Every where you visit, history comes alive. Here are some of the many reasons to visit Austria.

The Hofburg

The Hofburg is the Imperial Palace in Vienna, the capital city of Austria. In the days of old this would have been the home of the Royal Family who were known as the Hasburgs. Nowadays however, the palace is used by the President although parts of it can also be visited by the public. These include rooms which date from 1275 when the palace was built and include Gothic, Classic, Baroque, and Renaissance architecture. There are 2,600 rooms here so make sure not to miss signature collections such as the Imperial Silver Collection and the Imperial Apartments which used to be home of Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph.

The Spanish Riding School

The Spanish Riding School in Vienna first opened in the time of Emperor Maximilian II who made his name by bringing Lipizzaner horses to Austria in the 16th Century. In the present day you will find equestrian shows here which are much the same as they would have been in the days of Charles VI. The hall where the shows takes place dates from 1735 and you will get to see a unique form of riding that has been used by nobility over the centuries. One thing to note is that it is best to reserve a seat here in advance as it is a very popular event in Vienna.

Eisriesenwelt

Eisriesenwelt means ‘World Of The ice Giants’ and is the biggest ice cave in the world, located just outside of the city of Salzburg. As a result, make sure not to miss it if you are in the area, as the cave stretches for an impressive 42kilometres in the Hochkogel Mountain in the Tennengebirge area of the Alps. You can take a lift down into the ice cave before following a guided hike that will point out all the best spots inside this icy palace.

Schlegeis Lake

Schlegeis Lake is located in the pretty Zillertal Valley in Tyrol. Schlegeis is an artificial lake and shimmers with an azure blue hue even in the winter months. It is made even more beautiful thanks to the rugged mountains that encircle it, and if you like hiking or climbing then this is a great place to come and enjoy the great Alpine vistas for which Austria is famous for. The journey to get to the lake is also known for being stunning as you will need to take the Schlegeis Alpine Road which cuts through some of the most delightful countryside in this part of Austria.

Cable Car To The Hornkopfli

Ther Hornkopfli is to the south of the Kitzbuheler Horn and sits at 1,772 metres high. You will also need to take a cable car to the top but it is more than worth the journey for the breathtaking views from the summit. At the top of the mountain you will also find the Gipfelhau which is a traditional mountainside house as well as a dainty chapel, a typical Austrian garden, and a small restaurant serving local fare.

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