upper austria - oberösterreich
oberösterreich Upper Austria’s versatile landscapes are among Europe’s finest and most varied scenery nowhere else could you find crystal clear mountain lakes, endless farmlands, rivers and forests, rolling plains and lofty mountains, all thrown into the mix. Upper Austria reveals the best of what Austria has to offer. The area is encircled by the Danube, Bavarian Woods, Bohemian Forest and Waldviertel Region, Upper Austria’s North offers a relaxed holiday in many of the quiet villages and farms. The densely wooded highlands, rolling plains and lush meadows are interspersed with rocks of natural granite. Towns with downtown squares that have changed little in hundreds of years, lush green meadows, long and winding roads and mysterious castles and ruins.

Originally a unity with Lower Austria (Ostarrichi from 996) Upper Austria received its own "Landjudge" in 1264 and had its own head of the provincial government from 1329. In 1784 it became a "Crownland" and in 1861 an archduchy.

upper austria

Coat of Arms by Dr. Peter Diem

Linz Inhabitants: 190.000
Capital of Upper Austria
  • Pöstlingberg
  • Ars Electronica
  • Cathedral

  • Wels
    Wels Inhabitants: 58.000
    Upper Austria
  • Ledererturm
  • Minoriten
  • Medieval City Wall

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    kastner lebkuchen Kastner Lebkuchen Gingerbread

    As early as 1559 Kastner carries on the art of the manufacture of gingerbread and biscuits. The prescriptions were refined, the compositions more sophisticated, the offer richer. Only one has remained the same - the outstanding quality.

    Schon seit 1559 übt man bei Kastner die Kunst der Lebzelterei. Die Rezepte wurden verfeinert, die Kompositionen raffinierter, das Angebot reichhaltiger. Nur eines blieb gleich – die hervorragende Qualität. Heute ist Kastner weit über die Grenzen hinaus ein Begriff für originelle Gaumenfreuden der feinsten Art. Lassen Sie sich verführen zu weihnachtlichen Geschenkideen von Kastner.


    Bachhalm Schokolade Chocolate

    bachhalm chocolate Hand Made Orange Gourmet Chocolate.

    The handskimmed exquisite chocolate are manufactured in pure handiwork from the pastry cooks of the cake shop "Bachhalm", which is located in Kirchdorf/Krems, in Southern Upper Austria.

    Those finest chocolate bars are manufactured under Swiss quality recipes in very small amounts. Where Bachhalm only uses the best ingredients, selected cacao beans of the sort "Criollo", with all special in tasting characteristics, which express their chocolates a very special aroma. The fresh chocolate bars have a very high share of purest cacao butter, no vegetable oil or vegetable fat is used.

    Also the fillings consits only of selected best ingredients and those ensure the perfect and incomparable pleasure.


    kapsreiter landbier Kapsreiter Landbier

    Es ist alles drin in unserem naturbelassenen Landbier gold. Alle wertvollen Malz- und Hopfenstoffe. Vor allem aber viel Zeit. Zum einen liegt es am Nachgärverfahren, in dem ein spezieller Hefestamm für das erfrischende Bouquet sorgt. Zum anderen liegt es aber daran, dass eine kleine Brauerei wie Kapsreiter beim Brauen eben mehr Wert auf Qualität als auf Geschwindigkeit und Haltbarkeit legt.

    Alkohol: 5,3 Vol. %, Stammwürze: 11,8 %

    source: www.kapsreiter.at


    ARS Electronica Center in Linz/Upper Austria
    ARS Electronica ARS Electronica Center is the museum of the future!

    Six floors of future. Six levels to get familiar with, to try out, to get hands-on experience with, to play with, to customize to one's own tastes, to learn. The Login Area is the gateway to the world of digital interaction. Right from the start, visitors begin exploring the museum and all its possibilities—access to information is offered in playful fashion.

    - link: www.aec.at

    Rafting Rafting is a super adventure, an exciting experience for young and old. This is a safe hobby to be done as a single, pair or even a group. There is no problem and all you need to know about paddleing in white water will be taught.

