The many sides of Upper Austria
DE Upper Austria is inherently surprising. For instance, who would expect to find almost all of the landscapes which characterise Austria here in such a close area? Mountains and lakes, the granite highlands in the north, river valleys and Alpine foothills - everything is assembled here in a close area.
But Upper Austria is also the land of cultural pioneering spirit, where people are deeply rooted in their traditions, but nevertheless always orient their view towards the future. No less a figure than Anton Bruckner set out from Upper Austria in order to revolutionise the world of music and to strike new tones. The Ars Electronica Festival in Linz grew from small-scale beginnings into the world's most renowned festival of media art. At the same time, traditional craftsmanship is consistently being guided towards a new, uncompromising heyday here.
Upper Austria has a particularly close relationship with music, and this includes down-to-earth folk music all the way up to high culture. For instance, in the Salzkammergut region visitor frequently experience how people still play music together in restaurants. Here one finds the cultural roots from which the province's musical culture flourishes and experiences its heyday in summer festivals all across the land. And the new Linz Opera finally caps it all off. Starting in April 2013, the provincial capital - and therefore Upper Austria - will have Europe's most modern opera house, which enables up to date productions.
Versatility is trumps
Upper Austria invites visitors to discover and enjoy the many inherent sides of the province for themselves. Depending on which facet of the recreational spirit has the upper hand at the moment, Upper Austria provides the suitable playing field. Those who would like to live out their inner sporting spirit on a bicycle will find a densely woven network of bike paths and mountain bike routes. Those who are more in the mood for a natural experience by foot should lace up their hiking boots and revel in the beauty of the mountains, alpine pastures and valleys. But Upper Austria's sporting sides are by no means exhausted. Outdoor adventure also waits on the water, on the backs of horses or while teeing off on the golf course - depending on the desire and mood. Those who want to relax and do something good for their body and soul are in good hands with Upper Austria's pros in terms of a health and wellness holiday.