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Holidays in Upper Austria

In front of you lies a country that, with its diverse landscape, is always good for inspiring moments. A cultural laboratory in which something new is constantly developing. A land full of joie de vivre that is surprising, genuine and invigorating. Rich in mountains, lakes and forests.

All the way from the Salzkammergut – the land of the summer retreat – to the rolling hills of the Mühlviertel, the dynamic capital city Linz on the banks of the Danube and the Alps of the Pyhrn-Priel region. Our guests know us for our relaxed, friendly nature and value our family focus as well as our superb local cuisine.

Anton Bruckner 2024

Upper Austria is the home of Anton Bruckner. Born in Ansfelden in 1824, he developed his musical interests at St Florian Monastery, where he was trained and his talent was nurtured. In Linz, he became much celebrated for his improvisation skills as an organist and developed into a composer with a distinctive musical language. In 2024, to mark the 200th anniversary of Bruckner’s birth, the whole of Upper Austria will be the stage for a rich variety of celebrations of this exceptional artist and fresh thinking about him and his work.

The Jubilee Year
© Foto Oberösterreich Tourismus GmbH/Robert Maybach: St. Florianer Sängerknaben posieren neben einer Büste Anton Bruckners.
St. Florianer Sängerknaben posieren im Stift St. Florian nebenrund um eine Büste Anton Bruckners.

European Capital of Culture Bad Ischl Salzkammergut 2024

For the first time in the history of the European Capital of Culture competition, the title for 2024 has been granted to an entire region. Twenty-two municipalities in the Salzkammergut have joined forces behind the lead town of Bad Ischl to form a Capital of Culture Region. Together, they are embarking on a mission to connect through culture. After all, culture is a valuable resource with the power to enhance our lives. In other words: culture is the new salt.

Salzkammergut 2024

Winter holidays in Upper Austria

Winter can be mild or it can be biting. In any case, Upper Austria is well-equipped for unadulterated winter fun. Ski regions from Dachstein in the south to Hochficht in the north awaken exciting moments in fresh powder snow - whether for families and beginners, sporty ski enthusiasts or passionate freeriders. Revel in a winter holiday at the location that best suits you.

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Powerful.

One of the most beautiful outdoor fitness centres in the Alps awaits you in all its majesty. Sometimes it's just tranquil and sometimes it's as wild and rocking as you are. Upper Austria: the sports arena for real natural actors and actresses.

 

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Destinations in Upper Austria

The Salzkammergut combines mountains and lakes in an inspiring setting. In the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut. With imperial history and inspiring summer holidays, just as Gustav Klimt experienced them. The Pyhrn-Priel holiday region stages the mountains as a sports arena. From the Hinterstoder World Cup ski area in winter to hiking, climbing and adventure in summer. History can be felt everywhere in the Danube valley. Castles and ruins sit enthroned on hilltops and point cyclists in the right direction on the Danube cycle path. And in the centre of it all is the provincial capital of Linz on the Danube. Looking to the future, modern and with an eventful history, secluded and cosmopolitan at the same time.

Salzkammergut.

Summer freshness rediscovered.

Imposing mountains and stunning lakes, world-famous locales such as the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hallstatt, the charming imperial town of Bad Ischl or St. Wolfgang on the banks of the Wolfgangsee: all are the perfect invitation to rediscover the meaning of a summer retreat.

Dive in and start living, right here and now. You'll soon be rubbing shoulders with the grandeur of past times.

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© Photo: Oberösterreich Tourismus GmbH/Robert Maybach: The Salzkammergut region in Upper Austria
Two bearded men and a blonde woman sit with drinks on a landing stage at Lake Wolfgang in Upper Austria. A woman in a dirndl sits on the back of one of the men, laughing. You can see St. Wolfgang Church and the mountains of the Salzkammergut in the background.

Pyhrn-Priel.

One of the Alps' most beautiful outdoor fitness centres.

Sometimes tranquil and contemplative, sometimes wild and rocky: the mountains of the Pyhrn-Priel region.

Whether on a breathtaking mountain bike tour, on a guided hike in the Kalkalpen National Park or embarking on the labyrinthine paths, one thought and two words will follow you all the way home: incredibly powerful.

Pyhrn-Priel

Danube Upper Austria.

Moving bends and stirring outlooks.

Go with the flow along the Danube, and discover that the most beautiful way to get from A to B is to follow the curve. Try cycling on the Donauradweg (Danube Cycle Trail) or hiking on the Donausteig (Danube Trail) and you'll see what we mean.

Enjoy the legendary view points, such as the Schlögener Schlinge oxbow, and delight in the charming spots and sophisticated cultural experiences that line the route of this great river.

Danube Upper Austria

Linz.

Currently anchored in the future.

Linz is a place of transformation. It is evolving; and its visitors evolve with it.

The former steel town is a pulsing cultural institute today and a city that's all the rage. Progress is always on the agenda here. As a UNESCO City of Media Arts, Linz is an international hub of creativity. A city whose open-mindedness and dynamism is tangible wherever you go.

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Mühlviertel.

Precious space for fresh ideas.

Lush green meadows, mystical forests and gentle hills - the "Granithochland" of the Mühlviertel region in the north of the country is the perfect invitation to stretch your legs and exercise your mind.

Refreshingly different, with down-to-earth people who build their "Steinbloßhäuser" stone farmhouses out of granite and whose strong will and determination is forever shaping new things.

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