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The Alps offer some of the best views in Austria tours, and a recently opened attraction offers a pulse-pounding way to experience one of them. Travelers began walking across the so-called "Stairway to Nothingness," a suspension bridge in the Dachstein Massif that takes brave hikers more than 1,300 feet above the ground, ABC News reports. Being suspended above the rocky abyss with nothing more than footpath beneath you may appeal to tourists with nerves of steel, but for others, the Australian Alps still have plenty to offer.
Hike the hills in Alpbach
The village of Alpbach may not be home to the towering peaks located in other Austrian towns, but it is perfect if you're looking to casually take in the lush green landscape without undertaking a challenging hike. The trails can take you through some of the most picturesque regions in Europe complete with babbling brooks, remote pastures and quiet woods. The town certainly seems to run on its own time and is the perfect place if you're looking to get away from the stresses of everyday life.
Not all the appealing destinations in the Austrian Alps have to be natural attractions, and the mid-size city of Villach is one of the best inhabited spots to explore on a tour of Austria. There are plenty of active pursuits to take advantage of, whether you want to go hiking, cross-country skiing or golfing, but it is also a cultural hub. Specifically, it hosts several festivals throughout the year, including Jazz over Villach and the popular Villacher Kirchtag, an Austrian take on Mardi Gras.
History in Innsbruck
If you're looking to add a sense of history to your trip through the Austrian Alps, Innsbruck is the place to go. The city is replete with historic landmarks, but none are more impressive than Ambras Castle. Built in 1563, this immense residence is more than just a stunning piece of architecture: It also served as the home of Archduke Ferdinand II for more than 30 years until 1595. Of course, there are other historic highlights as well, including the Hofkirche, a church that dates back to the 16th century. The building is especially interesting because it is home to the tomb of Emperor Maximilian I, which is a work of art in its own right.
Look down in wonder at Buckingham Palace, the Palace of Westminster and St Paul’s Cathedral from your glass-walled pod on the London Eye, then gaze out over the Louvre and the Champs-Elysees from the top of the Eiffel Tower.
The scent of rich pine forests lingers in the breeze as the 13th-century ruins of Turaida Castle are revealed before your eyes in the lush Gauja River valley in a medieval sanctuary untouched by the march of time.
The aroma of dark roasted Viennese coffee hangs thick in the air as you tread the cobblestone laneways and bask in the elegant architecture, atmospheric cafes and refined restaurants in one of the most beautiful cities in Eastern Europe.
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