Austria, largely mountainous landlocked country of south-central Europe. Together with Switzerland, it forms what has been characterized as the neutral core of Europe, notwithstanding Austria’s full membership since 1995 in the supranational European Union (EU). (Britannica)
In our travel to Austria in 2017 we tried to cover many UNESCO registered sites. That included Salzburg, Innsbruck, Hallstatt and Hochwurzen.
Axams, Tyrol, Austria
Axams is located in the heart of Tyrol, 10 km from the city of Innsbruck. The Celtic term “Axams” means “village on an elevation”, which is also illustrated in the emblem of the municipality by a golden mountain. The blue blossom, however, refers to flax cultivation that flourished above all in the 19th century in the surroundings of the holiday resort. In winter the largest skiing area of Innsbruck and surroundings, which is the Axamer Lizum, is located only 8 km from Axams. This is where some competitions of the Olympic Winter Games of 1964 and 1976 In Innsbruck were staged.
Innsbruck, Swiss Alps
Innsbruck is the capital city of Tyrol in western Austria and the fifth-largest city in Austria. It is in the Inn valley, at its junction with the Wipp valley, which provides access to the Brenner Pass some 30 km (18.6 mi) to the south. Located in the broad valley between high mountains, the so-called North Chain in the Karwendel Alps (Hafelekarspitze, 2,334 metres or 7,657 feet) to the north, and the Patscherkofel (2,246 m or 7,369 ft) and Serles (2,718 m or 8,917 ft) to the south. Innsbruck is an internationally renowned winter sports center, and hosted the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics as well as the 1984 and 1988 Winter Paralympics. Innsbruck also hosted the first Winter Youth Olympics in 2012. The name translates as “Inn bridge”.
Hallstatt, UNESCO World Heritage Site
Hallstatt is a small town in the district of Gmunden, in the Austrian state of Upper Austria. Situated between the southwestern shore of Hallstätter See and the steep slopes of the Dachstein massif, the town lies in Salzkammergut region, on the national road linking Salzburg and Graz. Hallstatt is known for its production of salt, dating back to prehistoric times, and gave its name to the Hallstatt culture, the archaeological culture linked to Proto-Celtic and early Celtic people of the Early Iron Age in Europe, c.800–450 BC. Hallstatt is at the core of the “Hallstatt-Dachstein/Salzkammergut Cultural Landscape” declared as one of the World Heritage Sites in Austria by UNESCO in 1997.
Salzburg, Mozart City, UNESCO World HEritage Registered Site
Salzburg is the fourth-largest city in Austria and the capital of Federal State of Salzburg. Its historic centre (Altstadt) is renowned for its baroque architecture and is one of the best-preserved city centres north of the Alps, with 27 churches. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. The city has three universities and a large population of students. Tourists also visit Salzburg to tour the historic centre and the scenic Alpine surroundings. Salzburg was the birthplace of the 18th-century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In the mid‑20th century, the city was the setting for the musical play and film The Sound of Music.
Hochwurzen, Dachstein-Gletscher, Austrian Alps
Dachstein Glacier is a glacier located above the town of Ramsau am Dachstein in Austria. Snow is at the top of the glacier throughout the year. However snow is soft in summer. This mountain is located south of Salzburg. The train stops at Schladming and from there is a bus to the village below the Dachstein Mountains.
Meteor Shower, Swiss Alps
Meteor Shower, Austria, Haus Alpina Summer 2017.
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