Vienna, Austria (AFP) – Viennese sightseeing will soon be one of the top destinations for Europeans to see and experience.
In a bid to lure visitors back to the country, the Austrian government has announced it will build a giant telescope at the Austrian capital of Vienna that will allow visitors to see the entire sky in 360 degrees, or 3,000 miles per hour.
It is one of several initiatives announced by Austrian Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz on Thursday as part of a drive to woo foreign tourists back to Austria after a decade of economic stagnation.
In 2018, Austria recorded the highest number of foreign tourists visiting the country and foreign companies were once again making major investments there, with the country enjoying a rebound in tourism following a period of economic decline.
Vienna, which has a population of around 9 million people, is one the world’s busiest cities for foreign visitors, accounting for roughly 3.5 million trips in 2018, according to the Austrian Tourism Authority (BZ).
Vienna is home to some of Europe ‘s most famous landmarks, including the St. Basilica of Notre Dame, the Austro-Hungarian national football stadium and the Stadion, a major exhibition centre that has become a major tourist attraction in recent years.
It hosts international festivals and has been ranked among the world ‘s top destinations in terms of quality of life by TripAdvisor, the travel website.
The telescope is set to be built at a cost of up to 6.8 billion euros ($7.8 million) and will be able to accommodate up to 60,000 people.
Viennese Prime Minister and Social Democrat Sebastian Kurzer has previously said he wants to attract more foreign tourists, as the country struggles with a growing migrant crisis, high unemployment and a slowing economy.
Vi, Austria is the third most popular destination for foreign tourists in Europe after Rome and Paris.