SALZBURG ... the city of beauty, of "The Sound of Music", of W.A. Mozart
Salzburg's residents often fail to notice the unique charm of the Old City – a backdrop that's easily overlooked in everyday life – until their guests are enraptured by its breathtaking beauty. What is so special about Salzburg? The city of Salzburg - and especially its historic city centre – is in fact one of the loveliest places in Europe, winning international acclaim in 1997 when it was designated a world heritage site by UNESCO.
There is no lack of imposing buildings, the most striking of which include the Cathedral, Hohensalzburg Fortress, the Residenz, St. Peter's Monastery with its impressive cemetery, the Franciscan Church and Collegiate Church, as well as the Large and Small Festival Halls and the Summer Riding School in the Festival District. On the right banks of the Salzach one should not miss Mirabell Palace with the romantic Mirabell Gardens (one of the city's most popular snapshot scenes) or St. Sebastian's Church with its beautiful cemetery. Hellbrunn Palace with its trick fountains and the zoo are situated just outside the city, easily accessible by the local bus service.
VIENNA ... romantic nostalgia & modern hype – Vienna awaits you
Vienna offers so much: from Gothic St. Stephen’s Cathedral to the Imperial Palace to the Art Nouveau splendour of the Secession, from the magnificent baroque palace Schönbrunn to the Museum of Fine Arts to modern architecture in the Museums Quarter. Walk in the footsteps of the Habsburgs, visit the splendid baroque Schönbrunn and Belvedere Palaces, or stroll along the magnificent Ring Boulevard and take a look at the heart of the former vast Habsburg empire, the Imperial Palace.
Welcome to the world’s capital of music! More famous composers have lived here than in any other city – in Vienna, music is literally in the air: Waltzes and operettas have their home here, and so do musicals "made in Vienna," which have conquered international audiences. The historic centre of Vienna has been added to UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage list. Thus, St. Stephen's Cathedral, the Imperial Palace and many other historic buildings are now recognized as being among the 700 outstanding cultural and natural monuments of mankind.
INNSBRUCK ... the Capital of the Alps
Keen on mountains or culture? Medieval lanes or urban shopping? In Innsbruck - the capital of the Alps, home of the winter Olympics 1964 and 1976 you can do and get everything you could possibly desire. Because the countryside starts right on the town's doorsteps and sports events go hand in hand with cultural highlights.
Innsbruck’s Old Town is a small area of sturdy medieval houses, many attractively painted in pastel colors and supported by sloping earthquake buttresses. The main thoroughfare of the Old Town is the broad strip of Herzog-Friedrich-Strasse, which eventually opens out into a central plaza lined with arcades. Amidst the charming Old Town, a classic Austrian hybrid of Gothic and Baroque, you will find Innsbruck's greatest tourist attraction and certainly its most characteristic landmark: The Golden Roof.
Don't miss seeing: the Imperial Palace - once seat of the Tyrolean sovereigns and the Hofkirche (Imperial Church) Innsbruck with its memorial for Emperor Maximilian I (the most prominent tomb memorial for an emperor in Europe). Further musts are Ambras Castle, beautifully located above Innsbruck, Cathedral St. James, Basilika Wilten - Wilten´s Parish and Pilgrimage Church is one of the most splendid houses of worship in Tirol. Towering high above Innsbruck on the wooded Bergisel Hill, the brand-new Bergisel Ski Jump is a sight to behold.
Linz has changed dramatically in recent years. Once a nice, quiet commercial town on the banks of the Danube, then the place that Adolf Hitler adopted as his hometown, and later a capital of heavy industry with all the side-effects and risks that entails. Today’s Linz is a modern urban centre with a flourishing economy and exceptional quality of life. A city where interesting things are happening and the future is taking shape right now. Here you find beautiful stucco facades from earlier times side by side with interesting new buildings of appealing architectural styles with futuristic lighting.
The city is a stage all year long. Music, theatre, film, and art – ranging from old classics to Media Art – Linz is open, innovative and highly diverse, a city with something to offer for every taste. Here, inbetween the Pöstlingberg and the foothills of the Alps, a highly independent city awaits you, which does not correspond at all to the typical cliche of Austria.
