Austria

7 Wonders of Austria

Austria, officially known as the Republic of Austria, is a landlocked country located in central Europe. Vienna is the largest city and serves as the capital of the country.Austria is spread out across 32,386 square miles (83,879 sq. km). The country sits within the Alps and is mostly mountainous with less than 35% of the country falling below 1,640 feet (500 m). The highest elevation is 12,461 feet (3,798 m).

So, what are the 7 Wonders of Austria? Here is a look at the magnificent attractions that call Denmark home.

What are the 7 Wonders of Austria?

DC Tower 1


There are two DC Towers which are also called Donau City Towers. The first tower, known as DC Tower 1, is complete and the second, DC Tower 2, is underway.

DC Tower 1 reaches a height of 720 feet (220 m) making it the tallest skyscraper in Austria. There are 60 floors in DC Tower 1 with only 44 floors scheduled for DC Tower 2. The building accounts for 1,008,000 square feet (93,600 sq. m).

DC Tower 1 will feature a hotel in the first 15 floors and a restaurant towards the top of the building.

Eisriesenwelt Ice Cave


Eisriesenwelt Ice Cave is a limestone and ice cave situated in Werfen, Austria. More specifically, the cave is found within the Hochkogel mountain.

The German word Eisriesenwelt means “World of the Ice Giants.” There is only one entrance with the cave extending a length of 26 miles (42 km) making it the largest ice cave Austria and the entire world.

Although the cave is 26 miles (42 km) long, visitors may only explore the first half mile (first kilometer). Approximately 200,000 travelers experience this wonder annually. Eisriesenwelt is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Europe.

Hofburg


Hofburg is the official residence and workplace for the President of Austria. It was the former imperial palace and it is situated in the center of Vienna.

The Hofburg served as the imperial winter residence while the Schonbrunn Palace served as the imperial summer residence. It was constructed during the 13th century.

Hofburg features eight wings, the Court Library, two squares and a few other additions making this one of the most majestic presidential residences. The name translates to mean “Castle of the Court.”

New Cathedral


The New Cathedral, also called Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, is located in Linz Austria. It is also referred to as the New Cathedral, Linz tying the location to the name.

New Cathedral measures a length of 430 feet (130 m) and it has a height of 443 feet (135 m). It is not the tallest church in the country, however it is the largest. It was constructed between 1862 and 1924.

The New Cathedral features a capacity of 20,000 seats. It occupies a floor area of 55,649 square feet (5,170 sq. m). It was planned to be the tallest with the plans for the higher spire not approved leaving that distinction to the famous St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

Schonbrunn Palace


Schonbrunn Palace served as the imperial summer palace and is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is located in Vienna and serves as one of the country’s leading attractions.

Schonbrunn Palace is a Baroque palace and residence with over, 1,440 rooms. It is considered one of the most significant architectural, cultural, and historical monuments throughout the country of Austria.

Schonbrunn Palace features a magnificent sculpted garden, unique Sun Fountain and a hedged maze. There are 32 sculptures that represent deities and virtues.

St. Stephen’s Cathedral


St Stephen’s Cathedral, locally called Stephansdom, is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna. It was constructed between 1339 and 1385.

St. Stephen’s Cathedral is the most significant religious building in Austria and one of Vienna’s most recognized iconic symbols. It measures 351 feet (107 m) long, 230 feet (70 m) wide and the Nave reaching a height of 448 feet (136.7 m).

The height of St. Stephen’s Cathedral makes it the tallest church in Austria. The cathedral has 23 bells with the largest named after St. Mary. It weighs 44,380 pounds (20,130 kgs) making it the largest in Austria and the second largest in Europe.