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From mountainous landscapes to baroque palaces, Austria is an elegant country for both nature lovers and urban explorers. Visitors can ski the Alps in winter and cycle along the edge of the Danube River in summer. Vienna and Salzburg offer many historic and artistic delights, as well as a rich musical tradition.

Famous for its coffee culture, Vienna abounds in cafés serving coffee, hot chocolate and specialities such as apple strudel and sachertorte (a chocolate torte with apricot filling). Restaurants offer affordable, traditional Austrian entreés like wiener schnitzel or savoury dumplings, topped off with white wine or Märzen lager.

Vienna’s Mariahilferstraße is the main shopping thoroughfare, where you can find all manner of stores. Numerous outdoor markets across the capital offer a range of goods, from produce to souvenirs. Starting in November, the Viennese Christmas markets lure both locals and travellers with handmade gifts, mulled wine and roasted chestnuts.

Must See

Historic centre of Vienna
The capital of Austria is packed with medieval and baroque architecture, grand monuments and elegant parks.

Schonbrunn Palace and Park
Just outside Vienna, this 1,441-room Rococo palace was the summer residence of the Habsburg dynasty.

Mozarts Geburtshaus
In Salzburg, the home of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is now a museum devoted to his life, family and musical achievements.

Kunsthistorisches Museum
Vienna’s Museum of Fine Arts holds the stunning collection of the Habsburg royal family, in particular portraiture and armour.

St Stephen’s Cathedral
The 12th-century Romanesque and Gothic church is Vienna’s most important religious building.

Must Do

Let Vienna, the ‘City of Music’, dazzle you with nightly performances of Mozart and ‘waltz king’ Johann Strauß.

Attend an elegant Viennese ball during the carnival season.

Experience the Sound of Music for yourself, on a tour of the film’s locations in and around Salzburg.

Discover Austrian folk and baroque music at the annual, world-famous Salzburg Festival.