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Discover the prettiest villages in Austria

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There are countless charming villages in Austria. We have made a list of our favoured prettiest villages, to give you a small taste of what you can expect.

When travelling in Austria, cities such as Salzburg and Vienna are unavoidable. Notwithstanding, to learn more about the country, you should also visit some of the prettiest villages in Austria. Here you will find the true heart and soul of Austria.


Heiligenbrunn, Burgenland, Austria
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Heiligenbrunn in Burgenland is known for its so-called “kellerviertel” which you find in the vineyards around the village. Its main attraction is the characteristic small whitewashed houses, many of them with thatched roofs, which create a unique atmosphere. Nonetheless, the atypical architecture makes this one of Austria’s prettiest villages. Strolling among the picturesque houses, constructed between the 17th and 19th centuries, is like travelling back into history. Most of the basement houses are privately owned. Some work as small wine shops where you can taste and buy Uhudler products. Others have been converted to summer cottages to let. A couple function as museums, where you can see wine presses and other items related to wine production.


Read more about Heiligenbrunn – The cradle of the Uhudler wine


Bad Waltersdorf

Bad Waltersdorf in Styria - Discover the prettiest villages in Austria
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In 2003, Bad Waltersdorf in Styria was awarded the gold plaque as the “most beautiful village in Europe” by Entente Florale. The village is picturesquely situated among gently rolling hills, covered with vineyards and fruit orchards. Vivid floral decorations on the bridges across the creek Safen, which flows through the village, is adding to the rural idyll. Bad Waltersdorf was inhabited already in Roman times. Most of the historic buildings are found around the church from 1690, such as the rectory of 1774. Just outside the village, there is a thermal spa Heiltherme Bad Waltersdorf.


Read more about Bad Waltersdorf – Spa, culinary treats & scenic hiking


Mauterndorf, Salzburgerland, Travel destination Austria
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Mauterndorf, located in the Lungau region in the southeastern tip of Salzburgerland, is a real gem. A picturesque, well-preserved medieval village in the middle of the Alps. Take your time and explore one of Austria’s prettiest villages to discover medieval architecture, traditional houses, and the odd henhouse. After all, the village centre mostly consists of historic buildings that add lots of character to the place. An unmissable landmark in Mauterndorf is the medieval castle that towers over the village.

Read more about Nature meets history in Mauterndorf



Straden in Styria - Discover the prettiest villages in Austria
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Even in Austria, where pretty villages dot the landscape throughout the country, this tiny hilltop hamlet stands out. Not only because of the lovely village but also because of its location. Standen’s 3 church towers dominate its skyline. Enjoy the picturesque views of the countryside in southeastern Styria from the viewing platform. Browse through the delicatessen shop and relax with a coffee and cake in the small square.


Read more about the Vulkanland region in Styria

St. Gilgen

St. Gilgen in Salzburgerland - Discover the prettiest villages in Austria
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Charming St. Gilgen in Salzburgerland, which is situated on scenic Lake Wolfgang, is a typical Austrian village. Colourful flowers decorate not only parks but also many houses. The love city hall (Rathaus) is just one of the buildings, that has put St. Gilgen on our list of prettiest villages. If you prefer spending time by the water, there is a promenade with cafés and a small beach. Moreover, St. Gilgen’s idyllic setting among the mountains in Salzkammergut, makes it popular with hikers. You can take the cable car up to Zwölferhorn at 1522 meters above sea level, from the centre of the village. Furthermore, St. Gilgen is also known as the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s mother.


Read more about Salzkammergut – Austria in miniature



Heiligenblut in Carinthia - Discover the prettiest villages in Austria
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Heiligenblut in Carinthia, is rightly called the most beautiful mountain village in the Alpine region, because of its unique mountain scenery. Its Gothic church with the Großglockner, Austria’s highest mountain, in the background, is unquestionably one of the most famous photo motives in the country. Heiligenblut is in the heart of the Hohe Tauern National Park and is located on the Grossglockner High Alpine Road (Großglockner-Hochalpenstraße). Moreover, the village is named after a chapel, first mentioned in 1271, containing a relic of the Blood of Christ.


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Written by Ana Lucia Marcos

Ana Lucia has traveled the world, but fell completely in love with Austria. She loves the dramatic mountain landscape, the phototastiske lakes and the captivating castles. Moreover, a real Wienerschnitzel is always on the menu when she explores the alpine country.