A perennial favourite with travellers, Austria is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe - and that without a seashore in sight. From the stylish capital, Vienna, to the baroque splendour of Salzburg, beautiful snowbound peaks, and the traditional Tyrolean hospitality of Innsbruck, visitors will be spoilt for choice in this varied nation.
Austrians are keen to stand out from their neighbours, adopting a more rustic approach to life, whilst enjoying the green glacial valleys and snow-capped peaks. Added to this splendid scenery are the wooden picture postcard chalets dotted all over the country. Even in the heart of Vienna you find historic buildings that haven't changed for centuries.
When the strudel starts piling on the pounds you might think it's time to head for the hills. Austria's mountain landscape is undoubtedly its biggest draw. Although a year-round destination, there is a definite seasonal split in visitors. Summer is best for exploring the countryside on the many mountain trails that snake through the Austrian Alps and the lowlands, while the ski season kicks off in December, attracting wintersports fans from all over the world.