Bordering both Germany and the Czech Republic, Upper Austria is one of nine states in Austria. It centres around the historic capital of Linz and encompasses spectacular landscapes that range from glacier-topped mountains to sparkling lakes.
Things to do in Oberosterreich
Whether you’re interested in the history of the Austro-Hungarian Empire or want to ski alpine trails, Upper Austria offers something for all travellers.
Sightsee in Linz. Serving as the capital of Upper Austria, Linz is clustered with beautiful Baroque buildings along the banks of the Danube River. Admire the magnificent Church of Ignatius that dominates the main square and browse the extensive art collection at the Lentos Kunstmuseum before stepping into the future at the landmark Ars Electronica Center.
Visit Bad Ischl’s Kaiservilla. Described by Emperor Franz Joseph I as “heaven on Earth”, the Kaiservilla is a Neoclassical masterpiece that once served as the summer residence of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. Join a guided tour to explore the opulent interior, which features period furnishings and a significant art collection, before strolling through the English-style gardens.
Hit the ski slopes of Hoher Dachstein. Marking the highest point of Upper Austria is Hoher Dachstein, which is renowned for its glacial ski slopes. Jump aboard one of the lifts to access the five kilometres of trails while enjoying panoramic views across the Northern Limestone Alps. Also not to miss is the Dachstein Ice Palace, which features magnificently carved rooms and figures.
Relax on the shores of the Attersee. One of Austria’s largest lakes, the Attersee is a popular summer recreational destination, with everything from hiking to kayaking and fishing on offer. It’s home to a group of stilt houses that form part of the UNESCO-listed Prehistoric pile dwellings around the Alps and is famed for its “breeze of roses” that often accompanies sailors cruising the lake.
Getting around Oberosterreich
Linz Airport is the main aviation gateway to Upper Austria and has seasonal flights to destinations across Europe. Trains connect from cities across Austria to the Linz Central railway station while buses travel to smaller towns and villages across the state.