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.
The smaller medieval town of Kitzbühel meanwhile, lies in the centre of the Kitzbühel Alps and is now renowned as a ski resort.
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.
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.
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.
Finally, in Graz we find the second largest city in Austrai after Vienna and another recent UNESCO World Heritage city.
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.