Leaving Vienna, the imperial capital, there is
another Austria to discover, with its mountains and
valleys, lakes and rivers.
Small villages and ancient towns relate Austrian
life as it used to be and how it is today.
Austria has a rich historical and cultural
heritage. Thre friendliness of the people make it a
pleasant place to stay.
state of Austria is made up of 9 provinces:
- Burgenland - Lower Austria
- Styrie - Upper Austria
- Carinthie - East Tyrol
- Tyrol - Vorarlberg
beautiful regions to visit are : Vorarlberg, Tyrol,
Salzburg and Styrie
2600 km2, is delimited by Lake of Constance
(one of the biggest in Europe), the Rhine and the
It is an area of modern art, architecture
harmonizing with nature, traditional handicraft and
famous for its festivals, such as the Festspile,
which takes place every year in Bregenz on a stage
on the lake, and the Schubertiade.
Vorarlberg offers the possibility of walks and
hikes in summer, climbing, skiing and cross country
skiing in winter, as well as being a good starting
point to visiting other beautiful provinces.
Information : Vorarlberg Tourismus,
Römerstrasse 7, Postfach 302, A-6901
The town nestles between gentle mountains (Mt
Pfänder 1064m high) and Lake Constance.
Looking down from the mountains Bregenz is red
roofs, the Martin Tower, the baroque bell tower
which is the emblem of the town, the lakeside port
with its long jetty, beaches around the lake and
the Alpine Pfänder zoo which gives a
magnificent demonstration of birds of prey in
On the banks of Lake Constance cyclists overtake
roller skaters and strollers around the 27 kms of
The Tyrol :
The Tyrol means "country in the mountains".
There are plenty of things to do, both in winter
and summer, with the main attraction being the
mountains. Hikes, climbing, cross country cycling,
riding, fishing ...
Placed in the centre of the country, the Tyrol is a
cultural province : 'exhibition itineries' have
been set out to help you discover the art and the
history of the country theme by theme : Gothic,
Baroque, Rococo and Emperor Maximilien
A historical old town and an Olympic city Innsbruck
is the biggest town in the Alps.
It offers cultural and sporting activities,
exhibitions and shows, and shopping.
It is a town full of art treasures, famous for its
'Little Golden Roof', its 'Black Fellows', the
Imperial Palace and the Ambras Castle.
The best way to visit it is on foot, walking
through its arcades and under its rows of bay
windows and its pastel coloured Renaissance
winter Olympics which have taken place twice in
Igls have made it internationally famous.
The town profits fully from the Olympic
The countryside around Igls is
paradise for nature lovers, Mutters is also a
fantastic area for sun and sports, particularly
skiing. Attached to its traditions of culture and
hospitality, it is famous for its folklore and its
Mutters is situated on a sunny plateau to the south
of Innsbruck at the foot of the
Johann in Tirol :
St Johann in Tirol is dominated by the
Kitzbühler Horn (2000m) and the wild rocks of
the Wilder Kaiser (2300m).
There is a lovely pedestrian area in town and St
Johann enjoys a very healthy climate.
- Salzburg :
The famous town where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
was born, Salzburg is known for its works of art,
its ancient castles, its beautiful
holiday resort in the Lammertal valley, Abtenau is
a wonderful place to spend a holiday with its
friendly village atmosphere.
the capital of Styrie is a quiet green, provincial
The old town offers a walk through the centurie :
the Town Hall, one of the most impressive buildings
in the town, the Clock tower where the hour and
minute hands are inverted, the Castle of Graz which
is mainly known for it double spiral staircase
dating from 1499.
is the capital of Austria.
According to the Corporate Resources Group, on a
survey done on 120 towns, the Austrian capital
comes in third position for its quality of
The urban transport system is excellent : trams,
bus, underground. Several foreign companies have
chosen Vienna to open their central European and
oriental office in.
Things to do : take a coach ride to discover the
imperial palace of the Hapsbourgs, which today is
the seat of the Presidency and a congress centre,
the Beaux Arts museum, Schönbrunn castle, the
Spanish riding school, the Prater, the two baroque
Belvedere castles, Grinzing : an old wine-growing
village which is part of Vienna now, go to the
Opera one evening ...
Other big towns
are Salzburg, Innsbruck and Graz. (see a
description in the chapter Observations