September 2012
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Where to shop in Austria or shopping areas in Austria?

There are many large malls, small souvenir shops and splendid shopping streets across Austria. There are many shopping malls in Austria like:
– Dornbirn
• Messepark
– Bludenz
• Zimbapark
– Villach
• Atrio
– Innsbruck
• Cyta,Vols
• Sillpark
• Tyrol
– Linz
• Plus City
– Klagenfurt
• City Arkaden
• Südpark or Southpark
– Salzburg
• McArthurGlen / Designer Outlet Salzburg
• Europark
– Vienna
• Donauzentrum
• Gasometer
• Millennium City
• Shopping City Süd
• McArthur/Glen Designer Outlet Parndorf Ges. mbH

About some of the shopping streets and boulevards of Austria

1. In Vienna
– Mariahilfer Straße
• This is located by the Westbahnhof, “Mahu”.
• This street is lovingly dubbed by locals, boasts the greatest number of shops and stores of all.
• Almost all major department stores can be found here selling clothes, leather goods, furniture and accessories, books and stationery.
– Landstraßer Hauptstraße
• The Karntner Strasse shopping street and Landstraßer Hauptstraße in Vienna’s 3rd District shares the capital’s second largest shopping streets.
• When the street was being reconstructed in the mid 80ies a subway stop was installed.
• The entire layout was made more attractive and appealing.
• Today the Landstraßer Hauptstraße boasts wide sidewalks lined with trees.
• For a shopping street, there are a great number of stores catering to all pocketbook sizes.
• Rochus Market, which is conveniently located right on Landhauser Hauptstraße, is a great place to unwind and indulge in fresh food.
– Favoritenstraße
• This is located in Vienna’s 10th district, near the Südtiroler Platz.
• Favoritenstraße was remodelled in 2005.
• It also features benches where you can unwind and lose yourself in the soothing sight of water spurting from fountains.

2. In Salzburg
– Linzergasse
Salzburg’s old Linzergasse hidden away behind Kapuzinerberg, offering a great number of boutiques and shore stores, and one excellent music store

3. In Innsbruck
• Maria-Theresien-Straße: Sitting and watching the world go by is one of the great highlights of Maria-Theresien-Straße.
• This is considered one of Europe’s most splendid boulevards.
• Nordkette peaks in the background, St. Anna Column in the centre and plenty of small and large stores which includes the famous Kaufhaus Tyrol – in between, Maria-Theresien-Straße offers something for everyone.
• The boulevard’s splendour comes from its many magnificent buildings dating back to the Middle Ages and baroque period.

4. In Graz
– Herrengasse
• Around the Main Square in Graz there are a number of charming lanes lined with shops and boutiques.
• In the Middle Ages Graz was an important trading center.
• This old tradition is reflected in today’s great number of stores.
• The city’s largest shopping street is Herrengasse offering all kinds of shops and resting places.
• Art lovers should head for Sackstraße boasting beautiful antiques as well as modern and innovative arts and crafts
• Sackstraße is also known as “Art Mile”.

5. In Linz
– Landstraße
• Linzer Landstraße is Austria’s second largest shopping street after Vienna’s Mariahilfer Straße.
• It starts at the baroque main square.
• This square also boasts a number of shops – and runs through the entire centre of Linz all the way to the Blumau junction.
• Only a few steps from Landstraße is Neuer Dom, Austria’s largest church.
• Landstraße is conveniently located near the train station.
• It boasts international flagship stores as well as small bric-a-brac and souvenir shops.
• The side streets of Landstraße are worth a visit for its high-quality specialist stores.

Places to see in and around Austria

1. Lake Constance
• This is a big lake situated in Vorarlberg.
• This lake is shared with Switzerland and Germany.

2. Kaprun
• This is a part of the Europa Sport Region.

3. Pinswang
• This is one of the most ancient settlements of the North Tyrolean Ausserfern.
• This is on the border with Bavaria.
• It takes a short walk or drive to the famous King Ludwig’s castles.

4. Salzkammergut
St. Anton
• This is a popular ski resort in Austria.
• This resort is on the Vorarlberg-Tyrolean border.

5. Thermenland
• This is one of Austria’s warmest lakes.

6. Zell am See
• This is one of the most important alpine tourist towns in Austria.

7. High Mountain National Park
• This is in the Zimmertal Alps.
• It peaks up to 3476m, narrow gorges and steep cliffs.

8. National Park Thayatal
• This park combines beautiful valley landscapes with a variety of castles and ruined fortresses.

9. Grossglockner
• The country’s highest peak is called Grossglockner.
• It is located on the border between Carinthia and the East Tyrol.
• Grossglockner High Alpine Road, with its gorgeous panorama’s is highly recommended to get a great view.

