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Click on the colored areas of the map to access a travelogue.  The colors indicate different regions of Austria -- scroll down for explanation and introduction for each location. (Original map comes from the CIA World Factbook)

IntroductionIt's hard not to like Austria.  It is one of the most beautiful countries  in the world, populated by one of the most cultured people in the world.  Once the seat of the most progressive of the 19th Century empires, Austria still celebrates its hey-day as the home of Mozart and many other great artists and musicians.  

The entire country is one big photo opportunity waiting to happen.  The Alps dominate, but even the lower lands to the north are mountainous and picturesqMap of Austria with Available Traveloguesue.  Steep river valleys about everywhere, and nearly every town and hamlet has a ski  resort or cross-country ski track.  The Austro-Hungarian Empire was known for its big and gorgeous castles, particularly the white ones (like the Hohensalzburg) that we Americans often envision in our fairy tales.

Tourists and businessmen alike will find Austria as I have -- clean, friendly, safe, and town proud.  It's transportation and communication services are among the best I've used.  Austrian cuisine is similar to Bavarian cuisine, but generally better.  Some of the finest, and least expensive, guesthouses I and my colleagues have stayed in were Austrian.

Several of the places I have visited rate high on my list of most-recommended.  I cited Vienna top dog in my 10 Romantic Places list, and photos from Austria are regulars for my E-Cards!  

Travelogues by Region.  The coloring of the locations on the map above indicate different regions in Austria, as shown below.  

PURPLE:  VIENNA (4-Chapter travelogue).  Vienna is rated #1 in my list of top Romantic Places to visit... and the #1 place I recommend to anyone coming to Museum Quarter -- ViennaEurope, especially in the summertime.  It is simply too fantastic for words -- the biggest museums, the grandest churches, the hugest market district, and the city most lavishly decorated with flowers that you will ever see.  Here, I offer a four-chapter travelogue on Vienna -- an introductory page, plus travelogues on the Museum Quarter, the Schonbrunn Palace and City Ring, and a gallery of city Architecture. RED:  The Danube River.  The Danube River is among the longest in Europe, spanning across several countries, but for many reasons the Danube is most often thoughtLinz of as Austrian -- perhaps because it is immortalized in classical music.  It is also in Austria where the Danube turns from a moderate river to a mighty one, and the cities along it are beautiful and striking.  The city of Linz (pictured) is classy, with fabulous churches and huge palaces gracing a winding section of the river.  Lording over Linz is the Pöstlingberg Castle, now a very popular tourist attraction with its fabulous manor and museums.  There is also the city of Wels that is loaded with gorgeous architecture.  Wels sits on the Traun River, a small Danube tributary.

ORANGE:  SALZBURG (3 Chapters). Welcome to the land where Mozart was born and the "Sound of Music" was filmed!  The city of Salzburg is a fabulous place to visit with all its museums, churches, squares, gardens, palaces, and views.  The chapters include a tour of the Hohensalzburg Castle (shown) and its surrounding areas including St. Peter's Cemetery and the Catacombs, Salzburg's Old City that includes tours of the Cathedral and a visit to Mozart's Birthplace museum, and a visit to the north bank to see the Kapuziner Kloster and the Mirabellenplatz.  Even at three chapters, this travelogue is very brief and we hope to get back there sometime!

BLUE:  Western Austria (Tirol and Vorarlberg).  This is the part of Austria most tourists visit during ski season, as it is the most accessible from Germany and Switzerland.  It is also very lively in the summertime with its Feldkirchproximity to Lake Constance (including Bregenz, which is included here).  The best known of the western Austrian cities is Innsbruck, home to two Olympiads and a true all-weather destination.  The aforementioned Bregenz is popular for its outdoor concerts and cultural events, while Feldkirch is a very popular small town destination with the beautiful Schattenburg Castle as a backdrop.
GREEN:  Salzach River Valley.  The Salzach is a Danube tributary that cuts through some of Austria's most breathtaking scenery.  Each town is a ski reSt. Johann im Pongausort, with hospitality galore and photo ops in all directions.  Three travelogues are available here.  The first is Bischofshofen, located roughly a half-hour southeast of Salzburg and home of one of the world's premier ski-jumping stadiums.  St. Johann (im Pongau) (pictured) is a classic ski resort town that provided me with dozens of Christmas card-like shots.  Also available is Villach, a small town in the far southern province of Carinthian (Kaernten).  

LinksThe below links connect you to external sites in a new window.  All links are official sites sanctioned by the national, state, or local governments unless otherwise indicated.  These links will open to the German-language home page, which will offer an icon or link to an English-language section (normally limited content).  If an English language link is not available, click on the "Tourismus" section.  This is for the tourism page, which should have English content available.  Links updated 27 December 2005.

Country Links:


Austria's National Tourist Bureau


US Embassy to Austria (Vienna)


US Consular Information Sheet on Austria


Austrian Embassy to US


City and Town Links:


Bischofshofen Home Page 


Bregenz Home Page


Feldkirch Home Page


Innsbruck Home Page (German only)


Innsbruck Tourist Bureau


Linz Home Page


(Schössl) Pöstlingberg Home Page


Salzburg Home Page


St. Johann im Pongau Home Page 


Vienna (Wien) Tourism Page


Villach Home Page


Wels Home Page 

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