Austin is very well maintained and offers you a great cultural offer. The motto of the city „Keep Austin weird“ runs through all areas. You’ll find lots of food trucks, hip bars, clubs and concerts (you won’t find a comparable density anywhere else in the USA) and of course lots of live music.
With its great climate, culinary delights, green surroundings and great outdoor activities, Austin offers a high quality of life to both travelers and locals alike. The surroundings of Austin invite you to go #hiking and mountain-biking with its gentle, almost evergreen hills. Even waterlovers do not miss out here. The surrounding rivers and lakes are suitable for swimming, stand up paddling and canoeing almost all year round.
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General facts about Austin
Austin was founded in 1835 and was initially named Waterloo. But only three years later the rapidly growing settlement was renamed Austin by the city fathers. It was named after the founder of the then still independent Republic of Texas, Stephen F. Austin. Just one year later, Austin was already the capital of Texas.
The inhabitants of Austin are considered to have above-average education and a love of reading. And this can also be seen in the cultural offerings of the city. But of course interested tourists like you also profit from the concert halls, the museums like the Blanton Museum of Art, the numerous galleries and other cultural institutions.
At the University of Texas and some renowned private universities, a good 50,000 students are preparing for the future. The streetscape and the atmosphere in the city are shaped by these young people. You will therefore find many cafés, trendy bars and pretty, individual boutiques throughout the city (especially in the student areas).
Places of interest in Austin
Greetings from Austin
The graffiti „Greetings from Austin“ is like a huge postcard that welcomes you to the city. In this vibrant Texas city, colorful street art is plentiful, but this street art postcard has already achieved cult status.
Town Lake or Lake Austin
In the middle of Austin lies the „Town Lake“. The bathing lake invites you to swim with 300 sunny days a year and is also big enough to practice many water sports on it without disturbing the swimmers.
The Mayfiled Park is a community project and invites you to take a walk amidst free-ranging peacocks and beautifully landscaped ponds.
Texas State Capitol
The Texas State Capitol, built in Austin in 1888 (only half a century after the city was founded), was the seventh tallest building in the world at the time. It is a proud 6 meters higher than the Capital in Washington D.C. and is definitely worth a visit.
The Texas State Capitol is the parliamentary building of the Texas state legislature and houses the offices and plenary chambers of the House of Representatives and the Senate as well as the office of the state governor.
A hike to Mount Bonell is worthwhile in any case. If you wish, you can drive your car to almost the top and park there. Then you have only a few steps to the top in front of you.
From the top you have a wonderful view of Lake Austin and the city of Austin itself. If the ascent was not enough for you, you will find several hiking trails at the top where you can continue your walk.
Another highlight is a visit to Barton Springs Pool, an outdoor swimming pool that is fed from natural springs. These are also responsible for the water temperature of the pool. Even if the outdoor temperatures rise up to 50 degrees Celsius in midsummer, the pool refreshes with its pleasantly cool water.
The pool is quite big and also the complex is big and clearly arranged. The natural banks were partly extended with concrete and there are many sunbathing areas that invite to sunbathe and relax.
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