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Austria is a country of startling contrasts, from the Alps in the west to the Danube Basin in the east. One of the world’s premier skiing regions, it is also noted for its historical buildings, world-class museums and galleries, and breathtaking mountain scenery. The country’s glorious architectural riches include reminders of the once-powerful Habsburgs, who dominated central Europe for seven centuries.


The Austrian capital embraces all the traditions of a European city, from Roman foundations through to Gothic, Baroque and Historicism. Tourists are eager to visit Vienna because of the city’s exciting combination of the royal-imperial flair of the past with the latest trends, the responsible cultivation of a precious heritage and charming traditions.

But much more than old buildings turn Vienna into a city of beauty: one also finds excellent museums, fine art collections and world-renowned works of art in the city. Vienna boasts 50 theatres, including three opera houses and two theatres staging musicals, 100 museums.

The capital, Vienna, is magnificent with its ornate Opera House and the imperial Hofburg. Austria’s other cities are similarly infused with historical magic, notably Mozart’s birthplace, Salzburg, with stunning baroque churches set before a backdrop of snow-covered peaks, and Innsbruck, in the centre of Austria’s Alps.

Austria has produced and inspired a catalogue of cultural figures. During the 17th and 18th centuries, Austria - and, in particular, Vienna - became a focal point of the cultural renaissance. 

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