Romantic, charming and modern, Austria is flanked to the west by the majestic Alps and to the east by the Danube River and the beautiful city of Vienna. The country was once the capital of the Habsburg empire and today retains much of its imperial past, seen in Vienna's grand palaces and Salzburg's baroque architecture.
Austria is the birthplace of great composers, artists and scientists. Today, music and the arts still play a big role in Austrian culture and you can enjoy concerts, performances and exhibitions year-round.
If you're more interested in outdoor activities, Austria has the Alps, the Danube and many national parks and nature reserves for numerous outdoor adventures. Spend some time in Austria and you'll be enchanted by Austrian "Gemütlichkeit" –the Austrian way of describing their enjoyment of life.
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Music and art are enduring elements of Austrian culture. The birthplace of Mozart, Schubert and Mahler, Austria today continues to celebrate its musical heritage with festivals, concerts and events covering classical and modern music. Music and dance are also celebrated during Austria's illustrious ball season. Some of the most glamorous balls include the Viennese Opera and Imperial Balls.
Austria is a country of varied landscapes and offers multiple activities for outdoor enthusiasts. You can hike the Austrian Alps, bike along beautiful rivers or explore one of the many national parks and nature reserves. The winter is a skier's paradise. Austria has world-class skiing in the Alps in popular ski regions such as Innsbruck and Arlberg.
If you're a coffee drinker, you're in luck. Coffehouses and café culture are a big part of the Austrian lifestyle. Besides having great coffee, the coffeehouses serve as a workplace, relaxation point and social gathering spot for Austrians — especially in Vienna, where there seems to be a coffeehouse on every corner. Join the locals, relax and enjoy a cup of coffee with a few delicious Viennese pastries.