Attractions in Upper and Lower Austria

Attractions in Upper and Lower Austria

Sights in Upper Austria

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Austria is really rich in natural treasures. The region is particularly attractive in terms of landscape. Among other things, you will find the Mühlviertel, north of the Danube. This part of Upper Austria is part of the granite and gneiss highlands. Visually, the area presents itself as a classic low mountain range landscape. The highest mountain in the region, the Plöckenstein, with a height of 1,379 meters, is attractive for hikers. Visit printerhall for Austria Travel Guide.

The northern foothills of the Alps, located south of the Danube, are rather flat, slightly hilly and overgrown with forest. Large meadows can be found here and invite you to have a picnic in summer.

Landscape lovers, walkers and hikers should have seen and hiked Hausruck, the western part of Upper Austria, at least once. This wooded chain of hills merges into the Kobernaußer Forest, which is even more wooded.

Nature parks

A feast for the eyes for young and old – Upper Austria’s nature parks. There are two beautiful nature parks in this region. The Mühlviertel in the Perg district is a nature park. Its main attractions are the rocking stones and granite formations. But it is also known for the rough meadows and fens.

The Fruit Hill Country Nature Park extends over two communities, namely Scharten and St. Marienkirchen an der Polsenz. As the name suggests, the special feature of this nature park is the large number of fruit trees. The cherry and apple trees in particular stand out here.

Museums and culture

In Upper Austria, culture is particularly encouraged. In the Upper Austrian State Museum you will find an excitingly explained history and many great exhibits. Or visit the Landestheater Linz, which is very popular thanks to its grandiose productions. Culture is also very important in the Brucknerhaus in Linz. The Ars Electronica takes place here every year takes place, an international festival for digital arts.

Historical gardens

There are four historical gardens in Upper Austria, all of which are worth a visit. They have been a listed building since January 1, 2000. The Kaiservilla park in Bad Ischgl is one of them, as is the gardens of the Villa Toscana in Gmunden, the Art Nouveau park on the Linz Bauernberg attracts with its splendor and the park of Neuwartenburg Castle is also not to be missed. These four parks stand alongside a further 160 historical gardens in Upper Austria. Interesting for garden fans: since 2005, state garden shows have been held in Upper Austria every two years.
These state horticultural shows are intended to create living spaces and preserve green areas.


Austria also has its history. It is closely connected to German history, for example there is a concentration camp memorial in Mauthausen. Here you can learn the cruel history of the SS and the dictatorship. Many contemporary witnesses helped build the historically valuable memorial. The memorial can be visited during opening hours and on tours and guided tours.

The Erferdinger Becken

The center of Upper Austria is the Eferding district. Here you will find idyllic farms, wide meadows and plenty of space for relaxation. The Steiners Radio Museum has his seat here and impresses with stories about the development of radio.

Erderding is very rich in sights. So you should sicha uch Castle Aschach not be missed on the Danube. The Schaunberg castle ruins are particularly nice to visit in summer and the peasant war memorial in “Emlinger Holz” by Alkoven should also be seen once. The pilgrimage church of St. Wolfgang zu Pupping is a special visitor magnet.

Lower Austria – Sights

When you think of Lower Austria, you automatically think of the wonderfully snow-covered slopes and mountains. It is therefore no wonder that snowshoeing in Puchberg am Schneeberg is one of the main attractions when visiting Lower Austria.
Snowshoeing is an experience for everyone. A winter hike is not only fun, there is also a lot of new things to discover. And in doing so, you literally leave your mark.

Of course, winter sports enthusiasts will not miss out on the region’s ski slopes. Whether snowboarders, tobogganists or skiers, there is the right route and the right hut for everyone here.

The world of fossils

In the fossil world of the Weinviertel one experiences the whole of nature and can admire its creation. Here you learn how the Weinviertel oyster reef was formed and you are at the bottom of the tropical sea. On land you can find out everything about the people who live there. The 17 meter high observation tower of the fossil world is the new landmark of the exhibition and is designed in the form of a tower snail. The original template, however, is only 120 millimeters in size.

In the 400 square meter oyster hall, visitors can view and marvel at the world’s largest fossil oyster reef. There are over 650 fossil species and finds in the exhibition. The absolute highlight of the collection is the sensational find from Stetten. The largest fossil pearl in the world, which can also be admired here.

The exhibition also offers other attractions, such as the prospecting fields. Here you can look for shark teeth in the sand and in Pearl Bay you can find pearls on the beach. Everyone who takes part either receives their find to take away or can choose a tooth or pearl. You can also have the finds processed on site and then wear them as a piece of jewelry.

The Aggstein

Castle Ruins The Aggstein Castle ruins should definitely be seen as a visitor to the region. The castle ruins stand in the Wachau on a steep rock above the Danube. The ruins have recently been revitalized, so to speak, and so visitors can immerse themselves in the knightly times here.

Aggstein Castle was once the seat of the Kuenring rulers. The legendary “rose garden” is also worth a visit. If you go to the castle, you will immediately see why it was built here back then. The breathtaking view of the Danube valley lets time stand still for a moment. The castle itself can be visited with audio tours. The Nibelungen exhibition also has its own special theme.

Lichtenstein Castle Wilfersdorf

The famous Lichtenstein Princely House has its origins here. While there was still a Gothic castle here in the Middle Ages, it later became a real castle. The property at that time came into the possession of Mistelbach in 1330. The Kuenring brothers later bought the building in 1340. Already in 1436 the Lichtensteiners took over the castle including all lords. It was not until 1609 that the castle became a moated castle. In 1721 the baroque renovation was completed. At the beginning of 2000, the complete renovation of the building began, which was completed in 2001. Since then there has been an exhibition on the history of the Princely Lichtenstein family and the development of the entire Lower Austria and Weinviertel region. There is also a Local museum with many interesting and historical exhibits.

Attractions in Upper and Lower Austria