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Upper Austria is one of the nine states or Bundesländer of Austria. Its capital is Linz. Upper Austria borders on Germany and the Czech Republic, as well as on the other Austrian states of Lower Austria, Styria, and Salzburg. With an area of 11,980 km² and 1.3 million inhabitants, Upper Austria is the fourth largest Austrian state by land area and third largest by population.

Upper Austria Tourist Attractions and Landmarks

Almsee
A lake in Upper Austria in the Almtal valley, south of the town of Grünau im Almtal. The lake lies in the northern portion of the Totes Gebirge mountains and is about 2.3 km by 700 m wide. The lake drains through Alm. Since 1965, the area around the Almsee is under nature conservation. Konrad Lorenz made important observations of the Greylag Goose on the lake.

 

Attersee
A village located at the western shore of lake Attersee in Upper Austria, Austria. The village centre lies between the lake and the slopes of the Buchberg (888 m, 'Beech-mountain') and is the location of a Baroque pilgrimage church from which marvelous views across the lake and up to the "Höllengebirge" (mountains of hell) can be enjoyed.

Dachstein Ice Caves / Dachstein-Rieseneishöhle
Giant Dachstein Ice Cave is located high above the valley of the Traun River and is within easy walking distance from the Schönbergalm. The ice is formed by infiltrating surface water, seeping through the cracks and crevices of the surrounding bedrock into the cave.

Gosausee / Gosau Lakes
3 to the Salzkammergut Lakes belonging Gosautal in Upper Austria, Austria.
        Vorderer Gosausee
        Gosau Lacquers
        Rear Gosausee
Front and Rear Gosausee have virtually no connection to each other. Beide Seen werden hauptsächlich durch Quellen, die von den Gletschern des Dachsteins kommen, unterhalb der Wasseroberfläche gespeist. Both lakes are mainly used by sources, by the coming of the Dachstein glacier, below the surface of the water fed.


Hallstatter See / Hallstätter Lake
A lake in the Salzkammergut, Austria. Its surface is approximately 8.55 km² and its maximum depth is 125 metres. It is a popular destination for tourists, especially scuba divers.

Kaiservilla
The little town of Bad Ischl in Upper Austria, the former summer capital of the great Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, has been associated with the Habsburg imperial dynasty for at least 700 years. The Imperial Villa in Ischl, the Emperor's summer residence, was described by Franz Josef I as "heaven on earth" for himself and his family.

The Villa was originally a wedding present from his mother, Archduchess Sophie, on the occasion of his marriage in 1854 to his teenage Bavarian cousin Elisabeth. Their engagement had taken place in Ischl the previous year. “Sisi”, as she was known to the family, became renowned as Elisabeth, Empress of Austria, the most famous beauty of the 19th century, and still fascinates a world-wide public. Franz Josef built a personal Cottage for her in the Imperial Park in English 16th-century “Elizabethan” style. The Villa and its estate are still redolent with memories of Elisabeth.

The Imperial Villa was also a stage on which the great powers of the 19th century carried out their diplomatic manoeuvrings. It was here, on 28 July 1914, that Franz Josef signed the declaration of war on Serbia that was to escalate into two global conflicts and change the world.





Mondsee
A lake in the Upper Austrian part of the Salzkammergut and neighbour to the larger Attersee. Its southwestern shore marks the border between the states of Upper Austria and Salzburg, and also between the Northern Limestone Alps in the South and the Sandstone zone of the Northern Alps. The Drachenwand (Dragonwall) at the southern shore of the lake is an impressive sight.

In 1864, remains of neolithic pile dwellings were discovered in the lake. Mondsee is one of Austria's last privately-owned lakes. In August 2008, Nicolette Waechter announced it was up for sale.



Diocese of Linz
A suffragan of the Archdiocese of Vienna, Austria. In the early Middle Ages the greater part of the territory of the present Diocese of Linz was subject to the bishops of Lauriacum (Lorch)[1]; at a later date it formed part of the great Diocese of Passau, which extended from the Isar to the Leitha. The Prince-Bishop of Passau personally administered the upper part or Upper Austria, while an auxiliary bishop, having his residence in Vienna and called the Official, administered for him the eastern part or Lower Austria. To do away with the political influence in his territories of the bishops of Passau, who were also princes of the Empire, Joseph II decided to found two new dioceses. These were in Linz and St. Pölten, which in a certain measure were to renew the old Lauriacum, and the emperor only awaited the death of Cardinal Firmian, then Bishop of Passau, to carry out his plans.



Schafbergbahn
A narrow gauge cog railway in Upper Austria leading from Sankt Wolfgang am Wolfgangsee up to the Schafberg (1,783 m). With a total length of 5.85 km it gains about 1,200 m in height difference. The rail gauge is 1,000 mm (3 ft 3⅜ in). It uses the Abt system. Operation started in 1893. Today steam locomotives as well as diesel railcars are in operation.



Schloss Ort / Schloss Orth
An Austrian castle situated in the Traunsee lake, near Gmunden and 19 km from Vöcklabruck, the gate to Salzkammergut. The castle was founded around 1080 by Hartnidus of Ort, and improvements continued to be made into the thirteenth century - for example by Hartnidus V in 1244. In 1344 the brothers Friedrich and Reinprecht I of Wallsee purchased the castle, which became Friedrich’s sole possession on January 25, 1350. The castle remained in the possession of the Wallsee family until 1483, when Schloss Ort passed to Frederick III, Holy Roman Emperor.



St. Wolfgang Parish Church


Traunsee
A lake in the Salzkammergut, Austria, its surface is approximately 24.5 km² and its maximum depth is 191 metres. It is a popular tourist destination, and its attractions include Schloss Ort, a medieval castle. At the North end of the lake is Gmunden, at the south end is Ebensee. The lake is surrounded by mountains, including the Traunstein, and a number of other towns and villages surround the lake, including Altmünster and Traunkirchen.



Wolfgangsee
A lake in Austria that lies mostly within the state of Salzburg and is one of the best known lakes in the Salzkammergut resort region. The municipalities on its shore are Strobl, St. Gilgen with the villages of Abersee and Ried as well as the market town of St. Wolfgang in the state of Upper Austria. The town and the lake are named after Saint Wolfgang of Regensburg, who, according to legend, built the first church here in the late 10th century. The Wolfgangsee stretches about 10.5 kilometres from the northwest to the southeast. It is divided into two parts by a peninsula, called die Enge (the Narrow), situated roughly in the middle of its southern shore opposite St. Wolfgang, where the breadth is no more than 200 metres. The western portion of the lake at St. Gilgen is known as the Abersee.

The lake has an area of about 12.9 to 13.1 km² and is completely surrounded by the Salzkammergut mountain range. On the northern side, the Schafberg is located. A rack railway, the Schafbergbahn leads up to the summit at 1,782 m. Due to the steep shore at its foot only a footpath connects St. Wolfgang and the village of Ried with St. Gilgen along the Falkensteinwand, the set of the Bergpsalmen ("mountain psalms") lyric anthology written by Joseph Viktor von Scheffel in 1870. In the south and southwest of the Wolfgangsee lies the Osterhorngruppe, with heights up to 1,800 metres. Directly south of St. Gilgen rises the Zwölferhorn (1,521 m), which can be visited by cable car.






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