BARBARA GINDL Herberstein Castle The 700 year old Herberstein Castle combines the three stylistic epochs Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque.

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BARBARA GINDL Herberstein Castle The 700 year old Herberstein Castle combines the three stylistic epochs Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque.

© apa / BARBARA GINDL Herberstein Castle

The 700 year old Herberstein Castle combines the three style epochs Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque. The historic garden is a rose paradise. The young visitors should enjoy the adjoining Herberstein zoo. While initially only fallow deer could be seen, today you encounter animals from all continents.

Schönbrunn Castle

Address: Schönbrunn Palace, Schönbrunner Schloßstraße 47, 1130 Vienna Admission: Various ticket models. There is more information

here.

Website:

www.schoenbrunn.at/

© APA / GEORG HOCHMUTH Schönbrunn Palace

It is probably the most famous castle in Austria. In Schönbrunn Palace, visitors can admire the apartments of Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife Elisabeth (Sisi) from the second half of the 19th century and the magnificent apartments of Empress Maria Theresa from the 18th century.

The castle, as well as the wonderful park and the oldest existing zoo in the world, was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1996.

Belvedere Palace

Address: Belvedere Palace, Prinz Eugen-Straße 27, 1030 Vienna Admission: Various ticket models. There is more information

here.

Website:

www.belvedere.at/

© APA / HERBERT NEUBAUER Belvedere Palace

The Upper Belvedere had a predominantly representative function during Prince Eugene’s lifetime. Today it houses the world’s largest collection of Gustav Klimt paintings. Art fans are guaranteed to get their money’s worth here. The complex with its extensive garden is one of the most beautiful baroque buildings in the world.

Porcia Castle

Address: Schloss Porcia, Burgplatz 1, 9800 Spittal an der Drau Entry: Currently no information

schloss-porcia.at

© Shutterstock / Mario Saccomano Porcia Castle

Porcia Castle was built around 1534 and sold to the Italian noble family Porcia in 1662. In the Museum of Folk Culture, you can still marvel at some of the palace’s original magnificent furniture.

Rooms in the castle can be rented for festivities.

Esterházy Palace

Address: Esterházy Palace, Esterhazyplatz 1, 7000 Eisenstadt Entry: Various ticket models. There is more information on this

here.

Website:

esterhazy.at

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Esterházy Palace in Eisenstadt is one of the most beautiful baroque palaces in Austria. Visitors get an impressive insight into the once glamorous life at the court of the Esterházy princes. Culture sounds in the Haydn Hall and the orangery invites you to take a stroll.

Castle place

Address: Schloss Ort, Ort 1, 4810 Gmunden Admission: Various ticket models. There is more information

here.

Website:

schlossort.gmunden.at/

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The Seeschloss Ort is one of the oldest buildings in the Salzkammergut and was mentioned in documents as early as 909 and later in 1053.123essay According to legend, the giant Erla is said to have built the castle for his great love, the Traunseenixe Blondchen. But that’s not the only legend. Follow in the footsteps of this impressive castle. A visit to the tiny island in the Traunsee is worthwhile. And yes, Schloss Ort was the location of the successful television series “Schlosshotel Orth”.

Hof Castle

Address: Schloss Hof, Schloss Hof 1, 2294 Schloßhof Admission: Various ticket models. There is more information

here.

Website:

www.schlosshof.at/

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It is supposed to “ease the soul from the burden of ruling” – it says in an inscription on the castle. The Habsburgs under Maria Theresa had their country residence here. And one can very well understand why the crowned heads chose this place.

The extensive park, the numerous special exhibitions and the Meiereri invite you to linger.

Grafenegg Castle

Address: Grafenegg Castle, Grafenegg 10, 3485 Grafenegg Admission: Family ticket € 10, senior citizens, students and schoolchildren € 4 Website:

grafenegg.com/de/grafenegg-enthaben/das-schloss-grafenegg

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Grafenegg Castle is an important castle building from Romantic Historicism. Above all, however, it is the park that invites you to stroll. The 32 hectare castle park was considered one of the most important historical parks of the 19th century and offers historical, botanical and very modern things.

With the cloud tower, the Grafenegg building landscape received an open air stage – culture and history combined.

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Have you ever been to the Grossglockner? No? Then you are like most Austrians. The trip to the top destination is often postponed in this country. The route over the Grossglockner High Alpine Road is actually a must.

The Großglockner is the highest mountain in Austria with a height of 3,798 m. But anyone who wants to enjoy the fabulous mountain panorama no longer has to achieve top athletic performance. The Großglockner High Alpine Road leads 48 kilometers through the unique mountain world right into the heart of the Hohe Tauern National Park.

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This is how the panorama road was created

The idea for the Mammut project “Großglocknerstrasse” has several origins. On the one hand, the First Republic of Austria was looking for a new identification for the country after the end of the Habsburg Empire. In addition, new jobs urgently had to be created and tourism had to be boosted at the same time.

Only 5 years of construction

The project in the unique mountain world fulfilled all three criteria perfectly. The starting shot for the construction of the road, on which one can cope with an increase in altitude of up to 2,504 meters, was given on August 30, 1930. The road was officially opened only 5 years later.

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Human masterpiece

One can confidently speak of a human and technical masterpiece. Of course, the project also cost a lot. At that time, an impressive 14 percent of the entire Austrian road construction budget went into the construction of Glocknerstrasse. A total of 4,000 workers were involved in the completion. The success of the project can be seen: Today 900,000 tourists from all over the world come every year to look at the Pasterze, Austria’s largest glacier from the Franz-Josefs-Höhe, or to enjoy the view of over 30 snow-covered three-thousand-meter peaks.

