"Vienna - travels in the Tyrol - Kufstein, Hall, Kitzbuhel. Then Salzburg - Bad Ischl - Gmunden - Graz."

 LMS’s Austrian travels took him first to Kufstein, the second largest city in Tyrol which borders the River Inn. Its most notable site is the Kufstein Fortress, although there are many others e.g. the city hall and its oldest church - Saint Vitus Church.

View from Thierberg over Kufstein and Wilder Kaiser.
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeView from Thierberg over Kufstein and Wilder Kaiser. - Credit: www.gpix.at
Moving onto Hall, also in Tyrol – this is home to a salt mine, upon which the city was previously dependent for industry.
The towers of Hall in Tirol with the Nordkette mountains
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeThe towers of Hall in Tirol with the Nordkette mountains - Credit: Herbert Ortner, Vienna, Austria

The smaller medieval town of Kitzbühel meanwhile, lies in the centre of the Kitzbühel Alps and is now renowned as a ski resort.

View onto Kitzbühel from Hahnenkamm.
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeView onto Kitzbühel from Hahnenkamm. - Credit: www.gpix.at

From here to Austria’s fourth largest city – Salzburg – home of beautiful baroque architecture and the birthplace of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and home of Maria Von Trapp – whose story was later filmed in the city for ‘The Sound of Music’ film.

View from Monk Hill, Salzburg, Austria
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeView from Monk Hill, Salzburg, Austria - Credit: Andrew Bossi

Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Salzburg, located on the banks of the green Salzach river, is famous for many sites. Overlooking the city and indeed dominating its skyline, is the impressive Hohensalzburg Castle (Festung Hohensalzburg) - one of the largest castles in Europe.

LMS next visited the spa town of Bad Ischl, which was previously the location of the Dachau concentration camp.

Bad Ischl viewed from the Katrin.
Public DomainBad Ischl viewed from the Katrin. - Credit: Photo by KF, August 2007.

Then to Gmunden – a town also enjoyed for its spa and health resort attributes – it has a variety of goat, lake, brine, vegetable and pine-cone baths, a hydropathic establishment and inhalation chambers.

Gmunden's lakefront on a cloudy summer's day
Public DomainGmunden's lakefront on a cloudy summer's day - Credit: KF

Finally, in Graz we find the second largest city in Austrai after Vienna and another recent UNESCO World Heritage city.

Rathaus (City Hall) in Graz, Austria.
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeRathaus (City Hall) in Graz, Austria. - Credit: Tamirhassan

This status is enjoyed mainly because of the wealth and variety of magnificent architecture resident in Graz, with 1,000 buildings (Gothic to Contemporary)  in the Some of the most important sights in the old town include the Rathaus (Town Hall) and the Schloßberg - a hill dominating the old town and the site of a demolished fortress.