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A charming country of lakeside villages, soaring mountains, and Baroque cities, Austria holds an important place in the history of Europe. This picturesque central European country is nestled within the eastern Alps, a stunning backdrop to its immense cultural heritage. Once the seat of the Hapsburg dynasty, Austria's cities boast some of the continent's finest architecture. In Vienna, visitors can tour the spectacular Hofburg Imperial Palace or marvel at the Gothic jewel of St. Stephan's Cathedral. In Salzburg, take a carriage ride through the city's Old Town or stroll through enchanting public squares, shadowed by beautiful mountains. Austria was also the home of many of Europe's most famous classical music composers and it continues to maintain rich traditions in music performance. In Salzburg and Vienna, old concert halls still host daily performances by Austria's favorite son, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Here, the beauty of the mountains is complimented by charming ski towns with hundreds of years of history. In the summer, these same winter playgrounds become a lovely setting for pastoral walks amidst lakes and wildflowers. If you want to really experience the Alps, take a road trip along the famous Grossglockner Road for spectacular views of the Austrian countryside.
Here are a few additional suggestions of things to do in Austria:
-Innsbruck: A gorgeous and historic city nestled in the Alps, Innsbruck is a wonderful place for a winter ski vacation.
-Salzkammergut: The overwhelmingly picturesque countryside outside Salzburg was the setting for the famous movie, The Sound of Music.
-Bregenz: Located in the westernmost region of Austria, Bregenz is a popular destination for downhill skiing, winter hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.
-Krems: One of the most enchanting villages along the Danube River, Krems is home to a university and is at the center of the wine region.
A vacation rental is the best way to experience the charm and history of Austria. To experience the real Vienna, find a spacious condo or charming villa overlooking the Danube. Visitors to Salzburg may also enjoy an apartment rental in the city's downtown district. If you are visiting Austria's ski resorts, look for a mountainside chalet or cozy cabin near the slopes.