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110 Iconic Buildings to Explore in Austria

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Austria is consistently ranked in the top 20 richest countries in the world by GDP per capita terms. The country has achieved a high standard of living and in 2018 was ranked 20th in the world for its Human Development Index.

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Iconic Buildings to Explore in Austria

Hofburg Innsbruck

The Hofburg is a former Habsburg palace in Innsbruck, Austria, and considered one of the three most significant cultural buildings in the country. Today, the Hofburg contains five themed museum areas: Maria Theresa's Rooms from the eighteenth century, Empress Elisabeth's Apartment from the nineteenth century, a Furniture Museum, an Ancestral Gallery, and a Painting Gallery.

Höttinger Bild

The Höttinger Bild is a pilgrimage chapel above Innsbruck and a traditional place of pilgrimage for students. It is located on the slope of the Nordkette at 905 m above sea level. A. and is surrounded by forest. The chapel can be reached on hiking trails from the Höttinger village center through the Höttinger Graben.

House of Music

The House of Music is located in the former home town palace of Otto Nicolai, founder of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Across an exhibition space of 54,000 sq. ft., a range of hi-tech interactive and multimedia presentations introduce the world of music, from the earliest human use of instruments to the music of the present day. Those involved in developing the museum included four Austrian universities, two foreign university institutes, a team of musicians and music theorists.

Hundertwasser House

The Hundertwasser House in Vienna is one of Austria’s architectural highlights. The house designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser draws visitors from around the world. The Hundertwasser Village is open everyday from 9:00 till 18:00 o'clock. The Hundertwasser Museum in the Kunst Haus Wien may be visited daily from 10:00 till 18:00 o'clock.


The Hussar Temple is a classical building on the Kleiner Anninger in the Föhrenberge Nature Park in the municipality of Mödling . The temple is one of the many artificial ruins built in the perimeter of Liechtenstein Castle , the seat of the Liechtensteiners at the time.Today's massive successor building was built in 1813 by Joseph Kornhäusel as a "temple of war glory" . It is dedicated to the dead of the Battle of Aspern. The tombs inside contain the bodies of five soldiers from that battle.

Imperial Treasury Vienna

The most important treasury in the world is home to two imperial crowns as well as the Burgundian treasure and the treasure of the Order of the Golden Fleece. The Imperial Treasury is divided into two collections: the secular collection and the ecclesiastical collection. The secular collection contains numerous imperial artifacts from the House of Habsburg, including jewels and precious stones that due to their unique size could not be fitted into the imperial crowns.


Írott-kő is the highest point in the Kőszeg Mountains and Transdanubia at 882 meters. It is one of the highest mountain peaks in Hungary. Scanning the landscape from northeast to southeast we may admire the scenic view of Austria on the left and that of Hungary on the right. The two countries used to be separated by the Iron Curtain and the landscape still bears some conspicuous traces of it.

Jesuit Church

This is a marvellous baroque expression of Christian faith. The church is dedicated to the assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven. Her salvation points to the salvation of the whole humanity and manifests God’s triumph in history. Despite its relatively austere exterior, the interior is remarkably opulent with ersatz marble pillars, gilding and a number of allegorical ceiling frescoes.


A beautiful summer residence of the imperial family located in Bad Ischl. It became known in the nineteenth century as the favorite residence of Francis Joseph of Austria and his wife Sissi. The villa is surrounded by a large park in the "English Style". The architectural ensemble in its contemporary form was completed in 1860. Construction was significantly slowed by the fact that it could not proceed during the summer months due to the presence of the royal family.

Kapuzinerkloster (ehemalige Burg Trompeterschlößl)

The Capuchin Convent of Salzburg is a convent of Capuchin Friars Minor located on the Kapuzinerberg in Salzburg , Austria . The whole is part of the Unesco World Heritage List. It served as a study convent for novices from 1668 and was further extended in 1690, reaching its present form with two interior courtyards. The convent has served since 1998 as a novitiate for the brothers of the order of the German - speaking area .

