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Austria has many castles and palaces, and a lot of them are very well preserved.
While most Austrian castles can be found in the eastern part of the contry (Lower Austria, Carinthia and Styria), the biggest and most impressive ones are found in the western part of Austria. This is where the Hohensalzburg castle, the biggest castle of Austria is found too.
Palaces in Austria
Mirabell Palace (Schloss Mirabell) is a historical building in the city of Salzburg, Austria. The palace with its gardens is a listed cultural heritage monument and part of the Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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The Belvedere is a historic building complex in Vienna, Austria, consisting of two Baroque palaces (the Upper and Lower Belvedere), the Orangery, and the Palace Stables. The buildings are set in a Baroque park landscape in the 3rd district of the city, south-east of its centre. It houses the Belvedere museum.
Laxenburg castles are imperial palaces and castles outside Vienna, in the town of Laxenburg, Lower Austria.
The castles became a Habsburg possession in 1333 and formerly served as a summer retreat, along with Schonbrunn palace, for the imperial Habsburg dynasty.
Blauer Hof Palace was the birthplace of some members of the royal family, including Crown Prince Rudolf.
Schloss Porcia (Porcia Castle) is a castle in Spittal an der Drau, in the Austrian state of Carinthia. It is one of the most significant Renaissance buildings in Austria.
Schloss Klessheim is a Baroque palace situated 4 km (2.5 mi) west of Salzburg in the Austrian commune of Wals-Siezenheim.
A former summer residence of the Archbishops of Salzburg, it is now the only year-round Casino
Eggenberg Palace (German: Schloss Eggenberg) in Graz is the most significant Baroque palace complex in Styria.
With its preserved accouterments, the extensive scenic gardens as well as some additional collections from the Universalmuseum Joanneum housed in the palace and park, Schloss Eggenberg counts among the most valuable cultural assets of Austria.
"I'm going to build myself a palace", thought Prince Hans Ulrich von Eggenberg, and in 1625 asked Palladio student Pietro de Pomis to design one of the most important palaces in Styria. Fact: the design of the construction and interior follows a mathematical and allegorical model, conceived to make Schloss Eggenberg into a complex symbolic reflection of the universe. Particularly recommended are the magnificent Planet Hall and also the museums and exhibitions housed in the palace.
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The Anif Palace, also known as Water Palace Anif, stands beside an artificial pond within the Austrian county of Anif at the southern edge of the city of Salzburg. Anif is most famous for its use in several movies, including The Sound of Music and Frederick Forsyth's The Odessa File.
Schloss Leopoldskron is a rococo palace and a national historic monument in Leopoldskron-Moos, a southern district of the city of Salzburg, Austria.
The palace is located on the lake Leopoldskroner Weiher.
The Schloss Hof is an Austrian palace purchased, late in his life in 1726, by the field marshal Prince Eugene of Savoy.
He had it enlarged in the Baroque style by the architect Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt in 1729, and used it as an elaborate hunting lodge.
The Schloss Esterhazy is a palace in Eisenstadt, Austria, the capital of the Burgenland state. It was constructed in the late 13th century, and came under ownership of the Hungarian Esterházy family in 1622.
Under Paul I, 1st Prince Esterházy of Galántha the estate was converted into a baroque castle which remained the principal residence and center of administration of the family for over 300 years
The Alte Residenz was the city palace of the Archbishops of Salzburg in the Old Town of Salzburg.
Salzburg's Residenz, situated in the heart of the city, is an extensive complex of buildings, containing some 180 rooms and three spacious courtyards.
The Villa Wartholz or Castle Wartholz is a former imperial villa in Reichenau an der Rax in Lower Austria.
Villa Wartholz was designed by Heinrich von Ferstel in the historicist style in the years 1870 to 1872 for Archduke Karl Ludwig of Austria.
Trautenfels Castle (German: Schloss Trautenfels) is a palace located in the district of Liezen in Styria. It lies directly on the Enns at 673m in the municipality Purgg-Trautenfels on a cliff protrusion at the foot of the Grimming.
Schloss Stainz is a former monastery of the Augustinian Canons in Stainz in Styria, Austria. Today the Baroque complex belongs to the Counts of Meran and hosts two museum collections from the Universal Museum Joanneum.
Schonbrunn Palace (German: Schloss Schonbrunn) is a former imperial 1,441-room Rococo summer residence in modern Vienna, Austria. One of the most important cultural monuments in the country, since the 1960s it has been one of the major tourist attractions in Vienna.
The palace and gardens illustrate the tastes, interests, and aspirations of successive Habsburg monarchs.
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