österreich Werbung / Popp-Hackner

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
Vienna's 'Ringstrasse' boulevard © Wien Tourismus / Christian Stemper Vienna's 'Ringstrasse' boulevard © Wien Tourismus / Christian Stemper

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
Secession Wiener Moderne © Wien Tourismus / Christian Stemper Secession Wiener Moderne © 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
Graz Art Museum © Graz Tourismus  / Harry Schiffer Graz Art Museum © Graz Tourismus / Harry Schiffer

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.

An Architectural Round-Trip Through Austria

Architecture in Austria

Magnificent Melk Abbey in Lower Austria © Österreich Werbung /  Homberger Magnificent Melk Abbey in Lower Austria © Österreich Werbung / Homberger

Melk Abbey - A Baroque Jewel

When the rising sun illuminates Melk Abbey, a colossal and wonderfully beautiful monument is brought to life. Melk Abbey is the symbol of the Wachau Valley and its steep, terraced vineyards overlooking the Danube.
Austria’s largest baroque structure
Modern architecture in Vorarlberg © Österreich Werbung / Hiepler-Brunier Modern architecture in Vorarlberg © Österreich Werbung / Hiepler-Brunier

Modern Architecture in the Alps

At first it sounds improbable: Vorarlberg - a small, mostly rural state in the middle of the Alps - has become one of Europe's leading regions for modern art and architecture.
Quite astounding
Nordkette funicular station Hungerburg © TVB Innsbruck / Christof Lackner Nordkette funicular station Hungerburg © TVB Innsbruck / Christof Lackner

Modern Design in Tirol

The amorphous, glowing glass structure is one of the stations on the Nordkettenbahn, designed by architect Zaha Hadid. It is a 100-year-old mountain railway, which has now four uniquely designed stops.
Grand designs
Ikarus Hangar 7 © Helge Kirchberger Ikarus Hangar 7 © Helge Kirchberger

Architectural Highlights in Austria

Austria’s architecture includes imposing imperial buildings, art-deco creations and contemporary masterpieces. We invite you on an architectural round trip.
An architectural round trip of Austria
Schoenbrunn Palace and the Gloriette © Österreich Werbung / Julius Silver Schoenbrunn Palace and the Gloriette © Österreich Werbung / Julius Silver

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