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Place's to visit in Austria

Austria is the perfect holiday destination for all types of travelers and tourists. No matter for how long you stay in Austria, it is never enough to soak in completely to the architectural marvels, cultural experiences and the enchantment of natural landscapes the country has to offer. From honeymoon couples who intend to make their holiday all the most special amidst the picturesque Alps, its meadows and the surrounding lakes to cultural tourists and solo travelers who are on the quest to understand mankind, cultures, diverse heritages, legacies and ways of lives from around the world, Austria ensures it has answers to all the questions and curiosities of its visitors through its offerings.

Just when you think you have seen it all in Austria, a simple visit to a coffee house or a concert hall will make you have second thoughts on if you have actually seen everything in this idyllic country. With every avenue and street being postcard-worthy, you will start falling in love with the place and seriously start contemplating on returning back. If Austria is in your mind now, you might want to explore Thomas Cook for a Austria Visa Application. 

Hochosterwitz Castle

A secluded land, landscape with hues of green, a hillock and a gigantic castle with 14 gates built on top of it. Does that sound something out of a fairytale or fantasy fiction? Well, that’s how the Hochosterwitz Castle looks like. The castle is complex in its architecture just like its pronunciation. Located at an altitude of 664 meters above sea level, this is one of the most beautiful castles of the medieval period in Austria. It is immensely popular with tourists and you can actually see the castle at a distance of approximately 30 kilometers on a sunny day. A walk through the 14 gates and over 620 meters will get you to the majestic castle that has been humbly witnessing the passage of time since 1576.


Location: Hochosterwitz 1, 9314 Launsdorf, Austria

Known for: Its architecture, location over a dolomite hillock, number of gates, and rich history

How to Reach: You can easily reach the castle by car, whose entry ticket is inclusive of the parking charges. If you are taking the train, you can get down at the Launsdorf-Hochosterwitz station and hike from there. A rail pass will help in a less expensive commute. 

Approximate Cost: The entry fee is charged at approximately Rs. 1000 for adults and Rs. 600 for kids below 16 years. For seniors above 60, the price is approximately Rs. 800. If you decide to take the elevator to reach to the top, you can pay an additional of Rs. 683 per person. 

Operating Hours: The castle is open to the public from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on all days.

Any Precautions: It takes over 30 minutes on foot to reach to the top. Make sure you are fit enough for the hike. If not, take the elevator. Keep adequate water and a fully-charged camera – you will need it. Wear comfortable shoes.

Type: Historic Site

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The name literally translates to the world of ice giants in German and does complete justice to it. If Hochosterwitz was a man-made wonder – an architectural wonder – the Eisriesenwelt is its natural counterpart that can blow your mind with its simplicity. It is a limestone and ice cave that gives you new spelunking goals and takes you to the lap of nature’s best-kept secrets. If you didn’t know, this is the world’s largest ice cave and stretches to over 40 kilometers. Inside the Alps, this cave is home to some of the most surreal formations of limestone and ice. You are in for some magic inside the cave that looks normal and humble from the outside.


Location: Eishohlenstrasse 30, 5450 Werfen, Austria

Known for: Being the world’s largest ice cave. It is visited by over 20,000 tourists every year.

How to Reach: To reach Eisriesenwelt, you need to take a train from the Wesfern railway station. Once here, you can use the Eisriesenwelt shuttle services outside the railway station to reach the visitor center. You get the tickets there and from there, you can either take the cable car or hike to the cave. You can also reach the place by cars or cycles. 

Approximate Cost: It approximately costs Rs.1800 per adult and Rs.1000 for children. The price includes entry to the cave and the cable car. 

Operating Hours: The cave is open only during the months of May, June, September and October from 10:00 AM to 3:45 PM. 

Any Precautions: The temperatures inside the cave are sub-zero. So you need to carry appropriate clothing to survive the freezing temperatures. Photography is prohibited inside the cave and you are required to actively follow the guided tour. If you are claustrophobic, the cave can either help you outgrow it or make it worse. 

Type: Cave

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