Seeing as couch-based travel is the closest any of us are getting to the outside world right now, we may as well sit back, relax, and enjoy the virtual trips that have been made for us. Austria, with its wonderful combination of dramatic landscapes, art, history and architecture is the perfect destination for desktop dreamers.
The Schönbrunn Palace
Located in Hietzing, Vienna, the Schönbrunn Palace was the main summer residence for the Habsburg rulers. It is commonly recognised as one of the most important historic, cultural and architectural monuments in Vienna. While you can’t explore all 1441 rooms of the rococo-styled palace, you can explore the family dining room of Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife, Sisi, then move through to the Yellow Salon and the Mirrors Room.
The Salzkammergut Lake Region
Austria’s lake region is nestled between Salzberg, Styria and Upper Austria. This film starts atop the Schafberg mountain and slowly descends to explore the surrounding views of mountains and lakes. If you’ve ever wanted to feel like an eagle taking off from a cliff top, watch this video. You’re able to drag the screen around to explore the 360-degree view around you.
The Großglockner High Alpine Road
The provinces of Salzburg and Carinthia are connected by the 48-kilometre Großglockner High Alpine Road. You’ll be able to witness a range of views and landscapes, ranging from mountain forests, alpine meadows, rock formations and the Pasterze Glacier before summiting the countries highest mountain, the Großglockner, at 3798m tall.
The Museum of Fine Arts is home to the largest Bruegel collection in the world and the work by many great artists such as Rembrandt, Rubens, Raphael, Titian and Velázquez. This YouTube video takes you on a stroll through the museum and allows you to drag the screen around get the full 360-degree immersive experience.
Wörthersee Lake, Carinthia
The crystal-clear lake is lined with a number of beautiful resort towns and features the world’s tallest wooden observation tower. In other words, its many views are perfect for virtual exploration. This virtual experience may be as close as you can get to diving into a foreign lake for the time being.
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