Melk Abbey was originally a palace, and it shows. Home to a Benedictine community from the 11th century to the present day, the current Baroque ensemble was built in 1736.
Hailed by some as the most perfect Renaissance building in the Germanic countries, Salzburg's cathedral has a marble facade, twin symmetrical towers and the font in which Mozart was baptized.
Vienna's cathedral has survived many wars and is now a symbol of the city's freedom. The Gothic cathedral was first built in 1147 and its most recognizable characteristic, the diamond-patterned tile roof, was added in 1952.
St. Michael's Church
This tiny pink church on the Residenzplatz is the oldest church in Salzburg, dating from around 800 AD or earlier.
This is Fischer von Erlach's greatest and largest Salzburg church and one of the most celebrated Baroque churches in Austria. It was built between 1694 and 1707 for the local Benedictine university.
The Hofkirche in Innsbruck is a royal mausoleum built in 1553. It contains the ornate black marble tomb of Emperor Maximilian I (although his remains are elsewhere), which is considered a great feat of German Renaissance sculpture.
The Cathedral of Gurk is an impressive cathedral with beautiful architecture and art. It also contains the tomb of the beloved St. Hemma, an 11th-century Austria noblewomen who devoted her later life to God and to the poor.
Founded by Charlemagne, the 8th-century Church of St. Martin in Linz is the oldest church in Austria that still retains most of its original form.