Popular Accommodations in Upper Austria
Highlights in Upper Austria
- Pre-Alps, Limestone Alps, Bohemian Forest, Attersee, Danube, Wolfgangsee
- Kaiservilla, Linz Castle, Starhemberg Castle, Vichtenstein Castle
- UNESCO World Heritage Site Hallstein-Dachstein/Salzkammergut
- Linz National Gallery, Salzkammer Museum of Nature, Linz Palace Museum, Ars Electronica Center
Most popular in Upper Austria
Vacation rentals in Upper Austria
Crystal clear waters, picturesque communities, fascinating valleys, rugged mountains and deep forests are a wonderful environment to spend relaxing days. Upper Austria offers travellers a varied backdrop. You can live on the shores of first-class lakes such as the Wolfgang- or Traunsee or rent a holiday apartment directly in the ski areas near Obertraun or Gosau. Especially attractive are the residential areas on the banks of the Danube in Linz or a vacation rental on the edge of dense woodland in the Mühlviertel.Dreamlike accommodations for travel groups
In the entire holiday region you will find fabulous farms, park villas, holiday cottages, country houses and alpine chalets. The spacious hostels are ideal for spending your free days with family or friends. In addition to spacious gardens, several bedrooms and private pools, you will be offered saunas or panoramic views. Comfort like a breakfast buffet, half board, child care or bicycle rentals round off the holidays perfectly.
Holidays in Upper Austria
Location and orientation
With an area of 11,982 square kilometres, Upper Austria is the fourth largest federal state in which 1.47 million inhabitants live. The region is bordered in the west by German Bavaria, in the north by Czech South Bohemia and in the east and south by the inner Austrian provinces of Styria, Lower Austria and Salzburg.Geographical features
In terms of landscape, Upper Austria has shares in the foothills of the Alps, the Limestone Alps and the Bohemian Forest. Among the most striking waters are the course of the Danube, the Attersee, Traunsee and Wolfgangsee. The largest metropolises are the capital Linz, Wels and Steyr.
Things to know
Historic cities, monasteries, theme roads or cultural festivals accompany travellers during their cultural stay in Upper Austria. Multifaceted paths lead you past the treasures of the country. These are for example the Pramtal Museumsstraße, the Straße der Kaiser und Könige or the Romantikstraße. Historical communities such as Gmunden, Wels, Freistadt or Schärding are home to magnificent sights and invite you to regular concerts and events.Great moments for little guests
Families can expect a colourful leisure programme consisting of great swimming excursions, exciting climbing tours, petting zoos, breathtaking viewing platforms and child-friendly museums. Horror stories about the mountain world and myths of the Danube inspire the imagination of the youngest and inspire you from the beautiful surroundings of mountains and lakes. Highlights are the Hallstatt salt mine, the Linz Zoo, the high ropes course Hexenkessel or the amusement park in St. Gilgen.
Among the culinary specialities of Upper Austria are the Linzer Torte, the Gmunder Kirchtagsuppe or the Mühlviertler Bierschnitzel.
Top travel tips
Upper Austria is rich in magnificent castles and imposing fortifications. A visit to the Kaiservilla in Bad Ischl, which was the summer residence of Emperor Franz Joseph I and Elisabeth, is highly recommended. Also worth seeing are Linz Castle, Starhemberg Castle or Vichtenstein Castle.Icy frost
Near Obertraun you can visit the 500 year old Dachstein giant ice cave in the UNESCO World Heritage Hallstein-Dachstein/Salzkammergut. During a guided tour you will encounter a fascinating world of 13,000 cubic metres of ice. In addition to this natural heritage, the Koppenbrüller Cave and the Dachstein-Mammoth Cave are also nearby.Insights into cultural history
A diverse museum world awaits visitors interested in regional history, experiments, royal chambers or valuable art. Outstanding exhibitions are housed in the Schlossmuseum Linz, the Linz National Gallery, the Villa Sinnenreich, the Upper Austrian State Museum, the Ars Electronica Center and the Salzkammer Natural History Museum.