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World Heritage

Cultural and natural heritage sites of outstanding universal value  
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World Heritage Sites in Austria

World Heritage Sites in Austria

World Heritage Sites are examples of artistic masterpieces and/or unique natural landscapes that are expressions of our world’s richness and diversity. Their destruction would present an irreplaceable loss to all of humanity. For this reason, the international community of states adopted in 1972 the “UNESCO Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage”. Inscription on the World Heritage List represents both an honour and an obligation: the inscribed sites must be preserved in the present and for future generations in terms of their substance and their value by means of appropriate management and national-level preservation measures. Austria acceded to the World Heritage Convention in 1992 and is now represented on the World Heritage List by nine sites.

Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg

The old city centre of Salzburg is an outstanding example of a seat of ecclesiastical power located at the heart of Europe. It is characterised by a cityscape closely intertwined with its natural surroundings, by a historically significant pattern of…

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Palace and Gardens of Schönbrunn

The Palace of Schönbrunn and the adjoining park represent one of Europe’s most impressive and best-preserved baroque ensembles. Schönbrunn served for over 300 years as the summer residence of Austria’s imperial house, symbolising their power and…

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Hallstatt-Dachstein / Salzkammergut Cultural Landscape

The alpine Salzkammergut region represents an exceptional natural landscape. It is uniquely beautiful and is also an object of special academic interest thanks to the history of Hallstatt and its salt-mining tradition, which originated in prehistoric…

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Semmering Railway

The Semmering Railway revolutionised travel by rail. As a masterpiece of engineering art, it embodied an outstanding technical solution to one of the most urgent construction problems faced by railroading’s early pioneers. This 41 km stretch, built…

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City of Graz – Historic Centre and Schloss Eggenberg

Graz represents a centre of commerce between the Danube region and the Adriatic. It also lies at the interface between western and south-eastern Europe and has long functioned as a multicultural hub thanks to migration from surrounding lands. The…

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Wachau Cultural Landscape

The Wachau is a valley characterised by its unique river landscape – a mountain-lined stretch of the Danube between Melk and Krems that also represents a cultural space of outstanding historical value. Since the area’s initial, protohistorical human…

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Historic Centre of Vienna

The centre of Vienna embodies a unique urban monument. Its rich architectural heritage as well as its overall structure, which a period of 2,000 years saw develop from the Roman settlement of Vindobona into a fortified imperial seat and on to become…

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Fertö-Neusiedlersee Cultural Landscape

Fertö Neusiedlersee [Lake Neusiedl] represents a unique border region. For 8,000 years, different cultures have met and mingled in this stretch of country between present-day Burgenland and Hungary, and these encounters between Finno-Ugric, Slavic,…

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Prehistoric Pile Dwellings around the Alps (2011)

In the context of archaeological World Heritage, the pile dwellings of the Alps are somewhat unusual in that they lay hidden underwater. Of the 111 selected pile dwelling finds in Switzerland, Austria, France, Germany, Italy, and Slovenia, five sites…

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