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Upper Austria

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Travel Guides


AdventureAustria is an independent English owned travel and events agency based in the Tyrolean town of Lienz in south Austria.

We’ve put together the following travel guides to help visitors get the most out of their holiday in Austria. Whether you are planning only to stay in Lienz or planning to venture on to other parts of Austria, you’ll be sure to find some useful information here.

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Upper Austria (Oberösterreich) and Christmas are so closely connected with each other that once you know the similarities, you may always think of Upper Austria each Christmas time…

The festive Christmas sounds of Silent Night, Holy Night which everybody without doubt would have heard of, was written by Upper Austria composer Franz Xaver Gruber. In his honour the Silent Night Memorial Museum was established which visitors can visit. It is housed in the former residence of the composer and shows in addition to his portrait, original furniture and personal items from his estate which includes the guitar with which Gruber on 24. December 1818 performed the world premiere of the song in Salzburg. In addition, anyone who wants to experience even more Christmas flair should take a visit to one of the gingerbread factories in Upper Austria.

Upper Austria offers something for every visitor and every taste. No matter whether it is summer or winter, there is much to see and a lot to experience. Below is a brief overview of the state, its characteristics and its inhabitants as well as some top things to do and see during a visit to Upper Austria.

Upper Austria is the third largest province of Austria. Linz is the state capital and with 194,522 inhabitants making it the third largest city in Austria after Vienna and Graz. Upper Austria borders Bavaria (Germany), South Bohemia (Czech Republic) as well as to the federal states of Lower Austria, Styria and Salzburg. Upper Austria is located in the zone of the Central European Transitional Climate. Due to the location on the northern edge of the Alps, the weather is significantly influenced by the Atlantic. The warmest area in Upper Austria is the Linz basin.

Now we come to the most important information about arrival, accommodation and the experiences on offer for your holiday in Upper Austria:

Arrival by plane and airport:

The Blue Danube Airport Linz is centrally located in the heart of the Upper Austrian capital and is easily accessible from all directions.

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Food and drink:

For those that travel to Upper Austria, they will get to know a great deal about the country its people and how they live. But above all you’ll get to know what is on the table. Dumplings and meat roasts – that is Upper Austria!

The restaurateurs of Upper Austria use the products and processes given to them from the land to create ‘Genussspezialitaten’ and all the classics found in typical Austrian cuisine. However, there are also various vegetables depending on the season – such as the asparagus in the spring and the pumpkin in autumn. Venison and goose characterise the autumn season whilst not forgetting the fish from the lakes of the Salzkammergut. Cider and beer are served to accompany food in Upper Austria.


Hotels, accommodation and discount cards:

Here you will find a small selection of accommodation, from 4 star Spa hotels to the indigenous farm. Let yourself be inspired…

Seehotel at the lake Traunsee: As an island retreat the Seehotel is a wonderfully peaceful hotel positioned on the privileged seafront in the historic town centre of Traunkirchen.

Spa Resort Therme Geinberg: Immerse yourself in the paradise thermal hotel Geinberg.

Villa Seilern Vital Resort: Imperialists will feel at home in the newly opened Vital Resort Villa Seilern in the heart of the city of Bad Ischl.

Apartment Resch: Almost everything is within a few minutes walking distance: the Wolfgangsee Advent market, the cross-country ski runs…

Alp Chalet Gosau: Comfortable holiday home in rural style. The newly built holiday house is located directly on the ski slopes in the ski region of Dachstein West.

An adventure on the farm “Überlackner“: Experience nature – enjoy life, this is the motto here.

Almhaoh Unterranner: Cosy mountain farm at 850m above sea level, sunny, quiet location, surrounded by mountains.

Advantages with visitor cards: Upper Austria offers a host of leisure possibilities available with certain discount cards.

Pyhrn-Priel Card: Offers 40 free and 20 discounted range of leisure activities.

Linz Card: In addition to the free admission to all public museums and many discounts in Linz, is also the free use of public transport of the Linz AG.

Salzkammergut-Erlebnis-Card: The advantages of the Salzkammergut-Erlebnis-Card are up to 30% discount for 130 main attractions and sights in the Salzkammergut e.g. train connections, river cruises and mountain railways. Caves, salt mines, swimming pools, game parks, museums and many other recreation and adventure activities are also included.

Golf Tour Card: With the Golf Tour Card 18 golf courses in the Province of Upper Austria can be played.

Regions in Upper Austria

The Salzkammergut is one of the most famous areas in Austria because of its scenic beauty: here is not only one of the longest established summer residences for the imperial household, the nobility and the imperial artists, but also Hallsstatt is a cradle of world culture. The Salzkammergut has a variety of different landscape due to its unique location between the foothills of the Alps with a total of 76 lakes. The Salzkammergut has a diversity of nature between the Alps and the Alpine foothills available to enjoy and experience on many hiking trails. Anyone who is open to the fascination of nature will experience countless happy moments in Salzkammergut.


Just not quite 250 years ago, a region of Bavaria changed ownership to Upper Austria. In Innviertal you can’t help somehow thinking that this area and its people still have Bavaria in their genes. Here dominate the baroque elements and urban design. As in Bavaria the beer is also a focus in their lifestyle. Numerous private breweries cultivate their beers in the Bierregion Innviertal.


To fall in love with … breathtaking scenery, stunning landscape, alpine pastures, glittering slopes, snow-covered places – Pyhrn-Priel in southern Upper Austria is for some the perfect holiday destination. The area between mountains of Sengsengebirge and Totem is distinguished not only by many scenic views but also by the proximity to the National Park Kalkalpen (Calcareous Alps).
Both in summer and in winter you can enjoy well known places such as Windischgarsten and Hinterstoder. Welcoming hospitality and a wealth of leisure activities in summer and winter – will ensure unforgettable experiences.


Let yourself be enchanted by winter sports enthusiasts: Whether you are looking for relaxation for the body and soul, fresh air refuelling during a winter walk or an active holiday experience – you will be in the right place here. Whoever seeks a sporting challenge will find well-developed ski resorts throughout the Salzkammergut area. There are also smaller ski lifts in some places around the Attersee. Also culinary enthusiasts will find the Attersee to be a good tip for food connoisseurs.

Bad Hall

The tourist region Bad Hall (Kremsmünster) is just the right place in order to find peace, gentle sports and to enjoy cultural highlights. Especially popular is the Bad Haller Park with its shady ways and flower gardens where you can make a leisurely stroll or go on walks with unique views. Hundreds of bicycle and hiking trails are on offer for example in Waldneukirchen where you’ll also find great places to stop and take in refreshments. What would be the cultural offerings? A highlight is, of course, the magnificent Benedictine abbey Kremsmünster with its impressive Baroque architecture and glories of past centuries gone.


See also a list of top 5 attractions in Upper Austria as well as a list of top 5 things to do in Upper Austria.