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We deliver the Insta-Hotspots and the most important links for your travel inspiration!

Looking for nice places for your next Instagram Pic? Or have we been chosen for your next vacation? Or are you even from Lower Austria and didn't even know what wonderful places there are outside your hometown? The local Instagramer know the area really well and therefore provide a genuine increase in value this way.

All Instagram users dream of these hotspots: Is your Instagram feed still missing a staircase leading into nowhere or old castle walls with the most beautiful view of the Wachau valley? These 10 locations should be on every Instagram Bucket List. Discover the best hotspots with us and share them with the hashtag #loweraustria, #visitniederösterreich!

1. Hohe Wand Nature Park

The Hohe Wand Nature Park is a rock formation in the Gutensteiner Alps about 40 minutes south of Vienna and is our most photographed instagram motif. If you don't want to climb, you can also get very close to the steep rock faces without a rope. At the rock path (here in the picture) one can explore the high wall with firm ground under the feet on 200 steel steps. A very special "Instagramable" motif is the Skywalk-a panoramic terrace where you have the feeling of standing in the air. Also, the Panorama mountain road (toll!) is a wonderful reason to press the button.

And where nature plays the main role, the local wild animals also feel at home. The best shooting partners are the deer (pictured) who spend their days in the natural habitat of the nature park enclosures.

 

2. Laxenburg Castle Park

The Schlosspark Laxenburg, with its huge park landscape, the numerous buildings for pleasure seekers and the Old Palace is considered one of the most important monuments of historical garden art. A popular motif is the romantic Franzensburg (in the picture), which was built on an island in the castle pond, where not only ducks but also pedal boats can be seen in summer.

 Tip: This cycle route takes you directly to Laxenburg.

 

3. Aggstein Castle Ruin

The castle ruins of Aggstein are located on the right bank of the Danube on a steep rock approx. 300 metres above the Danube. From there, hidden in the thicket of the forest, it has been looking down on the Danube valley for almost 900 years. Many legends entwine around the castle ruins of Aggstein. The best known of them is the one from the rose garden. Prisoners were locked out on a stone slab, which protruded from the castle as a balcony, so that they could either starve or jump to their death. The unique view over the Danube valley and into the Dunkelstein forest makes the castle an exciting photo motif.

Tip: One stage of the Wachau World Heritage Trail takes you directly to the castle.

4. Rax (Jakobskogel)

Hiking from hut to hut on the Rax is almost a national sport. One of the top motifs is certainly the Ottohaus at 1,644 m above sea level. From the terrace and the nearby viewing platform you can even see down into the valley. And those who would like to book a summit afterwards can climb the nearby Jakobskogel (1737 m). In only 15 minutes, following the blue markings, you can reach your summit cross from here. And if you prefer the wild and romantic, you should definitely visit the Höllental (in the picture) - situated between Schneeberg and Rax. Rugged rock flanks rise steeply and crystal-clear drinking water gushes in the valley floor.

Here you go to the hiking route: Hut hopping on the Rax and Höllental valleys

 

5. Lake Lunz

The emerald green Lake Lunz at the foot of the Dürrenstein and the only natural bathing lake in Lower Austria remains true to its image as a dreamy "summer resort" and is one of the jewels of the region. Especially photogenic is also the little brother – the Obersee (in the picture), to which we owe a primeval glacier. The lake becomes particularly mystical in fog, but of course the view is also magnificent in sunshine. The small island with distinctive spruces practically imposes itself as a photo motif.

We recommend a visit by bike (Ybbstalradweg Waidhofen to Lunz), but also the 3-Lakes-Tour is very popular.

 

6. Kreuzenstein Castle

North of the Danube, on a hill in the Rohrwald forest, the majestic Kreuzenstein Castle rises above the village of Leobendorf between Korneuburg and Stockerau. Its majestic location at 266 metres above sea level, in the immediate vicinity of the meeting of the Danube and the Vienna Woods, made the castle a powerful strategic fortification in earlier centuries. The special feature is the keep, visible from afar, and the oval shape of the fortress (in the picture). 

Tip: E-Bike Tour

 

7. Grafenegg Castle

“An English castle in the middle of Austria“: The Grafenegg Castle is located about 14 km east of Krems and was built in the style of romantic historicism. The interplay of the atmosphere of the historic castle and landscape park and the modern architecture create a "symphony of the senses" and a unique backdrop for amateur and professional photographers and majestic castle inhabitants (in the picture).

Tip: The open-air concerts at the Wolkenturm.

 

8. World Cultural Heritage Semmeringbahn

Austria's first high mountain railway shapes the landscape of the Viennese Alps. From the “20 Schilling view” on the hiking trail you can see the impressive viaduct "Kalte Rinne". Only a few metres away is the Doppelreiterwarte with a special view of the Semmeringbahn.

 

9. Ysperklamm

Wild water and wild forest - in the Ysperklamm in the southern Waldviertel the Ysper rushes on its 2km long way into the valley through narrow gorges and over high rocks. The rock formations, waterfalls and reflections in the clear water are therefore particularly fascinating. Tip: In order to be able to create the well-known dreamy "white veils" when photographing water, long-time exposure is used there similar to the stripes of lights on motorways.

 

 

10. Peilstein

The steeply facing limestone mountain in the southern Vienna Woods is 716m high and is a popular photo motif because of its steeply sloping rockfalls to the west. A picture like King of the Lions and this way leads you straight to it.

 

11. Wildendürnbach wine cellar lane

The most famous cellar alley in the country is located on Galgenberg in the Weinviertel and consists of 184 press houses and Wine District. The name goes back to a gallows that was on this mountain until 1828. The arrangement of the wine cellars is also unique, as they are built in three rows one above the other.

 

12. Ottenstein Reservoir

The Ottenstein Reservoir is one of three camp lakes and offers an excellent backdrop for all photo lovers. With its wooded shores, its branches into smaller bays and its large Waldviertler granite stones on the shore. The small island with the ruin Lichtenfels (in the picture) also contributes to the idyll. Incredible.