Bake the famous Linzer torte with Leo Jindrak, learn to play the jaw harp, wander through fascinating museums on 3D tours and discover breathtaking panoramic mountain views that you can control yourself. Visit Upper Austria virtually and experience Austria’s fourth-largest federal state from your living room.
Set out on a breathtaking voyage of discovery with British video artist Geoff Tompkinson through his adopted homeland of Upper Austria. Experience the freedom of a virtual flight and leap improbably from one place straight to the next. It’s as if we’ve broken loose from the limitations of space and time. The physical distance between individual sites is no more a factor than the boundaries between the seasons. Watch, for instance, as a window in a building becomes a “wormhole”, linking locations that are, in reality, some distance from one another. As if by magic, seemingly random images integrated into the scenery are the keys that allow us to enter the next sequence.
Hallstatt – considered by many to be the most beautiful town in the world ... Wander from the jetty to the market square before heading up to the mountainside viewing platform to glory in what is arguably the most picturesque panorama of lakes and mountains in Upper Austria. The villages and mountains in the area surrounding Hallstatt are not to be missed either – in summer or winter. Enjoy a stroll through the Dachstein-Salzkammergut UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Landscape.
This is a mountain of superlatives, and not just within Upper Austria. Ascending the Schafberg is easy if you take the Schafberg mountain railway from the picture-perfect town of St Wolfgang. With a gradient of 26 per cent, Austria’s steepest steam rack railway has been taking visitors up to the summit of the Schafberg since 1893. And sitting majestically on the peak is the oldest mountain hotel in Austria – the Berghotel Schafbergspitze. From the top, you can enjoy a fantastic panoramic view encompassing seven lakes, including Mondsee, Attersee and Lake Wolfgang. It’s also possible to make out the Höllengebirge range, the glaciated Dachstein massif and the Watzmann peaks in the distance. Take the controls and see it your way!
Linz’s economic heart is made of steel. You can now also find out how it beats digitally at voestalpine Stahlwelt. The interior of the World of Steel is shaped to resemble a large steel crucible in which 80 giant, chrome-plated spheres are suspended. The most state-of-the-art technology used in steel manufacture is showcased in the experience centre.
Head to the Lentos Art Museum in Linz and embark on a virtual 3D tour through the Paweł Althamer. Cosmic Order exhibition.
View the work of this Polish contemporary artist close up, and discover fascinating background information (in German) about the individual objects.
The Linzer torte has been baked – and much loved – since at least the baroque era. And, from the Biedermeier period, it began to be shipped all around the world – above all from Linz, Upper Austria’s city on the Danube. In this 360° video, Master Confectioner Leo Jindrak gives a demonstration (in German) of how to make this delicious cake.
Some people know Mondsee from the internationally popular film The Sound of Music, others are familiar with the bright-blue lakes of the MondSeeLand region as a paradise for water sports enthusiasts. Start your exploration on the famous market square with its awe-inspiring basilica, join a boat trip and then fly up over the majestic mountains to the idyllic Irrsee lake.
Working with iron and metal and blacksmithing are crafts closely associated with the Kalkalpen National Park region. This is where you’ll find scythe makers, armourers and producers of pocket knives. A very special musical instrument is also widespread in this area: the jaw harp – known here as the Maultrommel.