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Salzburg Panorama

Panorama of Salzburg

Panorama of Salzburg

Hohensalzburg Castle in Salzburg, Austria, offers a view of the old town of Salzburg from one side, and a beautiful Alpine landscape on the other.

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Landscape

Photograph of Landscape in Halstatt, Austria

Photograph of Landscape in Halstatt, Austria

Driving between Vienna and Salzburg, one gets to observe a change in the Austrian landscape from open, relatively flat plains to the rolling hills of the Austrian Alps. One of the most popular stopping-points along this route is the picturesque village of Hallstatt, somewhere around which this photograph was taken. And with landscapes like this one surrounding the village, it’s not difficult to see why it is such a popular tourist destination!

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Melk Abbey

Photograph of Melk Abbey in Austria

Photograph of Melk Abbey in Austria

Driving from Vienna to Salzburg (Austria’s two most famous cities), the bright colours and imposing structure of Melk Abbey catches the eye. Located in the small town of Melk about an hour from Vienna, it was founded as a Benedictine abbey in 1089. The Baroque abbey seen in the photograph was built in the early 18th century. The abbey houses the remains of several members of Austria’s first ruling dynasty, the House of Babenberg.

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Statue

Photograph of Statue in Vienna

Photograph of Statue in Vienna

The Kunsthistorisches Museum and the Naturhistorisches Museum are two of the most impressive museums in Europe. They are museums of art and natural history respectively, and with their enormous collections, they attract tens of thousands of visitors each year. The two museums are housed in identical buildings (more like palaces) facing each other in the heart of Vienna. The surrounding areas are home to other Viennese treasures such as Hofburg Palace, Albertina Museum, and Österreichische Nationalbibliothek (the National Library of Austria). 

The space between the two enormous museums is adorned with fountains, statues and topiary. Due to their age and material of build (copper), most of the statues have started turning green. 

(Submitted to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: “Face“)

 

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Alpine Landscape

Alpine Landscape Photograph

Alpine Landscape Photograph

There are three distinct areas in this photograph of the Austrian Alps: the fluffy white clouds in the background; the lone mountain peak in the mid-ground; and the lush green hills in the foreground. All three elements contribute something to the photograph, and combine to create a visually appealing and greatly picturesque landscape.

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Salzburg Cathedral

Photograph of Salzburg Cathedral

Photograph of Salzburg Cathedral

Salzburg’s old town is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its eventful history and incredible architecture. One of the structures that stands out is Salzburg Cathedral. Its huge dome, pictured here, is visible from much of the old town, and has become one of Salzburg’s most well-known symbols. The Cathedral, and the town of Salzburg in general, has become one of Europe’s top tourist destinations in the past few decades. Although many tourists visit Salzburg solely due to its connections to the Sound of Music and/or Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, its architectural beauty deserves recognition and acclaim in itself.

(Submitted to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenges: “Wanderlust“, “Curve” and “Pure“)

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Eisriesenwelt

Entry to Ice Cave

Entry to Ice Cave

One of the largest ice cave systems in the world can be found in the Austrian Alps near the town of Salzburg. The cave system is known in German as eisriesenwelt, which translates roughly to “world of ice-giants”. This may seem like a childish and fantastical name for an ice cave, but after visiting one understands the aptness of the name.

The ice cave is not an easy place to visit. It requires great amounts of time and energy, and the abilities to handle high altitudes, sub-zero temperatures, and darkness. If one has these things, however, the ice cave can be conquered, and one can have a truly brilliant and unique experience.

(Submitted to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenges: “Path“, “Narrow” and “Victory“)

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Alpine Village

Photograph of Valley

Photograph of Valley

Almost every valley in the Austrian Alps holds some small, rarely-heard-of village. Many of them have tiny populations, cover very little area and have only one or two large buildings. The houses are mostly built using wood and in the old-fashioned style with sloping roofs to keep the snow off. Unlike the large cities where almost everybody knows some English, people in these villages speak only German. Therefore communication may be a problem for outsiders.

While the basic necessities such as electricity and paved roads are available in these villages, they have managed to resist widespread urbanization. Hopefully they will continue to do so, as what these villages hold in terms of historic and cultural value cannot be replaced by any city in the world.

In this photograph, a small village is flanked by the beautiful Austrian Alps. Clouds are gathering above the mountain tops.

(Entered in the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenges: “Wanderlust“, “Ambience” and “Landscape“)