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What is there to see on Glocknerstrasse?

• Haus Alpine Naturschau (2,260 m) Here you can get to know the highly sensitive and extremely diverse mountains of the Hohe Tauern • Fuscher Törl (2,428 m) A memorial and at the same time one of the most beautiful photo locations • Hochtor (2,504 m) This is where the border between Salzburg runs and Carinthia • “Kelten-, Säumer- und Römerweg” hiking trail • Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe visitor center (2,369 m) • Wilhelm Swarovski observation point: from here there are spectacular views of the high mountains

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What does the trip cost me?

The day ticket for a car costs 36.50 euros. Motorcyclists pay 25.50 euros.

It is worth ordering the tickets in advance on the Internet

. The rush on the Großglockner during the summer months is great.

During the morning busloads full of tourists, countless cyclists and motorcyclists as well as hundreds of motorists arrive. Tip: The Grossglockner High Alpine Road opens its doors at 6 a.m. – if you want to avoid stress, you should be there a little earlier.

Weather: sun, clouds or rain? Click here for the webcam, you can always get a live picture of the weather

.

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Many Austrians are vacationing in their own country this year. Tips for everyone who is still looking for an adrenaline rush.

Glide through the air

Achensee. Feel like an eagle for once: the Airrofan offers this possibility. Four people can fly safely from the viewing platform on the Gschöllkopf (2,040 meters) to the Mauritzalm together with this Skyglider, which is modeled on the king of the skies. It covers 200 meters in altitude and reaches up to 80 kilometers per hour. The flight itself is relatively short, but impressive.

Prices and info. A flight with the Skyglider costs 12 euros for adults and 8.50 euros for children. Participation is possible from the age of ten and a minimum height of 130 centimeters.

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Surf the wave

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Ebensee. Surfing in the Salzkammergut: Europe’s largest artificial wave has been in operation on the Traun since May. The Riverwave is around ten meters wide and 1.5 meters high. Courses are offered for all beginners. The minimum age for this is twelve years, swimming skills are required. Day ticket from 22 euros.

www.theriverwave.com

kamikaze

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Ötztal. Area 47 in the Ötztal is Austria’s largest outdoor adventure park. The possibilities are diverse: canyoning, e-motocross, a high rope climbing garden and a huge water area with all kinds of slides – from freefall to cannonball. Because of the variety of activities, there are different tickets. A day ticket for the Water Area costs z. B. 27 euros for adults.

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Down the bridge pier

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Jauntal. While jumping off the bridge well secured while bungee jumping, vertical running is somehow similar, but much slower. Because step by step, head first down the pillar of the 96 meter high Jauntal bridge, which leads over the Drau. If that’s too slow for you, you can strap on skates to your feet and race off.

Prices and information. Vertical running costs 69 euros. If you want to bungee jump as well as run down the pillar, you pay 130 euros.

www.bungy.at/jauntal

Float above the water

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Bruck an der Leitha. With flyboards it is possible to glide up to eight meters above the water. The device works by means of a water jet drive. This also requires a jet ski with the water running through its pump. Looks difficult, but after ten minutes the first sense of achievement should appear.

Price and information. 15 minutes of pure flight time cost 80 euros, half an hour 130 euros.

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In the northwestern Waldviertel, the 30 hectare Heidenreichsteiner Moor offers a wonderful backdrop for cozy

hikes

. Austria’s smallest nature park is right in the middle.

The ecological jewel was protected with the establishment of the nature park and the nature park association in 1989 and the unique landscape – which looks back over 10,000 years of vegetation history – was made accessible to visitors.

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Fascinating atmosphere in the moor

The wide landscape of the Heidenreichsteiner Moors has its own charisma in every season. In autumn, when the fog drifts over the quiet moors and the dark woods, or now in spring, when everything hums and chirps. The habitats are of great value to birds. The white-tailed eagle is still at home here, but also the moor frog, the garlic toad and the northern moss damsel. The sundew, a carnivorous plant that is threatened in its natural occurrence, grows and thrives.

Why was the moorland habitat endangered?

That was not always so. Because at the end of the 19th century peat extraction experienced an enormous boom. Peat is an organic sediment that occurs in bogs. It is formed from the accumulation of not or only incompletely decomposed vegetable matter.

© wanderluster / istock images Over the millennia, the peat layers in the bog have become thicker and thicker (symbol picture)

Heidenreichsteiner Moor: Exploited and revitalized

The following was relevant for people: When dry, peat is flammable. In this way it became an important “raw material” in the home but also in industry. Important: In order to be able to dig up the peat, it was necessary to drain the moors beforehand by creating drainage ditches. An ecological disaster. The Heidenreichsteiner Moor was also severely affected by this moor use, which dates back to 1885. The habitat has now recovered and is also a nature and bird sanctuary. Entry to the nature park is free, as is a visit to the nature park center.

Beautiful hiking route in the Heidenreichsteiner Moor nature park

And this is where the hike starts: from the nature park center, an approximately 300 meter long path leads to the start of the circular hiking trail. The first part of the tour leads along the moor nature trail. The forest path leads about 1 km through the forest to the Prügelsteg. Once there, you get an overview of the animal and plant species in this ecosystem. On the Prügelsteig, hikers can also expect peat moss, sundew and cotton grass. You can also spot frogs and hunting spiders.

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