Whether you’re winding over a mountain pass or cruising the curves along the edge of a sapphire-blue lake, Austria has a view to offer up—always. And you aren’t limited by transportation options, either. Sure, a car gives you the freedom to stop and snap photos whenever you want, but you can also go by gondola or bicycle or train or, perhaps in that most Austrian of ways, by foot.
No matter how you get to your destination, you’ll be rewarded with an expansive, ever-changing landscape that opens your mind—and your heart—to the beauty of this alpine nation. So leave your phone in your pocket, and let yourself go a little. Feel that? That’s nature taking over, helping you leave the noise and stress of city life behind.
We’re highlighting some of Austria’s most popular scenic lookouts below. But keep your eyes open: there may be a gorgeous vista just around the bend.
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