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Enjoy Winter Holidays in Austria
Are you planning for winter holidays in Europe? Consider Austria, one of the great winter holiday destinations in Europe. There are number of reasons that attract visitors from all around the world to visit this amazing country. If you love skiing and other winter sports or like to hear classicalmusic, Austria has to offers all. Tourists get attracted to magnificent hiking trails and natural beauty of the country. The spa hotels and resorts, such as the Saalbach, Rogner Bad Blumau, St. Anton, etc. offers tourists not only great accommodations, but a paradise type of experience where they can relax, relieve stress, and recharge for the long overhaul ahead.

Austria is one of the most popular countries having a rich and dramatic history which is geographically surrounded by Snow Mountains. You will find this a beautiful and historical places to visit as there are gorgeous lakes, medieval fortresses, castles, churches, etc that are covered with hills and soaring mountains. Austria is also popular amongst music lovers as there are large numbers of concerts taking place every year. Austria is home of many poets, singers and musicians.

There are number of places you can visit in Austria. Some of the top attractions of Austria are:

1. Hofburg Imperial Palace

Built during 13th century, the Hofburg Imperial Palace was built; still today it has the same charm and stands as a testament to the power and wealth of the mighty political family. You can find the office of President of Austria, International Convention Center, the famous Spanish Riding School and its Lipizzan stallions in this palace. You can visit a museum which is open for public.

2. Vienna

Vienna is one of the greatest and most historic cities in Western Europe. Vienna has lots of things to offer like Art and Culture, Sports and Relaxation, Pleasure and Recreation. Vienna is popular for many old buildings, churches, etc. Vienna is also famous for classical music and opera. It is birthplace of Austria's most famous rulers and some of the most famous composers of classical music.

3. Salzburg

Salzburg is well known as “City of Churches” due to number of churches that were built here. In fact, it is also named as the Rome of the North because of this. It is fourth largest urban area of Austria. Salzburg is also known for its old streets, festivals, the Mirabell Palace, the hohensalzburg Fortress and the Mozarteum.

4. Grossglockner Alpine Road

The Grossglockner alpine road is one of the most visited alpine roads in the
continent. It ends in the highest mountain in Austria where its largest glacier is
also located. In fact, since the mid 1930's, this famous road has been visited by over 50 million people eager to see its spectacular views.

5. Innsbruck

Innsbruck is well known as a vacation destination during winter, but it also attracts many tourists during summer as well. The winter Olympics were hosted here twice and it will also host young Olympics in 2012.This place is situated between two imposing mountainsides, so ideal for winter sports such as snowboarding and skiing. Not only that, Innsbruck is also a popular tourist destination even in the summer months because it is ideal for mountaineering and ecotourism.

6. Eisriesenwelt Caves

The Eisriesenwelt caves showcase extraordinary rock and ice formations, majestic towers and columns and even an underground glacier and waterfall. It was discovered sometime during the late 1870's by Anton Posselt and since then has attracted thousands of tourists from all around the world. Today, it is considered as one of the largest ice cave in the world.

7. Carnutinum Archaeological Museum

Carnutinum was once the most important of Roman towns in the Alps. It was founded sometime during the 6th century AD and has seen about 5000 inhabitants under the Roman Empire. Today, this town houses the largest collection of Roman artifacts ranging from Roman jewelry, roman arms and coins, landmarks such as amphitheatres and baths as well as other religious objects from the Roman religion of Mithras worship.

8. Graz

The Graz is perhaps the most famous center for culture, architecture and art. In fact, it was been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of the historical value of the place. Here, tourists will also get to experience the vibrant nightlife that Gratz is well known for.

9. The Museum of the Future

The Museum of the Future is called the Ars Electronica. This museum is also well known for its stunning collection of modern technology. As such, this has become a tourist spot.

10. Hohe Tauern National Park

One of the last natural wilderness areas in Europe, this park is well known for its flora and fauna. Here you can nice wild life, like Mountain goats, ibex, chamois, a wide variety of birds, sheep, etc. Here you can enjoy nature at its best with your loved ones.
About the Author
I am Kathy Green living in Australia. Travelling all around the world is my passion and I book my holidays with Tempo Holidays, a leading Australian Travel Agent, who offers world class tour packages.
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