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Austria is a country that is as well known for its scenic beauty as it is for its culturalactivities. Situated in the Alps, it is a very popular
place with skiers and hikers, but it is alsoa country that gave the world an important
musical heritage, ranging from the classicalcomposer Mozart to the Strauss waltzes and
the Von Trapp family whose story was toldin The Sound of Music. Here’s a look at the best places to visit in Austria. Number 10. Bad Gastein.     Located in Hohe Tauern National Park, thespa town of Bad Gastein is well known for its Belle Époque buildings surrounded by
mountains and fog-free air. At 3,000 feet above sea level, visitors flock
to Bad Gastein to breathe the pure mountainair, soak in its hot springs and partake of
spa treatments. Bad Gastein also is popular with outdoorsmen,

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who like to ski in the winter and hike orbike mountain trails in the summer. Number 9. Worthersee. Carinthia’s biggest lake, Worthersee is one of Austria’s most famous summer destination. It appeals not only to those who want to canoe
across the lake, but also spelunkers who willwant to check out several caves, including
Griffen Stalactite Cave, which is consideredAustria’s most colorful cave. Those who enjoy visiting cathedrals won’t
want to miss the Cathedral of Gurk, whichdates back to the 12th century, while vintage
car enthusiasts may enjoy a visit to Gmund,birthplace of the Porsche. Number 8. Graz. Students will find a Mecca in Austria’s
second largest city, Graz, which is knownas a city of students, with its six universities
enrolling more than 44,000 students. It also has one of the best preserved old
towns in central Europe, which reflects theculture of the Balkan States and Italy. The city is filled with numerous museums,
ranging from art to armory.  

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Living up to its reputation as a City of Culinary
Delights, Graz offers a wide variety of internationalcuisines. Cooks may want to bring home a bottle of pumpkin
seed oil, a local product, after touring asummer farmer’s market. Number 7. St Anton am Arlberg. St Anton am Arlberg is widely regarded as
the leading ski resort destination in Austria. Located in Tyrol, this village offers serious,
legendary ski terrain that caters for a mixedlevel of abilities. Often attracting adventurous youths, St Anton
is notorious for living up to the saying “workhard, play hard”. The vast landscape welcomes its loyal winter
crowd, as well as its summer mountaineers,who come to trek the landscape each year. Number 6. Wachau. With the Danube River running through it,
the Wachau Valley is a popular tourist destinationin southern Austria. The town of Dunstein is well known as the
place where Duke Leopold V held the Britishking, Richard the Lion-Hearted, prisoner for
several years in the late 12th century whilethe town of Melk is renowned for its beautiful
Benedictine abbey. Wachau is also known for its wines, as well
as fruits such as apricots. The valley has more than 500 historic monuments,
so tourists are going to have to make sometough choices. Number 5. Zell am See. Zell am See, located in the state of Salzburg,
is another well known tourist destination,famous for its mountains and lakes. Once governed by French troops back in the
early 19th century, Zell am See has hostedseveral international skiing competitions. Off the ski slopes, one of its most famous
attractions is the Romanesque St.  Hippolyte’sChurch, with an elevated walkway that dates
back to the early 16th century. Zell am See is also a good starting point
for the Grossglockner Alpine Road, a panoramicroad famous for its high alpine scenery. Number 4. Innsbruck. Innsbruck, with a name that translates as
“bridge over the inn,” is an all-seasontourist destination. It is internationally known for its winter
sports, having hosted the Winter Olympicsin 1964 and 1976. But this Tyrolean city offers more than just
great skiing. It offers a good mix of cathedrals, such as
Hofkirche, which houses the tomb of EmperorMaximilian I; the Schloss Ambras, which has
a collection of paintings and armor; and theBell Museum, a nod to 400 years of bell-making. Number 3. Salzkammergut. Salzkammergut is a beautiful resort area that
starts with Salzburg and heads east into aland of lakes. Sparkling clean lakes, green hills, wonderful
mountains, romantic towns like St. Wolfgangand Hallstatt make up this region. Travelers who have seen the movie The Sound
Of Music will know what this lake region lookslike, because that movie was filmed in and
around the city of Salzburg and the neighboringSalzkammergut region. The resort area is popular with sunbathers
as well as visitors who seek relaxing spatreatments. Visitors can join in the relaxed moods by
donning the ever-popular resort wear, lederhosenfor men and dirndl outfits for women. Number 2. Salzburg. Situated in central Austria, near the German
border, Salzburg is probably best known asthe birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Travelers come to Austria’s fourth-largest
city to view the sights that inspired suchunforgettable music. With its hill-topped medieval fortress, picturesque
Altstadt old town and breath-taking Alpinescenery, Salzburg is one of the most popular
destinations in Austria. For those seeking to relive scenes from the
movie “The Sound of Music”, must-see attractionsinclude the 17th-century Baroque Mirabell
Palace and Gardens and the von Trapp family home, which is now a hotel. Mozart aficionados can visit his birthplace
as well as a reconstruction of his homeNumber 1. Vienna. Elegant waltzes and Johann Strauss immediately
come to mind when one thinks of Vienna, thecapital of Austria and its largest city; the
city still holds more than 200 balls eachyear. But the city also is known for other classical
composers such as Mozart, Brahms, Beethovenand Schubert. T ravelers can take a break from music by visiting
the Hofburg, which houses the Hapsburg rulers’imperial jewelry, and the Kunsthistorisches,
a museum that has an outstanding collectionof paintings by old masters. Vienna is also famous for its cafes where
travelers can rest their weary feet whiledeciding which museum or park to visit next.   AfricAsiaEuro