Baden bei Wien (Lower Austria): Developed by the ancient Romans, and then studded with ocher-colored Biedermeier buildings during the early 19th century, this was once known as the "dowager empress" of Austrian spas. Today, frequent chamber concerts and elaborate flowerbeds keep the aura of old-fashioned grandeur alive.
Bad Hofgastein (Land Salzburg): A select annex of the larger, better-known resort of Badgastein, Bad Hofgastein appeals to anyone in search of peace, healing, and quiet. Civic architecture and hotels are appropriately grand and solemn.
Badgastein (Land Salzburg): This is Austria's premier spa, with a resort industry dating from the 1400s. Hotels are almost universally excellent, offering the densest concentration of fine lodgings in Land Salzburg.
St. Wolfgang (Upper Austria): The landscapes around this lake are so lovely that they served as the setting for the popular musical work The White Horse Inn, by Ralph Benatzky. Adjacent to the grander and somewhat more formal resort of Bad Ischl, St. Wolfgang offers ample options for outdoor diversions.
Bad Ischl (Upper Austria): For more than 60 years, Franz Josef selected Bad Ischl as the summer holiday seat of the Hapsburg Empire. No other Austrian resort captures the glamour of the long-departed empire quite like this one.
Pörtschach (Carinthia): This is the premier resort in Carinthia, the southeasterly Austrian province bordering the edge of Slovenia, and the site of dozens of fine villas.
Velden (Carinthia): The region's most sophisticated resort, Velden is the heart of the so-called "Austrian Riviera." Despite the traffic, it offers a convenient combination of bucolic charm and Viennese style.
Villach (Carinthia): The second-largest town in the province, it's the gateway to Austria's lake district, northeastern Italy, and Slovenia. The nearby village of Warmbad-Villach offers warm springs, favored by the ancient Romans.
Bad Gleichenberg (Styria): Set within one of the most undiscovered regions of Austria, near the Slovenian border, this is the most important summer spa in Styria. It stands among rolling hills and vineyards, and is an area rich in history, natural beauty, and imperial nostalgia.
Bad Aussee (Styria): Lying at the junction of two tributaries of the region's most important river, Bad Aussee is known for its verdant beauty, healthful waters, and bracing climate. It's also the center of a network of hiking and cross-country ski trails.
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