    Austria-Adventure offers you a bridge jump (if you want to), white water swimming (if you can handle it) and a one hour canyon trip on the Enns River.

    - link: www.rafting-canyoning.com

    Kalkalpen Nationalpark since 1997.

    The Nationalpark Oberösterreichische Kalkalpen lies in the south - east of the province Upper Austria and is part of the northern limestone alps. The landscape is dominated by forests (greatest forest area in Austria without public roads and settlements), a lot of small rivers (greatest system of undisturbed rivers in the eastern alps), some canyons and mountains up to 2.000 metres above sea-level.

    The National Park is a mosaik of various habitats. You can find in this area 50 kinds of mammal, 80 kinds of breeding bird, 1600 different butterflies and more than 1000 bloom plants, moss and ferns.

    "Oberösterreichische Kalkalpen" were established as national park in july 1997. The park area in the region "Reichraminger Hintergebirge / Sengsengebirge" covers presently 20.825 hectares: 80% forest, 10% pastures and 10% “Latschen” and rocks. It reaches from 385 to 1963 metres above sea-level. The main criteria of the National Park are recuperation, conservation, teaching and research.
    © Mag. Karl Kurz

    Hallstatt Salt Worlds
    The "Man in Salt" is the central theme of the new Hallstatt Salt Worlds. One of the longest miner’s slides in the world, an approx. Salzwelten 1400 square meter large underground, mystically lighted salt lake and the brightly shimmering salt crystal chamber are just a few of the many interesting attractions that await visitors of the Salt Worlds. Children’s footsteps echo loudly up the steps of the salt mine on the way to the “Zwergenwerk” (dwarf mine). At the “Zwergenwerk“ kids are sure to get their money’s worth – the mighty prehistoric figures are witness to centuries-old salt mining in Hallstatt.

    - link: www.salzwelten.at

    Wolfgangsee Upper Austria
    This is one of the loveliest lakes in the Salzkammergut with deep blue waters. The mountain on its north side is the Schafberg again with a hotel and restaurant 6,000 feet up on the summit. On the south side is the slightly smaller Zwölferhorn. St. Gilgen, like Strobl at the far end of the lake, is a pleasant resort town. Mozart's mother was born here. On the opposite shore is the gorgeous old pilgrimage town of St. Wolfgang. This is where the rack railway leaves for the Schafberg summit. Paddle steamers cross the lake to reach the town.

    Traunsee Upper Austria
    The Traunsee holiday region is the eastern gateway to the Salzkammergut. Gentle hills blend into the majestic limestone Alps and lofty Traunstein mountain, the region´s landmark, guards the entrance to the Salzkammergut. The elegant spa town of Gmunden and the three resorts of Altmünster, Traunkirchen and Ebensee are strung along the western shores of lake Traunsees. Each of these picturesque towns has its own irresistible charm.

    Therme Geinberg
    Geinberg Upper Austria

    Monday - Thursday 09.00 - 22.00
    Friday 09.00 - 23.00
    Saturday, Sunday 09.00 - 22.00

    Thermal indoor and outdoor pool with communicative whirl islands, massage jets and relaxation areas for your enjoyment. Exciting outdoor pool for summertime swimming fun. Market restaurant with fresh delicacies Heated corridors connecting the Health Center and the Health Hotel. At a source temperature of approximately 97° C, the thermal spring water contains sodium bicarbonate, choride, and sulphur.

    - link: www.therme-geinberg.at

    Eurotherme Bad Schallerbach "Colorama"
    Schallerbach Upper Austria

    daily from 9.00 to 24.00

    "Colorama" - Austria´s first color therapy in Bad Schallerbach!

    Color Therapy is simply the therapy of using colors to heal. Color alters moods, emotions and attitudes in a positive way.

    In a period of one hour the Colorama thermal spring changes it's colour from morning red to midday sun and back.

