The green and rolling hills of Austria are so iconic you can see Julie Andrews on a clear day. Following in the footsteps of the Von Trapp Family Singers, you'll be exploring a stunningly beautiful European country that was once part of a great empire. It cannot be denied that Austria fell into a dark place in the middle of the last century. But it has emerged from the chaos of Europe's past as a rich, modern and dynamic state at the heart of the EU.
What everyone does in Austria
A trip to Austria will most likely begin in Vienna, exploring the faded imperial glamour of its streets. The baroque splendour of the Hapsburg era is breathtaking. Efficient public transport makes travelling around Vienna relatively easy. No visit to Vienna is complete without a trip to one of its iconic coffee houses, where you can indulge in a rich coffee and slice of sachertorte cake.
What some people do in Austria
Take a drive West and follow the Danube to the Alpine fastness of Salzkammergut. Here you'll enjoy beautiful scenery, and then you can head to the nearby city of Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart. This is truly a city of culture. There's so much significant architecture to admire. If you like walking you could hike in the mountains surrounding the city. When you're hungry tuck into a plate of Salzburger Nockerl and wash it down with a cold Salzburg beer. You're right by the German border so you could get a train from Salzburg to Munich in less than two hours.
What no one else does in Austria
If you want to go off the beaten track head to the small town of Hallstatt. This rich, picturesque town is quintessentially European. You can also explore the Dachstein Caves and explore the surrounding Alps.