Austria is a landlocked country bordered by eight European countries. Still displaying much of the glory of its Habsburg heritage in its architecture, Austria’s geography is equally rich with a mountainous landscape and many deep valleys.
Visitors are attracted to Austria for a number of reasons. From its imperial past and coloured history, to the awe-inspiring Alps mountain range and the plethora of winter spots on offer within, Austria has many destinations for visitors to explore.
The fact that only 32% of Austrians live below 500 metres gives the country a distinctly alpine culture and the majority of Austrians speak local dialects of German as their native language.
Be wooed by Vienna
Vienna, as the gateway to central Europe, is a great place to start an Austrian adventure. Begin your journey by spending some time at the magnificent museums and galleries in the historic old town of Vienna, or relax with the locals at one of the famous coffee houses.
Linz and Graz are also surprisingly affluent with culture and make great destinations for those with more time to tour, while it's easy to go with the flow in regional destinations including Waldviertel and the Danube Valley.
These days, Austria's cultural prowess is present not only in the sounds of classical music, but also in the sound of the electronic music pulsing from the country's countless bars and nightclubs.
Taste classic and contemporary
Home to an enviable quality of life and high minimum wages, Austria is one of the most cosmopolitan countries in the world and its economic riches are also matched by its culinary ones.
Modern food trends have well and truly made their way to Austria, but sampling Austrian cuisine including the classic trio of schnitzel, strudel and spaetzle, washed down with a stein of Austrian beer at an Austrian beisl (tavern) is as essential an Austrian experience as ever.
Austria’s location in Europe makes it very accessible for people travelling from Europe and all over the world. You can take advantage of six international airports offering flights to Austria.
Vienna offers the most international connections and numerous services to Asia, Africa, North America and beyond, while Innsbruck and Salzburg airports offer good connections to continental Europe.