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Anyone looking for a holiday filled with history and beauty need look no further than the breathtaking country of Austria. For hundreds of years tourists have traveled to this region and for Austria travel advice it is recommended to research your destinations thoroughly to ensure you make the most of your trip. The country has many inspiring places to visit and the following are highly recommended for all visitors to enjoy.
The Monastery at Admont can be found along the banks of the River Enns, the small town has been host to the monastery for almost one thousand years. Admont monastery was built in 1074 by Archbishop Gebhard of Salzburg and was the home to generations of Benedictine monks praying to Saint Blaise.
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The Admont monastery is famous for being the home to two important artists. The sculptor Joseph Stammel and the Brother Benno Hann, the embroiderer, both lived as monks at the monastery for several years. The monastery also housed a famous convent for girls which only accepted enrolments from Noble families.
Although the original monastery burnt down in 1856 the original library still remains and immediate efforts were undertaken to rebuild the monastery the following year. The monastery now houses a natural history museum holding over 250,000 items collected by the monks over the last two hundred years and the library has a collection of antique books that date back over 1000 years.
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Known as one of the most beautiful examples of Baroque architecture in the world, the palace of Schloss Hof is considered to be one of the greatest treasures in Austria. Originally built by Field Marshal Prince Eugene of Savoy as a hunting lodge, it was purchased later by the Empress Maria Theresia and added to the imperial estates. Under her rule Schloss Hof was a magnificent location for parties and gatherings of the royal court.
Located near the Slovakia border a major renovation project began in 2002 to return the building to its former glory. The gardens have also been landscaped and filled with plants and animals authentic to the 18th century.
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For visitors looking for a different experience, one that works well for children and adults alike, then a visit to Castle Herberstein is in order. The whole family will enjoy the massive wildlife park that is housed within its grounds. The wildlife park is famous worldwide for hosting animals from every continent and allowing them as much freedom as is possible. The Castle also contains two famous art galleries, Kunsthaus for international pieces and the Bruno Gironcoli museum for the contemporary artist.
Castle Herberstein is home to Countess Andrea of Herberstein who lives with her three children in the castle. It was under the care of Countess Andrea that the house was restored to its current state. There are daily guided tours of the castle available which allow visitors to see the beauty of both the house and gardens while learning about the historical significance of the region.
Austria is definitely a country with a remarkable past, visitors will enjoy exploring the different historical locations that are presented with pride by the locals. There are plenty of additional details online. It is so easy to explore a location just before your visit, so there isn’t a good reason not too.