ski resort in the Tyrolean Alps shares a similar Austro-German history with Salzburg. Its bright coloured townhouses with wooden shutters line up against an amazing Alpine backdrop. On Saturdays in particular the quaint pedestrian area fills up with day guests populating the farmer’s market, upscale fashion design stores and cafes. Due to its relatively low elevation (800m) Kitzbuehel’s ski tourism has been suffering from dwindling snow levels in the winter. In turn, the summer season keeps attracting tennis fans to the annual ATP Open tournament and fans of historic automobile to the Kitzbueheler Alpenrallye. Not to be missed either: a ride in the 3S cable car, which boasts the highest above-ground span in the world. Graz Styria’s capital is as charming as it is underrated. At its center the landmark clock tower (Uhrturm) tolls its bells on the 500m castle mountain, overlooking a dense mixture of red tiled roofs and courtyards. The town center opens up a showcase of the most diverse historic townhouses and churches, from the Gothic Cathedral to 21st century blobby Kunsthaus. Cultural tourists on a day visit love to climb up the castle mountain or take the elevator for breathtaking views of the city, and a peek into Graz Castle. History buffs and amateur knights from all over the world have long been flocking to Landeszeughaus, the world’s largest armoury. A personal favourite is the stunning baroque castle Schloss Eggenberg in the Western outskirts. Make sure you try Styria’s regional delicacies such as pumpkinseed oil and boiled pork with root vegetables and fresh horseradish (Steirisches Wurzelfleisch). Klagenfurt If the nobility of the Duchy hadn’t taken over the reign of Klagenfurt from a Habsburg Emperor in the 16th century you could likely discard it from any sightseeing itinerary. What makes Austria’s Southern most regional capital so attractive are its rows of ornate Renaissance and baroque townhouses perforated with romantic courtyard cafes and bistros. Built upon the legendary defeat of a virgin-devouring winged dragon the city proudly displays its gigantic Lindwurm sculpture in a center townsquare. In the warm months locals and tourists head for the nearby shores of popular Woerthersee, Austria’s warmest Alpine lake which boasts Europe’s largest non-beach lake and lido. Moedling At just 14 km from Vienna visitors can be forgiven to overlook the small Medieval town of the Babenbergs. For more than 2,500 years (!) the town has been nestling between the hills of the Southern Vienna Woods (Wienerwald) and what are now lush vineyards. Besides a charming pedestrian area packed with historic townhouses Moedling is the perfect starting point for a hiking tour through the Vienna Woods. Right from the city center the Beethoven hiking path leads up to the hills and 14 km southwards to spa town Baden. Beethoven lived there for two summers and loved to hike through Wienerwald. On the way, have sip of local wine at wood tavern ‘Bockerl’. Barbara Grll-Cao is the Founder of Vienna Unwrapped. If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.Not Bavaria but not quite Italy either: Many Austrian towns beyond Vienna blend the looks of their Bavarian neighbours with the laid back character of their Southern counterparts. Here are the five best urban spaces to soak up culture, atmosphere, beer and wine. Salzburg Less than ten times smaller than Vienna (by population) the home of Mozart and the Sound of Music loves to outshine Austria’s capital. Salzburg largely owns its charming Renaissance arcades and Baroque townhouses to a thorough redesign in the late 16th and early 17th century. Having joined Austria only 200 years ago, Salzburg is at least as Southern German as it is Austrian. Among the best things to do in Salzburg are strolling through the narrow streets of the old town, taking breakfast at Café Tomaselli, visiting the Fortress Hohensalzburg and enjoying Salzburger Nockerl and local beer at quiet Linzer Gasse neighbourhood. Kitzbuehel The chic
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