Links related to Austria presented in somewhat random fashion:
Sölktäler Nature Park
Official topographic digital map of Austria http://www.austrianmap.at
Austrian Label for environment friendly tourism (accommodation, camping, inbound, gastronomy)
Natura Trails are walking tracks through Natura 2000 areas promoting gentle travel and increasing awareness for the protection of characteristic animals, plants and habitats.
Friends of Nature Houses in Austria – http://www.naturfreunde-huetten.at
respect – Institute for Integrative Tourism & Development is the tourism brand of Naturefriends International. respect is committed to the thematic field of worldwide tourism and its impacts on societies, environment and development.
Austria’s Hiking Villages: The society of Austria’s Hiking Villages was founded in 1991 under the name “Village Holidays in Austria” and aimed at supporting and promoting ecologically demanding tourism according to selected, strict criteria such as typical appearance of a village, ecological limits, minimum measures and social limits. The Initiative International was awarded the “Tourism for Tomorrow Award” in 1993.
Austrian Nature Parks
represent a diversity of characteristic landscapes, distinguished through their inviolacy, their natural and cultural highlights and a broad spread of possibilities to enjoy, experience and comprehend nature. Today there are 45 Nature Parks in Austria, covering an area altogether of 400.000 ha. A Nature Park is a protected landscape that was created through the inter-action of people and nature. Very often these landscapes took many centuries to form into their current shape, and they thus need to be conserved and maintained by the people who live here. In Nature Parks this cultural landscape of special aesthetic appeal is opened up for the visitors through special arrangements and accessed as an area for recreation.
So far six of the ecologically most valuable regions of Austria have been declared national parks. They cover 2,350 km² or about 3% of the national territory. Taking a special place in nature conservation affairs they are not only of importance for Austria but also of interest internationally.
The Danube Floodplain National Park (NP Donau-Auen) between Vienna and Bratislava protects one of the last major river floodplains of Central Europe still unspoilt by building. The dynamism of the flowing river is still active here: The rising and sinking water levels determine the rhythm of life in the floodplain. > more about: Danube Floodplain National Park: Precious Nature for Generations
The Gesaeuse National Park along the river Enns gorge is the youngest of Austria’s national parks. Its nature is dominated by rocks, alpine pastures, forests and the wild waters of the river Enns. In addition to nature conservation and the exploration of ecosystems, recreation and environmental education are the key tasks of the Gesaeuse National Park.
In the border area between the Federal Provinces of Carinthia, Salzburg and the Tyrol there is the largest national parks of the Alps. It includes the mightiest peaks of Austria, the biggest glacier of the Eastern Alps, and the most imposing waterfalls of Europe. The Hohe Tauern National Park is an oasis of silence and recreation but also an experience of a special kind for the nature-oriented visitor. > more about: Hohe Tauern National Park
The Upper Austrian Limestone Alps National Park in the mountain ranges of the Sengsengebirge and Reichraminger Hintergebirge is the largest protected forest area of Austria. It comprises 20,825 ha and extends from an altitude a. s. l. of 385 to almost over 2000 m. It is a colourful mosaic of extensive forests, hidden gorges, untouched mountain brooks and pleasant alpine pastures. > more about: Limestone Alps National Park: A Sea of Trees and a Castle of Water
This steppe national park that crosses international borders was established in 1993. One part of its territory belongs to Austria (100 km2) and one part to Hungary (150 km2). The park ranks among the most fascinating natural areas of Europe: the open water and reed-covered zones of Lake Neusiedl, the meadows close to the water, the pasture land, and the saline and periodically dry pools are the habitats that this park has to offer. > more about: Lake Neusiedl – Seewinkel National Park
The river Thaya has created a unique landscape along the border with the Czech Republic: the Thaya Valley. In the shadow of the “Iron Curtain” this valley has remained almost untouched over decades. Today the Thaya Valley National Park in Austria and the Podyjí National Park in the Czech Republic protect this diverse and valuable environment.
Intangible Cultural Heritage
National Agency for the Intangible Cultural Heritage
Salzburg, with its dramatic townscape and historically significant urban fabric, together with its proliferation of prominent ecclesiastical and secular buildings from across the ages, is a salient example of an European ecclesiastical city-state.
Palace and Gardens of Schönbrunn (1996)
The ensemble constitutes an especially well preserved example of the Baroque princely residence in the form of a synthesis of arts.
This alpine region is an outstanding example of a natural landscape of great beauty and scientific interest.
The Semmering Railway represents a notable technological solution to a major physical problem in the construction of early railways, thereby creating a new form of cultural landscape.
The historic centre of the city of Graz reflects artistic and architectural movements originating from the Germanic region, the Balkans, and the Mediterranean, for which it served as a crossroad for centuries. The urban complex is an exceptional example of a harmonious integration of architectural styles from successive periods. The urban physiognomy faithfully tells the story of its historic development.
Schloss Eggenberg, constructed shortly after 1625 by the architect of the Graz Court, Pietro de Pomis, was built as a state residence of Duke Hans Ulrich von Eggenberg (1568–1634), one of the most prominent political personalities of 17th century Austria. The large four-winged site with three arcade courts and a crowning central tower is recognized as the most representative example of early baroque palace construction in Austria. Thus it became a prototype of building for the nobility of the following two centuries.
The Wachau is an outstanding example of a riverine landscape bordered by mountains in which material evidence of its long historical evolution has survived to a remarkable degree. The architecture, the human settlements, and the agricultural use of the land in the Wachau vividly illustrate a basically medieval landscape which has evolved organically and harmoniously over time.
