Nestled in the heart of central Europe, Austria boasts a rich history, diverse architecture and splendid natural beauty. Amongst its other attractions, Austria is famed for its variety of fantastic cities and towns, so today we're exploring four of the most beautiful urban centres.
The capital city of Austria sits on the banks of the Danube, and is home to some of the grandest and most beautiful buildings in the world. Much of Vienna's heritage can be traced through its architecture; from the medieval houses of the Old Town to the Baroque palaces of the Hapsburgs and the iconic tiled roof of St Stephen's Cathedral, visitors can always find something to enjoy here.
For the most eclectic mix of Viennese architecture, head to the Ringstrasse. One of Vienna's most popular destinations, this road runs past some of the city's most wonderful buildings, including the Vienna State Opera House.
Nicknamed 'The Rome of the North', owing to its abundance of religious buildings,Salzburg is famously the birthplace of Mozart, and proudly celebrates its musical heritage. With two museums dedicated to the composer, music lovers are sure to enjoy Salzburg's more melodic history as well as its architectural beauty.
Stroll through Salzburg's Old Town, and you will soon discover that the city is full of things to see and do. Soak up the atmosphere of the city on a wander down its picturesque streets, once inhabited by a young Mozart. Better yet, visit at Christmas and see Salzburg in festive splendour, bedecked with lights and perhaps frosted with a dash of winter snow.
Travel to the capital of the Tyrol for a taste of true Austrian beauty. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Alps, Innsbruck combines a delightful pedestrianised Old Town with Imperial architecture and Renaissance structures, resulting in a charming city with an old-world feel.
One of the most photographed towns in Austria, Hallstatt is famed for its beauty and history. After an ancient salt mine dating back to at least the first millennium BC was discovered in the hills above the town, UNESCO awarded Hallstatt World Heritage status, which only served to improve the pretty town's popularity. With a population of less than 1,000 people, Hallstatt is closer to a village than a city, but its breathtaking beauty place it firmly on our list of the best urban sites in Austria.
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