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Overview to Austria: Travel Guide and Tourist Information


Easy to get around and well-run, Austria is an incredibly civilized sort of place. What’s more, travelers are virtually assured of a warm welcome no matter where they go. For Austria is, first and foremost, a small and friendly country.

That being said, for a small place it has certainly played a central role in European and global history. The whole country is littered with impressive historical monuments; castles, palaces and churches, such as the imposing Hochosterwitz Castle and Heiligenkreuz Abbey, are striking remnants of the glory days.

Austria’s capital, Vienna, is undoubtedly one of the world’s top cultural destinations. In addition to its grand architecture, concert halls, museums and galleries, Vienna is a sophisticated town with a highly developed café culture and a full complement of relaxed wine bars.

Other cities such as Graz, Salzburg and Innsbruck may not quite be able to match Vienna’s grandness, nor its number of visitors, but they have their own distinct charms. Graz can lay claim to the Altstadt, a UNESCO-protected warren of medieval alleyways, whilst baroque Salzburg stands out for being the birthplace of Mozart.

Similarly, there’s nothing small about the country’s scenery. Austria’s huge, snow-capped peaks surging skywards make up one of Europe’s most dramatic landscapes. During the winter months, the Austrian Alps present skiers and snowboarders with some of the most challenging slopes in Europe.

Outside of the ski season, alpine areas such as the magnificent Hohe Tauern National Park become havens for walkers and climbers. All of which makes Austria an unmissable European destination. It may be a small country, but it’s big on things to see and do.

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