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Destination Guide: Austria

Elegant architecture, alpine landscapes, a buzzing bar scene and hills alive with the sound of classical music... Austria is a popular holiday destination at any time of the year. Visitors flock to take advantage of the magical blanket of snow and glittering Christmas markets during the winter months, whilst the summer attracts travellers with the annual Salzburg festival and a host of wonderful outdoor activities on offer.

Here are some of our highlights:

1. Vienna

Austria's famous capital city is also known as the international capital of classical music. Experience an opera or concert at the Staatsoper, Vienna's premier classical music venue and marvel at the ornate gold and crystal interior. More culture is awaiting with sights such as the Leopold museum with its outstanding art collection and the magnificent Habsburg palace - the Schonbrunn. Shop at the Flohmarkt, one of the greatest flea markets in Europe and relax in the bohemian coffee houses of Vienna with a slice of delectable cake.

2. Innsbruck

Nestled between two mighty mountain ranges, the capital of Tirol is a renowned ski centre with a variety of winter sports on offer as well as the opportunity to soak up panoramic views of the Nordkette peaks. The Gothic architecture of the medieval town lends a romantic ambience to this picturesque mountain town with excellent markets, chic drinking holes and a sophisticated cafe culture begging to be explored.

3. Hallstatt

A picture-perfect Alpine village, Halstatt is made up of pastel-coloured houses and quaint buildings reflected in the glassy mirrors of the Austrian Lakes. A UNESCO heritage site and one of Europe's oldest inhabited settlements, history lovers will be enchanted by Halstatt's fascinating salt mines and giant ice caves as well as enjoying a boat ride across the shimmering lake.

4. Salzburg

With a backdrop of verdant hills, fairytale spires and an iconic, cliff-top fortress, Salzburg tempts countless visitors every year with its beautiful scenery and historic legacy. It is the well-known birthplace of talented composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as well as the location for the prominent, five-week long festival of music and drama that's been running since 1920. Take a step back in time with a concert and dinner at the Rococo halls in the Abbey of St Peter, one of the world's oldest restaurants.

5. Bad Gastein

A spa town perched on the northern rim of Hohe Tauern national park, Bad Gastein is a breath of mountain-fresh air. The Alpine climate guarantees reliable snow conditions with ski runs for all levels of skill and entertaining winter sports events, whilst the summer months showcase spectacular hiking paths and opportunities for biking and riding tours. Visit the thermal spa resort, Alpentherme, ideal for unwinding after a busy day on the slopes.

6. Graz

There is something of the Mediterranean about Graz with its mild climate and laid-back lifestyle. It also holds the reputation as a culinary hotspot and food-lover's paradise. Several farmers' markets, specialising in locally-sourced produce, run throughout the town, such as Kaiser-Josef Markt with its famous pumpkin seed oil.

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