#31 best destination in the world

Stephansdom Crypt

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  • Just beneath the stone floors of this Cathedral lie the skeletal remains of over 11,000 people
  • In a section known as ducal crypt, the organs of princes, queens, and emperors are kept
  • Along with hearts, over 60 jars of imperial intestines rest
  • Not long ago, the seals on one jar broke, leaking 200-year-old visceral fluid onto the floor

Habsburg Imperial Crypt

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  • Final resting place for the remains of 143 Habsburg royalty
  • The Habsburgs were major imperial royal dynasties of Europe, as well as the Holy Roman Emperors from 1438 to 1740, the Habsburgs ruled over much of Europe until their downfall in World War I

Österreichische Nationalbibliothek

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  • Largest library in Austria, with more than 12 million items in its collection
  • Founded by the Habsburgs, the library was originally called the Imperial Court Library
  • The change to the current name occurred in 1920, following the end of the Habsburg Monarchy and the proclamation of the Austrian Republic

Schmetterlinghaus

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  • Art nouveau palm house, home to hundreds of butterflies housed in a tropical rainforest setting

Clock Museum

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  • A collection of clocks from 1400s onwards in a Viennese house, with hourly chiming

Innere Stadt

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  • Largest city in Austria
  • Originally inhabited by early Celtic and Roman settlements that created Medieval and Baroque architecture
  • Known in European music as the center of the great age of Viennese Classicism through the early part of the 20th century
  • The number 1 destination for international congresses and conventions
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

Schönbrunn Palace

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  • 1,441 room Baroque palace
  • Former imperial summer residence
  • Over 300 years old
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

Schlossberg (Graz)

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  • City that has a long tradition as a region of universities
  • One of the best preserved city centers in Central Europe
  • More important to Solvenes politically and culturally than the capital of Slovenia
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

Hallstatt

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  • Small town situated between the shore of Hallstätter See and the slopes of the Dachstein massif
  • Known for its production of salt, dating back to prehistoric times, which gave its name to the Hallstatt culture, the archaeological culture linked to Proto-Celtic and early Celtic people of the Early Iron Age in Europe, from 800–450 BC
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

Altstadt Salzburg

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  • District of Salzburg that corresponds with the historic city centre, situated on the banks of the Salzach river
  • Altstadt Salzburg is Mozart’s birthplace, at Getreidegasse
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

Hohensalzburg Fortress

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  • One of the largest medieval castles in Europe
  • Construction started in 1077 under Archbishop Gebhard von Helfenstein

Nordkette Cable Car

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  • Gondola lift in the Austrian state of Tyrol, that goes from Innsbruck to the Nordkette, the mountain chain of the Karwendel
  • The cableway is the heart of the Innsbrucker Nordkettenbahnen ski area

Costs

Number of Days: 22 days

Best Time To Fly: April-May, Sept-Oct

Airline tickets: $1,630

Seattle -> Vienna (round trip) = $1,630

Food: $44/day x 22 days = $968

Rental car: $30/day x 9 days = $270

Gas: $70

Entertainment: $164

Airbnb: $112/day x 20 days = $2,240

TOTAL: $5,342