    - link: www.eurotherme.at

    Zipfer Beer
    Zipfer Beer A beer of the highest quality with a refreshing, finely hopped flavour. The foundation of the Zipfer brewing recipe is formed by carefully selected hops from the finest garden regions, in combination with outstanding malt. The experienced touch of the master brewer and a slow maturation process then gently turn this beer into the slimline, lightly hopped Zipfer Original.

    -link: www.zipfer.at
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    Kaiservilla Bad Ischl
    Kaiservilla Bad Ischl The former Kaiserstadt Bad Ischl (summer residence of Emperor Franz Josef) is situated in the middle of Austria and forms the heart of the Salzkammergut Lake District.

    Between 1848 and 1914, Emperor Franz Joseph I. came to Bad Ischl for his annual summer residence, spending nearly 70 summers here with hunting and recreation, a truly loyal guest to Bad Ischl. His summer residence was the "Kaiservilla", the Imperial Villa.

    In 1853, to mark the engagement, Archduchess Sophie bought the house with its grounds for 30,000 gulden, and presented it to the young couple as their personal residence in the family’s beloved summer resort. Its 14 rooms were, however, completely inadequate even for the barest entourage of staff who would inevitably have to accompany the Emperor and his wife wherever they went. Furthermore, the villa would have to provide surroundings worthy of the head of a major empire when receiving state guests. And so, even before the wedding, work began on extending and rebuilding the property to fit it for its new imperial function.

    During the winter of 1853/54 the new house was designed and constructed in the Palladian style by the architect Antonio Legrenzi. The park was laid out by Franz Rauch, head of the imperial gardens, with gardeners from the staff of the Schönbrunn and Laxenburg palaces, near Vienna. Work was pushed energetically forward in order to have everything ready for provisional occupation during the following summer, when it would no longer have been appropriate for the married Emperor to stay with his parents in the town. The existing house, with an extended frontage, became the core of the central wing, and the addition of the side wings gave the building its present ground form in the shape of a letter E (for Elisabeth). A new bridge was built over the River Ischl to allow access by carriages.

    Franz Joseph and Elisabeth took up residence in their new (but still unfinished) Villa for the first time at the end of July 1854 and Ischl finally became the Emperor’s official summer residence. Additional accommodation had to be rented down in the town for members of the staff and, since the kitchen block was not yet finished, meals had to be eaten with Franz Joseph's parents in the Seeauer house. Nevertheless, on 23 August, the Emperor received a state visit by King Ferdinand of Portugal, the first of hundreds that were to follow at his home in Ischl.

    Kaiservilla Bad Ischl By the summer of 1857 the house with all its secondary buildings in the park was finished. Although the Imperial Villa is by no means extravagant in size or appointments, the majestic dignity of its superb setting gives it that unmistakable ambience of an imperial residence which it retains to the present day. There were, of course, further developments and modernisation over the years. The original estate was enlarged until it encompassed almost all that could be seen from the front windows of the Villa. Electricity, including electric heating, was introduced at a very early date in the late 19th century from the Villa’s own hydro-electric plant on the River Ischl. The house still has its own water supply from the mountains on the far side of the Jainzen valley. The present splendid bridge over the River Ischl was erected in 1890 to replace the more modest one built 36 years earlier. Many of these expensive embellishments were put in hand after Franz Josef inherited the personal fortune left by his childless uncle and predecessor, former Emperor Ferdinand I.

    Kaiservilla Bad Ischl During the following six decades, Franz Josef and his family spent extended periods in the Villa, at the very least the summer months, although members of the imperial family would also use it at other times of the year. Sometimes war, military manoeuvres or other reasons would interrupt the Emperor’s usual pattern of residence, but in his entire lifetime the only years he missed his Ischl sojourn entirely were 1848 and 1878, when crisis situations kept him elsewhere, and the war years 1915 and 1916. Otherwise, from his accession to the throne in 1848 up to 1914, the imperial court moved en bloc to Ischl, and from 1854 the vast Austro-Hungarian Monarchy was ruled from Franz Josef's study in the Imperial Villa.
    text: www.kaiservilla.com

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