Linz on the Danube is the ideal starting point for a ship tour with a large variety of cruise line offers. Enjoy a walk through the interesting Old Town and visit one of the most beautiful Botanical Gardens in Europe with more than 10,000 various types of plants to admire. Take a ride up the Pöstlingberg on the historic mountain tram to see the pilgrimage Basilica (the landmark of the Upper Austrian capital), the panorama viewing platform and the Grottenbahn cave railway. Half way up the mountain tram is the Linz Zoological Garden, which is open throughout the year and houses hundreds of animals and a children's zoo.
MUNICH (GERMANY) ... where tradition and modern life meet
Munich is one of Germany's most popular destinations. The Oktoberfest alone draws in over six million holiday-makers a year to the city on the river Isar. But Munich has far more to offer for a holiday stay than the world-famous funfair. Anyone spending time in Munich can look forward to the highly acclaimed "Gemütlichkeit", untranslatable but roughly meaning that the Munich people are easy-going and relaxed. A large number of museums, events, attractions are available for all ages and tastes. Whether you are interested in history, architecture or art; whether you enjoy strolling through parks, fancy attractions like a trip to the Bavaria film studios, guided tours or long for a visit to one of Munich's famous traditional beer gardens, you'll always find something exciting to do in this multi-faceted city.
Discover the heart of Munich! There are plenty of possibilities to experience the city - on a comfortable coach, from an airy rickshaw or on a bicycle along the Isar river. Visit the Allianz Arena - the futuristically designed football stadium, the zoo “Tierpark Hellabrunn” – the first “geo-zoo” in the world with about 460 species, the English Garden – Munich’s largest urban public park, the Hofbräuhaus – the world’s most famous beer hall. The museums offer art from many eras, royal Munich's baroque castles and palaces are spectacular and the many churches define the city's silhouette.
BUDAPEST (HUNGARY) ... the beautiful city on the Danube river
Budapest is the capital of Hungary, with nearly 2,000,000 inhabitants. Not only is it the centre of administration but also that of industry, trade, transport and traffic, education, culture, arts and sports. Most tourists visiting Hungary come to Budapest first, although the Lake Balaton, in Western Hungary, is also a very popular destination.
Budapest is divided into two by the river Danube. The UNESCO World Heritage Committee includes the view of the banks of the Danube in Budapest and the Castle District in the World Heritage List. Heroes’ Square and its surroundings, as well as Andrássy Avenue with the Millennium Underground Railway are also part of the World Heritage.
The predominantly Baroque houses are in the historical Castle District, while there are more examples of Neo-Classicist and Art Nouveau architecture on the newer Pest side (the newly renovated building of the Gresham Palace at the Chain Bridge is one of the most beautiful ones). The Parliament is the biggest public building on the Pest side. A special way to see Budapest is by tram along the Danube embankment. Most tourist attractions in Budapest are situated here. Budapest was awarded the title “City of Spas” in 1934. Bath culture already flourished 1600 years ago when the Romans built the first baths. Today richly decorated bath-houses, aquaparks, swimming pools and spa hotels await those who wish to have a relaxing holiday. And certainly not to be forgotten – the famous Hungarian food, wine and hospitality.
PRAG (CZECH REPUBLIC) ... simply delightful
Prague is the "Jewel in the Crown" of Central Europe and the ancient capital of Charles IV's Bohemian Kingdom. The city has played a pivotal role in the development of Central Europe since the Middle Ages. Its epic history has made Prague one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
In 1992 the historical centre of Prague was listed in the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage Register.
The dramatic history of Prague is reflected in the beauty of the buildings. Once the seat of a mighty medieval empire, Prague is an open air museum best explored on foot. River cruises are also a good way of getting about and seeing a lot, as many of the attractions border the river.
Prague Castle is the premier tourist attraction. Set on a hill, it offers fine views over the entire city. The following sights and attractions should not be missed during a visit to this special city: Old Town Hall Tower, Old Town Bridge Tower, Mala Strana Bridge Tower, Klementinum, Jindrisska Tower, Petrin and Vysehrad. Opera and classical concerts are another highlight of Prague, with performances at wonderful opera houses, concert halls and several old churches around the city. Tourism in Prague has encouraged several top floor restaurants to open, boasting stunning views over the city. Enjoy a spot of lunch in the sunshine, or watch the city light up at night. Prague restaurants have a reputation for offering good, often excellent cuisine in lovely settings. And of course, there is the world famous Czech beer.