Three key periods of European cultural and political development – the Middle Ages, the Baroque period, and the Gründerzeit, the era of industrialization in Austria, – are exceptionally well illustrated by the urban and architectural heritage of the Historic Centre of Vienna. Since the 16th century Vienna has been universally acknowledged to be the musical capital of Europe.
Fertö/Neusiedler See has been the meeting place of different cultures for eight millennia. Its varied landscape bears witness to this intercultural development process.
The Grossglockner peak (3,798 meters) is the highest in Austria.
Waldviertel – http://www.waldviertel.at/e/default.asp
Attractions of Lower Austria – http://www.ausflug.at
Wien / Vienna http://www.wien.info/en
Kärnten / Carinthia http://www.carinthia.at/ http://www.touris.kaernten.at/
Salzburger Land http://www.salzburgerland.com/eng/
Lower Austria http://www.lower-austria.info/portal/en/
Upper Austria – http://www.oberoesterreich-tourismus.at/
“Organic” hotels – http://biohotels.info/en/hotels-accomodation/holiday-regions/austria/
JUFA guesthouses are characterised by functional furnishings and fittings, the use of natural and regional construction materials and the excellence of their infrastructure.
The select location of the guesthouses is in regions of outstanding natural beauty and the individual atmosphere. http://www.jufa.at/en
Boutique Hotel Stadthalle in Vienna claims to be the first city hotel worldwide with a zero energy balance.
Wanderdörfer – 50 hiking regions in Austria – http://www.wanderdoerfer.at/en
Long distance Hiking Trails – http://www.alpenverein.at/weitwanderer/Weitwanderwege/index.php
Citybike Wien – Free citybike in Vienna. “The Citybike Wien system is an innovative and environmentally friendly means of public transport and not a conventional bike rental system.You can hire bikes at 58 bike stations across Vienna and return them at any station, independent of where you started your trip. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”
Cycling in Vienna – http://www.wien.gv.at/english/leisure/bike/
http://nextbike.at – Cycle rent system
Austrian Railways (OEBB.at)
http://www.waldviertlerbahn.at – 760mm train line through Austria’s forest district, today used as a tourists train only with regular steam train rides.
Moving in Vienna – Wiener Linien – Offering information about tickets and brochures, as well as details about information offices, ticket shops and the Vienna Tram Museum. http://www.wienerlinien.at
Austrian Railways info on accessible travel http://www.oebb.at/pv/en/Barrier-free_travelling/index.jsp
Accessible Vienna Info about How to get there, Public Transport, Specialised tour guides http://www.wien.info/en/travel-info/accessible-vienna?set_language=en
Organized Individual Tours: 3 day treasure hunt in Graz, 6 day city experience Vienna, 8 day handbike tour through southeast Styria http://www.barrierefrei-reisen.at/
Traditional Food Products – List of traditional Austrian food products, fruits, beverages, dishes – http://www.traditionelle-lebensmittel.at/
Eco Energy Land consists of 10 communities: Güssing, Güttenbach, St.Michael, Tobaj, Strem, Heiligenbrunn, Moschendorf, Eberau, Bildein and Deutsch Schützen/Eisenberg. Explore Eco Energy Land with its energy production facilities and its unique wood crafts! And at the latest you will notice that “Eco-” does only apply to energy, but also to unsullied, intact nature when you discover Eco Energy Land on the 125 km of specially-marked Eco Energy Land bike trail or enjoy an excellent red wine from our winegrower’s idyll.
European Centre for Renewable Energy Güssing develops lasting regional and community-based concepts for energy conservation and for the generation and use of renewable energy.
CSR-days at Ferienmesse Wien
Travel shows and fairs
Blühendes Österreich – Garden, Holiday and Caravaning, Wels, Upper Austria http://www.gartenmesse.at/ne07/?pn=6100022
Caravan Salon Austria, Wels, Upper Austria http://www.caravan-wels.at/ne07/?pn=6400022
Photo+Adventure 2010 – Fair for Travel, Photography and Outdoor, Vienna http://www.photoadventure.at/
Ferien-Messe Wien, International Fair for Holiday, Travel and Leisure, Vienna http://www.ferien-messe.at/
Alles für den Gast, Herbst – International Fair for Gastronomy and Hospitality, Salzburg http://www.gastmesse.at/
Freizeit – Fair for Travel, Caravan, Sport, Hiking, Klagenfurth, Carinthia http://www.kaerntnermessen.at/messe/freizeit-79.php
Ferien-Messe Salzburg, International Fair for Holiday, Travel and Leisure, Salzburg http://www.ferien-messe.at/
Iron, Gothic Art, Romanticism Routes in Upper Austria http://www.kulturland-oberoesterreich.at/sehenswuerdigkeiten/reiserouten.html
Wine Route in Lower Austria http://www.weinstrassen.at/
Cheese Route in Bregenzer Wald – http://www.kaesestrasse.at/
Department of Strategic Management, Marketing and Tourism – http://www.uibk.ac.at/smt/
Tag des Denkmals – Austrian Heritage Days
Learning German in Vienna – http://www.wien.info/en/vienna-for/learn-german
Farm holidays in Austria – http://www.farmholidays.com/
ÖGAF – Austrian Society for Applied Research in Travel and Tourism
European Forum Alpbach – Every year speakers and participants from all parts of the world, from science, economics and politics, experienced experts and students, come together in Alpbach to discuss the current issues and to formulate interdisciplinary solutions. The open character of the events promotes a climate of tolerance for different opinions and contributes to the overcoming of national, ideological and disciplinary boundaries in a harmonius way.
On 16 June 2011, plans to build a replica in China were first reported. On 2 June 2012, it was reported that Chinese mining company China Minmetals Corporation built a full-scale replica of the entire town in Huizhou, Guangdong province.