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Nestled in the very heart of the continent, Austria is topographically diverse and historically wealthy. Its diversity enables it to offer just about everything, and with a centuries-old history, it remains one of Europe’s most beloved regions. Its major cities offer settings of grandeur, plus superlatives in scenery and style.

Vienna is an Imperial white-glove metropolis of Strauss waltzes and Opera Balls, while Salzburg’s jewel box setting is a musical mecca tinkling to the strains of Mozart. Austria’s magnificently-sited Alps rival those of neighboring Switzerland, and its castle-topped hills rest above vineyards that rival those of the Rhine.

In a parade of sights, Austria is unmatched for old-world splendor: including architectural treasures, Baroque abbeys, old towns with glockenspiel chimes, and castles fronting mountainous waters. Nowhere else has pastry shops filled with such fabulous assortments, including those famous linzer tortes!

Is the capital city of Austria, located in the very heart of Europe. Vienna has played a significant role in European history, especially during the centuries of the Habsburg Empire and later as the main seat of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Through time, many great composers such as Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn and Schubert favored Vienna, and the city is now the classical music capital of Europe and host to many elegant balls and concerts. Throughout, the city has kept her image and elegance as the Imperial city. It is in Vienna where one finds the amenities of modern life next to castles which are now some of the most luxurious hotels in Europe.
Is the Tyrol capital and considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. The city became celebrated throughout Europe during the reign of the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I. The beauty has been protected by town planners who have seen to it that new structures in the inner city are in harmony with the Gothic, Renaissance, and baroque buildings already standing. Perhaps Innsbruck’s most characteristic landmark is the Golden Roof. It is a three-story balcony on a house in the old town, the late Gothic oriels capped with 2,657 gold-plated tiles. It was constructed by Emperor Maximilian I to serve as a royal box where he could sit in luxury and watch tournaments in the square below.
Explore the Old Town by visiting Mozart’s birthplace, and then continue to the Abbey of St. Peter, noted for its many catacombs. During your discovery of this elegant city, wander through the Residenzplatz, from where you enter the Salzburg Cathedral, famous for its 10,000-pipe organ. Considered by some as the “most perfect” Renaissance building in the Germanic countries, the cathedral has a marble facade and twin towers, which can be seen from far away. The Dom is also Salzburg’s most famous landmark. The interior is decorated in a rich baroque style, elaborate frescoes decorate the ornate altars and, if you search carefully, you can find the Romanesque font where Mozart was baptized. Explore Mirabel Palace and its elegant gardens, a popular place for summer weddings. Finally, a scenic funicular ride takes you up to Hohensalzburg Fortress for a panoramic glimpse of the entire city.
At Melk visit the Benedictine Abbey, a fortress-like structure that is one of Europe’s most fabulous monuments. Towering high above the river, the abbey is certain to be a remarkable and splendid highlight of your tour. Krems is situated in the heart of the wine-producing area of the Wachau. A visit may be made to the ‘Wine College established in a three-hundred-year-old church where you can sample from more than 150 Austrian wines!
Austria is located in a temperate climatic zone with a Central European climate influenced by the Atlantic climate. The four seasons all have typical temperatures and climatic characters.

If you are seeking warm weather, best to go between late April and October – Austrian summers, are generally warm, but not too hot. If you want to ski, you can usually count on a good dose of snow from November through April.

This is a wonderful country for outdoor nature based activities, holiday markets and a winter wonderland of festivals and activities on the slopes.

Visitor numbers increase during peak holidays and annual festivals – Vienna attracts crowds over Christmas, New Year and Fasching (the ball season), when the Salzburg Festival attracts visitors in July and August.

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