Spectacular is the word that best describes Austria, a country with startling contrasts, from Alps in the west to Pannonian Plain and Danube Basin in the east. Austria boasts of Europe’s largest national park, one of the world’s famous skiing regions, galleries, museums, ornate Opera House and the imperial Hofburg Palace.

Austria - BürsteggDiscover the breathtaking panorama of Austria’s beautiful landscape. The majestic Alps are best for skiing and hiking, as well as for spectacular winter and summer sports. Enjoy Vienna’s baroque elegance in Innerstadt, Ferris Wheel (Riesenrad), St Stephen’s Cathedral and the Chapel (Hofburg). There are memorial sites for famous artists Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and the father of psychology, Freud. Also worth a visit are wine gardens (Heurigen), where visitors can sample local wines!

Explore Graz, particularly, Landesmuseum Joanneum, encompassing the Alte Galerie’s gothic paintings, Herbenstrein Palace, the Schlossberg (Castle Hill) with its Uhrturm (Clock Tower) and Glockenturm (Bell Tower). Appreciate Austria’s crystal clear lakes, the medieval city ofRetz, the Ice Caves of Eisriesenwelt Werfen, having wonderful ice sculptures, or the spectacular views of Austria’s most mountainous province, the Tirol, with forests, pastures, valleys, mountain lakes, alpine villages, churches and castles. Be overwhelmed by taking a ride on funicular to Hungerburg and then a cable car to Hafelekar.

Austria has a moderate continental climate with four distinct seasons, and each season offers a unique experience. During summer, you can enjoy hiking, mountain biking and lake swimming, while winter is the best time for skiing. Majority of music festivals are held between May and October. Thus, Austria is perfect for trips at any time of the year.

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