10. Villgratental
• At the feet of mountain peaks you’ll find luscious valleys.
• This includes Villgratental.

11. River Danube
• The river Danube created some beautiful valley landscapes.
• Here you’ll now find famous vineyards.
• Wachau and Dunkelsteinerwald in Lower Austra are fine (and protected) examples.
• The valley landscapes and hillsides are dotted with countless picturesque villages.

12. Historical places

• Austria boasts a wealth of majestic architecture and historic structures.
• It was long a centre of power in the Holy Roman Empire.
• Here you will find palaces and magnificent city architecture.
• Addition to these you will find grand cathedrals, monasteries and churches.

• This is the country’s capital and most popular destination.
• It is packed with Medieval and Baroque structures.
• Schonbrunn Palace with its 1441 rooms is the absolute highlight.
• Tiergarten Schönbrunn, is the oldest zoo in the world.
• The 12th century St. Stephen’s Cathedral is the most prominent religious building.
• Salzburg combines delightful Alpine surroundings with a beautifully preserved historic center.
• Innsbruck, at the heart of Tyrol is a historical place. The Mariazell Basilica in Mariazell is one of the country’s most visited attractions and an important pilgrimage destination.

Murauer Bier
• The Murauer Brewery has a permament brewing museum.
• Turn up on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
• The tour includes the museum, brew house, a video presentation and a free Murauer beer or lemonade in any of their bars in the town.
• Price: 3€

Judenburg Sternenturm
• There is a (locally) famous planetarium.
• The town also has a town tower.
• It offers views of the entire area.

Burg Riegersberg
• This wonderfully preserved medieval castle is privately owned by the ruling family of Liechtenstein.
• Entry is cheap.
• The castle can be reached by walking up the original access path that winds its way through the castle’s defensive gates.
• There is a cable car which ascends the other side of the hill.

Zotter Chocolate
• Also near, Riegersberg is the Zotter chocolate factory.
• They make all their chocolate in an ethical and organic manner.
• The tour of the factory allows you to taste all of their varieties of chocolate (around 150).

Things to do there:

– Skiing and Snowboarding
– Cycle Touring
– Music
– Movies

• Most trails and mountain huts are maintained by the Austrian Alpine Club.
• Some are run by other equivalent organizations, such as the German, Dutch and Italian Alpine Clubs.
• Mountain huts are meant to be shelters, not hotels.
• During the high season (August), it’s a good idea to book in advance.
• Prices for the night are usually around 10-20€ (half for Alpine Club members).
• Meals and drinks are quite expensive.

Best time to visit / climate

– Austria has a temperate continental climate.
– Summers last from early June to mid-September.
– It can be hot in some years and rainy in others.
– Winters are cold in the lowlands and very harsh in the Alpine region.
– In alpine region the temperatures often drop below -10° C (14° F).
– Winters last from December to March.
– In the Alpine region large temperature fluctuations occur all year round and nights are chilly even in high summer.
– The area around Vienna often experiences strong easterly winds.
– The high season is August.

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How to get to Austria?

1. By plane
• There are 6 airports in Austria with scheduled flights.
• The most important international airport is Vienna.
• This has connection to all major airports of the world.
• Other international airports include Graz, Innsbruck, Klagenfurt, Linz, and Salzburg.
• They provide domestic flights as well as connections to some European countries.
• Those airports are particularly popular with cheap airlines such as Ryanair.
• For traveling to the western states it is recommended to use the very close Munich airport.
• The most common airports to visit Vorarlberg are Altenrhein (Austrian), Friedrichshafen (Ryanair, Intersky) and Zurich (Swiss).
• If visiting Austria for winter sports, choose airport considering cost and duration for the whole trip (plane+transfer).

2. By Bus
Eurolines Austria has bus schedules from Austria to all major European countries and back.

3. By Car
From Germany
– Motorway A8 from Munich to Salzburg.
– Motorway A93 from Rosenheim via Kufstein to Innsbruck, Tyrol.
– E43 (A96) from Leutkirch via Wangen to Bregenz, Vorarlberg.
– E56 from Regensburg via Passau to Linz, Upper Austria.
From Italy
– Motorway A23 to Villach, Carinthia.
– E54 via Brenner to Innsbruck, Tyrol.
From Slovenia
– E652 to Villach,Carinthia.
– E57 via Spielfeld to Graz, Styria.

4. By Train
• The OBB (Austrian Railways) operate high-speed ICE and RailJet trains from cities like Zurich,Munich,Frankfurt, Passau, and Budapest.
• Eurocity trains are the next fastest trains.
• Regional trains called EURegio and simplyRegionalzug are also avialible from all 8 of Austria’s neighbors.

Austria & the Alps 2000 – 2007 DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Austria Frommer’s Austria

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