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Upper Austria
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The south of this Federal Province is dominated by the Salzkammergut lake district and the Salzkammergut peaks lie across the border of Upper Austria (Oberösterreich) and Salzburg province. This is an area less well known to tourists and, with its slower pace and is ideal for restful holidays.

The north offers a relaxed holiday in the many quiet villages and farms – the Mühlviertel. Rolling plains, densely wooded highlands and lush meadows are interspersed with rocks of natural granite. The Pyhrn-Eisenwurzen region is more mountainous, while Innviertel (in the west) is an area of endless farmlands, forests and rivers. The many spas and convalescence centres in this area offer treatment for a wide range of illnesses.

Linz

The Province’s capital is an attractive town with a Baroque centre, straddling the Danube. Any tour should take in the 15th-century Schloss (castle) with its excellent museum, the numerous churches and museums, especially the Neue Gallerie.

However, there are far more attractive offerings in the Urfahr suburb, with its interactive new technology Ars Electronica Center, and the narrow-gauge train, the Pöstlingbergbahn, which travels to the pilgrimage church of Pöstlingberg with its excellent views over the valley. The Augustinian Monastery of St Florian 7km (4 miles) from Linz was sponsored by the Hapsburgs and is an attractive day trip for Linz. The major Nazi concentration camp at Mauthausen, 20km (12 miles) east of Linz, is difficult to access by public transport but is well worth a day trip.

Excursions

Bad Ischl, a 19th-century spa town, is the hub of the region, near the three most scenic lakes, Wolfgangsee,Traunsee and Hallstättersee, the town offerings include a salt mine, several museums and the summer villa of Emperor Franz Josef.

Hallstatt lent its name to a whole era in the Iron Age, surrounded by mountains it is known for its tranquility and scenery. The Mondsee is one of the warmest lakes in the Salzkammergut. St Wolfgang does not only offer an impressive altar, but a steam railway as well.

Gmunden, the Nice of Upper Austria, is known for its many cultural festivals; located at the northern end of the Traunsee, the largest of the area’s lakes, it has been famous for centuries for its porcelain.

The old city centres of Braunau and Schärding are not to be missed. Freistadt has medieval forts, whilst Grein offers a navigation museum, Clam Castle and the old theatre. Steyr, with its old inner city, delights visitors with its Working-World Museum and the Christkindl pilgrimage church. The National Park Kalkalpen in the Pyhrn-Eisenwurzen region is primarily a mountainous environment.

Windischgarsten is an attractive town from which to explore the park. Much of the interior of Upper Austria is little known to foreign tourists and many towns including Bad Goisern, Gosau, Hinterstoder and Spital am Pyhrn are attractive destinations for a quiet vacation. There are excellent skiing facilities throughout the province.