Karlsplatz Metro Station

Karlsplatz Stadtbahn Station is a former station of the Viennese Stadtbahn. The buildings above ground on Karlsplatz are a well-known example of Jugendstil architecture. These buildings were included in The Vienna Secession, as they followed many of the artistic styles of that movement. The station was opened as Academiestraße in 1899. When the Stadtbahn line was converted to U-Bahn in 1981, the original station was scheduled to be demolished.

Kreuzenstein Castle

The picturesque Kreuzenstein Castle stands on a wooded hill directly above the village of Leobendorf. Its majestic position at 266 meters above sea level, in the immediate vicinity of the confluence of the Danube and the Vienna Woods, made the castle a mighty strategic fortification in previous centuries and especially in the Middle Ages. The castle can be considered both a 'neo-' and 'original' medieval structure. The castle is sometimes used as a location for films.

Kunsthalle Krems

The Kunsthalle Krems-Stein in Stein an der Donau is an international exhibition center in Lower Austria, which was built from 1992 to 1995 according to the plans of the architect Adolf Krischanitz in the former tobacco factory of the Tabakregie in the Stein district. From June 2016 to July 2017, the Kunsthalle was temporarily closed as it underwent a 3.5 million euro general renovation and reopened on July 1, 2017. The Minorite Church , among other things, served as an alternative quarters .

Kunsthalle Wien Museumsquartier

The Kunsthalle Wien is dedicated to international contemporary art and related contemporary discourses. It shows artistic positions that make social connections tangible and invites the audience to participate. It shows themed group exhibitions, and solo presentations of established and upcoming artists to provide insight into the Austrian and international art scene. It seeks to ground its knowledge of international contemporary art in and for Vienna.

Landesgalerie Niederösterreich

Landesgalerie Niederösterreich is a cultural institution of the State of Lower Austria in Krems - Stein . It is located in the Kunstmeile Krems, in close proximity to the Kunsthalle Krems , the Krems Caricature Museum , the Forum Frohner and the Steiner Minoritenkirche. It combines the holdings of the State Collections of Lower Austria with important private collections and responds to contemporary issues with themed and personal exhibitions.

Laxenburg Castle Park

Laxenburg Castle Park is among the most significant historical landscaped gardens in Europe. The castles became a Habsburg possession in 1333 and formerly served as a summer retreat, along with Schönbrunn palace, for the imperial Habsburg dynasty. Blauer Hof Palace was the birthplace of some members of the royal family, including Crown Prince Rudolf. Another castle nearby is named Franzensburg castle.


The Leopoldinentempel is in the eastern part of the park of Esterházy Palace in Eisenstadt .It was built between 1818 and 1819 on a pond above a cave and cascade system formed from boulders. The round temple has a flat dome and is surrounded by 19 columns with palmette capitals. The interior has a painted coffered ceiling above a console cornice. Here on a pedestal is a copy of the statue "Principessa Leopoldina Esterházy" by the sculptor Antonio Canova.

Liszthaus Raiding

The Liszthaus Raiding is the birthplace of Franz Liszt in Raiding in Burgenland, Austria. Liszt was born here in 1811. Today it is a museum. The stone building was built in the 16th century; it was part of an estate created by von Guniafalva, a noble, and extended in the mid-17th century by his son-in-law Johann Illesy. The estate was bought in 1805 by the Esterházy family.The building had a roof of wooden shingles, and had six rooms, a kitchen and a room for wine fermentation.


This majestic building is regarded as one of the most important structures built in the "Wiener Moderne". The building marks the rejection of historicism, as well as the ornaments used by the Wiener Secession. Despite its aesthetic functionalism, the building is not a simple purpose building; especially the materials have not saved costs or effort. The contrast between the marble-clad lower facade area and the simple plaster façade of the above-mentioned residential floors is striking.


The Martinsturm is a former granary in the first courtyard of the Counts of Bregenz in the upper town . It was built in 1601 as a tower with a loggia with three arched arcades each on pillars and a stone parapet and is crowned by a high curved onion dome with a lantern. The tower is now one of the landmarks of the Austrian city ​​of Bregenz on Lake Constance . From the top floor of the Martinsturm you have a comprehensive, 360 ° panoramic view of the city.

Map of Iconic Buildings to explore in Austria