Austria

Mountain peaks, majestic architecture, museums, Mozart and music, plus the sound of it, are ineluctably linked to Austria and provide numerous reasons why this relatively small country in the heart of Europe is Britain’s favourite destination for a summer holiday amongst high peaks and scenic lakes. Outdoor and urban cultures co-exist beautifully. The stunning beauty of the Alpine hinterland, its flower-filled meadows and sheer mountain flanks dissected by vista-friendly railways, gives way to the Baroque masterpiece that is Salzburg and the Imperial splendour of Vienna. Austria also boasts some of Europe’s most diverse museums and avant-garde architecture in addition to the most appealing and sophisticated of bars, cafés and restaurants where tradition and contemporary chic combine effortlessly.

Austria offers spectacular scenery which is wonderfully accessible. Cable cars and scenic alpine railways carry you to stunning mountain peaks overlooking sparkling lakes. Hiking, walking and cycling trails for all levels and abilities are well marked and easily manageable. The leisurely progress of boats on water often sets the tempo for a relaxing holiday and, throughout the Austrian Lake District, ferries, paddle steamers and rowing boats compete to transport you as serenely, and on lakes such as Fuschl where motorised transport is proscribed, as silently, as possible. Lidos and terraces, with sun loungers and lakeside cafés, add to the sense of peace, tranquillity and enjoyment.

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