Upper Austria has something surprising about itself in general. Who would expect to find so close together all the types of landscapes that characterise Austria? Mountains and lakes, granite highlands in the North, river valleys and the rural Alpine hills – everything is together within a small area. Those that still marvel how the Danube the cuts off the Schlögen bend underground today can discover the unbelievable granite formations in the Mühlviertel region, the last primeval forests in the mountains of the limestone Alps national park or the idyllic mountain lakes in the Salzkammergut.
Upper Austria is also the land of cultural pioneering spirit. It is where people are deeply rooted in their traditions but nevertheless always have their eyes geared towards the future. No less than Anton Brucker moved out of Upper Austria to revolutionise the world of music, striking a completely new set of tones. The Ars Electronica Festival in Linz grew from its small beginnings to the most renowned festival for the field of media art worldwide. At the same time, traditional craftsmanship here is caused to uncompromisingly flourish anew in a consistent manner. Only the Goiser School and the woad dyeing of the Mühlviertel inhabitants are named here as being representative, but there are many others. It is closely related with the history of the respective region and still in lines with the trends of the 21st century.
Upper Austria invites you to discover and experience its many sides. Depending on which facet of the leisure-time spirit is dominant at the moment, Upper Austria offers a suitable playing field. Those who want live out their inner sporting spirit on a bike can find a densely woven network of cycling paths and mountain-bike routes. Those who are more in the mood for a nature adventure on foot should put on their hiking boots and realise that the mountains and Alpine meadows and valleys are just waiting for them. With that, the sporty side of Upper Austria still has a great deal to offer. Outdoor adventure is waiting to be experienced, on water, on horseback, or by the tee-off on the golf course – depending on what you feel like. And in the winter, people who are hungry for action come get their money’s worth on the ski slopes and cross country skiing. If you want to relax and do something good for your body and soul, your will be well taken care of by the Upper Austrian professionals with regard to your health and wellness holiday. If you should rather desire a city and culture holiday, then Upper Austria also has the right thing up its sleeve in this case: With historical city ensembles, a tradition of crafts, old customs and numerous cultural events.
Further information: Upper Austria tourist information, Freistädter Straße 119, 4041 Linz, Telephone number: 0043-732-221022, fax: 0043-732-7277-701, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.oberoesterreich.at
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